I Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

Some hymnals print Charles Wesley’s “Pray, Without Ceasing, Pray” as a standalone hymn; however, there are indications that these stanzas were originally published as part of a sixteen-stanza “Soldiers of Christ, Arise.” Either way, the tune used for that song works as a musical setting for this one:

Pray without ceasing, pray,
Your captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey
And call upon the Lord;
To God your every want
In instant prayer display,
Pray always; pray and never faint,
Pray, without ceasing, pray!

In fellowship; alone,
To God with faith draw near;
Approach His courts, besiege His throne
With all the powers of prayer:
Go to His temple, go,
Nor from His altar move;
Let every house His worship know,
And every heart His love.

To God your spirits dart,
Your souls in words declare,
Or groan, to Him who reads the heart,
The unutterable prayer.
His mercy now implore,
And now show forth His praise,
In shouts, or silent awe, adore
His miracles of grace.

Pour out your souls to God,
And bow them with your knees,
And spread your hearts and hands abroad,
And pray for Sion’s peace;
Your guides, and brethren, bear
For ever on your mind;
Extend the arms of mighty prayer,
In grasping all mankind.

From strength to strength go on,
Wrestle, and fight, and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down,
And win the well-fought day;
Still let the Spirit cry
In all His soldiers, “Come!”
Till Christ the Lord descends from high
And takes the conquerors home.

Expository Songs

Rejoice Forevermore (I Thessalonians 5:16)
Written by Daniel S. Warner
Lyrics | Sheet Music

I Want a Heart to Pray (I Thessalonians 5:17)
Written by Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17)
Written by Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

(In Everything) We Give Thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18)
Popularized by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Lyrics | YouTube

Everywhere I Go (I Thessalonians 5:18)
Popularized by Charles Billingsley

In All Things Give Him Thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18)
Written by Claire Cloninger, Andy Cloninger, Ken Barker
Sheet Music

In Everything Give Thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18)
Popularized by Charlotte Ritchie, Jeff & Sheri Easter
Lyrics | YouTube

Other References

Face to Face (I Thessalonians 5:2)
Popularized by John Michael Talbot and Terry Talbot

Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray (I Thessalonians 5:5-9)
Written by Catherine Winkworth, Johann Burkhard Freystein

A Living and a Dead Faith (I Thessalonians 5:5)
Written by William Cowper | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1783)

Hear the Call of the Kingdom (I Thessalonians 5:5)
Written by Keith Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Keith and Kristyn Getty
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (I Thessalonians 5:5)
Written by Kathleen Thomerson

Christian, Seek Not Yet Repose (I Thessalonians 5:6)
Written by Charlotte Elliott
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Soldier, Rouse Thee! (I Thessalonians 5:6)
Written by George S. Railton

Soldiers of Christ, arise (I Thessalonians 5:8)
Written by Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Importunity in Prayer (I Thessalonians 5:17)
Written by John Newton
Lyrics | Sheet Music

May the God of Peace (I Thessalonians 5:23-24)
Written by Greg de Blieck | Popularized by New Scottish Hymns
Lyrics | Sheet Music | Amazon


Encourage One Another (I Thessalonians 5:11)
Popularized by Steve Green and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart
Lyrics | YouTube

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