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John Hyde “Praying Hyde” was born 11/9/1865, Carrolton, IL son of a Presbyterian minister who in public & family altar prayed God to thrust out laborers into His harvest.  John graduated from college & was elected to a faculty position there but soon resigned to enter McCormick Theological Seminary.  With a call to India he departed Oct 1892 to preach in the Punjab region.  On the way, he read a letter from a friend who said he would ask God to fill John with the Holy Spirit. Angry at the suggestion that he did not already have the Spirit, he threw it away.  However he then humbled himself and prayed to God for help.

He came to believe a thorough knowledge of God’s Word to be more important to his success as a missionary than anything else.  His ministry of prayer during the next 20 years was such that some natives referred to him as “the apostle of prayer.”  Face to face with the eternal he learned amazing lessons of prayer.  He is said to have spent 30 days and nights in prayer & other times be on his knees in deep intercession for 36 hours.  Hyde helped establish the annual Sialkote Conferences, from which thousands of missionaries & native workers returned, empowered anew and afresh for the work.  He died 2/17/1912.  

Personal Note: I would encourage readers to learn more about this holy, praying man!

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Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

George Duffield, Jr. was born this date, 9/12/1818, at Carlisle, PA.  He was a Presbyterian minister (as were his father and grandfather)  He ministered 44 years in NY, NJ, PA, IL and MI.  In 1858 he composed the words of the hymn “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus.”

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