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Andrew Murray

"We are not to rest without an answer...."


Andrew Murray was born in 1828 in Scotland. He eventually studied theology in the Netherlands where he also experienced personal conversion. For the next 60 years, Murray worked as a pastor in South Africa in the Dutch Reformed Church. During this time he also authored over 200 books. In addition to all of this he was busy in social activism, founded various educational institutions, and played a significant positive role within many circles of Christendom. He believed that God had done everything necessary for people to live rich and productive lives, the obstacles to which included half-hearted surrender to God, a lack of confidence in the anointing of the Spirit and skepticism in the power of prayer. His many books were dictated either to his wife Emma or his daughter, his being unable to write. Many of his books were written with 31 brief chapters, designed to be read on a daily basis for a month. He died in 1917.

“(God) would tell us that we are not to rest without an answer because it is the will of God, the rule in the Father’s family: every childlike believing petition is granted. If no answer comes, we are not to sit down in the sloth that calls itself resignation, and suppose that it is not God’s will to give an answer. There must be something in the prayer that is not as God would have it...; we must seek for grace to pray so that the answer may come. It is far easier to the flesh to submit without the answer than to yield itself to be searched and purified by the Spirit, until it has learnt to pray the prayer of faith.” Andrew Murray, “With Christ in the School of Prayer,” Page 34