Corrie ten Boom on Prayer

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Corrie ten Boom

If you have not read, “The Hiding Place,” the life story of Corrie ten Boom and her family, stop what you’re doing, buy it and read it now! Come Sunday morning, I will have spent fifty years on this earth, and just this past week purchased and read it. What an amazing woman and family.

I am reading Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and wanted to gain a better knowledge of what was driving Bonhoeffer to make so great a sacrifice. So I picked up “Auschwitz” by Miklos Nyiszli (wouldn’t even try to pronounce that one), and “The Hiding Place” by John Sherrill.

Without consuming your day with a book review, it is simply the story of Corrie and her family being led by God to assist those facing the great horrors of persecution from Hitler and his regime.

I marked a page early in the book that really weighed upon my approach to the events that occur in my life. After Germany’s invasion of Holland, Corrie wakes up one morning to a sound in their kitchen. It was her sister Betsie making tea. She goes down stairs and they have tea, and then make their way back to bed. Corrie, in the dark finds her pillow, and on it (even cutting herself) a large piece of shrapnel.

Her sister Betsie repeatedly says, “On your pillow.”

Then Corrie replies, “Betsie, if I hadn’t heard you in the kitchen…”

It is Betsie’s reply that moved me so greatly. She puts a finger over Corrie’s mouth and says, “Don’t say it, Corrie! There are no ‘ifs’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety — Oh Corrie, let us pray that we may always know it.”

I’m pretty confident at this stage of their lives they had no idea all that His will would include, but page after page of their biography displays a people surrendered to their Lord.

As I read “The Hiding Place,” I could not help but hear the words of Mordecai to Esther, “…And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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5 Responses to Corrie ten Boom on Prayer

  1. bickleyhouse says:

    I can’t remember if I have read that or not, but I do intend to get a copy soon. I remember seeing the movie back when I was a young boy. I am most moved by the story of her meeting one of the German soldiers after he had become a Christian.


  2. Debbie says:

    Hello MT – I first read The Hiding Place when I was a freshman in high school. Corrie Ten Boom had a dramatic influence on me, then and now. Isn’t it interesting that she died at age 91 on her actual birthday, only to begin the greatest birthday celebration ever! Thank you for reminding me of this dear, courageous soul who epitomized forgiveness (and the struggle to get there).

  3. lambskinny says:

    Mtsweat, I am not lying — I wrote my note this morning on Romans 8:28 before I read this post of yours. How God works! What a glorious mystery. In all things — esp. things meant for evil by certain people — God works for the good of those who are His. Amen.

  4. cc says:

    I recommend that you also read “In My Father’s House” by Corrie Ten Boom. It is the story before the story…the years that shaped the family that made the decisions in “The Hiding Place”. It is a testimony that character is REVEALED in the fire, but built BEFORE the fire. There is no off season, we are either in the battle, or preparing for it. Lord have mercy on us.

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