Expository Songs from I Thessalonians 5

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

Coming as a Thief in the Night (I Thessalonians 5:2)
Garfield Thomas Haywood
Lyrics | Sheet Music

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

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

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

(In Everything) We Give Thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18) (2010)
Popularized by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Everywhere I Go (I Thessalonians 5:18) (2010)
Popularized by Charles Billingsley
YouTube | Amazon

In All Things Give Him Thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18) (1991)
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 | Amazon

Other References

Behold the day of the Lord cometh (I Thessalonians 5:2) (1893)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

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

Sweet Promise is Given to All (I Thessalonians 5:2)
Franklin Belden
Lyrics | Sheet Music

When Blighting and Sorrow Shall Fall (I Thessalonians 5:2)
Carrie Ellis Breck
Lyrics | Sheet Music

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

A Living and a Dead Faith (I Thessalonians 5:5) (1779)
William Cowper | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1779)

Hear the Call of the Kingdom (I Thessalonians 5:5) (2006)
Keith Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Keith and Kristyn Getty
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (I Thessalonians 5:5) (1970)
Kathleen Thomerson

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

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

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

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

May the God of Peace (I Thessalonians 5:23-24) (2016)
Greg de Blieck | Popularized by New Scottish Hymns


Encourage One Another (I Thessalonians 5:11) (1992)
Popularized by Steve Green and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon