Today’s Scripture: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, was sailing there for the first time when the vessel he was on got into trouble. The ship was adrift without wind and was nearing islands with dangerous submerged reefs. As if that were not disconcerting enough, just past the reef there was an island inhabited by cannibals. Everyone on board was about to be in very hot water. In fact, they were so close to the island that they could see the cannibals on shore lighting fires preparing for dinner. All the cannibals needed was the arrival of the guests of honor.

Everyone on board grew very frightened as the vessel drifted closer and closer to the island. They had exhausted all their options. Finally, Hudson Taylor said, “There is one thing we have yet to try! There are four Christians on board…we are going to go ask God for a breeze.”

Hudson said a short prayer. Then he went to the first officer and said, “Set your sail!”

The officer scowled and retorted, “Why would I set my sail? There is no wind.”

“I believe God is going to send us one!” Hudson Taylor exclaimed.

Sure enough, as soon as the first officer set the sail, a light breeze picked up and took them on their way.

Hudson Taylor later wrote in his journal, “Thus God encouraged me, err landing on China’s shores to bring every variety of need to him in prayer and to expect that he would honor the name of the Lord Jesus and give the help each emergency required.”

When you are at the end of what you can do, prayer is the answer. Hudson Taylor learned that early and often in his life, and we should too. God can save you to the uttermost. Jesus sees you every moment of every hour and is actively interceding for you every day.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.