"Work Done On Our Knees"
By Lois J. Stucky
Missionary James O. Fraser of whom we read on this page, was fully convinced that those who pray at home are as much used by God in the salvation of precious souls as are the missionaries on the field. Many of you who read the pages of Herald of His Coming are mature saints, experienced in prayer and strong in faith. You are not content to do little more than retire in an easy chair. You might not at this point be able to actually go to your knees in prayer, but from your heart you can pour forth prayers of faith that will honor God and promote His kingdom. He encourages us with this word: "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there any thing too hard for Me?" (Jer. 32:27). The task of going into all the world with the Gospel is far from completion. You are needed to be a worker in God’s harvest field mainly through prayer, if God has not already engaged you to serve Him in some other capacity and even then it may be possible for you to be more involved through prayer.
Our first prayer might need to be for ourselves, and I for one continually need to be stirred to be more diligent and fervent in prayer. We readily confess that in the flesh, we can do nothing. It is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit that makes us willing to bear a burden and constrains us to pray. Then we meet the matter of disciplining our busy lives to set aside time for prayer. Beyond that the battle continues, for the enemy of men’s souls has diversions galore to prevent our prayer time being as concentrated and effective as it must be in the light of the staggering needs of this hour.
All around us are those, as near and dear as our families, who have need of our prayers. Many are in churches that have lost the Spirit’s life and fire. Our communities have heart-wrenching happenings that call for our prayers, and our nations are sliding downward with alarming speed that demands strong prayer intervention. And we must make room to pray for earth’s vast multitudes who struggle down a road leading to destruction, blinded by the god of this world to the truth, or perhaps they have never even heard the glorious Gospel news.
Will we let God expand our vision until we ask for even nations for the glory of God? And let us ask for God’s full measure of blessing! He promised through the prophet Joel that He would pour out of His Spirit on all flesh. "Pour" is a word of plentifulness. Brother Castersen was a prayer leader at Herald of His Coming years ago, and he regularly pled with God for "copious" showers of the Spirit – abundant, very plentiful. The Apostle Peter emphatically declared by the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost that the remarkable happenings they were seeing were a first fulfillment of that which God had spoken through the prophet Joel: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh…. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:17, 21).
Oh, the greatness of the heart of God! He would have all to repent and be saved! He has made full provision through His Son’s atoning death on the cross, and through the Spirit’s power in drawing and regenerating whoever repents and believes. Let us humbly offer ourselves to be co-workers with this triumphant Trinity through prayer. That will give us a part in what will far outlast our brief years of life on earth. Printed in the article on the following page are Scripture verses which will serve as a starter if needed to aid in praying on a God-sized scale. Use also helps in praying for people of influence on pages four and five. Out where the "millions die in despair" – O God, send us there through prayer!
And if God lays Herald of His Coming on your heart, please know that we value greatly the "work done on your knees" for this ministry. Please pray that God’s purpose for which He raised up Herald of His Coming will be totally fulfilled to His glory.