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TITLE: THE WORKS OF ANDREW MURRAY  (50-in-1)

AUTHOR: Andrew Murray
CATEGORY: CHRISTIAN LIVING, PRAYER, REVIVAL
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Unlike other collections, this includes the full text of 50 works of Andrew Murray. This is a very LARGE collection, carefully edited and put together and includes an active Table of Contents, as well as a Quick Table of Contents at the beginning for easy navigation.

NOTE: Below are all the works as they appear in this collection, in alphabetical order (with number of chapters in brackets). Since some works have been published with different titles, these have been included when known. A double-asterisk (**) denotes a rare or previously out-of-print work.
May you be blessed as you read the writings of this great man of God!

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BIOGRAPHY:
1. Official Biography of Andrew Murray [Illustrated] (23)
        [aka: The Life of Andrew Murray of South Africa]

BOOKS:
2. Abide in Christ (31)
3. Absolute Surrender (9)
4. Be Perfect (31)
5. Children for Christ, The (52)
6. Deeper Christian Life, The (8)
7. Divine Healing (32)
8. Fruit of the Vine (6)
9. Full Blessing of Pentecost, The (12)
        [aka: Experiencing the Holy Spirit; OR In Search of Spiritual Excellence]
10. Have Mercy Upon Me (31)
11. Holiest of All, The (130)
12. Holy in Christ (31)
13. Humility (12)
14. Inner Chamber and the Inner Life (36) **
15. Key to the Missionary Problem (10)
16. Let Us Draw Nigh (12)
17. Like Christ (32)
18. Lord’s Table: Right Observance of Lord’s Supper (24)
19. Masters Indwelling, The (13)
20. Ministry of Intercession, The (15)
21. New Life: Words for Young Disciples (52)
22. Out of His Fulness (15) **
23. Power of the Blood of Jesus, The (10)
24. Pray Without Ceasing (31)
25. Prayer Life, The (17)
26. School of Obedience (8)
27. Secret of the Cross (31)
28. Spirit of Christ (31)
29. Spiritual Life, The (16) **
30. State of the Church, The (20) **
31. Supreme Need, The (8) **
32. Thy Will Be Done (31)
33. True Vine, The (31)
34. Two Covenants, The (18)
35. Waiting on God! (31)
36. Why Do You Not Believe? (31)
37. With Christ in the School of Prayer (31)
38. Working for God! (31)

PAMPHLETS
39. Cross of Christ (5) **
40. Helps to Intercession (31)
41. In My Name (3) **
42. Jesus Himself (2)
43. Lord Teach Us To Pray (4)
44. Love Made Perfect (2) **
45. Money (4)
46. Power of Persevering Prayer (1)
47. Prophet Priest, The (4) **
48. Within, or the Kingdom of God is Within You (4)

EXTRACTS OF WILLIAM LAW – WITH NOTES BY ANDREW MURRAY
49. Dying to Self (31)
50. Power of the Spirit


 

Andrew Murray’s classic “WITH CHRIST IN THE SCHOOL OF PRAYER” is included in:

TITLE: 7 CLASSICS ON PRAYER

AUTHOR: Bounds, Moody, Muller, Guyon, Goforth, Torrey, Murray
CATEGORY: PRAYER
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This fantastic compilation brings you 7 Christian classics on PRAYER. Ever struggled with how to pray, what to pray for, or just needed encouragement to keep praying? These powerful writings will stir your heart and strengthen your faith, helping you grow in communion with God.
These 7 have been chosen because they are practical, Biblical and have helped thousands throughout the centuries to grow in intimacy with God and in power in their prayer lives. Note: these aren’t just excerpts, these are the ENTIRE book of each classic.

SEVEN CLASSICS ON PRAYER:
• How To Pray – by R. A. Torrey [12 chapters]
• With Christ in the School of Prayer – by Andrew Murray [32 chapters]
• Prevailing Prayer – by D. L. Moody [11 chapters]
• How I Know God Answers Prayer – by Rosalind Goforth [10 chapters]
• Answers to Prayer – from George Muller’s Narratives [6 chapters]
• Power Through Prayer – by E. M. Bounds [20 chapters]
• A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – by Madame Jeanne Guyon [24 chapters]

 

 


Andrew Murray’s book “THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST” also included in:

TITLE: 5 GREAT CLASSICS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT  (5-in-1)

AUTHOR: Edwards, Murray, Torrey, Brengle, Bonar, Simpson
CATEGORY: HOLY SPIRIT
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This fantastic compilation brings you 5 of the greatest Christian classics on the Holy Spirit. Do you want to understand what the Scripture teaches about the Holy Spirit and get to know Him better in your own life? Are you interested in how the Holy Spirit has worked in revivals?
If so, then this collection is for you! Each book in this volume contains the full text of powerful and life-changing writings by men of God who saw the Holy Spirit work powerfully in their ministries. Their writings are practical, Biblical and have helped thousands throughout the centuries to know the Holy Spirit more.

5 GREAT CLASSICS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT contains:
• Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God – by Jonathan Edwards (1741).
• The Spirit of Christ – by Andrew Murray (1888) [31 chapters]
• Walking in the Spirit – by A. B. Simpson (1890′s) [14 chapters]
• When the Holy Ghost is Come – by Samuel Logan Brengle (1909) [23 chapters]
• The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit – by R. A. Torrey (1910) [22 chapters]

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AUTHOR: Charles Spurgeon
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Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a British minister known as the “Prince of Preacher’s” whose writings are considered classics and are still in high-demand today. He preached to over 10 million people in his lifetime and published thousands of sermons, besides starting a College for Pastors as well as orphanages for boys and girls.

This edition includes:
• The original 28 chapters from his Lectures, Volumes 1-3.
* Now also includes chapters 29 and 30 from Vol 4, with Spurgeon’s thoughts on Commentaries!
• Over 30 illustrations of Spurgeon, the Pastors’ College, and Spurgeon’s preaching ministry!
• This edition is fully optimized for your Kindle for easy navigation and is completely searchable.

