Friday, 15 January 2016

!0 Days Of Prayer 2016 - Day 10


Day 10—Christ Reflected in the Neighborhood 
 
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“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Suggested Format for the Prayer Time
Praise (approximately 10 minutes)
 
  • Begin your prayer time by praising God that He is kindness, goodness, and gentleness.
  • Praise God that He chose to use you to reach out to souls that thirst for the water of life.
Confession and Claiming Victory Over Sin (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Ask God to show you which sins to confess openly and which to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
  • Pray for forgiveness for times when you were ashamed to share your faith with others. Ask God to give you courage and love through Christ abiding in you.
  • Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9
Supplication and Intercession (approximately 35 minutes)
  • Ask God to give you a burden for souls and a love for His lost children.
  • Ask God to put in your neighbors’ hearts a hunger and thirst for Him.
  • Ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit and to teach you how to reach your neighbors through acts of love, by ministering to their needs, by winning their confidence, and by inviting them to follow Jesus.
  • Pray that you experience the joy of sharing Christ.
  • Pray for an attractive, Christ-like character that will draw people to Jesus.
  • Pray that God will teach you how to point people to Jesus, not to yourself.
  • Pray for the increased use of Christian literature by all church members and for increased emphasis on literature evangelism, both through hard copy and electronic formats.
  • Pray for renewed emphasis on the tremendous importance of attending Sabbath School, which focuses on fellowship, mission, Bible study, and local outreach.
  • Pray for an increased emphasis on small-group outreach, so that all members are participating in personal witnessing and proclaiming God’s great truth in these last days.
  • Pray that church leaders (your local pastor, conference, union, division, and General Conference leaders) can be a good witness to their neighbors.
  • Mission to the Cities—Pray for the Inter-European Division and the cities they have chosen to work in: Geneva, Prague, Vienna. Lift up also the Middle East and North Africa Union and the 43 cities they are planning to enter in the next four to five years. Pray for the church members working in these cities.
  • Ask God for boldness to witness for Him in every circumstance.
  • Pray for a heightened focus on Seventh-day Adventist media outreach, leading to a massive, integrated evangelistic witness around the world.
  • Pray that the seven (or more) people on your list will see their need and open their hearts to the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for any personal needs you have.
Thanksgiving (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Thank God that He is working in the lives of your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Thank God that He has people in every city who are wistfully looking to heaven!
  • Thank God that He is working in the hearts of all the people you have been praying for.

Suggested Songs to Sing
“Live Out Thy Life Within Me” (SDA Hymnal #316); “Give of Your Best to the Master” (SDA Hymnal #572);  “Let Your Heart Be Broken” (SDA Hymnal #575); “Seek Ye First”; “This Little Light of Mine” (SDA Hymnal #580); “Rescue the Perishing” (SDA Hymnal #367); “Seeking the Lost” (SDA Hymnal #373).
 
Christ Reflected in the Neighborhood
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

The children of God are called to be representatives of Christ, showing forth the goodness and mercy of the Lord. As Jesus has revealed to us the true character of the Father, so we are to reveal Christ to a world that does not know His tender, pitying love. “As Thou hast sent Me into the world,” said Jesus, “even so have I also sent them into the world.” “I in them, and Thou in Me; . . . that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me.” John 17:18, 23. The apostle Paul says to the disciples of Jesus, “Ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ,” “known and read of all men.” 2 Corinthians 3:3, 2. In every one of His children, Jesus sends a letter to the world. If you are Christ’s follower, He sends in you a letter to the family, the village, the street, where you live. Jesus, dwelling in you, desires to speak to the hearts of those who are not acquainted with Him. Perhaps they do not read the Bible, or do not hear the voice that speaks to them in its pages; they do not see the love of God through His works. But if you are a true representative of Jesus, it may be that through you they will be led to understand something of His goodness and be won to love and serve Him. (Steps to Christ, p. 115)
Visit your neighbors and show an interest in the salvation of their souls. Arouse every spiritual energy to action. Tell those whom you visit that the end of all things is at hand. The Lord Jesus Christ will open the door of their hearts and will make upon their minds lasting impressions. Even while engaged in their daily employment, God’s people can lead others to Christ. And while doing this they will have the precious assurance that the Saviour is close beside them. They need not think that they are left to depend on their own feeble efforts. Christ will give them words to speak that will refresh and encourage and strengthen poor, struggling souls who are in darkness. Their own faith will be strengthened as they realize that the Redeemer’s promise is being fulfilled. Not only are they a blessing to others, but the work they do for Christ brings blessing to themselves. (Counsels for the Church, p. 62)
Your influence reaches the soul; you touch not a wire but that vibrates back to God. . . . It is your duty to be Christians in the highest sense of the word—“Christlike.” It is through the unseen lines that attract you to other minds with which you are brought in contact that may, if you are in constant connection with God, leave impressions that will make you a savor of life unto life. Otherwise, if you are selfish, if you are self-exalted, if you are worldly-minded, no matter what your position, no matter what your experience has been, or how much you know, if you are not having the law of kindness on your lips, sweet fragrance of love springing from your heart, you can do nothing as it ought to be done. (My Live Today, p. 178)
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1 John 4:20, 21, KJV)
The true, honest expression of a sister, or brother, or friend, given in genuine simplicity, has power to open the door of hearts which need the fragrance of Christlike words and the simple, delicate touch of the spirit of Christ’s love. (My Life Today, p. 178)
All around us are heard the wails of a world’s sorrow. On every hand are the needy and distressed. It is ours to aid in relieving and softening life’s hardships and misery. The wants of the soul, only the love of Christ can satisfy. If Christ is abiding in us, our hearts will be full of divine sympathy. The sealed fountains of earnest, Christlike love will be unsealed. (Sons and Daughters of God, p. 151)
What sweetness flowed from [Christ’s] very presence! The same spirit will be revealed in His children. Those with whom Christ dwells will be surrounded with a divine atmosphere. Their white robes of purity will be fragrant with perfume from the garden of the Lord. Their faces will reflect light from His, brightening the path for stumbling and weary feet. (The Adventist Home, p. 424)

Questions for Personal Reflection
1. Do you desire to be filled with the love of Christ and filled with His compassion for a dying world?
2. What are some practical ways in which you can witness in your neighborhood?

 
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Thursday, 14 January 2016

10 Days Of Prayer 2016 - Day 9

Day 9Christ Reflected in the Church
 
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“I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
John 17:23, KJV


Suggested Format for the Prayer Time
Praise (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Begin your prayer time by praising God that He is joy, peace, and patience, etc.
  • Praise God that He has called His remnant church to be a light to the world.
  • Praise God that He will finish the work He has started in the church.
Confession and Claiming Victory Over Sin (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Ask God to show you the sins that you need to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
  • Ask God for forgiveness for times when you allowed envy, suspicion, or faultfinding toward your brothers in your heart. Pray for a new heart, filled with love and compassion.
  • Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Supplication and Intercession (approximately 35 minutes)
  • Ask God to prepare your heart to receive the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for your family to be united and that peace and love would rule our churches.
  • Ask God to purify the church so visitors will sense the presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray that church leaders (your local pastor, conference, union, division, and General Conference leaders) will work in love, compassion, and unity to finish the work Christ gave us to do.
  • Pray for worldwide unity in every congregation and church entity, based on respect for God’s Word, humble prayer, the Holy Spirit’s power, respect for accepted church policy/process, and full engagement in the mission of the church.
  • Pray for humility in our lives so we will be united in our submission to God’s leading and the process of the church to make commonly agreed-upon decisions and accept whatever is voted at the General Conference Session level.
  • Pray that we will devote more of our time to eternal values through Bible study and prayer, allowing God to fully direct His people according to His will and not our will. This will help keep us close to God and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to reverse trends of worldliness that threaten God’s church and our daily lives.
  • Mission to the Cities—Pray for the East-Central Africa Division and the cities they have chosen to work in: Kinshasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Kananga, Lodwar, Kigali, Lubumbashi, Goma, Magara, Juba. Pray for the strongholds of Satan to be broken and relationships with Christ to be established.
  • Pray for the protection of our young people and all of us from ever-increasing worldly influences. Pray that we will focus on the Word of God and service to others. Pray that the local churches will sponsor young people in mission outreach and service opportunities.
  • Pray that the seven (or more) people on your list will see their need and open their hearts to the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for any personal needs you have.
Thanksgiving (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Thank God for what He has done in His church and will do through the church.
  • Thank God that He is willing to cleanse, purify, and lead the church.
  • Thank God that Jesus prayed for the church that we might be one.
  • Thank God that He is working on the hearts of the people you are praying for.
Suggested Songs to Sing
“Built on the Rock” (SDA Hymnal #347); “The Church Has One Foundation” (SDA Hymnal #348); “I Surrender All” (SDA Hymnal #309);  “I Would Be Like Jesus” (SDA Hymnal #309); “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” (SDA Hymnal #624).

