Set The Saints Everywhere To Praying
By Sarah Foulkes Moore
The world and the Church are in a mighty conflict. The spiritual warfare is intensifying. The powers of darkness are massing for the last awful struggle. The Church has one weapon with which to fight. If she will but take to her knees she will be victorious. The need is for godly intercessors in every church and in every American home and community. More than any other need is that for men and women of prayer and faith who will stand in the gap and stay the ghastly spirits of lawlessness, immorality, infidelity and political corruption which are swarming over the land from the abyss.
“I sought for a man among them, that should stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it,” declares the Lord to Ezekiel, “but I found none” (Ezek. 22:30). This was the pitiful condition in Israel. No one could be found to stand in the gap for the land, hence it was destroyed. Can it be in this hour of chaos and crisis more dire, that there is no man in your community, in your church, who will stand in the gap, and who seeing the peril, will give himself continually to wrestling by prayer against principalities, against the rulers of darkness, against spiritual wickedness in high places?
The greatest need in every church, in every community, in every home is for a prayer leadership that will stir the people of God to prayer. Talking about the conditions, bewailing the need of America for a spiritual awakening—will do no good. The most difficult thing to do is to get men to pray. This is not a day of prayer. Few men will pray. The greatest spiritual need in America is for a praying leadership who will bring the preachers and the Church back to prayer.
True Prayer Is A Warfare
True prayer means the expenditures of serious devotion of time, heart and soul that the flesh does not like. To get under the burden of prayer is too strenuous a labor for our present-day, pleasure-loving, ease-indulging membership and ministry. Too much hardship is involved. The children of Zion today do not like the “solemn feast garments” of weeping, mourning and fasting that enables Zion to bring forth. “Woe,” pronounced the prophet, “to them that are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1).
God help Zion to travail at this crisis end-of-the-age hour! God help us to see the need and necessity of prayer and God help us to meet conditions. The all-important need is for men and women whose hearts are right with God to make prayer the supreme passion of the hour—men and women whose chief labor for God and country is to intercede, “Spare Thy people, O Lord, and give not Thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them” (Joel 2:17).
To pray is the greatest thing we can do to save America and avert national chaos and crisis. There are plenty of preachers and writers who deal eloquently with the need of revival, but not many there are who will at this catastrophic hour give themselves to the necessity of prayer. The chief battleground in the nation today is the battleground of prayer. The prayer forces must be summoned. The Church must mobilize on her knees. Christians everywhere must be put to praying.
Revival comes in answer to the heart cries of God’s people. The most insistent and urgent pleas, the most fervent exhortations need be sounded forth at this hour to put the saints everywhere to praying.
“Sound an alarm in My holy mountain … for the day of the Lord cometh … Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders … Let the ministers of the Lord weep … Then will the Lord pity His people … and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore … I will pour out My Spirit … Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered …” (Joel 2:1-32).
When Sister Moore and her Bible School classmates were asked at graduation time what work for the Lord they looked forward to, Sister Moore’s reply was that she wanted to be “a stander in the gap and a maker up of the hedge.” She early grasped as few do, the vital importance of prayer. She realized it was at the heart of God’s work. It was what God put on her heart to do, and she gave herself to it with all the might of her Spirit-empowered being. Brother Moore and she were conducting prayer meetings and all-nights of prayer in churches when the Lord called them to begin Herald of His Coming.
Honore Osberg who worked closely for many years with the Moores, once wrote about Sister Moore: “I believe the strongest memory I have of Sister Moore is her faithfully evening after evening, meeting with Brother Moore and the other workers to pray. Then there were the seasons of three days of fasting and prayer monthly when work and everything else was laid aside for the one business of seeking the Lord.
“She literally poured out her life and energy in her prayers. If there was ever a burdened, weeping intercessor for God, it was Sister Moore. In the old chapel on Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, she had a corner at the left of the platform. There she cried and wept before God that He would meet His people, that He would save souls, that God’s people would be awakened out of their sleep and indifference, and that He would fulfill His Word in sending worldwide revival. …”
In the Herald paper month after month, she issued strong, appealing calls to God’s people to likewise set themselves to praying. The above is one such cry of her heart. Her keen spiritual vision could see the astounding things God would do, the marvelous changes that would take place if God’s people would give themselves to earnest, prevailing prayer.
Brother and Sister Moore were deeply burdened for this blessed, free land of America. During the early years of the Herald, there was the threat of World War II to our freedoms. Later it was communism. Only God knows how much their impassioned prayers and pleas along with those of others they inspired, figured in God’s intervention in those crisis times. Today there is a host of evils threatening our land. As revival and God’s intervention in national and international affairs was the cry of their heart, might a host of us obtain from the Lord the grace and enduement to persevere in intercession until the Heavens are rent, and the Holy Spirit is outpoured from on high!