High Wycombe - John Smith (1822)

About the Midsummer of 1822, he went into High Wycombe circuit to preach some occasional sermons. On the Sunday morning, when the congregation was assembled, he had not arrived at the chapel, and several persons were dispatched in different directions to seek him. After the lapse of a considerable time, he was found in some solitary place out of doors, forgetful of all time, wrestling with God in mighty prayer, for his blessing on the services in which he was about to engage. The result may be readily anticipated. Throughout the day his mind appeared to be peculiarly impressed with the divine benevolence, and in one of his sermons, he repeatedly and with extraordinary vehemence, cried out, "He is willing! He is willing! He is willing!" Many, on that occasion, had a blessed experience of God's willingness to save, and numbers of others were powerfully awakened to seek salvation.

R Treffry's 'Life of John Smith' p185-6


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