Christ Reflected in the Church
“I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:23, KJV  

There is nothing that can so weaken the influence of the church as the lack of love. . . . The people of the world are looking to us to see what our faith is doing for our characters and lives. They are watching to see if it is having a sanctifying effect on our hearts, if we are becoming changed into the likeness of Christ. They are ready to discover every defect in our lives, every inconsistency in our actions. Let us give them no occasion to reproach our faith.
It is not the opposition of the world that will most endanger us; it is the evil cherished right in our midst that works our most grievous disaster. It is the unconsecrated lives of halfhearted professors that retard the work of the truth and bring darkness upon the church of God.
There is no surer way of weakening ourselves in spiritual things than to be envious, suspicious of one another, full of faultfinding and evil surmising. . . .
When you are associated together, be guarded in your words. . . . If the love of the truth is in your heart you will talk of the truth. You will talk of the blessed hope that you have in Jesus. If you have love in your heart you will seek to establish and build up your brother in the most holy faith. If a word is dropped that is detrimental to the character of your friend or brother, do not encourage this evil speaking. It is the work of the enemy. Kindly remind the speaker that the Word of God forbids that kind of conversation. We are to empty the heart of everything that defiles the soul temple, that Christ may dwell within. Our Redeemer has told us how we may reveal Him to the world. If we cherish His spirit, if we manifest His love to others, if we guard one another’s interests, if we are kind, patient, forbearing, the world will have an evidence by the fruits we bear that we are the children of God. It is the unity in the church that enables it to exert a conscious influence upon unbelievers and worldlings. (That I May Know Him, p. 153)
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35, KJV)
The religion of Christ means more than the forgiveness of sin; it means that sin is taken away, and that the vacuum is filled with the Spirit. It means that the mind is divinely illumined, that the heart is emptied of self, and filled with the presence of Christ. When this work is done for church members, the church will be a living, working church. (Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 318)
When we will bring our hearts into unity with Christ, and our lives into harmony with His work, the Spirit that descended on the day of Pentecost will fall on us. We shall be strong in Christ’s strength, and be filled with the fullness of God. . . . We shall give ourselves to Christ, making an unreserved consecration of all our property, all our capacities, to His service. We shall make good our profession of faith; we shall serve God by serving those who need our help. Then we shall let our light shine forth in good works. (The Review and Herald, Dec. 16, 1884)
As the disciples, filled with the power of the Spirit, went forth to proclaim the gospel, so God’s servants are to go forth today. Every one on whom is shining the light of present truth is to be stirred with compassion for those who are in darkness. From all believers light is to be reflected in clear, distinct rays. A work similar to that which the Lord did through his delegated messengers after the day of Pentecost He is waiting to do today. At this time, when the end of all things is at hand, the zeal of the church should exceed even that of the early church. Zeal for the glory of God moved the disciples to bear witness to the truth with mighty power. Should not this zeal fire our hearts with a longing to tell the story of redeeming love, of Christ and Him crucified? (The Review and Herald, Jan. 26, 1905)

Questions for Personal Reflection
1. How can you, a member of Christ’s living church, encourage unity and love for your brothers?
2. Consider prayerfully whether you need to forgive, apologize to, or reconcile with anyone in or outside the church.
 

