Drilling for Souls
He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Recommended Reading – Psalm 126
Dr. Lee Scarborough (1870–1945), a pastor, evangelist, and seminary professor, was so burdened for souls he couldn’t keep quiet. Here’s what he preached one night in a Texas oil town: “Oh, you have a passion for oil, for making money…! You have had passion for building a town. Now, I want you to get a burden for the lost in this city. You have men and women going as straight to hell as these drills out here are going to the bowels of the earth for oil.… We have got to pray and straighten up our lives and be burdened for the lost… ‘He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.’ God help us to go in and win this city for Jesus Christ.”
Few weep over souls now; it’s a lost art. But whether we literally weep or simply carry the Lord’s burden on our hearts, we must recover a passion for the lost—that they might be saved from their sins. We must pray down a revival.
Twenty-five years of almost incessant labor in trying to win men to Christ has convinced me by a thousand arguments that it is the prayer of God’s people that brings down the power of God and creates the evangelistic atmosphere.