Rodney Baker






Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Carl Diemer

Primary Subject Area

Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, Clergy; Religion, General; Religion, History of; Theology


This study describes the significance of prayer in the nineteenth century ministries of evangelist-revivalist D. L. Moody, pastor-evangelist C. H. Spurgeon, and the twentieth-century ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. Furthermore, a description of the three most successful evangelical ministries of the last two centuries will demonstrate the vital role of prayer in their effective Christian ministries.

After extensively researching the lives of D. L. Moody, C. H. Spurgeon, and Billy Graham, it is clear that prayer played a major role in their lives and, according to personal statements, was a key to their success. While various facets of their ministry have been examined, this proposed work will be narrow as it solely examines the spiritual discipline of prayer in the lives of Moody, Spurgeon, and Graham.

This thesis has been written by using primary sources, which included Moody's, Spurgeon's, and Graham's own words and recordings of their lives. The paper also used biographers and other secondary source's evaluations of these men's ministries, especially in regard to their prayer lives.