295    L.M.    John Newton
    Prayer Answered by Crosses.  Ps. 65. 5;  Acts 14. 22
1    I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of his salvation know,
And seek more earnestly his face.

2    [’Twas he who taught me thus to pray,
And he, I trust, has answered prayer;
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair.]

3    I hoped that in some favoured hour,
At once he’d answer my request;
And, by his love’s constraining power,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

4    Instead of this, he made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart,
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

5    Yea, more, with his own hand he seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

6    “Lord, why is this?” I trembling cried;
“Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?”
“’Tis in this way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.

7    “These inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou mayst seek thy all in me.”









Shubert  Ave Maria
George Frederic Handel – ‘Comfort Ye My People’ from “The Messiah”
Handel’s Messiah And the Glory of the Lord
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Handel: Messiah, For unto us a child is born (Sir Colin Davis, Tenebrae, LSO)
Händel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
George Frederic Handel – ‘Pastoral Symphony’ from “The Messiah”
J. S. Bach/Charles Gounod – Ave Maria
Praise the Lord – Sergei Rachmaninov
Rock of Ages-  Augustus M. Toplady
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Vespers – 
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El Shaddai by Amy Grant
Judy Collins – Amazing Grace
A Choir of Angels
Rewards By David J. Stewart – Jesus is savior – Cherubim
Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos
Handel – Messiah – by London Philharmonic (Complete Concerto/Full)