 
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

10 Days Of Prayer 2016 - Day 8


Day 8—Christ Reflected in the Family 
 
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“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” 
1 John 4:7

Suggested Format for the Prayer Time
Praise (approximately 10 minutes)
 
  • Begin your prayer time by praising God for who He is (His character). He is gracious, etc.
  • Praise God that He is the Father of the human family on earth.
  • Praise God that He wants the human family to reflect His beauty and character.
Confession and Claiming Victory Over Sin (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Ask God to show you which sins to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
  • Ask God for forgiveness for times that you did not reflect God in your family.
  • Ask God for forgiveness for times that you did not honor and respect your parents and siblings.
  • Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Supplication and Intercession (approximately 35 minutes)
  • Ask God to fill your heart with the Holy Spirit and make you a living example to your family.
  • Ask God that each member of your family be drawn closer to Christ.
  • Ask God to protect Adventist families from the attacks of the devil, including the families in your local church. Ask God for healing where this is needed.
  • Pray that church leaders (your local pastor, conference, union, division, and General Conference leaders) and their families will reflect Christ to the world.
  • Pray for a wonderful harvest of souls resulting from seeds planted during theGreat Controversy distribution project in all its various formats.
  • Pray for parents to reflect Christ to their children and raise them for the Kingdom.
  • Pray that God will give a full understanding of Christ’s method (comprehensive health ministry), allowing all church members to meet people’s needs and follow Christ’s pattern of service to others.
  • Pray for the united evangelistic and witnessing activities of every Seventh-day Adventist man, woman, and child around the world. Pray that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit as we submit to His leading in our lives.
  • Beseech the Lord on behalf of Seventh-day Adventist families, that they may be models of how Christ can bring peace and love into homes, removing any abuse and stress through the sanctifying power of Christ’s righteousness and pointing to Christ’s soon return and the ultimate joining of God’s eternal family in heaven.
  • Mission to the Cities—Pray for the Euro-Asia Division and the cities they are working in: Moscow, Kiev, Kishinev, Donetsk, Kharkov, Minsk, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don, Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Almaty. Pray for the thousands of outreach activities and reaping events currently taking place.
  • Pray that the seven (or more) people on your list will see their need and open their hearts for the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for any personal needs you have.
Thanksgiving (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Thank God that He is working on your family members’ hearts.
  • Thank God that He is willing to cleanse, purify, and abide in you and your family
  • Thank God that Jesus gave us an example of how to honor our parents and love our siblings.

Suggested Songs to Sing
“Happy the Home” (SDA Hymnal #655); “Lord Bless Our Homes” (SDA Hymnal #654); “Love at Home” (SDA Hymnal #652); “ ’Tis Love That Makes Us Happy” (SDA Hymnal#579).
 
Christ Reflected in the Family
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” 
1 John 4:7

The religion of Christ will lead us to do all the good possible, to both high and low, rich and poor, happy and oppressed. But especially will it lead to the manifestation of kindness in our own family. It will be manifested by acts of courtesy and love to father and mother, husband, wife, and child. We are to look to Jesus, to catch His Spirit, to live in the light of His goodness and love, and to reflect His glory upon others. (My Life Today, p. 200)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7, KJV)
If you will give yourself fully to Jesus He will create in you an intense desire for the friendship of God, and you will have deep longings to reflect the goodness and the love of Jesus in your life and character to your family and to those who know not the love of God. By cultivating patience, meekness, forbearance, by showing respect and rendering obedience to your father and mother as it is fit in the Lord, you will be giving testimony in your everyday life that the truth has power to sanctify the character. (Manuscript Releases, vol. 4, p. 194)
It is a hard matter to adjust family difficulties, even when husband and wife seek to make a fair and just settlement in regard to their several duties, if they have failed to submit the heart to God. (The Adventist Home, p. 119)
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38, KJV)
If the will of God is fulfilled, the husband and wife will respect each other and cultivate love and confidence. Anything that would mar the peace and unity of the family should be firmly repressed, and kindness and love should be cherished. He who manifests the spirit of tenderness, forbearance, and love will find that the same spirit will be reflected upon him. Where the Spirit of God reigns, there will be no talk of unsuitability in the marriage relation. If Christ indeed is formed within, the hope of glory, there will be union and love in the home. Christ abiding in the heart of the wife will be at agreement with Christ abiding in the heart of the husband. They will be striving together for the mansions Christ has gone to prepare for those who love Him. (The Adventist Home, p. 120)
We must have the Spirit of God, or we can never have harmony in the home. The wife, if she has the spirit of Christ, will be careful of her words; she will control her spirit, she will be submissive, and yet will not feel that she is a bondslave, but a companion to her husband. If the husband is a servant of God, he will not lord it over his wife; he will not be arbitrary and exacting. We cannot cherish home affection with too much care; for the home, if the Spirit of the Lord dwells there, is a type of heaven. . . . If one errs, the other will exercise Christlike forbearance and not draw coldly away. (The Adventist Home, p. 118)
If you have high aims, and purpose to reach an elevated standard, the home life is the very best discipline you can have. If you are wrong at home, you will be wrong in every aim and endeavor. Begin there to perfect a character that God will approve, that will make you a blessing at home; and when away from home, you will not fail to be a blessing to those you are brought in contact with. Religion practiced in the home will reflect beyond the home circle. (The Youth’s Instructor, April 21, 1886, par. 7)

