…And We Care Not! (from A Missionary Newsletter)
Oh, that we would pray more often and more fervently! May our Heavenly Father grip our hearts with a burden of prayer and our blessed Lord and Saviour squeeze our hearts until the tears run out our eyes and water the starving souls of a lost and dying world. Oh, God, do it again! Do for us what you did for Jeremiah in Jeremiah 9:1 “Oh, that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!”
Oh, God, disturb us, your children, and wake us out of our sleep of death. We’ve been lulled to sleep by the spirit of the antichrist. Souls are perishing and we care not!
Father, do it again. Do what you did for David when he cried in Psalm 69:10 “I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting.” Oh, listen to the psalmist in Psalm 126: 5, 6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bringing his sheaves with him.”
Oh, God, do it again. You did it for Nehemiah and you are no respecter of persons. “I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of Heaven” (Nehemiah 1:4).
Oh, God, do it again. “Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God….” (Ezra 10:1). Oh, God, do it again– do it again– one more time, my God, do it again! Don’t leave us, your children, alone, but please do it again! Might of spirit of prayer grip us and hold us and burden us!
2 Chronicles 7:14… If My people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways… then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.
Joel 2:12-19… Yet even now, declares Jehovah, turn to Me with all your heart, and with fasting and weeping and mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn to Jehovah your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, long-suffering and abundant in loving kindness and repentant of evil. Who knows whether He will turn and repent and leave a blessing behind Him, a meal offering and a drink offering to Jehovah your God?
Blow a trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people; sanctify the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children and those who suck the breast; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride from her canopy.
Let the priests, the ministers of Jehovah, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say ‘Look with pity Oh Jehovah, upon Your people; and do not give your inheritance over to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the people, “Where is their God?” Then Jehovah became jealous for His land, and He spared His people, and Jehovah answered and said to His people, I am about to send you the grain and the new wine and fresh oil, and you will be satisfied with it; and I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.
Hosea 5:15-6:3… I will go away, I will return to My place, until they acknowledge their offense and seek My Face; in their affliction they will seek Me earnestly. Come let us return to Jehovah; for He has torn us, but He will heal us, and He has stricken us but He will bind us up, and we will live in His presence. Therefore let us know, let us pursue knowing Jehovah: His going forth is as sure as the dawn, and He will come to us as the rain, as the latter rain which waters the earth.
In Hebrews 2:14,15 we see that the Cross has destroyed Satan’s power over man. “That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” …DESTROY HIM… Can you have anything stronger than that? The Greek word means ‘render powerless’, ‘put out of action’. The Cross has put the devil out of action, potentially.
Then why is Satan so active? Because the saints have not yet appropriated the fact and applied it to the need. Jesus Christ has potentially delivered every soul from Satan’s power; but that fact needs to be proclaimed and put into exercise by a living faith.
What a responsibility rests upon us!
Isaiah 40:29,31… He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no vigor He multiplies strength… Yet those who wait on Jehovah will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and will not faint; they will walk and not become weary. (lsm- Recovery Version).
2 Corinthians 10:4-6… For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is complete!
Jude 24,25… Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory, and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
Charles Spurgeon:Have you ever thought how many souls sink to hell every hour? Did the dreary thought that the death knell of a soul is tolled every tick of the clock ever strike you? Have you never thought that myriads of thy fellow creatures are in hell right now and that myriads more are hastening there? And yet, do you sleep? What!
Physician, will you sleep when men are dying? Sailor, will you sleep when the wreck is out at sea and the life boat is waiting for hands to man it? Christian, will you tarry while souls are being lost? God alone can save them, but you may be the instrument, and would you lose the opportunity of winning another jewel for your crown in Heaven?
George Muller’s Five Reasons- Why He Believed His Prayers for the Unsaved Must Be Answered:
1) I have had no shadow of doubt in praying for their salvation, knowing as I do that it is the Lord’s will that they should be saved, for He “would have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim.2:4). “And this is the confidence that we havein Him that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
2) I have never pleaded for their salvation in my own name, but in the all-worthy name of my precious Lord Jesus (John 14:14), that is- on the ground of His merit and worthiness, and on that alone.
3) I have always believed in the ability and willingness of God to answer my prayers (Mark 11:24).
4) I have not allowed myself in known sin, for “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).
5) I have continued in believing prayer for over 52 years, and shall so continue until the answer is given. “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry out to Him day and night? (Luke 18:7).
Am I Witnessing?
J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, told of meeting a young Chinese pastor who told him he had just been dealing with one of his converts who had been saved three months. He had asked the convert if it was true that he had now been saved that long and he replied it was. “How many have you won for Jesus?” asked the pastor. “Oh, I am only just a learner, you know,” the young man answered, “and I haven’t had a New Testament very long.”
“Do you use candles in your home?” the pastor then asked. Being assured that he did, the pastor asked further: “Do you expect the candle to begin its shining when it is burned half way down?” The young man saw the point at once and told his pastor he would get busy immediately witnessing to others of what the Lord had done for him. Six months later he had won a dozen in his neighborhood.
How is it with many of us? Think of the many ways provided whereby we may witness for Christ. Have we handed out a tract? Have we written a letter or used the telephone [or email] for Christ? When do we start shining for Him?
Two things are manifest from what has been said about the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer. First, how utterly dependent we are upon the Holy Spirit at every turn of Christian life and service. Second, how perfect is the provision for life and service that God has made, and what the fullness of privilege that is open to the humblest believer, through the Holy Spirit’s work. It is not so much what we are by nature either intellectually, morally, spiritually or even physically that is important; but what the Holy Spirit can do for us, and what we will let Him do. the Holy Spirit often takes the one who gives the least natural promise and uses him or her far more than those who give the greatest natural promise.
The Christian life is not to be lived in the realm of natural temperament, and Christian work is not to be done in the power of natural endowment. But the Christian life is to be lived in the realm of the Spirit, and Christian work is to be done in the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit is eagerly desirous to do for each of us His whole work. He will do for each of us all we will let Him do.
For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book and the Table of Contents on the Amazon website linked here via Book Title: “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”
Keith Green- Asleep in the Light