Andrew Murray 1828-1917
To most of the world Murray is known as a great author; in his native South Africa, Murray was an educator, evangelist, political activist, and Dutch-Reform Minister. Much of his life was centered on finding a practical balance to his mystic ideas.
Taught by the Master
“The disciples had been with Christ, and had seen Him pray. They had learned to understand something of the connection between His wondrous life in public, and His secret life of prayer. They had learned to believe in Him as a Master in the art of prayer—none could pray like Him. And so they came to Him with the request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” And later they would have told us that there were few things more wonderful or blessed that He taught them than His lessons on prayer.
And now still it comes to pass, as he is praying in certain place, that the disciples ho see Him thus engaged feel the need of repeating the same request, “Lord, teach us to pray.’ As we grow in the Christian life, the though and the faith of the beloved Master in His never-failing intercession becomes evermore precious, and the hope of being like Christ in His intercession gains an attractiveness before unknown. And as we see Him pray, and remember that there is none who can pray like Him, and none who can teach like Him, we feel the petition of the disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray,” is just what we need. And as we think how all He is and has, how He Himself is our very own, how He is Himself our life, we feel assured that we have but to ask, and He will be delighted to take us up into closer fellowship with Himself, and teach us to pray even as He prays.”
Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer.