Scripture Verse

Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Introduction

Words: John A. Dalles, 1993.

Music: Mar­i­on Ar­thur H. Mes­si­ter, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arthur H. Messiter
(1834–1916)

O Seek the Lord in Pray­er was writ­ten in Pitts­burgh [Penn­syl­van­ia] in 1993. As with ma­ny of my hymn texts, it came as a re­sult of my per­son­al de­vo­tion­al time, and is based on what I had read that morn­ing, Mat­thew 18:20.

It was first sung at Fox Cha­pel Pres­by­ter­i­an Church and first pub­lished in The Co­ve­nant Hym­nal of The Ev­an­gel­i­cal Co­ve­nant Church.

John Dalles

Lyrics

O seek the Lord in prayer
And fall down at Christ’s feet,
As two or three are gathered there,
Entreaties shall Christ meet!
Be whole! Be well! Be holy in the Lord!

Though we were reckoned lost
And numbered with the dead,
Christ came to suffer on the cross,
To grant us life instead!
Be whole! Be well! Be holy in the Lord!

The touch of Christ brings strength,
Makes well and makes alive;
All who are languishing in pain,
Christ ventures to revive!
Be whole! Be well! Be holy in the Lord!

Be calm and do not fear;
Be thoroughly restored!
May joy replace each anguished tear;
The joy of Christ the Lord!
Be whole! Be well! Be holy in the Lord!