Scripture Verse

If I shut up Heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people; If My people, which are called by My name, 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 7:13–14


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

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Brown (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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.


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.


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


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


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