The Classroom Prayers of James Petigru Boyce

James P. BoyceA former student of Boyce recalls the piety of the great Southern Baptist theologian:

“He was the most devout man I ever knew. He was mighty in prayer; that was the universal verdict of his students. I now shut my eyes and call back the past. I see him come to his desk at four p.m. in the old classroom, picking up the box of matches, lighting the gas jet, waving the match slowly until the last blaze is extinguished, then saying, “Let us pray.” Short, simple, but oh, what spiritual riches! Edwards of Georgia was not a very apt student. Returning the fifth year, he apologized saying that he did not mind coming back; the board was cheap and that no man living could pray like Dr. Boyce, and he affirmed that he stood in need of prayer.”

(From the “Introduction to the 1977 edition,” Abstract of Systematic Theology, 1887, reprint 2006 by Founder’s Press, x)


About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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