New light, new hope

Andrew Murray in his book “The Prayer life” writes of a conference held in April 1912. It was called by the state Church for a deep heart searching, concerning the low state of spiritual life which marked the Church.

His invitation was met with a good response, some 200 people from around the nation attended.

The Lord graciously so ordered it that they were gradually led to the sin of prayerlessness as one of the deepest roots of evil. No one could plead himself free from this. Nothing so reveals the defective spiritual life in minister and congregation as the lack of believing and unceasing prayer.

Prayer is in very deed the pulse of the spiritual life. It is the great means of bringing to minister and people the blessing and power of heaven. Persevering and believing prayer means a strong and abundant life.

In smaller conferences held previously, it had been found that many were most anxious to make a new beginning and yet had not the courage to expect that they would be able to maintain that prayer life which they saw to be in accordance with the word of God. They had often made the attempt but had failed.

They did not dare to make any promise to the Lord to live and pray as He would have them; they felt it impossible. Such confessions led to the great truth that the only power for a new prayer life is found in an entirely new relation to our blessed Saviour.

It is as we see in Him the Lord who saves us from sin, the sin of prayerlessness, and our faith yields itself to a closer intercourse with Him, that a life in His love and fellowship will make prayer to Him the natural expression of our soul’s life. Before they parted, many were able to testify that they were returning with new light and new hope to find in Jesus Christ strength for a new prayer life.

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