There are many examples we could draw from who were very effective in ministry because of their devoted prayer life. One of these examples was John Nelson Hyde. I will take a couple quotes from Francis A. McGaw in the book, Praying Hyde.
“So, we take our stand near the prayer closet of John Hyde, and are permitted to hear the sighing and groaning, and to see the tears coursing down his dear face, to see his frame weakened by foodless days and sleepless nights, shaken with sobs as he pleads, “O God, give me souls, or I die.”
Hyde wrote on one of his voyages, “I gave myself much to prayer that I might indeed be filled with the Spirit and know by an actual experience what Jesus meant when He said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). God answered his prayers in a marvelous way.
Lord, give us men and women with this passion for souls; that the salvation of those who have never heard would become greater than our own comforts and life! Amen.
Francis A. McGaw, Praying Hyde, Scotts Valley, California, 1923, pages 21, 25.
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