Scripture Verse

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38


Daniel W. Whittle (1840–1901)

Words: Da­ni­el W. Whit­tle, 1894. Ap­peared in The Gos­pel Choir No. 2, ed­it­ed by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (To­ron­to, Ca­na­da: Copp, Clark, 1895), num­ber 23. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as El Na­than, one of Whit­tle’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: Uş­ak James Mc­Gra­na­han (🔊 pdf nwc).

James McGranahan (1840–1907)



Watch and pray! when Sa­tan tempts thee,
When as­sailed by foes un­seen;
Christ is ev­er near to shield thee;
In thy con­flict look to Him.


Watch and pray, the time is pass­ing,
Sin and strife will soon be o’er;
Watch and pray, all glo­ry’s dawn­ing—
Then we’ll praise for­ev­er­more.

Watch! for Sa­tan’s hosts sur­round thee,
Gird thine ar­mor on each day;
They are wait­ing to en­snare thee;
In thy con­flict look to Him.


Pray! for thou art weak and help­less,
Poor and wretch­ed and un­done;
None can face the pow­ers of dark­ness,
Save in strength of Christ alone.