Signs of the Times

[From the Christian Herald, New York, New York]

Prayer is the soul's conversation with God, who is "no respecter of persons." "At the throne of grace," wrote Tyndale (who gave us the first English Bible), "all are welcome, cobbler as well as cardinal, butcher as well as bishop." A prayer that is the sincere utterance of the heart never fails to reach the ear of the Almighty. There is no substitute for prayer. A great evangelist writes: "Get all the learning, get all the culture, get all the gifts and all the grace, all the harmony and all the poetry, all the architecture and all the political and social influence, and grapple with it all, and consecrate it at the feet of Jesus, but remember—there is no substitute for prayer! Peter and John went up to the house of prayer at the time appointed. ... It is a poor church that does not know how to pray." We are living in an age when the prevailing power of prayer is being demonstrated in many remarkable ways. Its efficacy is impressing multitudes more than in any previous time in modern history. We are learning, too, that the real power and office of prayer are not to set aside divine law, but to bring us into harmony with God by obedience to His will, and that we may freely ask and be assured of receiving the blessings that such changed conditions imply. If we be earnest and persevering in our prayers, and show forth in our own lives the nature of the spiritual uplift we are seeking for all, we can be assured that our influence will not have been spent in vain.

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