Too little time is given to waiting on the Lord at our conventions and assemblies, and in our private devotions. Isn’t He willing to make things right in His own divine way? Has the life of God’s people reached the utmost limit of what He is willing to do for them? Surely not. We need to wait on Him and put away our experiences, however blessed they have been; our personal concept of truth, however sound and scriptural we think it is; our plans, however needful and suitable they appear. We must give the Lord time and place to show us what He could do and what He will do. The Lord has new developments and new resources. He can do new things, unheard-of things, and hidden things. Let us enlarge our hearts and not limit Him.
Precedes Working for God, also by Andrew Murray
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching in this with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. – Ephesians 6:18
The sin of prayerlessness as one of the deepest roots of the evil. Few can plead themselves free from this. Nothing so reveals the defective spiritual life in a pastor and the congregation as the lack of believing and unceasing prayer. Prayer is indeed the very pulse of the spiritual life. It is the great means of bringing to a pastor and the people the blessing and power of heaven. Persevering and believing prayer means a strong and abundant spiritual life.
Chapters included in this book…
The Sin of Prayerlessness
How to Be Delivered from Prayerlessness
The Blessing of Victory
The Example of Our Lord
The Holy Spirit and Prayer
The Holiness of God
Obedience and the Victorious Life
Time in Inner Chamber
Taking Up the Cross
The Holy Spirit and the Cross
"Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you."
And they went. – Matthew 20:4
The first objective of this book is to remind all Christian workers of the greatness and the glory of the work in which God gives a share. As we see that it is God’s own work that we have to work out, and that in our working, His glory rests on us and we glorify Him, then we shall count it our joy to live only and wholly for His work.
The purpose of this book at the same time is to help those who complain, or perhaps do not even know enough to complain, that they are apparently laboring in vain, by helping them discover what may be the cause of so much failure. God’s work must be done in God’s way and in God’s power. It is spiritual work to be done by spiritual men in the power of the Spirit. The clearer our submission to God’s laws of work, the surer and richer our joy and reward in it will be.
Follows Waiting on God, also by Andrew Murray
This book has been written with a deep impression that the place and power of prayer in the Christian life is too little understood. I feel sure that as long as we look on prayer solely as the means of maintaining our own Christian life, we shall not know fully what it is meant to be. But when we learn to regard it as the highest part of the work entrusted to us, the root and strength of all other work, we shall see that we need nothing more than to study and practice the art of praying.
If I have succeeded in pointing out the progressive teaching of our Lord in regard to prayer, and the distinct reference of His wonderful promises of His last night to the works we are to do in His name – to the greater works and the bearing of much fruit – we shall all admit that only when the church gives herself up to this holy work of intercession can she expect the power of Christ to manifest itself on her behalf. I pray that God will use this book to explain to some of His children the wonderful place of power and influence that He is waiting for them to occupy and that a weary world is waiting for too.
- Andrew Murray