“Peace through Prayer,” New Era, Nov. 2012, 47
“What hymn do you want to play?”
“Um, ‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’?”
I could not believe I was doing this. I had just turned 12, and Mutual was a new experience for me. Even though I was eager to participate in my youth activities, I wasn’t sure that I was prepared to play the piano in Mutual.
I was extremely nervous, and several of the harmonies were off-key. I had only a few measures left, but I was not sure how I could go on. I said a short prayer in my heart, and suddenly playing this hymn was a lot easier than it had been before. My playing was still not perfect, but I was calm and was able to finish the hymn with ease.
“Sweet Hour of Prayer” is a beautifully inspiring hymn. I love the section that reads: “In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief … By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!” (“Sweet Hour of Prayer,” Hymns, no. 142). It is a great reminder that prayer is a blessing from our Heavenly Father.
While I was playing this hymn on that Tuesday night, I was given a powerful reminder that prayers are an important blessing that can change our lives. Although being able to play that hymn was not in itself a life-changing experience, the reminder I received that night was powerful and has helped me to remember that prayers are a blessing that can make a real impact in our lives.