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"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

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Today, we’re going to look at the prayer life of a missionary who, while not well known during his life, left an impact on souls for years to come: Jim Elliot. 


Jim was born in Oregon in 1927 to a minister and his wife and their two other children. Jim accepted Christ at a young age and grew to be increasingly close to his Heavenly Father. In 1945 he began attending Wheaton College where he learned, perhaps one of the most important lessons for any Christian, discipline. 

His wife, Elisabeth, later wrote this of him: “Jim started his journal as a means of self-discipline. He began to get up early in the morning during his junior year in college to read the Bible and pray before classes. He was realistic enough to recognize the slim chances of fitting in any serious study and prayer later in the day. If it had priority on his list of things that mattered, it had to have chronological priority. To see that he did not waste the dearly-bought time, he began to note down on paper specific things he learned from the Word and specific things he asked for in prayer.” 


Jim knew that in order for one to maintain a deep and personal relationship with God, He must be the priority in life. All other things came after his devotion to God and learning from His word and prayer. This was evident in his relationship with Elisabeth. They met at his third year at Wheaton and while both were deeply attracted to each other, he felt that nothing must distract him from what God was calling Him to do. It wasn’t until six years later, after he felt that God had released him from being called to singleness, that they were married.


After graduating from Wheaton, Jim attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Oklahoma. He was preparing for the mission field. His heart was burdened with the weight of lost souls both in and outside of the United States.


Finally in 1952, Jim travelled to Ecuador to share the gospel with the Waodoni tribe. In 1956, just two and a half years after marrying Elisabeth, Jim and three other missionaries travelled deep into the jungle on a trip to meet with the Waodoni tribe for their second encounter. It was then, on January 8, that they were attacked by a group Waodoni warriors and killed.


It’s said that the four missionaries were armed with guns and would quite possibly have been able to defend themselves. They made the decision though not to harm any of the tribe lest it harden their hearts toward any future attempt to share the gospel. What is it then that enabled this man to give his life so devotedly to Christ and spreading the Good News even unto his own death? I believe that it was his deep personal devotion to a God that he knew well because of the time he spent on his knees.


Jim once said, “I have felt the impact of your prayer in these past weeks. I am certain now that nothing has had a more powerful influence on this life of mine than your prayers.”


 And again, “The sound of 'gentle stillness' after all the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God.”


Surely these words of deep conviction come from a man who knew God intimately from many hours spent in His presence.


Are you struggling to begin a life of prayer such as your innermost being longs after? Begin with disciplining yourself. You may not desire it in the beginning, but press on and your reward will be a deep relationship with the One who created you.




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