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The State of the Church: A Plea for More Prayer
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The State of the Church: A Plea for More Prayer


J. Nisbet & Co. 1912

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How can missionary work be fruitful if our own house is out of order? That is the question that Andrew Murray tries to answer in The State of the Church. The consensus of most participants at the World Missionary Conference of 1911 was the “home” church was in disarray—it was the lack of faith and the half-hearted consecration of ministers and members of the Church that was hindering the rapid evangelization of the rest of the world.

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Key Features

  • Outlines common problems in the church environment
  • Offers remedies for the church’s revitalization and growth
  • Holds true today, even over 100 years later


  • The State of the Home Church
  • The Present Crisis
  • The Unsolved Problem
  • “Peace, Peace, When there is No Peace”
  • “Why Could We Not Cast Him Out?”
  • The Supernatural
  • Christ’s Last Words
  • Primitive Christianity
  • Seven Times More Prayer
  • A Holiness Revival
  • Christ’s Claim Upon Us
  • The Promise of the Father
  • The United Free Church of Scotland
  • Contrition, Confession, Consecration
  • Repent!
  • The Valley of Decision
  • The Ministry
  • A Plea for More Prayer
  • Fear Not, Only Believe
  • A Personal Word
  • Hints on Intercession

Product Details

  • Title: The State of the Church: A Plea for More Prayer
  • Author: Andrew Murray
  • Publisher: James Nisbet & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 152

About Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray (1828–1917) was born in Graaff Reinet, South Africa, to Dutch missionary parents. Educated at King’s College, Aberdeen, he then studied theology at the University of Utrecht. Andrew and his older brother John were ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church in 1848. Murray pastored South African churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town, and Wellington. A champion of missionary work, he founded the South African General Mission in 1889. That ministry continued to grow, and today it is part of the SIM (Serving in Mission) organization.

A prolific author and lecturer, Murray authored over 200 books during his lifetime, and he was invited to speak at churches and conferences all over the world. Married for over 60 years and the father of eight children, Murray passed away in January 1917.

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