Prayer Sermon Illustrations

Prayer Sermon Illustrations

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Didn't Need Explaining

"And how do you explain it?" asked one who had heard an old saint tell of a wonderful answer to prayer. "I don't," she answered simply, "it does not need explaining. I just took the Lord at His word and He took me at mine."Sunday School Times.


Pray for my soul! More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands in prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round world is every-way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.—Alfred Tennyson.

A Revelation from God

In conversation with Prof. S. F. B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, Rev. George W. Hervey asked him this question:

"Professor Morse, when you were making your experiments yonder in your rooms in the university, did you ever come to a stand, not knowing what to do next?"

"Oh, yes; more than once."

"And at such times, what did you do next?"

"I may answer you in confidence, sir," said the professor, "but it is a matter of which the public knows nothing. I prayed for more light."

"And the light generally came?"

"Yes. And may I tell you that when flattering honors came to me from America and Europe on account of the invention which bears my name, I never felt I deserved them. I had made a valuable application of electricity, not because I was superior to the other men, but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone, and was pleased to reveal it to me."

In view of these facts, it is not surprising that the inventor's first message was, "What hath God wrought!"—Selected.

A Jew's Prayer Answered

Some years ago a little Jewish girl in Russia learned large portions of the New Testament from a boy who had committed them to memory. One day upon the arrival of her father, after an absence, she ran to meet him, and said, "I do love Jesus; He loved little children." This angered the father, and he forbade her to speak on that subject again. Soon the child was stricken with scarlet fever, and the medical attendant gave no hope of her recovery. A Gentile woman was called to nurse the child, as the Jews feared the fever. The woman quoted the verse of a hymn, and the father offered the death-bed prayer of the Jews. Then the child opened her eyes, and repeated accurately the story of Jairus' daughter. When she finished, her head fell back, and to all appearantes she was gone. In an agony of mind the father fell down at the feet of Jesus and besought Him, saying, "O Jesus, Thou who didst raise up the daughter of Jairus, raise little Deborah, and I will believe in Thee as Israel's Messiah!" That cry of agony was heard, and the child rose from her couch of death, and that Jewish family was converted to Christianity.—The Illustrator.

Another Mother's Faith

Dr. Thomas N. Carter, the ex-convict, tells a thrilling story of the faith of his mother who followed him with her prayers for many years until she listened to him preach the gospel in answer to her prayer. On one occasion, while he was in prison, his mother received a telegram from the prison stating that her son was dead, and asked what she wanted done with his body. His mother was stunned at receipt of the telegram for a few minutes, then retired to her prayer closet after instructing others in the house not to disturb her. She got her Bible and opening it, spread it before her, with the telegram beside it. "Oh, God," she began, "I have believed the promise you gave me in your Word, that I would live to see Tom saved and preach the Gospel, and now a telegram comes saying he is dead. Lord, which is true, this telegram or your Word?" When she rose from her knees, having won the victory, she wired the prison: "There must be some mistake. My boy is not dead." And there was a mistake. Tom Carter lived and was recently in our church preaching, with his mother seated on the platform.—Sunday School Times.

If Two of You

Jonathan said to his armor - bearer, "There is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few." The two of them started a movement that led to the discomfiture of a whole army. Finney tells of a blacksmith who was so wrought up over conditions in his community that he locked the shop door and spent the afternoon in prayer. A great revival started the very next Sunday, and peo­ple dated their deep conviction of sin from the very hour the old man was praying in his shop.

When Finney was conducting a revival in a certain place, a young woman came from a neighboring town and asked him to go there and preach. "Her utterance was choked with deep feeling." Mr. Finney told her he did not see how he could go, but he looked up the place and found that it was a moral waste, cursed by a minister who had changed to infidelity. The young woman came the next Sunday, and appeared greatly affected; too much so to converse, for she could not control her feeling. The evangelist consented to go the next Sunday P.M., and after his arrival at her home he heard her praying in a room above. He remained in the home overnight, and heard her praying and weeping nearly all night. She pleaded with him to come again, and "at the third service the Spirit of God was poured out on the congregation." A spirit of prayer came powerfully upon Mr. Finney, as it had upon this young woman. The spirit of prayer spread, and the revival that followed was so powerful that "nearly all the principal inhabitants of the town were gathered into the church, and the town was morally renovated." This great spiritual movement was started by the young woman's prayers.

Where can we find anyone interested enough to pray like that today? Finney was noted for his wonderful life of prayer, and for his dependence on the leading of the Holy Spirit. Cannot we learn a lesson from him, who says, "I find myself better or worse as I pray more or less"? Do we care enough about others to pray for them in a way which will mean an intensity of desire for them to find God?—Rev. Homer F. Yale, in Gospel Herald.

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