Pray for the sovereign God to stir up the spiritual seeking of many people in this country that they might find Him, receive salvation, and be brought into the genuine church life (Acts 17:26-28; Amos 8:11; Psa. 43:3 and 31).
Acts 17:26-28—And He made from one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, determining beforehand their appointed seasons and the boundaries of their dwelling, that they might seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, even though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and are, as even some poets among you have said, For we are also His race.
Amos 8:11—Indeed days are coming, / Declares the Lord Jehovah, / When I will send a hunger into the land, / Not a hunger for bread / Nor a thirst for water, / But for hearing the words of Jehovah.
Psa. 43:3—Send forth Your light and Your truth; / They will lead me; / They will bring me to Your holy mountain / And to Your tabernacles.
Psa. 43:31, light—Light and truth (reality) are not separate things but are two aspects of one thing. Truth is the shining of light, and light is the source of truth (1 John 1:5-6 and note 66, final par.). When the light shines on us, we receive the truth, the reality, and when we go to God in fellowship, we are in the light. According to this verse the divine light and the divine truth lead God’s captive saints to God’s holy mountain and His tabernacles, which typify the local churches. Both light and truth are in the church (1 Tim. 3:15).
Although some were meeting [in Los Angeles] from May of 1962, we actually began our work in December of that year. At that time I and two other brothers were full-time co-workers. From the first to the twenty-second of December, we gathered together every morning from 8:30 until noon. We did not talk; we only knelt down to pray. We prayed specifically, saying, “Lord, You must bring in the seeking ones and increase our number.” Today, three and a half years later, we can see how the Lord answered those prayers. I can tell you many interesting stories of how the Lord brought the seeking ones to us in special ways.
One brother was brought in during the ten-day conference at the end of 1962, and day by day he was very much on fire. One morning in his prayer he had the deep feeling within that the Lord would use him, but he did not know how. When he went to work that morning, he saw a young man trying to cross the street, and something within told him to go and contact that young man. The brother said, “Lord, if You want me to contact him, You must keep his traffic light red so that he cannot cross,” and the Lord did so. When he went up to the young man, he saw that he had a copy of The Normal Christian Life, and he told the young man that a co-worker of the author of that book was ministering in downtown Los Angeles. A group of at least twelve young people who knew that young man came to the next Lord’s table meeting, and a number of them are now meeting with us. That was a real answer to our prayers. Later, others came as a further answer by the Lord to our prayers. I can tell other stories of how the Lord brought the seeking ones into His testimony. Undoubtedly, the Lord answers our prayers. (CWWL, 1966, vol. 2, “The Way to Bear Fruit,” p. 162)
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