One of the Ironies of the Ministry

      Billy Graham stated, “You cannot afford to be too busy to pray.”1 Effective ministry is the result of devotion and a disciplined prayer life. George Whitfield said, “O Lord, give me souls, or take my soul.” David Brainerd, missionary to the North American Indians, prayed, “Lord, to You I dedicate myself. Accept me, and let me be Yours forever. Lord, I desire nothing else, I desire nothing more.” The last words in his diary, seven days before he died, are, “O Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.” Thomas a’Kempis cried, “Give what You will, how much You will, and when You will. Set me where You will and deal with me in all things, just as You will.&rdquo Dwight L. Moody pled, “Use me then, my Savior, for whatever purpose and in whatever way You may require. Here is my poor heart and empty vessel; fill it with Your grace.” Praying Hyde, missionary to India, prayed, “Father, give me these souls, or I die.”2

      “Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]” (1Thessalonians 5:17).

      “It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works for God’s name is often hard put to find time for God.”3


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  1. Billy Graham in Quotes, Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, Copyright 2011, p. 271
  2. Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, by Walter B. Knight, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, pp. 490 – 491
  3. Vance Havner – Vance Havner: Just a Preacher, Selected Messages, by Vance Havner, Moody Press, Chicago, IL, Copyright 1981, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.