Scripture Verse

You help us by your prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:11

Introduction

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Ira D. Sankey
1840–1908

Words: Sam­uel O. Cluff, 1860.

Music: Ira D. San­key, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Cluff,

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Samuel O. Cluff
1837–1910

Origin of the Hymn

On our first visit to Ire­land, in 1874, we came across these words in a print­ed leaf­let. It was the sec­ond hymn to which I wrote music [The Nine­ty and Nine was the first], and it was much used in our meet­ings in Lon­don. It has long been a fav­or­ite pray­er-meet­ing hymn in many church­es.

Sankey, pp. 158–9

Dwight L. Moody told ma­ny stories of the pow­er giv­en to this hymn. He re­lat­ed that a young man from Swe­den told him that he first heard this song in his na­tive land. It was sung by two evan­gel­ists who went house to house to hold a series of meet­ings. The two-roomed log house was packed and after one evan­gel­ist had prayed, the oth­er said, Sing one of San­key’s hymns.

The young man con­tin­ued: Since then I have heard this sweet hymn sung in ma­ny places. I have heard it in pri­mi­tive homes on the West­ern prair­ies and by great choirs in our large ci­ties. But when­ev­er I do hear it I am a lad again in the little log house in Swe­den.

Blanchard, p. 40

Lyrics

I have a Savior, He’s pleading in glory,
A dear, loving Savior though earth friends be few;
And now He is watching in tenderness o’er me;
And oh, that my Savior were your Savior, too.

Refrain

For you I am praying, for you I am praying,
For you I am praying, I’m praying for you.

I have a Father; to me He has given
A hope for eternity, blessèd and true;
And soon He will call me to meet Him in Heav­en,
But, oh, that He’d let me bring you with me, too!

Refrain

I have a robe; ’tis resplendent in whiteness,
Awaiting in glory my wondering view;
Oh, when I receive it all shining in brightness,
Dear friend, could I see you receiving one, too!

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When Jesus has found you, tell others the story,
That my loving Savior is your Savior, too;
Then pray that your Savior
May bring them to glory,
And prayer will be answered—
’Twas answered for you!

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Speak of that Savior, that Father in Heav­en,
That harp, crown, and robe
Which are waiting for you—
That peace you possess, and that rest to be given,
Still praying that Jesus may save them with you.

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