Questions for Personal Reflection
1. How can you lead your family by example to a life more abundant in Christ?
2. Have you always been a good family member? Do you need make some things right? Do you need to make your family more of a priority instead of other things?

 
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

10 Days Of Prayer 2016 - Day 4-7


Day 4—Abiding in Christ 
 
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“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4, 5
 
Suggested Format for the Prayer Time
Praise (approximately 10 minutes)
 
  • Begin your prayer time by praising God for who He is. For example, He is a wonderful counselor (Isaiah 9:6).
  • Praise God that all you have to do is abide in Christ in order to have victory over sin.
  • Praise God for the ways He is teaching you to abide in Him.
Confession and Claiming Victory Over Sin (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Ask God to show you if you’re holding back from surrendering anything to Him. Confess this privately to Him. Claim His victory over those sins.
  • Ask God to forgive you for times when you tried to do things in your own strength.
  • Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Supplication and Intercession (approximately 35 minutes)
  • Pray that God will help you to better understand your need to abide in Him and give you the desire to do so. Pray also that family and friends will abide in Him. And pray that God will teach you how to abide in Him (John 15:4).
  • Pray that church leaders (your local pastor, conference, union, division, and General Conference leaders) will be filled with the Holy Spirit and abide in Christ.
  • Pray for greater support and interest by all church members and leaders in maintaining Seventh-day Adventist education as truly Seventh-day Adventist in content and emphasis. This is so vital to the church’s future workforce and mission perspective.
  • Pray for increased interest in studying the books of Daniel and Revelation.
  • Pray that people will understand and proclaim the sanctuary service as a beautiful explanation of the salvation process.
  • Mission to the Cities—Pray for the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division and the cities they are trying to win for Christ: Luanda, Antananarivo, Lilongwe, Maputo, Saurimo, Bloemfontein, Lubango, Kitwe, Harare. Pray that people will see their need of Christ and call upon Him.
  • Pray for clear focus on Christ and His work for us during His life on earth, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His current ministry for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven, and His soon second coming.
  • Pray that we will devote more of our time to eternal values through Bible study and prayer, allowing God to fully direct His people according to His will and not our will. This will help keep us close to God and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to reverse trends of worldliness that threaten God’s church and our daily lives.
  • Pray that the seven (or more) people on your list will see their need and open their hearts for the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for any personal needs you have.
Thanksgiving (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Thank God for the different ways Jesus set us an example of how to abide in God.
  • Thank God in advance for how He is going to work and answer your prayers.
  • Thank God that He will teach you how to abide in Him.
  • Thank Him for sending the Holy Spirit to work on all the prayer requests you have prayed.

Suggested Songs to Sing
“Have Thine Own Way, Lord” (SDA Hymnal #567); “Be Still My Soul” (SDA Hymnal#461); “Wonderful Peace” (SDA Hymnal #466); “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” (SDA Hymnal #469); “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (SDA Hymnal #290); “Take the World, but Give Me Jesus” (SDA Hymnal #329); Not I, but Christ” (SDA Hymnal #570).

