Scripture Verse

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Introduction

Words: Jo­seph Hart, Sup­ple­ment to Hymns Com­posed on Var­i­ous Sub­jects, 1762.

Music: Lin­wood Giao­chi­no A. Ros­si­ni (1792–1868) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hart (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Giaochino A. Rossini
(1792–1868)

Lyrics

Prayer is appointed to convey
The blessings God designs to give:
Long as they live should Christians pray;
They learn to pray when first they live.

If pain afflict, or wrongs oppress;
If cares distract, or fears dismay;
If guilt deject, if sin distress;
In every case, still watch and pray.

’Tis prayer supports the soul that’s weak;
Though thought be broken, language lame,
Pray, if thou canst or canst not speak;
But pray with faith in Jesus’ name.

Depend on Him; thou canst not fail;
Make all thy wants and wishes known;
Fear not; His merits must prevail:
Ask but in faith, it shall be done.