Question Three: Am I a man of prayer?
The question is not, Do I talk about prayer, or believe in it theoretically in a conventional way? Am I a man of prayer? Is my life permeated with the presence of God? Do I bear about the presence of the Lord Jesus in a life fragrant with prayer, prayer that is the very breathing of the soul in God? Do I know this sweet fellowship in prayer? And do I get answers to my prayer? Do I receive the things that “God hath prepared for them that love him,” the things that somehow those strangely miss who do not pray? “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Does He hear me? Is there anything between His face and mine today? Do I look up out of a glad heart singing “Nothing between thy blessed face and mine,” or is there a great dark cloud hanging there, a cloud of unforgiven sin? Is His face hidden by a prayerless life? When Archimedes discovered the lever, in his new-found enthusiasm he said, “If I had something to stand upon I could move the world.” With this lever of prayer we have something to stand on in the promises of God; and we can move the world. Do we do it?
The above excerpt is derived from the volume Students and the Present Missionary Crisis, which is the complete record of all messages delivered at the 1910 Student Volunteer Movement Rochester Convention. The volume is public domain. The book can be viewed online.