William Wilberforce (1759-1833) led the twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade. He championed medical aid for the poor, prison rehabilitation, education for the deaf and restrictions on child labour.
In his life, he found nothing more effectual than private prayer, and the serious perusal of the New Testament. He maintained: "All may be done through prayer, almighty prayer... in the calmness of the morning, before the mind is heated and wearied by the turmoil of the day, you have a season of unusual importance for communing with God and with yourself." He seized upon such opportunities, believing: "God will prosper me better if I wait on him."
Drawing directly from Wilberforce's writings, the selection in this book illustrate how God sustained and guided him. Those who seek to walk their pilgrim's progress well will find much to ponder, pray over and treasure.