Sweet Hour of Prayer

Picture 209 Sweet Hour of Prayer   (40 by 30 inches, oil on canvas on panel)

“The praying Christ: That is the example to which we are to point others. The Christ of humility. The Christ of spiritual communion. The Christ who is dependent upon his Father. The Christ who asks for blessings upon others. The Christ who calls down the power of heave. The Christ who submits, yields, and obeys the will of the Father. The Christ who is one with the Father in at least one way that we may be united with him as well—Through prayer. That is the light we are to show to the world. It is the image of Christ.”  (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, January 1996. 19)

Prayer has always been efficacious in my life. I wanted this painting to reflect that prayer was a priority in the Savior’s life. The scripture reference is Mark 1:35. Jesus was in Capernaum where he healed many that were sick of many divers diseases.

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

In April Conference of 2003, Elder Russel M. Nelson gave a talk entitled, “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” He concluded this address with the following hymn:

Our Prayer to Thee

We pray to Thee, our Heavenly Father,

With grateful hearts and fond emotion.

We thank Thee for our great Exemplar—

Thy beloved and atoning Son—

Who gave Himself as sacred ransom,

That we could live again with Thee!

Our joy is full, our song so gladsome;

Renew our faith and hope in Thee.

We pray to Thee, our Heavenly Father,

With thankful hearts and adoration.

We thank Thee for our loving Savior,

Who redeemed us from death and sin;

He gave to us His truth to brighten

Our path, to help us walk His way,

To love and serve, to lift and lighten

The lives of all who will obey.

We pray to Thee, our Heavenly Father,

With gratitude and deep devotion

For loving faith and endless splendor—

Eternal glory—bound as one!

We pray for mercy and forgiveness

And hope to know Thy holy will.

We yearn for Thee, we plead in meekness,

Thy trust in us may we fulfill.

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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