Monday, September 12, 2005

Prayer Songs - Hymns That Help Us Sing Our Prayers

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs We Sing To God

A wise prayer leader will have a list of songs with lyrics that cause the singer to speak directly to God because there is a difference between horizontal (“Praise Him”) and vertical (“We praise you, Lord”) language. Too often the songs we select speak about the Lord rather than directly to the Lord. The Holy Spirit has given us an increasing catalogue of contemporary upward focused songs but there are also many wonderful hymns that also serve as Prayer Songs. Look for hymns with lyrics that allow the group or congregation to sing their prayer to the Lord. Singing our prayer is often a good way to to focus the entire group on the same topic or to transition to the next theme.

A few suggestions, taken from The Celebration Hymnal (Word Music / Integrity Music):
God Our Father, We Adore Thee (p. 93)
Come Thou Almighty King (p. 8)
Lord, I Lift Your Name On High (p. 107)
I Need Thee Every Hour (p. 638)
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (p. 11)
Fill My Cup Lord (p. 702)
O God, Our Help In Ages Past (p. 686)
I Surrender All (p. 596) (Change pronouns to You)
O Jesus I Have Promised (p. 676)

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