Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.@Matthew 26:41

Thomas Hastings, Spiritual Songs for Social Worship, (Utica, New York: 1831), number 119.

Byefield, Thomas Hastings, 1840 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Thomas Hastings (1784-1872)

The Savior bids us watch and pray
Through life’s momentous hour,
And grants the Spirit’s quickening ray
To those who seek His power.

The Savior bids us watch and pray,
Maintain a warrior’s strife;
O Christian! hear His voice today:
Obedience is thy life.

The Savior bids us watch and pray,
For soon the hour will come
That calls us from the earth away
To our eternal home.

The Savior bids us watch and pray,
O hearken to His voice,
And follow where He leads the way,
To Heav’n’s eternal joys!