Thomas and Susanna by the Cedars of Lebanon

We lost a mighty warrior when Frances Rose died. I miss her to this day.

Of course, if you didn’t know her, you would never have guessed her strategic importance. Abandoned by her husband to finish raising their children, she lived out her last days in a trailer park in Colorado. Her bad knees kept her from walking much, so she gained weight sitting in her easy chair with her oxygen tank by her side. Her meager social security income only allowed her to give $10.00 or $20.00 a month to our family’s support, but she did so faithfully until she went to heaven.

But “Aunt Frances” as we called her, held a powerful weapon in her hands. She had a prayer album by her chair and throughout the day it reminded her to ask and seek and knock at the Throne of Grace for needs all around the world.

Once in a while she would call us up in São Paulo (before the internet) and say, “I just want to hear how I can pray for you today.” Sometimes, within minutes, I would sense the heaviness of my heart lift and the sun of God’s love would shine on my path again. I knew Frances Rose was beating back the howling hounds of the accuser and asking for “grace in my time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)

“…Not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord” – Zechariah 4:6

As Daren and I have sought the Lord for His direction in ACTION, one thing has come into focus more and more clearly. We need to pray. The priority we place on prayer will prove that we truly want to know God and take action.

Prayer is knowing Him. Do we know Jesus? Or do we just talk about it?

“How much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13

Prayer is our work. Oswald Chambers writes, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” How often Susanna and I have comforted each other with the reminder that we came to Brazil to learn how to pray. Prayer is recruitment. I have asked the ACTION USA communications department to produce 5000 bookmarks calling God’s people to cry out to the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers. Below is a mock up.

Prayer bookmark theme

 Prayer is our purpose. As Christ’s fiancée, we are destined for eternal intimacy with the Lover of our souls. Time in sweet communion with Him is not a means to an end but the end itself. In that sense perhaps our motto could be “Know God. Take Action. Know God.”

“Prayer not only teaches and strengthens one for work, work teaches and strengthens one for prayer.”  – Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of PrayerI would like to call all of us as an ACTION family to pray. 

Here’s how:
  • Let’s each dedicate daily time of quiet communion with God (I hope we already do). And include a daily prayer to the Lord of the Harvest to send workers through ACTION to His harvest fields.
  • Let’s learn to live in His presence – online all the time to His Spirit.

Let’s know God and take action … praying.

As Leonard Ravenhill says, “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying.”

Lord, Help us!

Thomas Smoak

“At the judgement seat the most embarrassing thing the believer will face will be the smallness of his praying.” – Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries