Responding To God’s Call To Prayer
Those of God’s people who pray for the 10/40 Window countries are sadly aware that the percentage of Christians in country after country is very low. To mention a few, the percentages of Christians in some of the first countries listed in the current 10/40 Window calendar are: 2.4%; .2%; 23.2%; 8.2%; .7%. In those same countries the percentages of the predominant non-Christian religion read as follows: 79.8%; 99.8%; 65%; 87.4%; 85.6%. (The current 10/40 Window calendar is printed in the September 2007 Herald of His Coming.)
What a call these unbalanced figures provide to the soul of the caring Christian! Christ sacrificed His life that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life, and yet – so many are perishing! How grievous it must be to the Godhead whose desire is that none perish but all come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). What can we do? How can we help?
Ted Rendall’s article helps us take fresh courage and strength for the task. He states so positively in his article that Christ is building His Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Thank God that the percentages of Christians are as high as they are! In the 10/40 Window, spiritual darkness is intense and victories are hard won. Small though the number of Christians is, it is evidence that faithful God-chosen, God-anointed servants of His are diligently at work and He has given fruit as He promised (John 15:16). Only He knows the sacrifice, sweat and perhaps blood that have gone into raising that figure from 0%. God’s Word assures us there will be those of every "kindred and tongue and people and nation" in the final day as living stones in the Church that Christ is building! (Rev. 5:9). Though the battle is against hell itself, "…the gates of hell shall not prevail" before our conquering Christ!
With that as a foundation of assurance let us earnestly endeavor to take the part God has planned for us as co-workers with Him for the eternal salvation of souls. What a high calling to be co-laborers with the Lord in building His Church, His beloved body and bride which He purchased with His blood! Wesley Duewel clearly sets forth our privilege and responsibility of responding to God’s call to prayer. This call to prayer can be answered by Christians young and old, healthy and sickly, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, in fact, by any Christian who answers, "Here am I!" It is not the outer conditions that determine who will be the effective praying person; it is the condition of the heart. Thank God for those whose hearts hear the call and whose knees bend in response. A statement from Wesley Duewel’s article that bears repeating here is, "We could see multiplied results if we would only multiply prayer." Some of us will acknowledge that we need to be among those who help multiply prayer.
Dennis Kinlaw’s article goes to the heart of why there is so little praying, why it is that so many of us fall short in prayer. True intercession, he says, can come only from the one who has at heart the well-being of others more than his or her own interests. "That is where I fail," many of us have to humbly admit.
Christ’s very significant warning to Peter at a crucial hour needs to ring in our ears: "What, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:40-41). Yes, the flesh is weak we have well learned. It profits nothing. We have experienced that Satan is a vicious enemy of prayer. We are no match for him. And we perhaps sense too little that we, too, are living in a crucial hour that makes special demands upon us.
God knows far better than we how much we need His enabling to be the overcomers He has need of us to be. Dennis Kinlaw’s article reminds us that our Lord Jesus Christ did nothing out from Himself, apart from the Father. Oh, might we depend to the degree that Christ did upon the almighty help of God! It is in His strength that we will prevail. Divine love possessing our hearts – Christ in us by the Holy Spirit – is our only hope.
Miss Jacobsz shows us the way to that Calvary love we so much need, the self-forgetful love which lays down itself that others might be saved. A missionary couple in South Africa entertained Miss Jacobsz in their home the night before she sailed for ministry in the U.S. World War II was on and the ship was torpedoed while at sea. Passengers escaped to the life boats, but exposure to the elements as they awaited rescue was severe. Miss Jacobsz died and was buried at sea, while her pure, sweet spirit joined her Beloved above. The missionary friends said that her life exhibited more of the love of God than anyone they had ever known. She was a living testimony of that of which she writes, an example and inspiration to us to humble ourselves, pray and seek God’s face and turn from every wicked way, until we find as did she, the love-filled life, the praying, effective life.
Seek God for the City
We heartily encourage you to plunge in with fresh, love-inspired energy to participate in "Seek God for the City." The first part of the calendar was printed in the December 2007 Herald. We can make a difference in the world today if we devote ourselves to God and to His call to seek His face!
Please Join in Heartfelt Prayer for Herald of His Coming!
Ask God to bring in the additional funds needed to maintain the current level of printing and mailing, and to subsidize foreign language editions needing help. Pray that God will pour out on the printed messages a rich measure of blessing to build up the Church, and help ready the bride for the coming of the heavenly Bridegroom. Seek God to draw to Himself a host of the unsaved of every "kindred and tongue and people and nation."