Author: D.L. Moody
Do you ever wonder if prayer is just an exercise in futility? If God even hears your prayers? Questions like these may have plagued you for years. In all likelihood, you know what the "rubber-ceiling syndrome" is from personal experience. Perhaps fear and shame over past failures and sins have even silenced your prayers altogether. Even so, the good news is that you are not alone. The even better news is that this book is tailor-made for you. Here D. L. Moody shares secrets of successful prayer and insights into reaching the heart of God. Discover how you can become truly intimate with the Lord and know The Joy of Answered Prayer!
In 1856, Moody went to Chicago, where he continued to succeed as a shoe salesman. His fervor in selling shoes was exceeded, however, by his zeal in winning souls, and he began to pack the pews of the church with young men. At age twenty-three, he devoted himself to full-time Christian work. Because of his poor grammar, his first attempts at public speaking were not well-received by all; one deacon told him that he would serve God best by keeping still. Nonetheless, Moody persevered, and he became famous nationwide for his Sunday school work. He was also known for his ministry to the soldiers during the Civil War; many were brought to Christ through his meetings and through his distribution of Bibles and tracts.
Moody traveled to Great Britain in 1867 to learn new methods in Christian work. It was there that his heart was stirred and forever changed by these words, spoken to him by a well-known evangelist: "The world has yet to see what God will do with...the man who is fully consecrated to Him." Moody determined to be that man.
The road of full commitment was not without trials. In 1871, the church that Moody pastored, the largest church in Chicago, was destroyed in the Chicago fire. But in the wake of this disaster, Moody received the filling of the Holy Spirit. Never before had he experienced such a mighty revelation of God's love. After this empowering of the Spirit, Moody went on to accomplish even more for Christ. He held meetings in America, England, and Scotland, where thousands were in attendance and many were brought to Christ, and founded Moody Bible Institute.
When Moody died in 1899, he left a rich legacy: three Christian schools, a Christian publishing business, and a million souls won for Christ. On the day of his death on December 22, 1899, Moody exclaimed, "This is my triumph; this is my coronation day!"