Gentle Jesus meek and mild

Published: 27 January 2007 | 5 comments

When I was younger my Mother used to always say prayers with me before going to bed. One of those prayers was one titled ‘Gentle Jesus meek and mild’. I don’t say/pray it as much as I used to but the other day I remembered it and there were a few words I thought I mixed up while saying it, so I decided I’d look it up and see if I really was. Turns out I did mix up a few words, but I also uncovered something else. What I thought was just a short prayer (I only used to pray the first verse) turned out to be really a longer hymn written by Charles Wesley, an English Methodist preacher and hymn writer.

This is the part that I knew:

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
Look upon a little child;
Pity my simplicity,
Suffer me to come to Thee.

and here is it in full:

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
Look upon a little child;
Pity my simplicity,
Suffer me to come to Thee.

Lamb of God, I look to Thee;
Thou shalt my Example be;
Thou art gentle, meek, and mild;
Thou wast once a little child.

Lord, I would be as Thou art;
Give me Thine obedient heart;
Thou art pitiful and kind,
Let me have Thy loving mind.

Let me, above all, fulfill
God my heav’nly Father’s will;
Never His good Spirit grieve;
Only to His glory live.

Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb,
In Thy gracious hands I am;
Make me, Savior, what Thou art,
Live Thyself within my heart.


It’s a very nice hymn and one that would be good to share with your children and others.

Peace and God bless.

Note: There might be a few variations to this around the net, but they should all be saying the same thing, maybe just a few different words.



gravatar Ella Davis Brown — 5 February 2007

Dear Yan:
God is indeed GOOD AND POWERFUL.
I am sitting here at work feeling a little down as I am at a coss-roads with the business. I asked God to remind me that HE is in charge of ALL MY AFFAIRS, and I should relax and let HIM work things out.
I came on line to tune in to the Sunday service at my church in JA. I couldn’t remember the specific web site and in trying to find them I found you and this wonderful payer that I had forgotten.
The message HE sent me through you is that we really do have to trust HIM like a little child.
Thanks love – I say this prayer and pass it on.
Keep up the good work
I love you and I give thank to GOD for your parents Denise & Neville.
Auntie Ella

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 7 February 2007

Auntie Ella:

Thank you. I’m happy that it helped you and you were able to get such a nice revelation from it. You are in our (me, Mom and Dad’s) prayers and we thank the Lord for you also. You’ve been such a blessing to us. I’m sure He will continue to help you through the difficult time you are having and I have no doubt that He will make everything get back in order for you, just keep trusting Him.

Have a wonderful day. Peace and God bless.


gravatar Wilma Cordell — 25 February 2007

Dear Yan
I came across your website whilst looking up the exact words to the children’s prayer, Gentle Jesusmy daughter, Amy-Marina is 2yrs and 10mths old and tries to recite the prayer in her own inimitable way! However, what made me respond was reading the letter from your Aunt Ella to you(hope you didn’t mind!) and her comment on how God is GOOD AND POWERFUL. My husband and I are going through a similar cross-roads with our business and life’s general issues and although we have a good relationshhip with God, we have become blinkered and we have forgotten that HE is ALWAYS there for us…‘ask and you shall receive..’ Thanks to your Aunt Ella’s words, and prayer, we have just refocused on what it is we have to do. TRUST & OBEY!
Many thanks, Yan God bless.
Wilma (Wills) and Alan Cordell

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 2 March 2007


hehe I don’t mind at all. It’s always good to hear from persons who read the site regularly or who happened to stumble upon this site.

It’s wonderful to hear that her words and prayer have helped you and your husband. I know what you mean by the fact that there are times when we forget that the Lord is always there for us. It has happened to me as well, but he has a nice way of reminding us of that.

My prayer for you and your family is that you will continue to trust the Lord. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

May He give you peace and happiness always and fill you to overflowing with his love.

gravatar Unbelievable — 30 May 2008

But what can be said about this verse especially to one who doesn’t say or know the full hymn:

Pity my simplicity,
Suffer me to come to Thee.
At the end of the prayer I would say, “For Christ’s sake, Amen.

I used to only say it up to here when I was a child, now that I am grown up and living a life full of hell I have to wonder if I’ve subjected myself to this hell of a life because I said this prayer.

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