Mission Quotes

Will You Pray for Me? (Part 8)

Closing Quotes on Prayer

You can work without praying, but it is a bad plan. ~Hudson Taylor

I would rather teach ten men to pray, than one man to preach! ~C.H. Spurgeon

God’s child can conquer anything by prayer.  Is it any wonder that Satan does his utmost to snatch that weapon from the Christian or to hinder him in the use of it? ~Andrew Murray

We need to learn to know Him so well that we feel safe when we have left our difficulties with Him. ~O. Hallesby

Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men and women.  Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.  Pray for powers equal to your tasks. ~Phillip Brooks

He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day. ~John Bunyan

Hudson Taylor

Keep praying, but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers! ~William Culbertson

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to go.  My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day. ~Abraham Lincoln

When praying, do not give instructions, but report for duty. ~Leonard Ravenhill

Prayer is a weapon, a mighty weapon in a terrible conflict.  Our prayers are to be a continual, conscious, earnest effort of battle, the battle against whatever is not God’s will. ~P.T. Forsyth

When I cannot pray, I always sing. ~Martin Luther

God can pick sense out of a confused prayer. ~Richard Sibbes

Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons – but they are helpless against our prayers. ~Sidlow Baxter

You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we think. ~Brother Andrew

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies.  Yet distance makes no difference.  He is praying for me. ~Robert Murray McCheyne

The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history. ~Andrew Murray

When Martin Luther’s puppy happened to be under the table, he looked for a morsel from his master and watched with open mouth and motionless eyes; he (Luther) said, “If I could only pray the way this dog watches the meat!!” ~Luther’s Tabletalk

He that cannot pray, let him go to sea, and there he will learn. ~John Trapp

The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel. ~Thomas Watson

Sir, if you want to enter that province, you must advance on your knees! ~once said to Hudson Taylor

I am very defective in all duties. In prayer I wander and am formal. I soon tire, devotion languishes, and I do not walk with God. ~William Carey

It is a tragedy when a man has no invisible means of support. ~T.J. Bach

If you are sick, fast and pray; if the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; if the people will not hear you, fast and pray; and if you have nothing to eat, fast and pray. ~Frederik Franson

If you pray for it, make space for it. ~David Sitton

Pray for those you send, shield them by prayer. ~Hudson Taylor

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31

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What’s With the Name (Of This Blog)?

The name of this blog, Reckless Abandon, comes from the quote on the top of the right sidebar of this blog.  The quote comes from a letter that Ed McCully wrote to Jim Elliot on September 22,1950, during his time as a law student and working as a hotel night clerk.

McCully’s statement–that he desired to live a life of reckless abandon for Jesus–exemplifies the driving passion of To Every Tribe.  To be recklessly abandoned for Jesus and the gospel means that we take seriously Jesus’ demands to lay down our lives–figuratively and literally–to spread the message of him and his redeeming message.  It means that no price is too great to risk taking the gospel to the hard-to-reach corners of the globe so that “those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand” (Rom 15:21). 

For Ed McCully, living a life of reckless abandon was a dead-serious matter.  At the time he wrote his letter, it meant leaving law school and dedicating his life to missions.  Eventually it would mean martyrdom. Here’s the larger context of what McCully wrote to Elliot just over five years before dying as a missionary martyr in Ecuador, South America:

Since taking this job things have happened. I’ve been spending my free time studying the Word. Each night the Lord seemed to get hold of me a little more. Night before last I was reading in Nehemiah. I finished the book, and read it through again. Here was a man who left everything as far as position was concerned to go do a job nobody else could handle. And because he went the whole remnant back in Jerusalem got right with the Lord. Obstacles and hindrances fell away and a great work was done. Jim, I couldn’t get away from it. The Lord was dealing with me. On the way home yesterday morning I took a long walk and came to a decision which I know is of the Lord. In all honesty before the Lord I say that no one or nothing beyond Himself and the Word has any bearing upon what I’ve decided to do. I have one desire now–to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy into it.

Ed McCully (left) with Peter Fleming and Jim Elliot

Maybe He’ll send me someplace where the name of Jesus Christ is unknown. Jim, I’m taking the Lord at His word, and I’m trusting Him to prove His Word. It’s kind of like putting all your eggs in one basket, but we’ve already put our trust in Him for salvation, so why not do it as far as our life is concerned? If there’s nothing to this business of eternal life we might as well lose everything in one crack and throw our present life away with out life hereafter. But if there is something to it, then everything else the Lord says must hold true likewise. Pray for me, Jim.

Man, to think the Lord got hold of me just one day before I was to register for school! I’ve got money put away and was all set to go. Today was registration day so I went over to school to let them know why I wouldn’t be back. I really prayed like the apostle asked the Ephesians to pray, that I might ‘open my mouth boldly.’ I talked to all the fellows that I knew well. Then I went in to see a professor I thought a lot about. I told him what I planned to do, and before I left he had tears in his eyes. I went in to see another professor and talked to him. All I got was a cold farewell and a good luck wish.

