Pray that the saints would become desperate to be made vital—living and active—to produce believers who are Christ’s increase and who live in His Body, the church (John 15:5, 8, 16; cf. Hag. 1:8; Ezek. 36:37 and note 371).
John 15:5, 8, 16—I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing…In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My disciples…You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
Hag. 1:8—Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build the house, and I will take pleasure in it and will be glorified, says Jehovah.
Ezek. 36:37—Thus says the Lord Jehovah, Moreover for this I will be inquired of by the house of Israel to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
Ezek. 36:371, inquired—The Lord promised to increase our number with men like a flock, but we need to pray for this and ask Him to do it (cf. Luke 10:2).
We need to be desperate. The going on of the vital groups to gain the increase should be a life-or-death matter with us. Even if we are not scheduled to meet, there should still be a burden in us to come together to pray…The vitality is not in your doing. The vitality is in your prayer. If someone asks you what you are doing in your group, it would be wonderful to hear you say, “We just cannot live without prayer. We are desperate with the Lord. Everyone prayed. We only have the time to pray.” This is what I like to hear. You must have some vital prayer with some vital burden.
In order to have the vital groups, we ourselves need to be vital. We need to pray desperately, “Lord, we ask You, when the season comes, to give each one of us two people who are remaining fruit. Otherwise, we cannot go on.” We should pray and pray until the Lord answers our prayer. We should not be discouraged or disappointed but have the full assurance that He will fulfill His word. This is because He told us that He has chosen us and set us to go forth to bear fruit and that our fruit should remain. (CWWL, 1991-1992, vol. 3, “Fellowship concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups,” ch. 23, pp. 563-564)
To be vital means to be living and active. If a group of people are meeting together and are a real vital group—living and active—whoever comes in and sees this will be convinced. If we are so vital, and some seeking ones come in among us, they will be caught by the Lord. Vitality is the most convincing factor…
This is the reason that we are stressing the vital groups. If we do not have the vital groups, we will still survive as the Lord’s recovery. We will still exist, but there will not be much hope of getting the typical American increase. The only convincing factor we could have is the vital groups. If we are not vital, we are finished.
Since we love the Lord and we are for the Lord’s recovery, what shall we do? We have to be vital at any cost. We have no choice. We must learn diligently and practice absolutely to be vital; then there is much possibility for us to gain a good number of the seeking ones. (CWWL, 1991-1992, vol. 3, “Fellowship concerning the Urgent Need of the Vital Groups,” ch. 25, pp. 580-581)
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