Scripture Verse

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17


Words: Mary A. Kid­der, in Good News, or Songs and Tunes for Sun­day Schools, Chris­tian As­so­cia­tions, and Spe­cial Meet­ings, by Rig­don M. Mc­Intosh (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1876).

Music: Will­iam O. Per­kins (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kid­der or Per­kins (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ our Sav­ior,
Did you sue for loving favor,
As a shield today?


O how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day;
So when life seems dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.

When you met with great temptation,
Did you think to pray?
By His dying love and merit,
Did you claim the Ho­ly Spi­rit
As your guide and stay?


When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?


When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was bowed in sorrow,
Balm of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day?