When I listen to my missionary friends, there comes before my eyes a vision that keeps coming all the while, and I cannot get rid of it, day and night — I don't want to — a great sea of faces from South Africa, and North Africa, from Japan, and China, and India, and the Levant, and South America, and the Isles of the Sea; a great crowd of brothers, with their eyes big, and their faces gaunt, from the hunger of their lives, and their hands outstretched. And they say, "You are a long time coming!" Over against that vision, there is the other of the Man with the scarred face, on Olivet. And the two are answering each other: "Go ye" — "You are a long time coming!"
I wish we might quietly bow in prayer and say, "Master, all anew we will give ourselves to Thee, to send, to give, to obey as Thou shalt lead, that this cry of hungering nations may be stopped, and they may have the wondrous Jesus Christ."
As we quietly pray shall we just continue those two visions before our face —
the Master, who is our Master, with His ringing cry, "Go ye"; and then the other cry coming up from our blood-brothers of the far-away lands, "You are a long time coming."
And I suggest that we might make this prayer just in secret, "Lord Jesus, I will obey Thy voice with my life. Teach me what 'obey' means. I'll obey with life, and gold, and all the power Thou dost give. Lord Jesus, I will plan to put prayer first, and to take what Thou hast won, as Thy Spirit guides, day by day. First, to obey; and, second, to pray. I will hold everything I am, and everything I have, subject to Thy call, as Thy Spirit shall guide.