Prayer Sermon Illustrations

Prayer Sermon Illustrations

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"When They Prayed"

A father and son were taking a long journey and must stay overnight in a country home. As they carried a fair amount of money with them, they had a certain fear. These people were strangers, but they had to have a place to stay, so the father and son decided that they would change off sitting up, lest the people in whose home they were abiding should seek to rob them. The father went to bed first and was soon fast asleep. After a while the father was awakened by the son's coming to bed, too.

"Why, son," said the father, "are you tired already? I thought that you were going to sit up the first part of the night and I the last."

"Well, father," said the son very quietly, "we don't have to sit up and watch in this house. While I was sitting here I heard the old man tell his wife that he thought they would read a few verses in the Bible and have prayer as usual. He read Romans, 13th chapter, I heard him say it was. I wish I could remember all that is in it, but I can't, so I'll read it some time, for a I never knew that there was so much in one chapter. The only verse that I remember is that `love worketh no ill to his neighbor' and then the old couple prayed. Such prayers I have never heard before! They asked God to help them to be a help and blessing to others and, do you know, they asked God to bless the strangers too. I can't be afraid that they will harm us after hearing their prayer. I wish that you could have heard it."

"You are right, son. People who make prayer a part of their lives will harm no one"; and then father and son slept peacefully, for they were not afraid.—Gospel Herald.

Prayer Plus

It is recorded of D. L. Moody that, upon one of his journeys across the Atlantic there was a fire in the hold of the ship. The crew and some volunteers stood in line to pass buckets of water. A friend said to Moody, "Mr. Moody, let us go to the other end of the ship and engage in prayer." The common-sense evangelist replied, "Not so, sir; we stand right here and pass buckets and pray hard all the time." How like Moody this was! He believed that prayer and work were the two hands of the one person; that they should never be separated.Christian Herald (London).

Pray First

There is a motto which reads: "You can do more than pray AFTER you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray UNTIL you have prayed."—The King's Business.

An Unselfish Prayer

A little twelve-year-old girl, Marian Richardson, won first place in the 1938 National Spelling Bee at Washington, D. C. She was not only a leader in spelling, but a leader in prayer and Christian principles. After winning the honor of the National Speller, she was asked if she had prayed that God would help her win. She replied: "I prayed, but prayed that the best speller would win." It was an impressive lesson for the minister who asked, as well as to all of us who heard her answer.—From a real life experience, in Sunday School Times.

Death of a Prayer Meeting

Death was caused by serious neglect on the part of careless Christians, and unless the Lord raises it up in answer to the prayers of a few exercised saints, the funeral will take place shortly. The remains will be taken to the Judgment Bar of God, where HE will hold an inquest, having all the facts relative to the wicked neglect of those who forsook the Prayer Meeting, causing such a sad and untimely death.—Selected.

My Prayer

Jesus, Saviour, hear my prayer;
Keep me in Thy tender care;
Never let me go astray,
Watch Thou o'er me every day.

I am just a little child—
Saviour, keep me undefiled—
Pure and clean in heart and mind,
Loving, merciful, and kind.

Help me, now, and every day
As I walk along life's way
Always to obey Thee, Lord,
And to love Thy Holy Word.

Keep me—not for self alone,
But that I might be Thine own—
Thine for service all my days,
And to sing Thy worthy praise. Amen.—N. E. Schrock.

Where to Find the Bravest Men

It is related of Lord Clyde, states the Rev. E. J. Hardy, chaplain to the forces, that on one occasion he asked his officers to pick him the bravest men from his small army before Delhi, to form the forlorn hope in a desperate attack. It was on a Sunday evening. "There is a prayer-meeting going on now in the camp," said the officers. "If you go there you will find all the bravest men."The Christian Age.


"Yes, we're praying for a revival," said a godly woman, "but we don't expect it. And others are praying for it, but I don't know of anyone who expects it."—The King's Business.

Prayed for Twenty Years

"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31). God is for us when our lives are right with Him. God does not require big channels, but insists upon clean channels through which to bless. A woman prayed twenty years for her husband's salvation. The very opposite took place. Her life was spiritually changed. Shortly her husband gave evidence of salvation and home life changed. Blessing prayed for was hindered for twenty years by wrong living. Blessing came within a few days when prayer was watered with Biblical living.—Gospel Herald.

Are We Ahead of Time?

Peter McKenzie, the famous Methodist preacher, was noted for the replies he often made to those who favored him with remarks on spiritual matters. "My prayers are not answered," complained a Christian to him one day. "Oh," replied Peter, "possibly that's because your prayers are like some promissory notes—presented before they are due." Do not cease to pray.The King's Business.

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