“Lectures to my Students” were talks given to pastors studying in his College and are full of his passion, wit and wisdom. It has been said that these Lectures were possibly Spurgeon’s “greatest single contribution to the Christian world. There is more practical wisdom, common sense and sage advice packed within these pages than with any other book of similar size or content.”


 

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TITLE: 40 SERMONS ON PRAYER (Vol 1-4)

AUTHOR: Charles Spurgeon
CATEGORY: PRAYER,
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This fantastic volume contains 40 of Spurgeon’s most powerful sermons on Prayer, including:
• A Heavenly Pattern for our Earthly Life (The Lord’s Prayer)
• Behold He Prays!
• Christ’s Prayer for His People
• The Dawn of Revival (Prayer Answered Speedily)
• Effective Prayer
• Essential Points in Prayer
• The Golden Key of Prayer
• The Power of Prayer and Praise
• The Prayer of Jabez
• Praying in the Holy Spirit…and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!


 

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CATEGORY: EVANGELISM, MINISTRY, PREACHING
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 EVANGELISM AND THE SOUL WINNER is a powerful collection of some of the greatest classic writings on evangelism, witnessing and seeking the lost. Be challenged and inspired by Charles Spurgeon, D. L. Moody, R. A. Torrey, Samuel Brengle and others who have experienced revival and moves of God first-hand!
* This is not a cheap scanned copy, but a fully searchable and formatted collection!

Includes the FULL text of:
• WORDS TO WINNERS OF SOULS – by Horatius Bonar (1877). 5 Chapters.
• TO THE WORK! TO THE WORK! – by D. L. Moody (1884). 9 Chapters.
• HOW TO BRING MEN TO CHRIST – by R. A. Torrey (1893). 13 Chapters.
• THE SOUL WINNER – by Charles Spurgeon (1895). 15 Chapters.
• THE SOUL WINNER’S SECRET – by Samuel Brengle (1900). 19 Chapters.
• EVANGELISM – by G. Campbell Morgan (1904). 5 Chapters.
• THE PASSION FOR SOULS – by J. H. Jowett (1905). 7 Chapters.

 

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AUTHOR: D. L. Moody
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D. L. Moody (1837-1899) was probably the most well-known and respected evangelist in the late 1800’s. He preached to thousands on both sides of the Atlantic, started schools and established what is now Moody Bible Institute.

This collection contains TWENTY-FIVE works – his life and most famous books, packed full of Scripture, passion and timeless truth:

  1. Why God Used D. L. Moody (7 chapters)
  2. The Life and Work of Dwight L. Moody (34 chapters)
  3. The Overcoming Life (9 chapters)
  4. Secret Power in Christian Life and Service (5 chapters)
  5. Men of the Bible (7 chapters)
  6. The Way to God and How to Find it (9 chapters)
  7. Heaven – Where it is and how to Get There (9 chapters)
  8. Prevailing Prayer – What Hinders It? (11 chapters)
  9. Sowing and Reaping (8 chapters)
  10. Weighed and Wanting – Addresses on the Ten Commandments (13 chapters)
  11. To the Work! To the Work! (9 chapters)
  12. Sovereign Grace (11 chapters)
  13. Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study (16 chapters)
  14. Wondrous Love and other Gospel Addresses (10 chapters)
  15. That Gospel Sermon on the Blessed Hope
  16. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (365 – daily readings)
  17. Moody’s Latest Sermons (7 sermons)
  18. Where Art Thou? (12 select sermons)
  19. Thou Fool! (and other sermons)
  20. The Way Home (and other sermons)
  21. Bible Characters (11 chapters)
  22. Life Words
  23. Moody’s Anecdotes and Illustrations
  24. Moody’s Stories
  25. The Home Work of D. L. Moody (9 chapters)

 

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These 25 Classic Christian Biographies contain the life stories of men of God who have challenged and captivated countless Christians through the centuries. From Saint Augustine to Saint Francis, Calvin to Wesley, Charles Spurgeon to Hudson Taylor – history has been shaped, God has been glorified, and Christians have been inspired through their lives and legacy. See below for the full list of these 25 world-changers.

It is our prayer that by reading this collection of Classic Christian Biographies you too will be strengthened in your walk with the Lord and challenged to follow him with your whole heart!

Please note that these are the full, original biographies (not just sketches or brief overviews), captured in the language of the original biographer, which for earlier biographies can sometimes be a little archaic.

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* Includes an Active Table of Contents to navigate between books.
* Arranged according to year of death.
* Note that while this volume looks at famous Christian men who changed and impacted history, the soon-to-be-released companion volume looks at famous Christian women.

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Classic Christian Biographies – Book Listing:

1. The Authoritative Life Of General William Booth (1912)
2. The Story Of John G. Paton (1907)
3. Hudson Taylor – A Retrospect (1905)
4. The Life And Work Of Dwight L. Moody (1899)
5. George Müller Of Bristol (1898)
6. C. H. Spurgeon: A Biography (1892)
7. Biography Of Charles Finney (1875)
8. The Personal Life Of David Livingstone (1873)
9. Biography Of Robert Murray McCheyne (1843)
10. The Life Of William Carey (1834)
11. Henry Martyn: Saint And Scholar (1812)
12. John Wesley, The Evangelist (1791)
13. George Whitefield: A Biography (1770)
14. The Biography Of Jonathan Edwards (1758)
15. The Life And Diary Of David Brainerd With Reflections (1747)
16. John Bunyan – Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners (1688)
17. The Life Of Dr. John Owen (1683)
18. The Life Of Calvin (1564)
19. The Life Of Luther (1546)
20. The Life Of William Tyndale (1536)
21. Raymond Lull – First Missionary To The Muslims (1315)
22. The Life Of The Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas (1274)
23. The Life And Legends Of Saint Francis Of Assisi (1226)
24. The Confession Of Saint Patrick (461)
25. The Confessions Of Saint Augustine (430)

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How To Pray is the classic manual on prayer by R. A. Torrey. Though written over a century ago it is still just as powerful and relevant to our day and age. Torrey passionately and practically guides the reader on the importance of prayer, praying in the Spirit, hindrances to prayer, prayer and revival…and much more!

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HOW TO PRAY – by R. A. Torrey

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Chapter One

In the 6th chapter of Ephesians in the 18th verse we read words which put the tremendous importance of prayer with startling and overwhelming force:

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

When we stop to weigh the meaning of these words, then note the connection in which they are found, the intelligent child of God is driven to say,

“I must pray, pray, pray. I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer. Whatever else I do, I must pray.”

The Revised Version is, if possible, stronger than the Authorized:

“With all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

Note the ALLS: “with ALL prayer,” “at ALL seasons,” “in ALL perseverance,” “for ALL the saints.” Note the piling up of strong words, “prayer,” “supplication,” “perseverance.” Note once more the strong expression, “watching thereunto,” more literally, “being sleepless thereunto.” Paul realized the natural slothfulness of man, and especially his natural slothfulness in prayer. How seldom we pray things through! How often the church and the individual get right up to the verge of a great blessing in prayer and just then let go, get drowsy, quit. I wish that these words “being sleepless unto prayer” might burn into our hearts. I wish the whole verse might burn into our hearts.

But why is this constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer so needful?

  1. First of all, BECAUSE THERE IS A DEVIL. He is cunning, he is mighty, he never rests, he is ever plotting the downfall of the child of God; and if the child of God relaxes in prayer, the devil will succeed in ensnaring him.

This is the thought of the context. The 12th verse reads: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (R.V.) Then comes the 13th verse: “Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.” (R.V.) Next follows a description of the different parts of the Christian’s armor, which we are to put on if we are to stand against the devil and his mighty wiles. Then Paul brings all to a climax in the 18th verse, telling us that to all else we must add prayer – constant, persistent, untiring, sleepless prayer in the Holy Spirit, or all else will go for nothing.

  1. A second reason for this constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer is that PRAYER IS GOD’S APPOINTED WAY FOR OBTAINING THINGS, AND THE GREAT SECRET OF ALL LACK IN OUR EXPERIENCE, IN OUR LIFE AND IN OUR WORK IS NEGLECT OF PRAYER.

James brings this out very forcibly in the 4th chapter and 2nd verse of his epistle: “Ye have not because ye ask not.” These words contain the secret of the poverty and powerlessness of the average Christian – neglect of prayer.

“Why is it,” many a Christian is asking, “I make so little progress in my Christian life?”

“Neglect of prayer,” God answers. “You have not because you ask not.”

“Why is it,” many a minister is asking, “I see so little fruit from my labors?”

Again God answers, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.”

“Why is it,” many a Sunday-School teacher is asking, “that I see so few converted in my Sunday-School class?”

Still God answers, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.”

“Why is it,” both ministers and churches are asking, “that the church of Christ makes so little headway against unbelief and error and sin and worldliness?”

Once more we hear God answering, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.”

  1. The third reason for this constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer is that THOSE MEN WHOM GOD SET FORTH AS A PATTERN OF WHAT HE EXPECTED CHRISTIANS TO BE – THE APOSTLES – REGARDED PRAYER AS THE MOST IMPORTANT BUSINESS OF THEIR LIVES.

When the multiplying responsibilities of the early church crowded in upon them, they “called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But WE WILL GIVE OURSELVES CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER and to the ministry of the Word.” It is evident from what Paul wrote to the churches and to individuals about praying for them, that very much of his time and strength and thought was given to prayer. (Rom. 1:9, R.V.; Eph. 1:15,16; Col. 1:9, R.V.; 1 Thess. 3:10; 2 Tim. 1:3, R.V.)

All the mighty men of God outside the Bible have been men of prayer. They have differed from one another in many things, but in this they have been alike.

  1. But there is a still weightier reason for this constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer. It is, PRAYER OCCUPIED A VERY PROMINENT PLACE AND PLAYED A VERY IMPORTANT PART IN THE EARTHLY LIFE OF OUR LORD.

Turn, for example, to Mark 1:35. We read, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” The preceding day had been a very busy and exciting one, but Jesus shortened the hours of needed sleep that He might arise early and give Himself to more sorely needed prayer.

Turn again to Luke 6:12, where we read, “And it came to pass in those days that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” Our Savior found it necessary on occasion to take a whole night for prayer.

The words “pray” and “prayer” are used at least twenty-five times in connection with our Lord in the brief record of His life in the four Gospels, and His praying is mentioned in places where the words are not used. Evidently prayer took much of the time and strength of Jesus, and a man or woman who does not spend much time in prayer, cannot properly be called a follower of Jesus Christ.

  1. There is another reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer that seems if possible even more forcible than this, namely, PRAYING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE PRESENT MINISTRY OF OUR RISEN LORD.

Christ’s ministry did not close with His death. His atoning work was finished then, but when He rose and ascended to the right hand of the Father, He entered upon other work for us just as important in its place as His atoning work. It cannot be divorced from His atoning work; it rests upon that as its basis, but it is necessary to our complete salvation.

What that great present work is, by which He carries our salvation on to completeness, we read in Heb. 7:25, “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing HE EVER LIVETH TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR THEM.” This verse tells us that Jesus is able to save us unto the uttermost, not merely FROM the uttermost, but UNTO the uttermost, unto entire completeness, absolute perfection, because He not merely died, but because He also “ever liveth.” The verse also tells us for what purpose He now lives, “TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR US,” to pray. Praying is the principal thing He is doing in these days. It is by His prayers that He is saving us.

The same thought is found in Paul’s remarkable, triumphant challenge in Rom. 8:34 – “Who is he that shall condemn? It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, WHO ALSO MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US.” (R.V.)

If we then are to have fellowship with Jesus Christ in His present work, we must spend much time in prayer; we must give ourselves to earnest, constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer. I know of nothing that has so impressed me with a sense of the importance of praying at all seasons, being much and constantly in prayer, as the thought that that is the principal occupation at present of my risen Lord. I want to have fellowship with Him, and to that end I have asked the Father that whatever else He may make me, to make me at all events an intercessor, to make me a man who knows how to pray, and who spends much time in prayer.

