Come into my heart, O Lord Jesus

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Come into my heart, O Lord Jesus,
Come into my heart, I pray;
My soul is so troubled and weary,
Come into my heart, today.
  Into my heart, into my heart,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus;
Come in today, come in to stay,
  Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
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Come into my heart, O Lord Jesus,
I need Thee through life’s dreary way;
The burden of sin is so heavy,
Come into my heart to stay.
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Come into my heart, O Lord Jesus,
Now cleanse and illumine my soul;
Fill me with Thy wonderful Spirit,
Come in and take full control.
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Anonymous

In Eph. 3:17, Paul prays that Christ would make His home (or "dwell") in the hearts of the Ephesian believers through faith. We should pray this prayer for one another, and of course for ourselves! I understand the last two lines of this hymn--"Fill me with Thy wonderful Spirit, come in and take full control"--to be a reference to Paul's prayer in Eph 3:16-17.


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

@Jim 4/3/2014: Good question. I was surprised when I searched to see that the Bible never tells us to ask the Lord to come into our heart or soul or spirit.

I think it's implied by opening to let Him in when He knocks (Luk 12:36; Rev 3:20).

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The original says "blessed Jesus" instead of "O Lord Jesus". I like the change better than the original because it is more crying out to the Lord.

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Orphaned at an early age, Clarke moved to London, and then to America. He attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and afterwards became involved in composing, publishing music, and evangelism. He served as song leader for Harry Von Bruch and Billy Sunday, being so impressed by Sunday that he established the Billy Sunday Memorial Chapel in Sioux City, Iowa (where he served as pastor until 1945). Clarke also worked in the evangelism field in Garad's Ford, Pennsylvania, and South Milford, Indiana. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


Jim Vass

Where in the Bible does it say to ask Jesus to come into your heart?


Beatrice

Tulsa, OK, United States

Beautiful hymn that young hearts as well as grown ups should hear, sing as they invite Jesus into their hearts.


Brenda Benedetto

Yoncalla, OR, United States

Make Your home in our hearts Lord Jesus!

I used this chorus as a bedtime prayer song with my children!


Ty

London, United Kingdom

I Love this hymn.


Kathy Diggs

Accra, Ghana

I love this song sooooooooo much.


Sarah Johnston

United Kingdom

Both the words and the tune are very touching!


Phebe

Danao, United, Philippines

I like this song because it's a song like a Christian of God!!


Robert Cjr.

It's so beautiful that I like to pray to the Lord Jesus. Hallelujah.

Thus far, we have seen the Christ revealed in Colossians mainly in a doctrinal way. Now we need to see the experience of this Christ. Colossians 2:6-7 says, "As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, having been rooted and being built up in Him, and being established in the faith even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." We need to consider what it means to receive Christ. We received Christ when we opened our being, repented, confessed our sins to Him, and said, "Lord Jesus, I believe into You. Please come into me." When we are newly saved, we may not know that Christ is the life-giving Spirit or that we have a human spirit. We may pray, "Lord Jesus, come into my heart." There is even a popular gospel hymn that says, "Into my heart, into my heart, / Come into my heart, Lord Jesus" (Hymns, #1061). This song is good, but it is not entirely accurate. Second Timothy 4:22a says, "The Lord be with your spirit." It does not say, "The Lord be with your heart." The Lord first comes into our spirit. Ephesians 3:17a speaks of Christ making His home in our heart. After coming into our spirit, Christ gradually makes His home in our heart.

Our spirit may be likened to the living room in a home, and our heart may be likened to the bedroom, the inner chamber. When an unfamiliar guest comes to visit us for a short time, we may welcome him into our living room. However, when an intimate acquaintance comes to stay for several days, we will show him to a bedroom and tell him to feel at home. Regrettably, many of us have received the Lord only into our living room, our spirit. We have not ushered Him into our inner chamber, our heart.

We have received Christ into our spirit, and He now desires to spread into the parts of our heart. The four parts of our heart are our mind, emotion, will, and conscience. Christ is spreading from our spirit in the center of our being to the surrounding parts of our mind, emotion, and will. The Christ whom we have received is not far away, like money in a bank account. Rather, Christ is in our spirit, spreading into our heart. When Christ has spread into all our inward parts, He will be settled in our heart, having made His home in our heart.