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Making Time For God

“Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come ... Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1 Timothy 4:8,15).

It was not easy for Hudson Taylor, the prominent missionary, to make time for prayer and Bible study while traveling in northern China. His children remember how at night, after sleep had finally brought a measure of quiet, they would hear the striking of a match and see the flicker of candlelight which told that their father, however weary, was poring over his Bible. From 2 to 4 a.m. was the time he usually gave to prayer, as it was the time when he could be most sure of being undisturbed to wait upon God. In later years, the memory of that flicker of candlelight meant more to them than all they read or heard on secret prayer.

—H. and G. Taylor

When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do. When we rely upon education, we get what education can do. When we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. But when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do. —A.C. Dixon