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A young man had been called to the foreign field. He had not been in the habit of preaching but he knew one thing, how to prevail with God. Going one day to a friend, he said, "I don't see how God could use me on the field. I have no special talent."

His friend said, "Brother, God wants men on the field who can pray. There are too many preachers and too few pray-ers." He went.

In his own room in the early dawn a voice was heard weeping and pleading for souls. All through the day the shut door and the hush that prevailed made you feel like walking softly, for a soul was wrestling with God.

To his home hungry souls would flock, drawn by some irresistible power. In the morning hours some would call and say: "I have gone by your house so many times and have longed to come in. Will you tell me how I can be saved?" Or from some distant place another would call, saying: "I heard you would tell us here how we might find heart rest."

Ah, the mystery was unlocked. In the secret chamber lost souls were pled for and claimed. The Holy Ghost knew just where they were and sent them along.

Mark this: if all who read these lines would thus lay hold upon God, with the holy violence and unconquerable perseverance of faith-filled prayer, a good many things would give way, against which we have been beating with our puny human wisdom and power in vain.

The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity in any church. If we want to see mighty wonders of Divine grace and power wrought, in place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let the whole church answer God's challenge: "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jer. 33:3).





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