This ministry of intercession is a glorious and a mighty ministry, and we can all have part in it. The man or the woman who is shut away from the public meeting by sickness can have part in it; the busy mother; the woman who has to take in washing for a living can have part – she can mingle prayers for the saints, and for her pastor, and for the unsaved, and for foreign missionaries, with the soap and water as she bends over the washtub, and not do the washing any more poorly on that account; the hard driven man of business can have part in it, praying as he hurries from duty to duty. But of course we must, if we would maintain this spirit of constant prayer, take time – and take plenty of it – when we shall shut ourselves up in the secret place alone with God for nothing but prayer.

  1. The sixth reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer is that PRAYER IS THE MEANS THAT GOD HAS APPOINTED FOR OUR RECEIVING MERCY, AND OBTAINING GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED.

Heb. 4:16 is one of the simplest and sweetest verses in the Bible, – “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” These words make it very plain that God has appointed a way by which we shall seek and obtain mercy and grace. That way is prayer; bold, confident, outspoken approach to the throne of grace, the most holy place of God’s presence, where our sympathizing High Priest, Jesus Christ, has entered in our behalf. (Verses 14, 15.)

Mercy is what we need, grace is what we must have, or all our life and effort will end in complete failure. Prayer is the way to get them. There is infinite grace at our disposal, and we make it ours experimentally by prayer. Oh, if we only realized the fullness of God’s grace, that is ours for the asking, its height and depth and length and breadth, I am sure that we would spend more time in prayer. The measure of our appropriation of grace is determined by the measure of our prayers.

Who is there that does not feel that he needs more grace? Then ask for it. Be constant and persistent in your asking. Be importunate and untiring in your asking. God delights to have us “shameless” beggars in this direction; for it shows our faith in Him, and He is mightily pleased with faith. Because of our “shamelessness” He will rise and give us as much as we need (Luke 11:8). What little streams of mercy and grace most of us know, when we might know rivers overflowing their banks!

  1. The next reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer is that PRAYER IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF HAS APPOINTED FOR HIS DISCIPLES TO OBTAIN FULLNESS OF JOY.

He states this simply and beautifully in John 16:24, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be fulfilled.” “Made full” is the way the Revised Version reads. Who is there that does not wish his joy filled full? Well, the way to have it filled full is by praying in the name of Jesus. We all know people whose joy is filled full, indeed, it is just running over, is shining from their eyes, bubbling out of their very lips, and running off their finger tips when they shake hands with you. Coming in contact with them is like coming in contact with an electrical machine charged with gladness. Now people of that sort are always people that spend much time in prayer.

Why is it that prayer in the name of Christ brings such fullness of joy? In part, because we get what we ask. But that is not the only reason, nor the greatest. It makes God real. When we ask something definite of God, and He gives it, how real God becomes! He is right there! It is blessed to have a God who is real, and not merely an idea. I remember how once I was taken suddenly and seriously sick all alone in my study. I dropped upon my knees and cried to God for help. Instantly all pain left me – I was perfectly well. It seemed as if God stood right there, and had put out His hand and touched me. The joy of the healing was not so great as the joy of meeting God.

There is no greater joy on earth or in heaven, than communion with God, and prayer in the name of Jesus brings us into communion with Him. The Psalmist was surely not speaking only of future blessedness, but also of present blessedness when he said, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy.” (Ps. 16.11.) O the unutterable joy of those moments when in our prayers we really press into the presence of God!

Does some one say. “I have never known any such joy as that in prayer”?

Do you take enough leisure for prayer to actually get into God’s presence? Do you really give yourself up to prayer in the time which you do take?

  1. The eighth reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer is that PRAYER, IN EVERY CARE AND ANXIETY AND NEED OF LIFE, WITH THANKSGIVING, IS THE MEANS THAT GOD HAS APPOINTED FOR OBTAINING FREEDOM FROM ALL ANXIETY, AND THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING.

“Be careful for nothing,” says Paul, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6,7.) To many this seems at the first glance, the picture of a life that is beautiful, but beyond the reach of ordinary mortals; not so at all. The verse tells us how the life is attainable by every child of God: “Be careful for nothing,” or as the Revised Version reads, “In nothing be anxious.” The remainder of the verse tells us how, and it is very simple: “But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” What could be plainer or more simple than that? Just keep in constant touch with God, and when any trouble or vexation, great or small, comes up, speak to Him about it, never forgetting to return thanks for what He has already done. What will the result be? “The peace of God which passeth all understanding shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” (R.V.)

That is glorious, and as simple as it is glorious! Thank God, many are trying it. Don’t you know any one who is always serene? Perhaps he is a very stormy man by his natural make-up, but troubles and conflicts and reverses and bereavements may sweep around him, and the peace of God which passeth all understanding guards his heart and his thoughts in Christ Jesus.

We all know such persons. How do they manage it?

Just by prayer, that is all. Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.

Some of us let the hurry of our lives crowd prayer out, and what a waste of time and energy and nerve force there is by the constant worry! One night of prayer will save us from many nights of insomnia. Time spent in prayer is not wasted, but time invested at big interest.

  1. The ninth reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer is that PRAYER IS THE METHOD THAT GOD HIMSELF HAS APPOINTED FOR OUR OBTAINING THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Upon this point the Bible is very plain. Jesus says, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13.) Men are telling us in these days, very good men too, “You must not pray for the Holy Spirit,” but what are they going to do with the plain statement of Jesus Christ, “How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit TO THEM THAT ASK HIM?”

Some years ago when an address on the baptism with the Holy Spirit was announced, a brother came to me before the address and said with much feeling,

“Be sure and tell them not to pray for the Holy Spirit.”

“I will surely not tell them that, for Jesus says, ‘How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him’.”

“Oh, yes,” he replied, “but that was before Pentecost.”

“How about Acts 4:31? was that before Pentecost, or after?”

