Continuing a semi-regular series featuring tracks from EMU Music’s Songs For Little Rooms 2 Album.
Hear Our Prayer is another song that has reasonable lyrics, but I wonder how the melody works as a corporate song.
Vocalists can sing it okay but something about the combination of pace and melody makes it hard for me to visualise a room full of other people singing it with confidence and volume. That said, it’s a pretty easy melody to pick up.
I wonder if you’d find yourself humming the tune. That sort of thing.
The lyrics on the other hand make a very strong statement well suited to the start of worship.
Hear our prayer, God above
As we come to you and seek your patient love
Hear our hearts, hear our minds
Hear the echoes of the words we cannot find
Be our hope, be our guide
In our wanderings of weakness break our pride
Not for ease shall we pray
But for strength that we may walk with you this day
So we pray in faith, your will be done
As we long to see your kingdom come
We ask with one voice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Hear our prayer, faithful one
Shape our yearnings to the gospel of your Son
Free our hearts, free our minds
From the war that sin will wage till you arrive
Be our joy, be our stay
Give us eyes to see you answer prayer this day
Hear us praise all you’ve done
We rejoice as we receive the victory won
Words and music: © 2014 Greg Cooper (Rhinoceros Music Publishing) & Andrew Judd
Based on the hymn ‘Father, hear the prayer we offer’ (Words: Love M. Willis 1859)
Here’s EMU’s rendition.