Prayer moves the hand that moves the Universe. Anonymous.Supposed to be from Gurnalls Christian Armour, which I have not seen. It may be found in Dr. Guthries Gospel in Ezekiel, Discourse XXII. Page 461.
[In a kind note which the Doctor has favoured me with he says, The passage you mention expresses a sentiment with which I have been familiar for many years. Where I saw it I cannot say. It has been produced by many writers as well as speakers. I could not have produced it as a quotation, as I do not know the exact words of its author.
Since writing to Dr. Guthrie, I have met with the following lines which are part of a poem on THE POWER OF PRAYER. Exodus xxxiii. Ver. 10.Rev. Thos. Washbourne, D.D.
What a commanding power There is in prayer! which can tower As high as heaven, and tie the hands Of God himself in bands, That he unable is to loose the reins To Justice, till released from these chains!
Samson could break his cords As tow, and yet the Lord of Lords, Who gave that strength to Samson, can Not break the cords of man.
Since then such virtue lives In prayer as will exorcise The Almighty, and fast bind His arms In spiritual magic charms; . . . . . . . . ]
Hast thou not learnd what thou art often told, A truth still sacred, and believed of old, That no success attends on spears and swords Unblest, and that the battle is the Lords? Cowper.Expostulation, Line 350; and see his Table Talk, Line 373.
Holy beginning of a holy cause, When heroes, girt for Freedoms combat, pause Before high Heaven, and, humble in their might, Call down its blessing on that coming fight. Tom Moore.Rhymes on the Road, Vol. VII. Page 326.
Sum up at night what thou hast done by day, And in the morning, what thou hast to do. Dress and undress thy soul: mark the decay And growth of it: if with thy watch, that too Be down, then wind up both; since we shall be Most surely judged, make thy accounts agree. George Herbert.The Temple, Stanza 76.