Prayer Sermon Illustrations

Prayer Sermon Illustrations

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Pray One for Another

I cannot tell why there should come to me
A thought of someone miles and miles away,
In swift insistence on the memory,
Unless a need there be that I should pray.

Too hurried oft are we to spare the thought
For days together, of some friends away;
Perhaps God does it for us, and we ought
To read His signal as a call to pray.

Perhaps, just then, my friend has fiercer fight,
And more appalling weakness, and decay
Of courage, darkness, some lost sense of right—
And so, in case he needs my prayer, I pray.

Friend, do the same for me. If I intrude
Unasked upon you, on some crowded day,
Give me a moment's prayer as interlude;
Be very sure I need it, therefore pray.—Marianne Farningham.


Is Prayer Impractical?

The Living Church tells of how a missionary doctor saved the life of a famous Arctic explorer (Stefansson). It was a case of double pneumonia, and the explorer had to be brought in fifty miles to the hospital. When he had recovered and was going on, he said to the doctor, "Money cannot repay what you have done for me. You have saved my life. But I should like to make one criticism. You would accomplish more if you did not spend so much time in religious work, and in prayer." Then the doctor replied, "If it had not been for prayer, I should not be here; this hospital would not have been here, and you would be lying dead in the snow."Bible Expositor and Illuminator.


Not Noticed

Said a pastor, "I abandoned my prayer meeting long ago." "How did your church officers like that?" "Oh, they did not find it out for more than a year."—Church Business.


If We Only Pray

Sir John Kirk, the founder of the Ragged School Union, once said to a friend, "If you can only get people to pray for the work, there will be no difficulty about getting them to pay for it."—Sunday School Times.


Prayer Changes You

There was an old gentleman who was remarkable for his gentleness. When a young man he was known to have a violent temper. He was asked how he managed to overcome his temper. His answer was a short but wise one. He said it was—"By praying to God and speaking low." When persons are angry they raise their voices and speak loud. To overcome anger and learn the lesson of gentleness, we must—"pray to God and speak low."—Gospel Herald.


Not a Strong Preacher

A young preacher had just settled in his first pastorate in Philadelphia, when he was visited one evening by one of the laymen of his church. The man said bluntly to him, "You are not a strong preacher. In the usual order of things you will fail here, but a little group of us have agreed to gather every Sunday morning to pray for you!" The young man saw that group of people grow to more than one thousand praying weekly for their pastor. The minister was J. Wilbur Chapman, who grew to be one of the greatest preachers America has ever known.—Selected.


How Brainerd Prayed

No sublimer story has been recorded in earthly annals than that of David Brainerd. No miracle attests, with diviner force, the truth of Christianity than the life and work of this godly man. Alone in the savage wilds of America, struggling day and night with a mortal disease, unschooled in the care of souls, having access to the Indians for a large portion of time only through the bungling medium of a pagan interpreter, with the Word of God in his heart and in his hand, his soul fired with the divine flame, a place and time to pour out his heart and soul to God in prayer, he fully established the worship of God and secured great results. After spending a whole week in prayer he spoke with such power that countless numbers of the Indians were led to yield their lives to God. The Indians were changed from the lowest besotments of heathenism, to pure, devout, intelligent Christians.

Brainerd lived a life of holiness and prayer: by day and by night he prayed. Before preaching and after preaching he prayed. Riding through the interminable solitudes of the forest he prayed. On his bed of straw he prayed. Morning, noon, and night he communed with God. Little wonder he had such power—God was with him mightily because he lived in the presence of God.Gospel herald.


The Guard of Prayer

The morning is the gate of the day,
But ere you enter there,
See that you set to guard it well
The sentinel of Prayer.

So shall God's grace your steps attend,
But nothing else pass through
Save what can give the countersign:
The Father's will for you.

When you have reached the end of day,
Where night and sleep await,
Set there the sentinel again,
To guard the evening Gate.

So shall no fear disturb your rest,
No danger and no care;
For only peace and pardon pass
The watchful guard of prayer.—Anonymous.


A Chinese Stephen's Prayer

Two pastors of Bishop Roots' diocese were imprisoned, after having been badly beaten. Release, they were told, would come when they renounced their faith. It happened that the day on which they were imprisoned was, in the Episcopal Church calendar, sacred to the memory of St. Stephen. So the two Chinese pastors stood up in the midst of their fellow prisoners and preached the story of Stephen. "We need men like Stephen in China," said the prisoners; and together the whole company knelt and prayed that God would send more Stephens to the aid of China.The American Missionary.

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