A Prayer Song

27 06 2014

It is over one hundred years old, but the words of this hymn give melody to the prayer of my heart. Written in 1897 by T.O. Chisholm, this song speaks of a deep longing to be like Jesus and a willingness to completely surrender to the Lord. Sing with me?


Oh, to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer:

This is my constant longing and prayer;

Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,

Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.


Oh, to be like Thee! Oh, to be like Thee!

Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;

Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;

Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.


This song echoes the essence of The Jesus Resolution. It gives wings to our desire to be transformed to look more like Jesus. It challenges me to refuse to settle for lesser longings and shallower yearnings and fix my heart completely on being Christlike. It calls me to set down the distractions that pull at my soul, and open up every piece of my life to God’s purpose for my life.


My Jesus Resolution today is to sing, pray, and live in the depth of five simple words – Oh, to be like Thee! I really do want those five words to be my constant longing and prayer. Today when I feel stuck, I am going to sing this song. When I face a tough choice, I am going to pray these words. As I walk through my day, I am going to live these words. As I do, I long for His image to be impressed deeply on my heart.



One response

28 06 2014
Karen L. Underwood

Thank you. God bless you always.

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