James O Fraser was a missionary to China in the early 20th Century. His story is one of powerful prayer, determined devotion, and sacrificial service. The book Mountain Rain tells the story of his life and ministry and is an incredible testimony that will inspire everyone who reads it not just to pray more but to be more expectant in prayer! I was challenged by James’ passionate prayers and felt that the best way to communicate that would be to share some of his thoughts on prayer. So here are seven excerpts from the book about his view of prayer.
1. On his desire for the Lisu people in China to come to faith
God is leading me onward and I am quite hopeful. I do not intend to be in too much of a hurry, and yet I will cry to God for a blessed work of grace among the Lisu as long as He lends me breath. (95)
2. On asking God what his will is
Do we spend much time waiting upon God to know His will before attempting to embark on His promises? (100)
3. On the Value of Unanswered Prayer
Unanswered prayers have taught me to seek the Lord’s will instead of my own. (101)
4. On Feeling God was asking him to ask in faith.
This is just what God seemed to be saying to me then: “Ask Me properly.” As much as to say, “You have been asking Me to do this for the last four years without ever really believing that I would do it: Now ask in faith.” (104)
5. On Praying “If it be thy will.”
The constant prefixing of “if it be thy will” to our prayers is often a mere subterfuge of unbelief. True submission to God is not inconsistent with…boldness. (107)
6. On the place of prayer in successful work.
Here we see God’s way of success in our work, whatever it may be — a trinity of prayer, faith, and patience. (120)
7. On the primacy of prayer.
I used to think that prayer should have the first place and teaching the second. I now feel that prayer should have the first, second and third place and teaching the fourth. (208)