“After, of course.”

“Read it.”

“‘And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and they spake the Word of God with boldness.'”

“How about Acts 8:15? was that before Pentecost or after?”

“After.”

“Please read.”

“‘Who, when they were come down PRAYED for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.'”

He made no answer. What could he answer? It is plain as day in the Word of God that before Pentecost and after, the first baptism and the subsequent fillings with the Holy Spirit were received in answer to definite prayer. Experience also teaches this.

Doubtless many have received the Holy Spirit the moment of their surrender to God before there was time to pray, but how many there are who know that their first definite baptism with the Holy Spirit came while they were on their knees or faces before God, alone or in company with others, and who again and again since that have been filled with the Holy Spirit in the place of prayer!

I know this as definitely as I know that my thirst has been quenched while I was drinking water. Early one morning in the Chicago Avenue Church prayer room, where several hundred people had been assembled a number of hours in prayer, the Holy Spirit fell so manifestly, and the whole place was so filled with His presence, that no one could speak or pray, but sobs of joy filled the place. Men went out of that room to different parts of the country, taking trains that very morning, and reports soon came back of the out-pouring of God’s Holy Spirit in answer to prayer. Others went out into the city with the blessing of God upon them. This is only one instance among many that might be cited from personal experience.

If we would only spend more time in prayer, there would be more fullness of the Spirit’s power in our work. Many and many a man who once worked unmistakably in the power of the Holy Spirit is now filling the air with empty shoutings, and beating it with his meaningless gesticulations, because he has let prayer be crowded out. we must spend much time on our knees before God, if we are to continue in the power of the Holy Spirit.

  1. The tenth reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer is that PRAYER IS THE MEANS THAT CHRIST HAS APPOINTED WHEREBY OUR HEARTS SHALL NOT BECOME OVERCHARGED WITH SURFEITING AND DRUNKENNESS AND CARES OF THIS LIFE, AND SO THE DAY OF CHRIST’S RETURN COME UPON US SUDDENLY AS A SNARE.

One of the most interesting and solemn passages upon prayer in the Bible is along this line. (Luke 21:34-36) “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell in the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and PRAY ALWAYS, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” According to this passage there is only one way in which we can be prepared for the coming of the Lord when He appears, that is, through much prayer.

The coming again of Jesus Christ is a subject that is awakening much interest and much discussion in our day; but it is one thing to be interested in the Lord’s return, and to talk about it, and quite another thing to be prepared for it. We live in an atmosphere that has a constant tendency to unfit us for Christ’s coming. The world tends to draw us down by its gratifications and by its cares. There is only one way by which we can rise triumphant above these things-by constant watching unto prayer, that is, by sleeplessness unto prayer. “Watch” in this passage is the same strong word used in Eph. 6:18, and “always” the same strong phrase “in every season.” The man who spends little time in prayer, who is not steadfast and constant in prayer, will not be ready for the Lord when He comes. But we may be ready. How? Pray! Pray! Pray!

  1. There is one more reason for constant, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer, and it is a mighty one: BECAUSE OF WHAT PRAYER ACCOMPLISHES. Much has really been said upon that already, but there is much also that should be added.

(1) Prayer promotes our spiritual growth as almost nothing else, indeed as nothing else but Bible study; and true prayer and true Bible study go hand in hand.

It is through prayer that my sin is brought to light, my most hidden sin. As I kneel before God and pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me,” (Ps.139:23,24), God shoots the penetrating rays of His light into the innermost recesses of my heart, and the sins I never suspected are brought to view. In answer to prayer, God washes me from mine iniquity and cleanses me from my sin (Ps. 51:2). In answer to prayer my eyes are opened to behold wondrous things out of God’s Word (Ps. 119:18). In answer to prayer I get wisdom to know God’s way (Jas. 1:5) and strength to walk in it. As I meet God in prayer and gaze into His face, I am changed into His own image from glory to glory ( 2 Cor. 3:18). Each day of true prayer life finds me liker to my glorious Lord.

John Welch, son-in-law to John Knox, was one of the most faithful men of prayer this world ever saw. He counted that day ill-spent in which seven or eight hours were not used alone with God in prayer and the study of His Word. An old man speaking of him after his death said, “He was a type of Christ.”

How came he to be so like his Master?

His prayer life explains the mystery.

(2) Prayer brings power into our work.

If we wish power for any work to which God calls us, be it preaching, teaching, personal work, or the rearing of our children, we can get it by earnest prayer.

A woman with a little boy who was perfectly incorrigible, once came to me in desperation and said:

“What shall I do with him?”

I asked, “Have you ever tried prayer?”

She said that she had prayed for him, she thought. I asked if she had made his conversion and his character a matter of definite, expectant prayer. She replied that she had not been definite in the matter. She began that day, and at once there was a marked change in the child, and he grew up into Christian manhood.

How many a Sunday-school teacher has taught for months and years, and seen no real fruit from his labors, and then has learned the secret of intercession, and by earnest pleading with God, has seen his scholars brought one by one to Christ! How many a poor preacher has become a mighty man of God by casting away his confidence in his own ability and gifts, and giving himself up to God to wait upon Him for the power that comes from on high! John Livingstone spent a night, with some others likeminded, in prayer to God and religious conversation, and when he preached next day in the Kirk of Shotts five hundred people were converted, or dated some definite uplift in their life to that occasion. Prayer and power are inseparable.

(3) Prayer avails for the conversion of others. There are few converted in this world unless in connection with some one’s prayers. I formerly thought that no human being had anything to do with my own conversion, for I was not converted in church or Sunday-school, or in personal conversation with any one. I was awakened in the middle of the night and converted. As far as I can remember I had not the slightest thought of being converted, or of anything of that character, when I went to bed and fell asleep; but I was awakened in the middle of the night and converted probably inside of five minutes. A few minutes before I was about as near eternal perdition as one gets. I had one foot over the brink and was trying to get the other one over. I say I thought no human being had anything to do with it, but I had forgotten my mother’s prayers, and I afterward learned that one of my college classmates had chosen me as one to pray for until I was saved.

