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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:07:09 +1300
by David Smithers      

Truly great men, seldom recognize their own worth. Such a great 
man, was Andrew Bonar. His diary is a virtual text book on the 
qualities of brokenness and humility. Almost every page seems 
to be filled with expressions of his transparency and sense of 
unworthiness apart from Jesus Christ. For the true saint, the path 
of brokenness leads straight to the throne of grace. Andrew Bonar 
was no exception to this divine rule. Majory Bonar, Mr. Bonar's 
daughter, describes his diary as a "revelation of one who prayed 
always and who prayed everywhere." John J. Murray wrote of 
Andrew Bonar, "He did not believe in any shortcut to holiness and 
usefulness in the work of God. He knew that the one and only 
way to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ 
was daily and hourly communion with the Father and the Son". 
Andrew Bonar, himself wrote, "There is too much time taken up 
with active work for the Kingdom. Surely if God's servants are to 
speak and preach in the power of the Holy Spirit they must again 
give themselves continually to prayer. . ." 

 Andrew Bonar was just one of many Scottish ministers used of 
God during the Kilsyth Revival of 1839-1840. The ministers most 
honored by Christ's presence during this time of refreshing were 
W. C. Burns, Robert Murray McCheyne, Alexander Moody Stuart 
and Andrew Bonar. All of these men were close friends who 
encouraged one another in the practice of constant prayer. Soon 
after the decline of the Kilsyth Revival, Andrew Bonar Said, "I have 
learned by experience that it is not much labor but much prayer 
that is the only means to success." Mr. Bonar was able to 
accomplish much with men in public because he spent much 
time with Jesus Christ in private. The daily entries of Bonar's diary 
testify of this fact. He wrote on January 3rd, 1856, "I have been 
endeavoring to keep up prayer at this season every hour of the 
day, stopping my occupation, whatever it is, to pray a little. I seek 
to keep my soul within the shadow of the throne of grace and Him 
that sits thereon." Sabbath, March 8th - "I feel afraid of myself on 
the ground that I am less prayerful than I used to be, although 
often more helped in preaching then ever . . ." Wednesday, 24th, 
"Oh my God, never let me walk even in the green pastures, without 
thee! I feel glad to live as a pilgrim and stranger, and more, far 
more than before, I seek by prayer and strong crying in secret to 
see God glorified in the salvation of souls." 

 In a letter to a close friend Andrew Bonar wrote, "Oh brother pray; 
in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer, rather neglect friends 
than not pray, rather fast, and lose breakfast, dinner, supper and 
sleep too - than not pray. And we must not talk about prayer - we 
must pray in right earnest. The Lord is near. He comes softly while 
The Virgins Slumber." Andrew Bonar lived in a time of revival and 
yet he was always praying for more of God's revival power. His 
diary again makes this clear. Wednesday, 21st, - "Enabled to 
spend nearly the whole day in prayer, praise and confession. I 
was led to deep humiliation for our church, and prayer for the 
outpouring of the Holy Ghost on my people. I spread out several 
promises before the Lord, and my heart was sore with desire and 
yet glad with expectation of what this day may obtain for me. But 
I find true what Samuel Rutherford wrote: 'A bed watered with tears, 
a throat dry with praying, eyes a fountain of tears for the sins of 
the land are rarely to be found among us.'" 

 Andrew Bonar was a man who was intimately acquainted with 
Jesus Christ. As a result he saw what Jesus saw and therefore 
cared, wept and prayed like Jesus. Far too often our own eyes 
are dry because our eyes are blind to the needs around us. Many 
of us have become blinded by the temporal, till we can no longer 
see the eternal reality of the holiness of heaven and horrors of hell. 
Lord draw us back to the prayer closet where blind eyes see and 
hardened hearts are broken. Lord, have mercy and bring us to brokenness!