Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Moody Stuart and the range of his prayers

Moody Stuart prayed about virtually everything that came his way. Here are three examples, taken from his biography.

‘On one occasion at Rait, he writes in his diary (1895): “There has been a long continuance of drought which has been becoming serious, withering the pastures and injuring the crops. This forenoon the heat was greater than ever, under a cloudless sky. I had a sense of guilt in not having prayed more earnestly for rain, and now it seemed further off than ever. This set me to seek “the effectual fervent prayer that availeth much,” and I pleaded with much earnestness, remembering that even for temporal blessings there is only good in intense supplication if it is with childlike submission to the will of God, and if we resign not only the object prayed for but likewise the prayer itself to the will of our heavenly Father. I quite hoped that in due time, it might be after a day or two, and more prayer, there might be an answer, but to my surprise and thanksgiving, since four in the afternoon there has come a copious rain with a magnificent thunderstorm, the God of glory thundering and His voice upon the waters. The thunder has not yet ceased, and the rain has come in such an uncommon downpour, mingled with very large hailstones, that already it must have brought a great refreshing to the dry earth. O for another such shower on the souls of many, and the God of heaven Who sendeth rain upon the earth desireth much more to pour out His Spirit upon us, and is “waiting to be gracious” till He is entreated by us.’”

‘The clerk of the Kilspindie School Board recollects that once during Dr. Moody Stuart’s chairmanship he was engaged with him after their meeting in adjusting the minutes, when they found it very difficult to choose the proper terms to express exactly the understanding the meeting had come to. After working at it for some time the chairman said, “We had better pray for direction.” After he had done so, the proper words at once suggested themselves, and fell into order without any more trouble. It was his regular habit thus to take every perplexity to the Lord in prayer, whether it was small or great.’

Moody Stuart’s son writes: ‘Mrs. Kalley mentions that Dr. Kalley [a Scottish missionary in Madeira] was restored from a critical illness in Madeira, after my father and others had met to pray that the physician might be guided aright, the next remedy that he tried proving successful.’

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