The following account shows the power of faith and prayer when they are linked together in our Christian life.
When Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary, first went to China, it was in a sailing vessel. Very close to the shore of cannibal islands the ship was becalmed, and it was slowly but surely drifting towards the shore. All on board knew that to be captured meant certain death.
The captain came to Mr. Taylor and begged him to pray for the help of God. “I will,” said Taylor, “provided you first set your sails to catch the breeze.” The captain declined to make himself the laughing stock of the crew and passengers by unfurling in the dead calm. Hudson Taylor said, “I will not undertake to pray for the vessel unless you will prepare the sails.” In desperation this was then ordered by the captain, and it was done.
While Hudson was engaged in prayer, there was a knock at the door of his stateroom. When asked who was there, the captain’s voice responded, “If you are still praying for wind you’d better stop for we have more wind than we can manage.”