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A man of God who inspires me is John G. Lake. When I read his writings, I am particularly stirred to reach for more in God.

Brother Lake preached and ministered in Africa during the early 1900's. He knew not only God's mighty works; he knew God's ways as well.

One letter in particular that Brother Lake wrote stokes the fire within me. I love what it says, and I love even more the spirit behind it. I believe it will touch you as it touches me.
Dear Brother Wright:

Your letter of September 25th received November second, making 38 days for your letter to reach me. I was delighted to receive it. It has a very pleasing, human touch. Nobody knows, brother, how Africa was written in my soul in the days when I was there. My difficulty seemed to be that I could not make people appreciate God.

They had so much more appreciation for order and system in the work than they had of God and his presence and power. You could not make them understand that they were organizing God out of the work.

If I could see the power of God fall on the world again, like it fell in Africa I sure would use a meat ax, and use it to the death on every organizer. In so far as the power of healing in this country (the United States) is concerned, I never had anything anywhere that surpassed the work at Spokane, Washington, for five years in powerful healings, but not at all in the multitude of them like they took place everywhere in Africa in the early days.

...In the later years of my life there, when I went out on the field among the native people throughout the land and in the back country settlements among the Boers, and saw things take place that the eyes of man had not beheld in the world in 1400 years...

I always felt, brother, as concerning my life in Africa and my labor for God there that I was somewhat in the position of which David declares of Moses, when he said, "He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel." The people of Africa seemed to behold the phenomena of what God did, but God took my spirit beyond the scenes and let me see how God did them.

...A tremendous baptism of the Spirit had come from heaven upon my soul. At Pretoria on one occasion a couple of years after my baptism in the Spirit, God anointed me with such power as I question of any man in the history of this movement has ever enjoyed, in so far as we know.

The Spirit of God ran through my person like a river of heavenly fluid. Cancers withered under my touch, cripples of every type were instantly restored, works of creation in the bodies of men took place...It was an anointing of power.

...It has only been on occasions, Brother, that I have felt the burning, surging fire of God in my life as I did in Africa, when I was compelled to exercise every power of command in my nature to control myself, so that nothing abnormal would take place.

...I do not want to give you an impression that I have no anointing from heaven upon my life (today), but like every other Pentecostal brother that I know of in the world, there is not one of us that has the degree of heavenly power on our souls that we enjoyed 20 or 25 years ago, and Pentecost generally speaking in our day, both in the United States, England and throughout the world, is only a shadow of what it formerly was in so far as real heavenly power is concerned.

...It has been a passion in my soul to gather together strong groups of the old timers who know the days of heavenly power - and flash of God as it came both in salvation, healing and judgment.... I'll guarantee that our souls have wept and our hearts cried and our spirits groaned to once again see the searching life of God seize the soul of men and cast the devil out of them, heal the sick in multitudes and stir the land with a conviction that God had come, and His arm was made bare for the world's salvation.

Source: Prayer Notes by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Mac Hammond Ministries

Author Biography

Lynne Hammond
Web site: Lynne Hammond Ministries
A teacher and an author, Lynne publishes a newsletter called Prayer Notes, has written numerous books, and currently serves as the national prayer director for Daughters for Zion. Her passion for inspiring and leading others into the life of Spirit-led prayer continues to take her around the world to minister to believers whose heart cry, like hers, is “Lord, teach me to pray!”

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