George Whitefield, the famous English evangelist, said, “O Lord, give me souls, or take my soul!”

Henry Martin, a missionary, cried as he knelt on India’s coral strands, “Here let me burn out for God.”

David Brainerd, missionary to the North American Indians in the early 18th century, prayed, “Lord, to Thee I dedicate myself, oh accept of me, and let me be Thine forever. Lord, I desire nothing else, I desire nothing more.” The last words in his diary written several days before he died were, “Oh come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.”

Thomas à Kempis, 1379–1471, said, “Give what Thou wilt, and how much Thou wilt, and when Thou wilt. Set me where Thou wilt and deal with me in all things as Thou wilt.”

Dwight L. Moody implored, “Use me then, my Savior, for whatever purpose and in whatever way Thou mayest require. Here is my poor heart, an empty vessel, fill it with Thy grace.”

Martin Luther prayed thus on the night preceding his appearance before the Diet of Worms: “Do Thou, my God, stand by me against all the world’s wisdom and reason. Oh, do it, Thou must do it. Stand by me, Thou true, eternal God!”

“Praying Hyde,” a missionary in India, pleaded, “Father, give me these souls, or I die.”

Mrs. Comstock, a missionary in India, uttered this prayer of parting when she sent her children home: “Lord Jesus, I do this for Thee.”

How do you pray for Missions?


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