Intake – Overflow – Outflow
Jesus said to the woman at the well, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14). In his commentary Albert Barnes points out that what Jesus gives is "a well of water springing up" like a fountain: "It is not like a stagnant pool…but like an ever-living fountain, that flows at all seasons of the year," and that means in all seasons of our life. To be ever, "in all seasons," truly filled with the overflowing measure, we must learn to be ever drinking. The message Brother Sammy so ably gives us in the lead article shows clearly the need for thirst, for eagerness and effort to come to the fountain, for investment of time to drink.
God graciously gives to the thirsty, drinking soul not only to quench his or her thirst but that there be overflow and outflow to others (John 7:38-39). We may feel much limited in our opportunity for outflow as far as ability, resources and circumstances are concerned, but one outflow open to us all is through prayer. And friends, our world today stands in inexpressible need of this anointed overflow of Spirit-endued prayer! Satan vigorously opposes effectual, Spirit-inspired, Spirit-empowered prayer, yet in this critical, late-in-the-day hour we cannot overstate the urgent need for just this kind of prayer. Sadly, some of us must confess that in the flesh we too often offer only easy and effortless prayer instead of the earnest, serious prayer that "avails much"; feeble prayer in place of fervent, faith-filled prayer (Jas. 5:16). O God, help us pay the price for Spirit-anointed, overflow, outflow prayer!
Herald of His Coming will greatly appreciate your prayers with us for the messages in this issue. Please pray that not only will the mind of readers be instructed, but that hearts will be stirred and positive steps will be taken to repent or to seek for the Spirit’s fullness or for whatever God speaks to them about. We all need to be changed by the Spirit from "glory to glory" into the image of our blessed Lord (2 Cor. 3:18).
Pray for God to send a spirit of intercession upon the Church as a whole. Pray that a holy fire will be ignited in all of our hearts so that we will remain faithful in prayer and become more forceful in prayer. Pray for twos and threes to gather for prayer, for church prayer meetings to be restored, for whole congregations to unite in earnest intercession.
Prayers of generations past have propelled the Gospel of Christ around the world! But the task is not complete. Billions of souls remain locked in spiritual darkness. The last great harvest waits to be gathered in before our Lord returns. How much may depend on our prayers? Are there things of lesser importance we must drop in order to give ourselves more fully to flowing out to the ends of the earth through prayer?
There must be those gathered around God’s throne "out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" (Rev. 5:9). "This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matt. 24:14). Jesus said, "‘Surely I come quickly’: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" (Rev. 22:20).