Like many believers, I practically preferred, for the first four years of my divine life, the works of uninspired men to the oracles of the Living GOD. The consequence was that I remained a babe, both in the Knowledge of the LORD and in grace. In knowledge, I say, for all true Knowledge must be derived by the Spirit, from the Word. And as I neglected the Word of God, I was for nearly four years so ignorant, that I did not clearly know even the fundamental points of our holy faith. And this lack of knowledge most sadly kept me from walking steadily in the ways of God.
For it is the Truth [The Son] Who makes us free (John 8:31-32), by delivering us from the slavery of the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The Word proves it. The experience of the saints proves it; and also my own experience decidedly proves it. For when it pleased the LORD to bring me really to the Scriptures, my life and walk became very different. And though ever since that time I have very much fallen short of what I might and ought to be, yet, by the Grace of God, I have been enabled to live much nearer to Him than before.
If any believers read this who prefer other books to the Holy Scriptures, and who enjoy the writings of men much more than the Word of God, may they be warned by my loss. I shall consider this book, “Answers to Prayer”, to have been the means of doing much good, should it please the LORD, through its instrumentality, to lead some of His people no longer to neglect the Holy Scriptures, but to give them the preference, which they have hitherto bestowed on the writings of men.
My dislike to increase the number of books would have been sufficient to deter me from writing these pages had I not been convinced that this is the only way in which the brethren at large may be benefited through my mistakes and errors, and been influenced by the hope that, in answer to my prayers, the reading of my experience may be the means of leading them to value and treasure the Holy Scriptures more highly, and to make them the rule of all their actions.
ANSWERS TO PRAYER