Well, that’s it. Two days ago I was a law student. Today I’m an untitled nobody. Thanks, Jim, for the intercession on my behalf. Don’t let up. And brother, I’m really praying for you too as you’re making preparation to leave. I only wish I were going with you.

Here at To Every Tribe we’re looking for a whole generation of young Ed McCullys who are so passionate about Jesus that they’re committed to living lives of reckless abandon for him.

Letter to Jim Elliot, September 22,1950, during his time as a law student and working as a hotel night clerk:

Since taking this job things have happened. I’ve been spending my free time studying the Word. Each night the Lord seemed to get hold of me a little more. Night before last I was reading in Nehemiah. I finished the book, and read it through again. Here was a man who left everything as far as poistion was concerned to go do a job nobody else could handle. And because he went the whole remnant back in Jerusalem got right with the Lord. Obstacles and hindrances fell away and a great work was done. Jim, I couldn’t get away from it. The Lord was dealing with me. On the way home yesterday morning I took a long walk and came to a decision which I know is of the Lord. In all honesty before the Lord I say that no one or nothing beyond Himself and the Word has any bearing upon what I’ve decided to do. I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy into it. Maybe He’ll send me someplace where the name of Jesus Christ is unknown. Jim, I’m taking the Lord at His word, and I’m trusting Him to prove His Word. It’s kind of like putting all your eggs in one basket, but we’ve already put our trust in Him for salvation, so why not do it as far as our life is concerned? If there’s nothing to this business of eternal life we might as well lose everything in one crack and throw our present life away with out life hereafter. But if there is something to it, then everything else the Lord says must hold true likewise. Pray for me, Jim.
Man, to think the Lord got hold of me just one day before I was to register for school! I’ve got money put away and was all set to go. Today was registration day so I went over to school to let them know why I wouldn’t be back. I really prayed like the apostle asked the Ephesians to pray, that I might ‘open my mouth boldly.’ I talked to all the fellows that I knew well. Then I went in to see a professor I thought a lot about. I told him what I planned to do, and before I left he had tears in his eyes. I went in to see another professor and talked to him. All I got was a cold farewell and a good luck wish.
Well, that’s it. Two days ago I was a law student. Today I’m an untitled nobody. Thanks, Jim, for the intercession on my behalf. Don’t let up. And brother, I’m really praying for you too as you’re making preparation to leave. I only wish I were going with you.

Melinda Rankin on the Gospel in Mexico

The following is a quote from Melinda Rankin, 19th century (1811–1888) Presbyterian missionary to South Texas (Brownsville) and Mexico.  Her biography, Twenty Years Among the Mexicans, ends with these excellent and optimistic words on the power and progress of the gospel in Mexico:

Melinda Rankin

Satan may yet make attempts to maintain his throne in Mexico, but only to find himself baffled and thwarted. The Bible is rapidly shedding its hallowed influences, and will constitute bulwarks against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.

To me, the crowning joy of the work in Mexico is the triumph of Divine Truth over superstition and error, proving beyond a doubt that the Bible is Heaven’s ordained instrumentality for elevating fallen humanity, and for bringing back an apostate world to the allegiance of God. If there is one nation of people more than any other with whom I shall delight to join in singing the song of Redeeming Love in the day when that great multitude, which no man can number, stands before the throne of God, I am sure it will be with the Mexican nation.

Amen!

Cannibals Need Missionaries Too

I’m looking for missionaries like C.T. Studd.

C.T. Studd was converted to Christ under the ministry of D.L. Moody and was radically redirected into foreign mission three different times during his life.  First, he was in China for nearly a decade until health issues forced him home.

He spent the next 6 years mobilizing young people for mission in England.  It is said that he was an incredibly powerful speaker and students by the thousands crowded into his meetings; hundreds were organized and sent out as cross-cultural missionaries through his influence.

But he couldn’t stay off the front-lines himself.  In 1900, he moved his family to India. Once again, after just 6 years, he returned to England with severe health problems.

C.T. was now 50 years old.  One night, strolling along a side-street in London, he noticed a strange sign near a church building… Cannibals Need Missionaries Too.  He walked into the meeting and his heart was crushed, as he learned about hundreds of thousands of tribal people in Central Africa that had never heard of Christ.

He immediately launched himself into 18 years of hard gospel work in the Belgian Congo.  By the way, that was 18 years with no furlough.  C.T. Studd died just three years later at the age of 71.

“When in hand-to-hand conflict with the world and the devil, neat little bible confectionery is like shooting lions with a pea-shooter; one needs a man who will let himself go and deliver blows right and left as hard as he can hit, trusting in the Holy Spirit.”

C.T. Studd (1860-1931)

C.T. Studd shortly after his arrival in the African bush (1910)

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