Prayer often avails where everything else fails. How utterly all of Monica’s efforts and entreaties failed with her son, but her prayers prevailed with God, and the dissolute youth became St. Augustine, the mighty man of God. By prayer the bitterest enemies of the Gospel have become its most valiant defenders, the greatest scoundrels the truest sons of God, and the vilest women the purest saints. Oh, the power of prayer to reach down, down, down, where hope itself seems vain, and lift men and women up, up, up into fellowship with and likeness to God. It is simply wonderful! How little we appreciate this marvelous weapon!

(4) Prayer brings blessings to the church.

The history of the church has always been a history of grave difficulties to overcome. The devil hates the church and seeks in every way to block its progress; now by false doctrine, again by division, again by inward corruption of life. But by prayer, a clear way can be made through everything. Prayer will root out heresy, allay misunderstanding, sweep away jealousies and animosities, obliterate immoralities, and bring in the full tide of God’s reviving grace. History abundantly proves this. In the hour of darkest portent, when the case of the church, local or universal, has seemed beyond hope, believing men and believing women have met together and cried to God and the answer has come.

It was so in the days of Knox, it was so in the days of Wesley and Whitfield, it was so in the days of Edwards and Brainerd, it was so in the days of Finney, it was so in the days of the great revival of 1857 in this country and of 1859 in Ireland, and it will be so again in your day and mine. Satan has marshalled his forces. Christian science with its false Christ- a woman-lifts high its head. Others making great pretensions of apostolic methods, but covering the rankest dishonesty and hypocrisy with these pretensions, speak with loud assurance. Christians equally loyal to the great fundamental truths of the Gospel are glowering at one another with a devil-sent suspicion. The world, the flesh and the devil are holding high carnival. It is now a dark day, BUT-now “it is time for Thee, Lord, to work; for they have made void Thy law.” (Ps. 199:126). And He is getting ready to work, and now He is listening for the voice of prayer. Will He hear it? Will He hear it from you? Will He hear it from the church as a body? I believe He will.

— END OF CHAPTER ONE —


 

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D. L. Moody on criticizing preachers

D. L. Moody on Criticizing Preachers

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There are many professed Christians who are all the time finding fault and criticising. They criticise the preaching, or the singing. The prayers will be either too long or too short, too loud, or not loud enough. They will find fault with the reading of the Word of God, or will say it was not the right portion. They will criticise the preacher. “I do not like his style,” they say. If you doubt what I say, listen to the people as they go out of a revival meeting, or any other religious gathering.

“What did you think of the preacher?” says one. “Well, I must confess I was disappointed. I did not like his manner. He was not graceful in his actions.” Another will say: “He was not logical; I like logic.” Or another: “He did not preach enough about repentance.” If a preacher does not go over every doctrine in every sermon people begin to find fault. They say: “There was too much repentance, and no Gospel; or, it was all Gospel, and no repentance.” “He spoke a great deal abort justification, but he said nothing about sanctification.” So if a man does not go right through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in one sermon, they at once proceed to criticise and find fault.

“The fact is,” says some one of this class, “the man did not touch my heart at all.” Some one else will say, “He was all heart and no head. I like a man to preach to my intellect.” Or, “He appeals too much to the will; he does not give enough prominence to the doctrine of election.” Or, again, “There is no backbone in his preaching; he does not lay sufficient stress on doctrine.” Or, “He is not eloquent;” and so on, and so on.

You may find hundreds of such fault-finders among professed Christians; but all their criticism will not lead one solitary soul to Christ. I never preached a sermon yet that I could not pick to pieces and find fault with. I feel that Jesus Christ ought to have a far better representative than I am. But I have lived long enough to discover that there is nothing perfect in this world. If you are to wait until you can find a perfect preacher, or perfect meetings, I am afraid you will have to wait till the millennium arrives. What we want is to be looking right up to Him. Let us get done with fault-finding. When I hear people talk in the way I have described, I say to them, “Come and do better yourself. Step up here and try what you can do.” My friends, it is so easy to find fault; it takes neither brains nor heart.

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From “To the Work” chapter 1.  Available in the special edition “The Works of D.L. Moody (25-in-1)”

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  3. The Overcoming Life (9 chapters)
  4. Secret Power in Christian Life and Service (5 chapters)
  5. Men of the Bible (7 chapters)
  6. The Way to God and How to Find it (9 chapters)
  7. Heaven – Where it is and how to Get There (9 chapters)
  8. Prevailing Prayer – What Hinders It? (11 chapters)
  9. Sowing and Reaping (8 chapters)
  10. Weighed and Wanting – Addresses on the Ten Commandments (13 chapters)
  11. To the Work! To the Work! (9 chapters)
  12. Sovereign Grace (11 chapters)
  13. Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study (16 chapters)
  14. Wondrous Love and other Gospel Addresses (10 chapters)
  15. That Gospel Sermon on the Blessed Hope
  16. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (365 – daily readings)
  17. Moody’s Latest Sermons (7 sermons)
  18. Where Art Thou? (12 select sermons)
  19. Thou Fool! (and other sermons)
  20. The Way Home (and other sermons)
  21. Bible Characters (11 chapters)
  22. Life Words
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  24. Moody’s Stories
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2. Abide in Christ (31)
3. Absolute Surrender (9)
4. Be Perfect (31)
5. Children for Christ, The (52)
6. Deeper Christian Life, The (8)
7. Divine Healing (32)
8. Fruit of the Vine (6)
9. Full Blessing of Pentecost, The (12)
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10. Have Mercy Upon Me (31)
11. Holiest of All, The (130)
12. Holy in Christ (31)
13. Humility (12)
14. Inner Chamber and the Inner Life (36) **
15. Key to the Missionary Problem (10)
16. Let Us Draw Nigh (12)
17. Like Christ (32)
18. Lord’s Table: Right Observance of Lord’s Supper (24)
19. Masters Indwelling, The (13)
20. Ministry of Intercession, The (15)
21. New Life: Words for Young Disciples (52)
22. Out of His Fulness (15) **
23. Power of the Blood of Jesus, The (10)
24. Pray Without Ceasing (31)
25. Prayer Life, The (17)
26. School of Obedience (8)
27. Secret of the Cross (31)
28. Spirit of Christ (31)
29. Spiritual Life, The (16) **
30. State of the Church, The (20) **
31. Supreme Need, The (8) **
32. Thy Will Be Done (31)
33. True Vine, The (31)
34. Two Covenants, The (18)
35. Waiting on God! (31)
36. Why Do You Not Believe? (31)
37. With Christ in the School of Prayer (31)
38. Working for God! (31)

