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“Where neither moth nor rust corrupt”

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Today we’re going to look at the prayer life of a woman, who in all likelihood, you have never heard of before. Her name was Amelia Hudson Taylor. Perhaps, part of her name is familiar to you. Amelia was the mother of the famous missionary Hudson Taylor.


What you might not know however, is that while Hudson grew up in a very pious home to God-fearing parents, Hudson was a skeptic. He had a worldview, that is quite often seen today; “I am not able to be saved and therefore will live life to the fullest”. As you can imagine this was quite a burden on Amelia’s heart, who even before Hudson was born, prayed that he might be a missionary to China. It is worth noting that this information was kept from him until after he had arrived there to serve decades later.


One day, when Hudson was 17, he was wandering through the family library looking for something to read. At that same time, miles away, Amelia was visiting a friend and an overwhelming burden for son began to weigh on her. Locking herself away in her room, she began to intercede for his soul. Wholesome Words biography of Hudson Taylor says, “Hour after hour she continued pleading, until at length she arose with glad assurance that the object of her prayers had already been accomplished.” Back at home, Hudson had happened upon a tract which contained the words, “the finished work of Christ.” Hudson realized that nothing but belief was required of him and that he could, indeed already was, saved by Christ’s blood if he but accepted it.


When Amelia returned two weeks later, she was greeted by her son with the blessed news of his conversion during the very hours of her prayer. In writing Hudson said years later that Amelia wrapped her arms around him and said, “I know, my boy. I have been rejoicing for a fortnight in the glad tidings you have to tell me.” Surprised at her knowledge of it he wondered if she had been told by someone. Amelia was adamant that her assurance had come from God.


Hudson went on to be a missionary in China for almost 50 years. He founded the Chinese Evangelization Society, and the China Inland Mission, impacting countless souls for decades to come.


While many may not think that his mother, often overlooked and dismissed, had little to do with Hudson’s work, her prayers changed everything. God answered her cries for the soul of the son she loved. Her prayers directly effected eternity for innumerable lives. If you’re doubting your ability to make a difference, consider intercession. Consider the life of Amelia, who through prevailing prayer was able to “store up treasure in heaven where neither moth nor rust corrupt.”



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