George Whitefield’s Delight in Scripture and Prayer

When I was a child, I heard a pastor read this section from George Whitefield’s diary. It still stirs me to greater discipline and delight in Scripture and prayer.

My mind being now more open and enlarged, I began to read the Holy Scriptures on my knees, laying aside all other books and praying, if possible, every line and word. This proved meat indeed and drink indeed to my soul. I daily received fresh life, light and power from above. I got more true knowledge from reading the Book of God in one month than I could ever have acquired from all the writings of men.

And in prayer . . .

Oh, what sweet communion had I daily vouchsafed with God in prayer, after my coming again to Gloucester! How often have I been carried out beyond myself when sweetly meditating in the fields! How assuredly have I felt that Christ dwelt in my and I in Him! And how did I daily walk in the comforts of the Holy Ghost and was edified and refreshed in the multitude of peace!

-Taken from volume 1 of Arnold Dallimore’s George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival

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