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40. Helps to Intercession (31)
41. In My Name (3) **
42. Jesus Himself (2)
43. Lord Teach Us To Pray (4)
44. Love Made Perfect (2) **
45. Money (4)
46. Power of Persevering Prayer (1)
47. Prophet Priest, The (4) **
48. Within, or the Kingdom of God is Within You (4)

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50. Power of the Spirit

 

Amy Carmichael and demon possession

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While it is often overlooked, Amy Carmichael more than once faced ‘evil spirits’ and demon-possession in her ministry.  The first of these occurred in Japan in her first year and is noted in chapter 5 of “From Sunrise Land.” (This previously out-of-print book is now available in kindle and paperback).

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Friday night, July 14, 1893 —May the Spirit of Truth now hold my pen, as I try to tell you of yesterday’s life. A week might have been compressed into those twelve hours, one seems to have lived through so much.

Early in the morning we heard that quite close to us an old man was possessed by “the fox-spirit.” Demoniacal possession is much the same here as in Palestine, of old. I had heard about it, but barely believed in it. We listened now while they talked.

It was the old story retold. “Wheresoever it taketh him, it teareth him; and he foameth and gnasheth with his teeth and pineth away.”

And as we listened wonderingly, suddenly flashed the question, “Why could not we cast him out?”

Almost stunned with the thought, I went straight to my room, and asked Him. And the answer came, “Because of your unbelief.” Of the next few hours I cannot write.

Then I went to T. San our interpreter, and asked her, did she believe our Lord Jesus was willing to cast the devil out of that man. She was rather startled, but after praying over it, she too believed.

Our first impulse was to go at once, but “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” caused us to wait; in the meantime we sent a message to the people, asking might we go to see him, and they replied we might, but that he was very wild, “had six foxes,” and was tied up.

Then we waited, T. San and I, each alone, before the Lord. I cannot tell you much of these solemn hours, but just this much seems to His glory. Even physical strength and mental power left me, it was in literal utter nothingness we went forth in His Name. What was done, was all of God.

We went, and were taken upstairs. I had been prepared for much, but for nothing so awful as this. Stretched upon the floor, fastened crosswise upon two beams, bound and strapped hand and foot, his body covered with burns and wounds —it was terrible. . . . But nothing to what followed. At the name of Christ a fearful paroxysm came on. It seemed as though the powers of hell were let loose. Blasphemies which even I could recognise as such, were poured forth. A voice not his own spoke, and then his voice, dry and cracked, seemed to echo the other. He struggled to get at us, but they held him down, and covered his face. We knelt and prayed, but it seemed as though the devil were mocking us. He grew more violent every moment; it was worse than useless to wait. Can you think how I felt then? His Name dishonoured among the heathen, and I had done it. Far, far better never to have come! This was the fiery dart which was hurled against me. And yet, surely He had sent us, surely it was no self-movement. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” In the lull which those words brought, I could hear it again. “All power is given unto Me,” it said. “These signs shall follow them that believe: in My Name shall they east out devils. Fear thou not, FOR I AM WITH THEE!”

As the poor wife followed us to the door, with no thought of reproach for what must have seemed to her a cruel intrusion, I could tell her through T. San, what had just been told me, our God would conquer. When the evil spirit was cast out, we asked her to let us know, until then we would pray at home. And yet, I’m afraid my faith was very weak, for I was almost broken down, and when dear Sarah met us with loving sympathy, and told us she too was praying, it was very comforting.

One hour afterwards the Answer came, The “foxes” had gone, the cords were off, and he was lying, weak indeed, but himself again. At night they sent once more. He was sleeping, very prostrate after all the excitement, but well. We re­membered then, how when our Lord cast the “foul spirit ” out of the child, he was as one dead, but Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up, and he arose. So we asked Him to do it for him.

This morning he asked to see us. I should not have known the man. Only the scars on the “sore vexed” body told of what had been. One could hardly speak for very gladness: it was such a transformation.

He sent for flowers, a lovely spray of scarlet pomegranate blossom, and offered it gracefully to me. Then iced water was brought, the first we had tasted this season, sugared, and served with chopsticks instead of teaspoons. Joy and peace reigned in the selfsame room, the fury had raged in, yesterday.

We talked to him, and his gentle wife, and prayed with them ere we left them. They knelt and joined with “Hai! Hai!” Yes, yes! when T, San asked for a saved soul, from Him who had saved the body. Clothed and in his right mind, worshipping the God he had reviled. How glorious it was!

As we came away, a priest passed, and looked at us with no friendly eye. Among them is a sect called “Fox Exorcists.” The spirits of evil are supposed to take the form of foxes, one or more take possession of the victim, henceforth he lives a dual or a complex life. There are various medical explanations, which I don’t understand. It is mysterious enough to be considered fabulous by those who do not know how true it is. Certainly we are in a land where the Prince of Darkness has power. The dreaded Fox Spirit is worshipped, shrines are dedicated to him. Little stone foxes are often set side by side with the Buddhas by the wayside. The strangest tales are told and believed, many of course superstitious, but many based on fact. Fox Spirits have been known to lead their prey into deep mountain pools, and there leave them to drown. This poor man, out of whom our God cast six, according to their count, was bent upon destroying himself. “Ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water,” it sounds very much like that.

