And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
— Mark 6:34, NKJV
All heaven is interested in the work of saving the lost. Angels watch with intense interest to see who will leave the ninety and nine, and go out in tempest and storm and rain into the wild desert to seek the lost sheep. The lost are all around us, perishing and sadly neglected. But they are of value to God, the purchase of the blood of Christ.
The true worker for God wrestles with God in prayer, and puts intense earnestness into the work of saving lost souls... It is the man who most feels his need of divine wisdom, the man who pleads for heavenly power, that will go forth from communion with Christ, to hold converse with souls perishing in their sins; and because he is anointed with the Spirit of the Lord, he will be successful.
If human agents would but co-operate with the divine intelligences, thousands of souls would be rescued. The Holy Spirit would give devoted workers glimpses of Jesus that would brace them for every conflict, that would elevate and strengthen them, and make them more than conquerors. When two or three are met together to unite their counsel, and to send up their petitions, the promise is for them: “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and ye shall find: knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
The Lord has promised that where two or three are met together in his name, there will he be in the midst. Those who meet together for prayer will receive an unction from the Holy One. There is great need of secret prayer, but there is also need that several Christians meet together, and unite with earnestness their petitions to God. In these small companies Jesus is present, the love of souls is deepened in the heart, and the Spirit puts forth its mighty energies, that human agents may be exercised in regard to saving those who are lost. Jesus ever sought to show how worthless are formal ceremonies, and strove to impress upon his disciples that the Holy Spirit must enlighten, renew, and sanctify the soul.
— The Review and Herald, June 30, 1896
Wrestle with God in prayer seeking divine wisdom. Plead for heavenly power then go forth from communion with Christ to speak with souls perishing in their sins.
Co-operate with the divine intelligences. Seek the Holy Spirit to be elevated and strengthened for every conflict.
Meet with two or three to unite in counsel and send up your petitions. Claim the promise: “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find.”
Meet together with several Christians and earnestly unite your petitions for the love of souls to be deepened in the heart and for the mighty energies of the Spirit.