By Lois J. Stucky (1928 – 2014)
It is easy in this hour of worldwide crises and worldwide needs to feel overwhelmed, to feel that the effort we can make is too small to count. Perhaps, as we pray on our knees alone, by faith we can picture ourselves as a member of a praying “battalion.” In wartime there are different fronts. Wars are made up of battles. No one battle wins the war and no one person wins the battle by himself. But uniting with a cluster of like-hearted warriors, victories are won one by one. God is burdening others. Together our prayers have a winning effect.
Also we must keep in mind that He who calls us to prayer is with us in prayer, and is leading us on. Oh, the wonder of partnership with God in prayer (Rom. 8:26)! And using God’s Word, holding it out as Moses’ rod over the battle being fought in the valley below, has powerful effect. When we do not see immediate results, if we cast not away our confidence, the reward will come (Heb. 10:35).
Sister Moore, co-founder of Herald of His Coming, was a woman small in physical stature but she was all for God and she had spiritual dynamic. She urged us to “Hurl yourself into the battle!” Mean business for God! Go to your limits! Brother Castersen, also now with the Lord but for some years leader of the Herald prayer group, in fiery zeal for revival took up the cry – “Hurl yourself into the battle” of prayer for revival! The prayers and tears of prayer warriors gone on before us, are surely in those “golden vials” in heaven (Rev. 5:8). Are ours being added?
Are we fulfilling our part in the battle of the ages? Our present-day easy living tends to unfit us to make a good showing alongside the warriors of yesteryear. They were better acquainted with self-denial, sacrifice, long hours of hand-wrought labor, extended times of prayer on their knees.
True fasting and prayer draw us back to dependence on God. When we depend on ourselves we get only what we can do. When we depend on God we get what He can do! Oh, how this should bring us to our knees before Him! We need God to send revival to our land! What we need can come only from Him.
Sister Moore frequently wrote, “The situation is desperate, but the saints are not.” God help us to get as desperate as we need to be to bring God down in greater power! God help us to “hold on the last half hour.” It is those who endure to the end who win. That kind of endurance comes through dependence on God.
Satan is a master at discouraging. He tempts us to feel nothing is being accomplished by our fasting-prayer effort. Why continue it, he suggests. Be prepared to resist his lies. Depend on God and get His almighty help! “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17).
Let’s unite in prayer together now!