“Three months of schooling was all I ever had,” writes Amanda Smith. That was at a school for whites, though a few colored children were permitted to attend. To this school my brother and I walked five and a half miles each day, in going and returning, and the attention we received while there was only such as the teacher could give after the requirements of the more favored pupils had been met. In view of the deficiency in my early education, and other disadvantages in this respect, under which I have labored, I crave the indulgence of all who may read this simple and unvarnished story of my life.”
How They Prayed, Vol. Three: Be still, and hear what God shall say.
The book by Edwin and Lillian Harvey, entitled How They Prayed Volume 3, quotes from the diaries, letters, and sermons of pastors and missionaries who have come to acknowledge the part prayer must play in revivals, widespread and local. “To arouse one man or woman to the tremendous power of prayer for others,” says A. J. Gordon, “is worth more than the combined activity of a score of average Christians. What David Brainerd did, others may do. God is no respecter of persons.”
Father Calling: Called to save the children.
Can God call children or rather does God call children? What he can do is infinite; what he does do brings the question down to practicalities. The book Father Calling presents stories of children who received intimations of God’s plan for their lives at a young age. Take Charles Spurgeon for example, or Lord Shaftsbury, or Hudson Taylor, to mention a few. Sometimes the call was direct but more often it came as a result of life experience as in the case of William Quarrier who founded the Quarrier Homes in Scotland. Growing up in the slums of Glasgow, William knew what it was to feel hungry and sometimes homeless. And so he determined to give his life to help other children like himself find a place of comfort and safety from the cruelty of a fallen world.
How They Prayed, Vol. Three: What will it cost?
The book by Edwin and Lillian Harvey, entitled How They Prayed Volume 3, stresses the role of prayer in revivals, widespread and local, and the emphasis many pastors and missionaries placed on private and public prayer. The following quotations from missionaries to Africa and India encourage us to give communion with God top priority in our service for Christ:
“The danger of our day is devotion to duty to the neglect of personal communion. We will do far more and far better if we carefully guard against hindering our times of communion with Him.
“As well try to draw water out of a dry well as to try to carry on Christian service without drawing present life from the Living Vine.
How They Prayed, Vol. Three: When prayer becomes a Symphony
“‘If two of you shall symphonize on earth as touching anything that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my father which is in Heaven.’ The word, symphonize, is a musical term,” wrote A. T. Pierson, “referring to the harmony of notes in a chord, which is possible only when each accords with the whole instrument. One note, out of tune, will turn accord into discord. So the power of joint supplication depends not on the numbers gathered, but on the measure of real agreement of each with the mind and will of God. One out of accord with Him hinders perfect harmony with the rest; hence the smallest number that can agree is specified, because there is more power when two pray, provided they truly agree, than when a larger number apparently unite but such agreement is lacking. Numbers are of no importance, but perfect harmony is.”
How They Prayed, Vol. 3: Is prayer our chief work?
The book by Edwin and Lillian Harvey, entitled How They Prayed Volume 3, reveals the part prayer prayed in revivals, widespread and local, and the emphasis those men used of God in these revivals placed on private and public prayer. The following missionaries to the Orient exhort us out of their rich experience of prevailing prayer, to give communion with God top priority:
How They Prayed, Vol. Three: “See What I can do in answer to a praying people!”
The book by Edwin and Lillian Harvey entitled How They Prayed Volume 3, reveals the part prayer prayed in revivals, widespread and local, and the emphasis those men used of God in these revivals placed on private and public prayer. Henry Breeden was once such man:
“I came to a affixed resolve,” Breeden wrote, “that whatever else I was or was not, and whatever else I did or did not, I would by the grace of God become a man decidedly given up to prayer. And that resolve, I am thankful to be able to say, I have to a great extent been able to carry out.
How They Prayed Volume 3: “Make me an intercessor!”
In the book, How They Prayed, Volume Three,” the authors, Edwin and Lillian Harvey, have given us insight into the heart-breathings of many of God’s children who were called to minister for Him at home or abroad. One such servant–author and missionary–Isobel Kuhn, shares some of her longings with us:
““Lord, I bring Thee my myrrh.’ That was the silent heart-cry that had taken the hurt and fear out of my missionary journey to Lisu-land. I had seldom before been able to offer Him that gift, and I have never forgotten the joy of it.
How They Prayed Volume 3: Prayer—the work of the future!
Words spoken by saints about to depart for their heavenly Home often affect us deeply. John Sung, who did so much to establish God’s work in China, had a dying message for the Church today. “The work of the future is to be the work of prayer,” he gasped.
“There is no way that Christians, in a private capacity, can do so much to promote the work of God and advance the Kingdom of Christ as by prayer,” said Jonathan Edwards.
How They Prayed, Vol. Three: “Pray-er Preachers!”
D. L. Moody said: “Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I have made so little of the power of prayer.” This statement was uttered by D. L. Moody and quoted in the book by Edwin and Lillian Harvey entitled How They Prayed Volume 3. A further quotation by R. A. Torrey reveals the fact that Mr. Moody was a man of prayer in the deepest and most meaningful sense: