Praying Through

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Praying Through
by Mother Elizabeth Dabney
In 1925, the Lord told Bishop Charles Harrison Mason to send Elder O.T. Jones to
pastor a large mission in Philadelphia. Elder Jones asked if my husband, Elder
E.H. Dabney, and I could assist him. Bishop Mason said yes, and told me my job
was to pray and write for the church.

One afternoon the Lord called my attention to [a bad] situation in the
neighborhood. I asked God if He would give us the victory if I made a covenant
with Him to pray. He said He would. God told me to meet Him the next morning at
the Schuylkill River at 7:30.

I went home and asked my husband to take me to Riverside Drive the next
morning. … I was so afraid I would miss the appointment with the Lord that I
sat up all night and crocheted. I dared not put my trust or confidence in an
alarm clock. We arrived at a place where a tree was bent over the road, and the
Lord said: "This is the place."

As I stood [alone] between two large stones, the presence of God overshadowed
me, and I acknowledged His presence with tears, and a delighted "Good morning,
Jesus." I said:

"Lord, if You will bless my husband in the place You sent him to establish
Your name, if You will break the bonds and destroy the middle wall of partition,
if You will give him a church and congregation—a credit to Your people and all
Christendom—I will walk with You for three years in prayer, both day and night.
I will meet You every morning at 9 a.m. sharp; You will never have to wait for
me; I will be there to greet You. I will stay there all day; I will devote all
of my time to You.

"Furthermore, if You will listen to the voice of my supplication and break
through in that wicked neighborhood and bless my husband, I will fast 72 hours
each week for two years. While I am going through the fast, I will not go home
to sleep in my bed. I will stay in church, and if I get sleepy, I'll rest on
newspapers and carpet."

As soon as I had made a covenant, the heavens opened, and the glory of the
Lord fell from heaven all around me. I knew He had prepared me to enter into
prayer ministry.

At 9 a.m. each day the door knob of the church would turn, and I would greet
the Lord with a hearty, "Good morning, Jesus." I would kneel and pray until I
wore all the skin off my knees on those hard floors. I suffered. The flesh on my
bones was numb, and I fasted, not eating or drinking natural food—but I had a
direct supply from heaven.

Soon the mission was too small to accommodate the people, and my husband
requested that I pray for another place nearby. I prayed, and a man who had been
in business for 25 years decided to rent us the building.

By this time, I realized the Lord was showing me some of His glory, but the
people did not understand why I devoted so much time to church. These were not
sinners; they professed to love God as I did. They would come to the church and
pull and shake me to get me to leave the altar, but I never opened my eyes. The
devil put out diabolical propaganda that I was "an old witch" and a "magic book

But when they came and saw my tear-stained face, they repented with tears for
allowing the devil to sow evil seeds into their minds. The Lord was so sweet in
my soul. He amused me with the Scriptures and supported me with His arms.

I had no idea that I would ever see my name in the headlines of newspapers
and magazines, but the Pentecostal Evangel published my testimony under the
title "What It Means to Pray Through." As a result, I received more than 3
million letters from all parts of the world from people wanting to know what it
means to pray through.

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