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Manuscript Releases, vol. 13 [Nos. 1000-1080], Page 305

MR No. 1054—Need of Time for Rest and Prayer

(Written June 3, 1902, from Elmshaven, Sanitarium, California, to G. I. Butler and “the Burden-bearers in the Southern Field)

Workers for God will meet with turmoil, discomfort, and weariness. At times, uncertain and distracted, the heart is almost in despair. When this restless nervousness comes, the worker should stop and rest. Christ invites him, “Come ... apart, ... and rest awhile” [Mark 6:31]. “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.... They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” [Isaiah 40:29, 31].

Those who are associated together in a work such as is being done in Nashville should have much patience; and they should take time to rest. My son Edson and Brother Palmer and all others who put all there is of them into the work, should remember that they are to sit together in heavenly places in Christ. This is not merely a momentary pause in Christ's presence, but a sitting down in companionship with Him.

A worker cannot gain success while he hurries through his prayers to God, and rushes away to look after something that he fears may be neglected

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