Prayer and Contemporary Criticism; Five Sermons

Prayer and Contemporary Criticism; Five Sermons

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...of statistical averages. He says, " Lord, if I only break up the ground, and prepare the way, and then die, I shall feel I have accomplished my ministry; or if, by my blood, I sow the seed of the Church, I shall know that I have done my work." Stephen becomes a preacher, and is martyred. Saul of Tarsus, hears him preach; and is probably so affected by his death, that this becomes a very mighty moral force in the hands of Jesus Christ, working towards his conversion. Did Stephen live in vain? Was his mission a failure? Was his prayer unheard r A man may go out, and live only five years; during those five years he may be the means of opening the door to Christianity; he may be able to translate a book out of the Bible which shall carry the seed of truth into hundreds of hearts, and then he may die--die because he went out. But is his dying a proof that the work is undone, or prayer unheard? In those five years every purpose of God and of his own spirit may be accomplished, and every desire of his heart answered; but, then, where are your statistics, and your averages, and your scientific inductions, and your arithmetical tables? Evidently this is a subject out of the range of statistics. A man may ask God to open up a field of labour to him, although he knows that in so doing he is practically asking God to shorten his life. The stronger faith becomes (which is the vital element of prayer) the less it will care about the animal life--the more about losing the life in order to save it--to save it in moral development and spiritual energy. How can you put all that into a table of statistics r It is impossible. Indeed, the very attempt to measure prayer by statistics is a piece of gross blundering--the blundering of that " blind unbelief" which is ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236660773
  • 9781236660770