Pray that the saints would seek the Lord that their fellowship with Him would be deepened so that the Lord would have a way to mingle with them in a deep and thorough way (Isa. 37:31; Hosea 14:5; Matt. 13:3, 5-6, 20-21 and note 51).

Isa. 37:31—And the remnant of those who have escaped of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.

Hosea 14:5—I will be like the dew to Israel; / He will bud like the lily / And will send forth his roots like the trees of Lebanon.

Matt. 13:3, 5-6, 20-21—And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, the sower went out to sow…And [other seeds] fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much earth, and immediately they sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered…And the one sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he does not have root in himself but lasts only for a time, and when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately he is stumbled.

Matt. 13:51, rocky places—The rocky places that do not have much earth signify the heart that is shallow in receiving the word of the kingdom. Deep within such a heart are rocks—hidden sins, personal desires, self-seeking, and self-pity—which hinder the seed from taking root in the depths of the heart.

MINISTRY PORTION:

In the past we have said that we should continually fellowship with the Lord in spirit, but such continual fellowship is often not deep or thorough. Hence, in addition to constant, spontaneous fellowship with the Lord, we must set aside an amount of time in order to focus on turning away from everything other than the Lord and contacting Him in the depths of our spirit. In this time His work in us is often deep and thorough and causes us to prostrate ourselves before Him…

Such deep and quiet fellowship enables the Lord to reach every part of our being so that we are subdued, broken, purified, occupied, and possessed by Him. It is during such a time of prayer that the Lord can mingle with us in a deep and thorough way. This is how we pray ourselves into the Lord, absorb Him, fellowship with Him, and are mingled with Him. This is when the Lord touches our mind, emotion, and will, and we are subdued, purified, broken, occupied, and possessed by Him. Furthermore, we are mingled with the Lord, His will is revealed in us, and He can then anoint us with a burden for His work…

We need to fellowship regularly with the Lord and live in this fellowship. It is not that we fellowship with the Lord only during our time of prayer. We must live in moment-by-moment fellowship with the Lord. However, since we sense that such regular fellowship with the Lord is not deep or thorough, we also set aside time to seek deeper fellowship with Him. If we do not live in constant fellowship with the Lord, our fellowship during a specific time of prayer will not be deep or thorough. If we desire to have thorough fellowship with the Lord during our prayer time, we must live in constant fellowship with Him. (CWWL, 1961-1962, vol. 3, “Fellowshipping with the Lord for the Mingling of God with Man,” ch. 1, pp. 340-341)

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