pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks;
or this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
Rise, my soul, to watch and pray;
From your sleep awaken!
Be not by the evil day
For the foe,
Well we know,
Is a harvest reaping
While the saints are sleeping.
Watch against the devil's snares
Lest asleep he find you;
For indeed no pains he spares
To deceive and blind you.
Oft are they
Who secure are sleeping
And no watch are keeping.
Watch! Let not the wicked world
With its lies defeat you
Lest with bold deceptions hurled
It betray and cheat you.
Watch and see
Lest there be
Faithless friends to charm you,
Who but seek to harm you.
Watch against yourself, my soul,
Lest with grace you trifle;
Let not self your thoughts control
Nor God's mercy stifle.
Pride and sin
All your hopes to shatter;
Heed not when they flatter.
But while watching, also pray
To the Lord unceasing.
God protects you day by day,
Strength and faith increasing,
So that still
Mind and will
Shall unite to serve Him
And forever love Him.
--J. B. Freystein
"The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit."