«So he came by the Spirit into the temple» (Luke 2:27).
ON A COOL MORNING, a friend of mine who was older in years, a woman of prayer and faith, went out for a stroll through a residential neighborhood, as was her custom. She parked her car and started exercising her legs. While enjoying the warm morning sun she made her way, unknowingly, toward a construction site. There, a group of workers was building a beautiful house.
«May God help you build that house well,» my friend said to them.
«Thank you, ma’am,» said one of the bricklayers in a kind tone.
She continued her with her goal of exercising in the fresh air and finally decided to go home. She got into her car and started the engine, but then something inside of her said: «l have to go back to pray with them; maybe some of them need my prayers. But, immediately, another voice inside her seemed to say, «Why pray with a group of men you don’t even know?’ She had gone a little over half a mile when she decided to turn around.
«Hello again. I would like to pray with you,» she said.
«Certainly, ma’am!» replied one of the men. «Every prayer is welcome. Guys, come over here!»
Immediately, they all formed a prayer circle.
That was a very nice experience for my friend, who has the habit of letting herself be guided by the Holy Spirit. And what about you—what moves you to act? Do you heed that voice that tells you every day of your need to kneel down to pray to the Lord? Do you obey that spiritual impulse to pray for others? Is it a priority in your life to bring salvation to the people with whom you come in contact?
«As we seek to win others to Christ, bearing the burden of souls in our prayers, our own hearts will throb with the quickening influence of God’s grace; our own affections will glow with more divine fervor; our whole Christian life will be more of a reality, more earnest, more prayerful.
«When self dies, there will be awakened an intense desire for the salvation of others,—a desire which will lead to persevering efforts to do good. There will be a sowing beside all waters; and earnest supplication, importunate prayers, will enter heaven in behalf of perishing souls» ( White, Prayer, p. 40). Amen.