Did You Know Charles Wesley Wrote Prayers to Sing? A Prayerful Look at Intercession Hymn #1 “For All Mankind”

In 1758, Charles Wesley published his collection of 40 Intercession Hymns.

These hymns are examples of intercessory prayers set to music. Music is a good way to remember words, and singing helps people have words of prayer and scripture on their hearts and tongues throughout the day.

Although Wesley’s collection of Intercession Hymns represents an era different from our own, many parts of these intercessory prayers are timeless, especially given their biblical foundations. All of Wesley’s hymns are steeped in scripture, and his Intercession Hymns are no exception. Even portions of hymns that are specific to Wesley’s day can be adapted for current situations.

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Singing Prayers

Earlier this month, I enjoyed watching the movie, Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.

One moment that really spoke to me was how Martin Luther encouraged singing in church services. These hymns were also a great way for people to keep singing praises and scripture while working in the fields throughout the day.

The Psalms were created for this as well. They are meant to be sung. I was thrilled to learn that Seedbed Publishing has created an online resource for singing Psalms to popular hymn tunes.

This is a powerful way to pray the scriptures. Often, it’s easier to remember words when they are set to music. Singing the Psalms helps us draw the words into our hearts. And music does something amazing to our spirits.

Look at Revelation 5:8 – the verse on which the harp and bowl style of worship is modeled. Music and incense (representing our prayers) rises before the throne of God.

When we sing Psalms, that’s exactly what we’re doing. We are participating in the worship around God’s throne. And we can do this any time of any day or night. How amazing!

Often, people hesitate to sing in praise because they feel like they don’t have a “singing voice.” That doesn’t matter. We don’t need voice training to sing to God. And we don’t need to feel like we can carry a tune. All He asks is that we make a joyful noise (Psalm 100:1). God gave each one of us our unique and beautiful voice. He loves to hear us.

So let’s start singing the Psalms in prayer, praise, and worship. God is worthy!