David Brainerd was a protégé of Jonathan Edwards. He was a Puritan missionary to the Indians in New England until his early death at the age of 29. Jonathan Edwards said that Brainerd's example of personal piety was "most worthy of imitation." The martyred missionary of the last century, Jim Elliot, often read Brainerd for encouragement and inspiration.
Here are forty devotions taken from the journals of David Brainerd, along with prayers corresponding to each one. Any person at any level of spiritual development can profit from these warm meditations.
"I see the value of Christian biography tonight, as I have been reading Brainerd's diary...Enjoyed much sweetness (as he puts it) in the reading of the last months of Brainerd's life...Was much encouraged to think of a life of godliness in the light of an early death."
- Jim Elliot, martyred missionary of the Auca Indians