Fanny Crosby

Fanny Crosby, the noted hymn writer, said she never attempted to write a hymn without first kneeling in prayer. Given the fact that she wrote no less than 8,000 songs, she was obviously a woman of considerable prayer.

Like many creative people, Miss Crosby was often under pressure to meet deadlines. One such time came in 1869 as the tried to write lyrics for a tune composed by W.H. Doane. She couldn’t seem to find the words, and then she remembered she had forgotten to pray. As she rose from her knees, she dictated – as fast as her assistant could write – the words for the famous hymn, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross.”

Another time, she had run short of money and needed exactly five dollars for a particular purpose. There was no time to call upon her publishers, so she simply prayed for the money. As she ended her prayer, she began to pace back and forth in her room, trying to get into the mood to write. Just at that time, an admirer called upon her. The two chatted briefly, and in parting, the woman pressed something into her hand. It was a five-dollar bill! Fanny fell to her knees in a prayer of thanksgiving, and upon rising, wrote “All the way my Saviour leads me.”

Pray and keep on praying.

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13