Learning from a leper who drags himself to worship at 4am

John Piper tells of a young man who grew up on the mission field in Korea. His father worked with a leper colony. They had prayer meetings at 4 o’clock in the morning. That’s right, 4 a.m.! 

He remembers a man who came to the service, “crabbing along the ground” because he had no legs. He also didn’t have any crutches which was why he was using his hands to drag his own body to a prayer meeting at 4 a.m.*

This is an inspiring example of one person’s hunger for worship and prayer. It is also an inspiring example of someone who believes in a God who is powerful and does special things when his people seek him with all their heart.

How is your attitude toward worship and prayer these days? Actually, a better question wouldn’t focus our attention on worship and prayer, but on God himself.

So-so? Take it or leave it? “Yeah, well, I guess… if I don’t have anything better to do”?

Brothers and sisters, the word is zeal.

Psalm 96:9-10 sets the tone for your devotional time and for your time of worship with God’s people: “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’”


–“Hit the light.” That’s my latest sermon which was a high-level review of the teaching series on the book of Hebrews. You can access it here.

–*John Piper, A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer (Wheaton, Crossway, 2013), 48.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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