When I was in Edinburgh last year, at the inquiry meeting in Assembly Hall, one of the ushers came around and said, “Mr. Moody, I’d like to put that man out; he’s one of the greatest infidels in Edinburgh.” He had been the chairman of an infidel club for years, I went around to where he was and sat down by him. “How is it with you, my friend?” I asked, and then he laughed and said, “You say God answers prayer; I tell you He doesn’t.
I don’t believe in a God. Try it on me.” “Will you get down with me and pray?” I asked him; but he wouldn’t. So I got down on my knees beside him and prayed. Next night he was there again. I prayed, and quite a number of others prayed for him. A few months after that, away up in the north of Scotland, at Wick, I was preaching in the open air, and while I stood there I saw the infidel standing on the outskirts of the crowd. I went up to him at the close of the meeting and said: “How is it with you, my friend?” He laughed and said, “I told you your praying is all false; God hasn’t answered your prayers; go and talk to these deluded people.” He had just the same spirit as before, but I relied on faith. Shortly after I got a letter from a barrister–a Christian. He was preaching one night in Edinburgh, when this infidel went up to him and said: “I want you to pray for me; I am troubled.” The barrister asked, “What is the trouble?” and he replied: “I don’t know what’s the matter, but I don’t have any peace, and I want you to pray for me.” Next day he went around to that lawyer’s office and he said that he had found Christ.
This man now is doing good work, and I heard that out of thirty inquirers there, ten or twelve of his old associates and friends were among them. So, if you have God with you, and you go to work for Him, and you meet infidels and skeptics, just bear in mind that you can win through faith. When Christ saw the faith of those four men, He said to the man: “Thy sins are forgiven you.” My friends, if you have faith all things are possible.