If My people…shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.@2 Chronicles 7:14

James A. Brown, in The Lighthouse in Gospel Song, edited by John D. Patton (Birmingham, Alabama: J. D. Patton Company, 1910) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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St. Dominic Praying
El Greco, circa 1588

Pray, pray, in the old-time way,
Come, Christians, gather round;
Pray, pray as they used to pray,
When the power of God came down.

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Pray, pray, the only way
To reach the saints’ high ground;
Pray, pray, the prayer of faith
Will bring God’s blessings down.

Pray, pray where two or three
Are gathered in His name;
Pray, pray, for Jesus said,
I am in the midst of them.

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Pray, pray and seek His face,
And turn from all your sin;
Pray, pray for grace to go
And bring the wanderers in.

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Pray, pray, for souls are lost,
Their blood is on our hands;
Pray, pray even now their feet
Are on death’s sinking sand.

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Pray, pray, O sinner, pray,
Your heart in guilt bowed down;
Pray, pray, for God will hear,
He says, I will be found.

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