In chapter one of The Battle Plan for Prayer, we are encouraged to pray by the work that God has done in the past through those who were committed to the Lord and to prayer.
One such example is Hudson Taylor, who had a great impact on China in the late 1800s. He established the China Inland Mission, started 125 schools and let thousands to faith in Jesus Christ. His son and daughter-in-law wrote a book about him entitled Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret which describes how “he obediently walked closely with God in prayer.” The book said of Taylor, “For forty years the sun never rose on China a single day that God didn’t find him on his knees.”
What a picture of devotion to the Lord and to the people that he ministered to!
And then I thought how unusual it is to describe Hudson Taylor’s devotion as a spiritual secret. In fact, it is no secret at all.
The Bible tells us very clearly that the secret of success in the kingdom of God is to remain close to the Lord and to walk in obedience to Him. Jesus tells us in John 15 that we are to remain in Him and if we do, we can ask whatever we wish, and it will be done for us. Of course we know that when we remain close to the Lord, our desires will be in line with His desires.
How often we think that there is a secret to spiritual growth and blessing. We often think that it is difficult or unattainable. The Bible makes it clear that if we will walk with the Lord, we will see amazing things.
God made us for relationship. He wants to know us and for us to know Him. Like a father, He wants His children to spend time with Him. He wants us to enjoy what He enjoys. He wants us to see the world as He sees it. He wants the absolute best for us.
The trouble is that, for one reason or another, we are not as close to God as we ought to be. The Bible makes it clear, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
As one pastor said, “You are as close to God as you want to be.” Another said, “If you are away from God, you moved, not God.”
So now that we know the “secret,” let’s get close to God and watch Him work in our lives. Let’s build our relationship with Him through His Word, through prayer and through obedience. I am excited about what God is going to do.