What shall we ask of God in prayer?

What shall we ask of God in prayer?

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 23 hymnals

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What shall we ask of God in prayer?
Whatever good we want;
Whatever man may seek to share,
And God in mercy grant.

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Father of all our mercies, Thou
In whom we move and live,
Hear us in heaven thy dwelling now,
And answer and forgive.

When, bound with sins and trespasses,
From wrath we fain would flee,
Lord, cancel our unrighteousness,
And set the captive free.

When, harass'd by ten thousand foes,
Our helplessness we feel,
O God, the weary soul repose,
The wounded spirit heal,

When dire temptations gather round,
And threaten or allure,
By storm or calm, in Thee be found
A refuge strong and sure.

When age advances, may we grow
In faith, and hope, and love,
And walk in holiness below,
To holiness above.

When earthly joys and cares depart,
Desire and envy cease,
Be Thou the portion of our heart,
In Thee may we have peace.

When flames these elements destroy,
And worlds in judgment stand,
May we lift up our heads with joy,
And meet at Thy right hand.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: What shall we ask of God in prayer?
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

What shall we ask of God in prayer? J. Montgomery. [Prayer.] Written in 1818, and first printed on a broadsheet with Montgomery's "Prayer is the soul's sincere desire," "Lord, teach us how to pray," and "Thou, God, art a consuming fire," for use in the Nonconformist Sunday schools in Sheffield and the neighbourhood. It was included in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, No. 281, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full." In Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 483, and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 64, it was given with the change, in stanza iv., l.1 of "with" to “by”, and in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. It is usually given in an abbreviated form. In some American hymn-books a cento from this hymn is given as “Father of all our mercies, Thou."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #378Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #401Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #374Page Scan
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #620Page Scan
Boston Sunday School Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d124
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d787
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #603Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #603Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #358Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #358Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #677Page Scan
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Hymns for the Sanctuary #313Page Scan
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