Lord, teach us how to pray arightAuthor: James Montgomery
Published in 171 hymnals
Lord, teach us how to pray aright,
With reverence and with fear;
Though dust and ashes in Thy sight,
We may, we must draw near.
We perish if we cease from prayer;
Oh! grant us power to pray;
And when to meet Thee we prepare,
Lord, meet us by the way.
Burden'd with guilt, convinced of sin,
In weakness, want, and woe,
Fightings without, and fears within,
Lord, whither shall we go?
God of all grace, we bring to Thee
A broken, contrite heart;
Give, what Thine eye delights to see,
Truth in the inward part.
Give deep humility; the sense
Of godly sorrow give;
A strong, desiring confidence
To hear Thy voice and live;--
Faith in the only Sacrifice
That can for sin atone;
To cast our loves, to fix our eyes
On Christ, on Christ alone;--
Patience to watch, and wait, and weep,
Though mercy long delay;
Courage, our fainting souls to keep,
And trust Thee though Thou slay.
Give these, and then Thy will be done;
Thus, strenghen'd with all might,
We, through Thy Spirit and Thy Son,
Shall pray, and pray aright.
Sacred Poems and Hymns, 1854
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Lord, teach us how to pray aright. J. Montgomery. [Praye.] Written in 1818, and first printed on a broadsheet with Montgomery's "Prayer is the soul's sincere desire;“ “What shall we ask of God in prayer?" and "Thou, God, art a consuming fire ;" for use in the Nonconformist Sunday Schools in Shef¬field. In Cotterill's Selection, 8th ed., 1819, No. 280, it was repeated in full in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "The preparations of the heart in man." During the same year it was given, with alterations and the omission of stanza ii., in E. Bickersteth's Treatise on Prayer. In Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 482, the text in Bickersteth was repeated, with the restoration of stanza ii., and divided into 8 stanzas of 4 lines The text in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 65, is that of the Christian Psalter, 1825, with the change of stanza iv., lines. 1, 2, from:—
"God of all Grace, we come to Thee
With broken, contrite hearts";
"God of all grace, we bring to Thee
A broken, contrite heart."
This change is set down in the margin of Montgomery's private copy of the Christian Psalmist in his own handwriting. This hymn, in full or abridged, is in numerous collections. The variations of text which are found have arisen in a great measure from some editors copying from Cotterill's Selection of 1819, and others from the Christian Psalmist of 1825. The first is the original, and the second (with the above correction in Original Hymns 1853) is the authorized text. In some American Unitarian collections, including A Book of Hymns, 1848; and the Hymn [and Tune] Book for the Church and the Home, &c, 1868, a hymn beginning, "God of all grace, we come to Thee," is given from this, and opens with stanza iv.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Instances (10)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #412||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||Kermit G. Moldenhauer||22.214.171.124||ST. FLAVIAN||F Major or Modal||1993|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #619||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||2000|
|Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition #545||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||James Montgomery (1771-1854)||John Joubert (b. 1927)||126.96.36.199||EDGBASTON||C Major||English||2005|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #427||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #382||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright||J. Montgomery, 1771-1854||J. H. Knecht, 1752-1817||188.8.131.52||DOMINE, CLAMAVI||f minor||English||1996|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #745||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright||James Montgomery, 1771-1854||Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625||184.108.40.206||SONG 67||D Major||English||2006|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #227||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||220.127.116.11||1983|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #316||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||18.104.22.168||1996|
|Rejoice in the Lord #261||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright||James Montgomery||22.214.171.124||Luke 11:1; Job 13:15; Psalm 77:7-8; Luke 15:20||GLENLUCE||F Major||English||1985|
|The Worshiping Church #628||Lord, teach us how to pray aright||Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright||James Montgomery||Thomas Haweis; Samuel Webbe, Jr.||126.96.36.199||Hebrews 10:22; Colossians 1:11; Genesis 18:27; Luke 11:1||RICHMOND||F Major||English||1990|