F B Meyer on Revival

F B Meyer on Revival

The following excerpt is from chapter 2 of “Back to Bethel” by F.B.Meyer:

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You are eagerly desirous of a revival of undefiled religion, that your hearts and homes should be full of praise to God. I call on the elders and deacons and leaders in our churches to come into the inner courts that they may be thoroughly cleansed from the filthiness that has accumulated there. Nobody brought it into the temple it just accumulated. And the dust and filthiness of the world has accumulated in our souls, and you and I must deal with it.

Some years ago I met a gray-haired minister who told me the following story from his own life. Said he:

“I was brought up under Finney, and after my seminary course was sent to carry on a decayed work in a distant country district. There had been no revival, no stirring up of the Holy Ghost in those parts for years. I gathered some godly people in the vestry every Friday night to pray for a revival. We kept this up for fifteen months, but the heavens were as brass above us.

“When fall came on, I set apart a day for united prayer. My heart rejoiced as I saw the farmers driving in with their families, until the schoolhouse behind the chapel was filled.

“I explained that we had gathered to pray for a revival. After the opening hymns and prayers the meeting was thrown open.

“The silence of death settled upon the audience. Every one waited. “Presently a leading old elder rose in a front seat, and said:

“‘Pastor, I don’t think there is going to be a revival of the Holy Ghost here so long as Brother Jones and I don’t speak to each other.’

“He left his pew, walked down the aisle and found Brother Jones, and said:

“‘Brother Jones, you and I have not spoken for five years. Let’s bury the hatchet. Here’s my hand!’

“The old man returned to his pew, and sat down. A sob broke from the audience, and then there was silence again.

“Soon another elder rose, and said:

“‘Pastor, I think there will be no revival here while I say fair things to your face and mean things behind your back. I want you to forgive me.”
“We shook hands, and the audience relapsed into stillness again.”

The minister told me that he then witnessed the strangest scene of his life. For ten minutes men and women crept noiselessly about the house, squaring old scores. And God began to visit them. The operatives in a factory nearby heard what was going on in the school-house, and at the lunch hour they came over in such numbers that they were diverted into the church. The pastor preached to them the simple gospel, and within five minutes four of the ringleaders in sin in that community were crying to God for mercy. A revival broke out that swept to and fro over the district for three years.

I told this story at Wandsworth, England, once. A few weeks later, when addressing a gathering of ministers in London, I told it again, and a brother minister rose and said that after I had preached at Wandsworth, as he was going out, a man who owed him twenty-five dollars took his hand, and said: “Forgive my delay in settling that debt. You shall have the money tomorrow.”

We must get back to first principles. We are right with God in the exact proportion that we are right with the men and women around us. Let us test ourselves, not by what we are on Sundays at church, but by what we are to the man whom we like least. That is the true gauge.

 

F B Meyer on Revival; F B Meyer books

Raymond Lull – Missionary to Muslims

Missionary Raymond Lull – by Samuel Zwemer

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Samuel Zwemer records the life of Raymond Lull in his classic work: “Raymond Lull: First Missionary to the Muslims.”  The portion below is taken from chapter 7 of this work.  You can find the whole text in the excellent collection “7 Classic Missionary Biographies.”
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“FROM 1301 to 1309 Lull made several missionary journeys which are the more remarkable if we consider that he was now sixty-six years old and if we think of the conditions of travel in the Middle Ages. The Mediterranean Was beset with pirates and the Catalan Grand Company were fighting the Byzantines, while Genoa and Venice waged a war of commercial rivalry. The Knights of St. John were fighting for Rhodes and the rival popes were quarreling…

Raymund Lull no sooner came to Bugia than he found his way to a public place, stood up boldly, and proclaimed in the Arabic language that Christianity was the only true faith, and expressed his willingness to prove this to the satisfaction of all. We know not what the exact nature of his argument was on this occasion, but it touched the character of Mohammed. A commotion ensued and many hands were lifted to do him violence
The mufti, or chief of the Moslem clergy, rescued him and expostulated with him on his madness in thus exposing himself to peril.
“Death,” Lull replied, “has no terrors whatever for a sincere servant of Christ who is laboring to bring souls to a knowledge edge of truth.” After this, the mufti, who must have been well versed in Arabian philosophy, challenged Lull for proofs of the superiority of Christ’s religion over that of Mohammed.
One of Lull’s arguments, given in his controversial books, consists of presenting to the Saracens the Ten Commandments as the perfect law of God, and then showing them from their own books that Mohammed violated every one of these divine precepts. Another favorite argument of Lull with the Moslems was to portray the seven cardinal virtues and the seven deadly sins, only to show subsequently how bare Islam was of the former and how full of the latter! Such arguments are to be used with care even in the twentieth century; we can imagine their effect on the Moslems in North Africa in Lull’s day.
Persecution followed. He was flung into a dungeon and for half a year remained a close prisoner, befriended only by some merchants of Genoa and Spain, who took pity on the aged champion of their common faith.
Meanwhile riches, wives, high place, and power were offered the Christian philosopher if only he would abjure his faith and turn Moslem. This was Lull’s reply, from the depth of his dungeon, to all their enticements: “Ye have for me wives and all sorts of worldly pleasure if I accept the law of Mohammed? Alas, ye offer a poor prize, as all your earthly goods cannot purchase eternal glory. I, however, promise you, if ye will forsake your false and devilish law, which was spread by sword and force alone, and if ye accept my belief, Eternal Life, for the Christian faith was propagated by preaching and by the blood of holy martyrs. Therefore I advise you to become Christians even now, and so obtain everlasting glory and escape the pains of hell.” Such words, from the lips of a man seventy-three years old, in perfect command of the Arabic tongue, learned in the wisdom of the Arabian philosophy, and from whose eyes flashed earnest zeal for the truth, must have come with tremendous force.

 

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Samuel Zwemer records the life of Raymond Lull in his classic work: “Raymond Lull: First Missionary to the Muslims.”  The portion below is taken from chapter 7 of this work.  You can find the whole text in the excellent collection7 Classic Missionary Biographies.”



(On sale now – less than $1 per book!)

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