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Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
(1 Chronicles 16:11)
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post and as a means of preparing ourselves to serve as heads, hearts and hands for Christ’s glory in the coming days, I invite you to join me for a simple exercise that, I pray, will serve as a source of rejuvenation for us all – the weary, the worried, the worn and the wounded alike.
 Mary A. Kidder knew so well the effects that those four w’s have on a person’s being – physical, emotional, spiritual – when she composed the lyrics of the classic hymn, Did You Think to Pray, in 1878. She had lived through more than her fair share of devastating realities at this point: war fought on American soil; the failing of crops and, by extension, family livelihood, a funeral for her young son who drowned; and another for her adult daughter who succumbed to a health deficiency.
Yet the lines below attest to the assumption that Mrs. Kidder had a heart and a yearning to, by example, encourage others to nourish and draw strength from a close relationship with God.
As you read these lyrics, please pause to consider how each section speaks to your heart here, now, in whatever situations you have faced or are facing.
Did You Think to Pray?
Lyrics by Mary A, Kidder
1918
(Lara Johnson’s version of the hymn may be viewed here.)
Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor,
As a shield today?
Refrain:
Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day;
So when life seems dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.
When you met with great temptation,
Did you think to pray?
By His dying love and merit,
Did you claim the Holy Spirit
As your guide and stay?
Refrain.
When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?
Refrain.
When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was bowed in sorrow,
Balm of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day?
Refrain.
Conclude Day 10 by documenting your PRAYER conversation for today in light of any ways the above lyrics speak to you personally.
Please see Day 1 of the series for suggested content regarding the PRAYER conversation associated with this series.
           
Praise and Thanksgiving:
Repentance:
Adoration:
Yielding:
Expectation:
Restoration:

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