My Faithful Lord
My Faithful Lord is an album to inspire listeners to realize once again the value of prayer and worship. It includes several classic songs and hymns and spiritual songs of prayer including "The Lord's Prayer", J.S. Bach's "Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Create in Me a Clean Heart". Since Valerie has served nearly twenty-five years as a foreign missionary, she has included a section on missions including "A Tender Heart", and "Lord, Send Me Anywhere." Hymns include "How Great Thou Art," "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne" and "Great is Thy Faithfulness." Valerie Knies again affords her mezzo-soprano voice to singing music of inspiration. She is joined by several instrumental accompanists. Most are faculty at the Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin. Pam Loggans is a piano pedagogy teacher with over thirty years experience. She plays all of the piano and keyboard arrangements. Tim Hammond, church music director and cello instructor with a Master's Degree in cello performance, beautifully performs the cello accompaniments. The former Milwaukee Symphony violinists and present Chair of the Strings Department, Betsy Pabon lends her lovely harmonization and obbligatos. Victoria Mulder, who has directed and taught elementary and Jr. High musicians for twenty-five years, adds her rich clarinet to the production. Since her last hymn albums, 'My Master and My Friend' and 'My Blessed Redeemer', Valerie has studied in Hungary with Marta Bukszar, long time member of the Pecs Opera Company, university voice professor and coach of the opera chorus. This recording is one of excellent quality and was made to bring listeners to a closer relationship with God. The introduction on the cover is as follows: "Our church in Hungary meets together twice a week for a time of congregational prayer. This opportunity has profoundly influenced my own personal perspective and practice of prayer. As a result, the Lord began to impress upon my heart the desire to make this recording of songs of prayer. It's purpose is to challenge believers to think more seriously about His example and encouragement for us to pray. There are many types of prayer, beginning with the prayer of salvation. Then, as God teaches us to pray, we learn to praise, to confess, to ask, to intercede and to submit to His will for lives. As we mature spiritually, so does our conversation with the Lord. Hence, this album seeks to challenge every person to appreciate the many facets of personal communication with God. In my own life, I can testify of countless answers to prayer over nearly four decades in my walk with the Lord. If you have never experienced the gift of eternal life in Christ, I challenge you to pray the prayer of faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. If you already have confidence of your salvation, then please listen and meditate upon these songs, hymns and spiritual songs of prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your soul about prayer in your life. Join with me and hide the words of these prayers in your heart to realize the greatness, compassion and love of My Faithful Lord." 1. Prayer of Adoration: "How Great Thou Art" Psalm 8 2. Prayer of Supplication: "Lord, Teach Us To Pray" Luke 11:1 3. Prayer of Instruction: "The Lord's Prayer" Luke 11:2-4 4. Prayer of Intercession: "A Missionary Prayer" Psalm 96 5. Prayer of Dedication: "A Tender Heart" II Timothy 2:20-22 6. Prayer of Submission: "Lord, Send Me Anywhere" Isaiah 6:8 7. Prayer of Protection: "O Lord on High" Isaiah 41:10 8. Prayer of Jubilation: "Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring" Revelation 1:1-18 9. Prayer of Redemption: "My Song" Revelation 5:8-14 10. Prayer of Appreciation: "This Day God Gives Me" Matthew 6:25-34 11. Prayer of Consolation: "My Song in the Night" Psalm 42:8 12. Prayer of Contrition: "Create in Me a Clean Heart" Psalm 51 13. Prayer of Salvation: "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne" John 1:1-18 14. Prayer of Proclamation: "Great is Thy Faithfulness" Lamentations 3:21-26.