David Brainerd: the epitome of prayer life

‘Once more, Never think that you can live to God by your power or strength; but always look to and rely on him for assistance, yea, for all strength and grace’.

– David Brainerd

Brainerd is one of the evangelism juggernauts to have inspired the gospel of fire of prayer. He defied all odds to become one of the most celebrated missionaries of the Eighteenth Century.

Brainerd’s first journey to reach the ferocious tribe of Native Americans resulted in a miracle of God that preserved his life and revered him among the Indians as a “Prophet of God.”

Encamped at the outskirts of the Indian settlement, Brainerd planned to enter the Indian community the next morning to preach to them the Gospel of Christ. Unknown to him, his every move was being watched by warriors who had been sent out to kill him. F.W. Boreham recorded the incident.

“But when the braves drew closer to Brainerd’s tent, they saw the pale face on his knees. And as he prayed, suddenly a rattlesnake slipped to his side, lifted its ugly head to strike, flicked its forked tongue almost in his face, and then without any apparent reason, glided swiftly away into the brushwood. “The Great Spirit is with the paleface!” the Indians said, and thus they accorded him a prophet’s welcome.’

Brainerd and Jim Elliot had one thing in common: They accomplished great things within the shortest lifespan they had. Accomplishments that would make Methuselah’s face grow pale.

They taught us that It is not the quantity of life that matters, but it’s quality. It is the quality in years we live and not the quantity of them, that matters. They indeed moved mountains.

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