Pray without Ceasing

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1 Prayer was appointed to convey
The blessings God designs to give;
Long as they live should Christians pray,
For only while they pray they live.

2 The Christian's heart his prayer indites,
He speaks as prompted from within,
The Spirit his petitions writes,
And Christ receives, and gives it in.

3 And wilt thou in dead silence lie,
When Christ stands waiting for thy prayer?
My soul thou hast a friend on high,
Arise and try thy interest there.

4 If pains afflict, or wrongs oppress,
If cares distract, if fears dismay,
If guilt deject, if sin distress,
Thy remedy's before thee, pray.

5 '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 Jesu's name.

6 Depend on him, thou canst not fail,
Make all thy wants and wishes known;
Fear not; his merits must prevail;
Ask what thou wilt, it shall be done.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: J. Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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First Line: Prayer was appointed to convey
Title: Pray without Ceasing
Author: J. Hart
Language: English



Also known as: FRAMINGHAM GROSSNER GROSSER GOTT HALLE HUNGARIAN MELODY LAUDAMUS PARIS PASCHAL STILLORGAN GROSSER GOTT was set to the German versification in the Katholisches Gesangbuch (see above). Variants of the tune abound; the version found in the Psalter Hymnal came from Johann Schicht's Allg…

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