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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Evening, December 1, 2019

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19, 20; p. 1024 Scofield).

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand spent 14 years in Communist prisons. Two of those years were spent in solitary confinement. Here is what Wurmbrand said about those two years:

      I was kept in solitary confinement in this cell for two years. I had nothing to read and no writing materials. I had only my thoughts for company; and I was not a meditative man, but a soul that had rarely known quiet. I had God. But had I really lived to serve God – or was it simply my profession as a pastor?
      Did I believe in God? Now the test had come. I was alone. There was no salary to earn, no golden opinions to consider. God offered me only suffering. Would I continue to love Him?
      Slowly I learned that on the tree of silence hangs the fruit of peace. I began to realize my real personality, and made sure I belonged to Christ. I found that even here [in solitary confinement] my thoughts and feelings turned to God, and that I could pass night after night in prayer, spiritual exercise, and praise. I knew now that I was not play-acting. I BELIEVED! (Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, In God’s Underground, Living Sacrifice Books, 2004, p. 57).

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By the grace of God years of torture had not broken Pastor Wurmbrand. When he was finally released from prison he went home to be with his wife Sabina and his son Michael. Michael said to him, “Father, you have gone through so much. I want to know what you learned from all your sufferings.”

I put my arm around him and said, “Michael, I’ve nearly forgotten the Bible in all this time. But four things were always in my mind. First, there is God. Second, Christ is our Saviour. Third, there is eternal life. Fourth, love is always the best of ways.”

My son said, “That was all I wanted.” Later he told me that he had decided to become a pastor. To this day Michael Wurmbrand is a pastor who carries on his father’s work with refugees in Romania. Michael spoke in our church a few months ago.

When our church split happened, I was afraid I would not be able to continue. As you know from my autobiography, I have low-grade mood swings that often crush me in times of stress. I decided to plan my nights as Pastor Wurmbrand did, while in prison. At about 1:00 AM I retired to the bathroom near our bedroom. It is a small room, about the size of Pastor Wurmbrand’s cell. I spent all night, from 1:00 in the morning until about 6:30 in the morning in my bathroom “cell.” I started my vigil by reading Pastor Wurmbrand’s book, In God’s Underground. I read that book slowly over and over until its message soaked into my mind and heart. Then I would read Dr. A. W. Tozer’s book titled, Of God and Men (Christian Publications, 1960). As with Pastor Wurmbrand’s book, I read Dr. Tozer’s book over and over, slowly. Then, walking back and forth in my “cell” I prayed for those who left our church. Dr. Tozer and Richard Wurmbrand became my pastors. I did not fall apart from mood swings. I was able to preach Sunday morning and Sunday evening, for the first time in months!

Then I added readings from Marie Monsen, a missionary to China. The great revival throughout China today started with the prayers of this little Norwegian missionary. I will now read some selections from her book, The Awakening.

She wanted to go to Korea to experience the revival that had started there in 1907. But God told her, “What you want [in Korea] may be given where you are [in China] in answer to prayer. Miss Monsen made a solemn promise to God, “I will pray until I receive.”

She set out to cross the room to her place of prayer. She was stopped by Satan. “It was though a boa constrictor had wound its coils around my body and was squeezing the life out of me...Finally, while gasping for breath, I managed to utter one word, Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Each time I groaned out the precious Name, it grew easier to breathe, and in the end the ‘serpent’ left me. I stood there dazed. Then I thought, ‘Then prayer means as much as that, and that my promise [to pray for revival] means as much as that!’ That experience helped me to endure through more than twenty years before the first small beginnings of revival were visible. Truly, God works unhurriedly.”

“One day I was reading Matthew 18:19-20, ‘If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.’ That promise was suddenly and vitally made near – it was new.”

She searched for a prayer partner and finally found another woman who longed for revival. Miss Monsen said, “The first day we prayed together was the greatest day in my missionary life.” These two women prayed for revival every day after that.

Then a touch of revival came when several heathen women came under deep conviction of sin and were converted. Miss Monsen said, “My heart was full of thanksgiving to the God of all grace...It had come after long waiting, but in God’s right time.”

Then an evangelist came under conviction and was converted. Then a seemingly godly pastor admitted to Miss Monsen, “I have never been a sinner who needed a Saviour.” He said he had been “a blind leader of the blind. I have been a hypocritical pastor.” He entered into the experience of receiving grace as a sinner and being set free by Christ. Then he said, “I who was totally blind now see.” His new testimony was a great blessing to many. Now, everywhere Miss Monsen went there were real conversions – even among the missionaries.

Miss Monsen prayed with a prayer partner for 20 years before God used her in the revival that has swept throughout China and is now spoken of throughout the world.

Leslie Lyall has written much on the Chinese revival and the house church movement in China. Mr. Lyall called Marie Monsen a “pioneer of the revival movement.” He said, “Her quiet insistence on a clear-cut experience of the new birth set the pattern for others to follow.”

God is looking for those in our church who will take up the challenge with Marie Monsen, “I will pray until I receive.”

Miss Monsen said, “I believe the time has come for the ‘two or three’ to find each other and continue in the prayer of faith until the answer is given.” The subjects for prayer will be:

1.  That leaders and other believers may be emptied of all that is of self.

2.  That we may have a prayer-revival, and a revival of conscience.

3.  That our first love to Jesus Christ and to souls may be restored.

Find a prayer-partner and begin to pray together for a revival among our Chinese young people here in America where so many are caught up in the clutches of Satanic materialism. I pray that some of you will do that and persevere until the answer comes! Jesus said,

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19, 20).

Dr. A. W. Tozer said, “Pray again and again till the answer comes. God waits to be invited to display His power in behalf of His people” (“What Profit in Prayer?”).
Stand and sing the hymn, “Teach Me to Pray.”