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Every Time I Pray
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Written in 1981 when church was planted with 30 people to reflect spirit of prayer. Music by Wah Lok, Lyrics by Wah Lok and Voon Yuen Woh
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Peak: #9   (127,351 songs currently in Pop)
Peak in sub-genre: #2   (17,162 songs currently in Contemporary Christian)
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February 21, 2006
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MP3 4.1 MB, bitrate 128 kbps.
4:27 minutes
Words/music
Ng Wah Lok & Voon Yuen Woh © 1981 Ng Wah Lok & Voon Yuen Woh
Story behind the song
The song "Every Time I Pray" was written in 1981 for Full Gospel Tabernacle's (FGT) first church camp. At that time, FGT was at her infancy, with only 30 people. Most of the members were young. The leaders were also young at that time. At our first meeting, we raised only a few thousand ringgit which was not even sufficient to pay for the church fixtures. I remembered we were poor and had to sit on the floor at our first few meetings. This was the setting when the song was written. "Every Time I Pray" is our cry to God for help. It reflected our faith in God that He could see us through all the difficulties we faced at that time. We believed in prayer. The church was built on prayer. Prayer has always been and will continue to be the foundation of the church. Before every major decision was taken by the leadership, there would always be a call for the church to pray for a period of time. Today, 20 years later, although FGT has grown to almost 700 members, prayer remains one of the most important activities of the church. Every leader, worker, musician, singer etc. are required to attend the Prayer Meetings on Friday and Sunday mornings. This is a non negotiable requirement. Over the years, there has been pressures on the leadership to remove the Friday prayer meetings but the leadership have always resisted this move. It is still a fundamental belief that prayer is the single most important activity in the Church. There are several recordings of the song in Taiwan, Hong Kong and United States in the Mandarin language. However this is the first English recording of the song. I do not know why God has chosen to single out this song to be the most "anointed" among the 70 songs I have written. I can only guess that it could be because it was written at that period of time when we were weak and desperately seeking God's face. Another reason could be that God really wants all of us to understand the importance of prayer as reflected in the lyrics of the song.
Lyrics
Verse 1 I will come to You in prayer I will seek Your face I will stand within the gap There will I intercede Chorus:- For every time I pray I move the hand of God My prayer does the things My hands cannot do For every time I pray The mountains are removed The paths are made straight And nations turn to you. 2nd verse I am weak and helpless Lord You, my strength shall be Guide me with Your gracious hand There will my victory be.
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