David Herman
David Herman

The power of prayer: Ben Reuven’s song of hope

In these nerve-wracking days of worry and anxiety as we live through the seemingly ceaseless Hamas rocket barrage and wonder when and there it will all end, and hope that it will be soon and peace and calm will return B’Ezrat Hashem to our Holy Land, I felt that it might help Israelis and English-speaking Olim to listen to David Ben Reuven’s spiritually uplifting song called The Power of Prayer which he wrote some years ago after coming on Aliya from England in 1966. He considers it to be one of the best of his 250-plus song hits.

What made him write this unique song? “Well, as an Orthodox Jew and regular synagogue-goer as well as having the good fortune to have lived In the Holy Land of Israel for many years, I felt bound to write a song that would reflect my deep and abiding thanks to Hashem, the Lord in Heaven above, for enabling me, and many like me, to live, play and pray in our wonderful land.”

So here now without further ado is the lyric and link to hear this inspiring song and to sing with Ben Reuven:

THE POWER OF PRAYER
Words and music: Ben Reuven

When everything seems lost
And all hope is gone
When nothing seems right
And you’re counting the cost
Lift your hear up to Heaven
And utter a prayer
And drive away despair
With the power, the power, the power
The power of prayer

‘Cause prayer has the power
To rid you of pain
To brighten your day
To make it sunny again
To banish the blues
To make life worth living all over again
The power
The power, the power, the power
The power of prayer.

So pray, pay, pray,
To Heaven above
For an end to suffering
And a world full of love
And suddenly you’ll find
Your troubles will melt away
For nothing can compare
With the power
The power, the power, the power
The power of prayer.

Copyright Ben Reuven December 1, 2000

About the Author
London-born David Herman came on aliyah in 1966 after graduating from Cambridge University. In the 1960s, he founded the Good Times Publishing Company specializing in publishing newspapers in simplified English, French and Arabic for the Israeli school system. David currenty works as a translator, and is also very active in the field of songwriting and performing under the musical name, David Ben Reuven.
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