And whoever among you would be greatest must be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
— Mark 10:44,45, MEV
It is not learned, eloquent workers that are needed now, but humble, Christlike men and women, who have learned from Jesus of Nazareth to be meek and lowly, and who, trusting in His strength, will go forth into the highways and hedges to give the invitation, “Come; for all things are now ready.”
Let the prayer of your heart be, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Imbue me with Thy Spirit; strengthen me for Thy Work.” Thus you will grow up to the full stature of men and women in Christ.
Much prayer is necessary to successful effort. Prayer brings power. Prayer has “subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions...”
Prayer is the breath of the soul. Jesus lived in dependence upon God and communion with Him. To the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty, men now and then repair; they abide for a season, and the result is manifest in noble deeds; then their faith fails, the communion is interrupted, and the life-work marred. But the life of Jesus was a life of constant trust, sustained by continual communion; and His service for heaven and earth was without failure or faltering.
Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste.
These workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength. They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical, mental, and spiritual power.
They need the uplifting of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life. The wearied frame and tired brain will be refreshed, the burdened heart will be rested.
As we must eat for ourselves in order to receive nourishment, so we must receive the Word for ourselves. Yes, the Word of God is the bread of life. Those who receive and assimilate this Word, making it a part of every action...will grow strong in the strength of God.
— Signs of the Times, February 3, 1904
Let the prayer of your heart be, “Lord, what will You have me to do? Imbue me with Your Spirit; strengthen me for Your Work.”
Learn the secret of strength. Give yourself time to pray and wait on God for a renewal of physical, mental and spiritual power.
Receive the Word of God for yourself. Receive nourishment from the bread of life.