 
Abiding in Christ
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4, 5

Those who make a success of the Christian life will count all things as loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ. Only those who are abiding in Christ can know what true life is. They realize the value of true religion. They have brought their talents of influence and means and ability to the altar of consecration, seeking only to know and do the will of Him who has died to redeem them. (Our High Calling, p. 8)
It is not a casual touch with Christ that is needed, but it is to abide with Him. He called you to abide with Him. He does not propose to you a short-lived blessedness that is realized occasionally through earnest seeking of the Lord and passes away as you engage in the common duties of life. Your abiding with Christ makes every necessary duty light, for He bears the weight of every burden. He has prepared for you to abide with Him. This means that you are to be conscious of an abiding Christ, that you are continually with Christ, where your mind is encouraged and strengthened. (In Heavenly Places, p. 55)
Do not stand outside of Christ, as many professed Christians of today. To “abide in me, and I in you” is a possible thing to do, and the invitation would not begiven if you could not do this. Jesus our Saviour is constantly drawing you by His Holy Spirit, working with your mind that you will abide with Christ. . . . The blessings He bestows are all connected with your own individual action. ShallChrist be refused? He says, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). Of another class He says, “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:40). (In Heavenly Places, p. 55)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28, KJV)
Have you, have I, fully comprehended the gracious call, “Come unto me”? He says, “Abide in me,” not Abide with Me. “Do understand My call. Come to Me to stay with Me.” He will freely bestow all blessings connected with Himself upon all who come to Him for life. He has something better for you than a short-lived blessedness that you feel when you seek the Lord in earnest prayer. That is but as a drop in the bucket, to have a word with Christ. You are privileged with His abiding presence in the place of a short-lived privilege that is not lasting as you engage in the duties of life. . . . Will anxiety, perplexity, and cares drive you away from Christ? Are we less dependent upon God when in the workshop, in the field, in the market-place? The Lord Jesus will abide with you and you with Him in every place. (In Heavenly Places, p. 55)
All who receive Christ by faith become one with Him. The branches are not tied to the vine; they are not joined to it by any mechanical process of artificial fastening. They are united to the vine, so as to become part of it. They are nourished by the roots of the vine. So those who receive Christ by faith become one with Him in principle and action. They are united to Him, and the life they live is the life of the Son of God. They derive their life from Him who is life. (In Heavenly Places, p. 56)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17, KJV)
Baptism may be repeated over and over again, but of itself it has no power to change the human heart. The heart must be united with Christ’s heart, the will must be submerged in His will, the mind must become one with His mind, the thoughts must be brought into captivity to Him. . . . The regenerated man has a vital connection with Christ. As the branch derives its sustenance from the parent stock and, because of this, bears much fruit, so the true believer, united with Christ, reveals in his life the fruits of the Spirit. The branch becomes one with the vine; storm cannot carry it away; frost cannot destroy its vital properties. Nothing is able to separate it from the vine. It is a living branch, and it bears the fruit of the vine. So with the believer. By good words and good actions he reveals the character of Christ. . . . (In Heavenly Places, p. 56)
Christ has provided means whereby our whole life may be an unbroken communion with Himself; but the sense of Christ’s abiding presence can come only through living faith. (In Heavenly Places, p. 56)

Questions for Personal Reflection
1. Is anything (worries, cares of life, stress, riches) hindering you from abiding in Christ?
2. Where is your responsibility in making sure that you abide in Christ?
Day 5—More Than Conquerors
 
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“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Rom. 8:37

Suggested Format for the Prayer Time
Praise (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Begin your prayer time by praising God for who He is (His character). Praise Him for His faithfulness and that He is a refuge.
  • Praise God that all you have to do is abide in Christ if you want to have victory over sin.
  • Praise God that Jesus obtained the victory over sin at the cross.
Confession and Claiming Victory Over Sin (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Ask God to show you the sins you need to confess openly and the ones you need to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
  • Have there been times when you did not feel that you wanted to conquer sin? Ask God for forgiveness. Ask Him to put in your heart the desire to overcome sin.
  • Ask God for forgiveness that we, as a church, have still not overcome sin.
  • Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Supplication and Intercession (approximately 35 minutes)
  • Pray that God will give you the desire to overcome sin.
  • Pray for family members and friends who also need to gain victory over sin.
  • Pray for those areas in your life where you still need to gain victory over sin. Ask Him to give you complete victory.
  • Ask God to help you believe that He can give you complete victory over sin.
  • Do you still cherish any idols in your life? Bring them before God and ask Him to put hatred in your heart for those things.
  • Pray that church leaders (your local pastor, conference, union, division, and General Conference leaders) will let God give them victory over sin.
  • Pray that God will make you humble so you can see your weaknesses and ask for power to overcome them.
  • Pray for the comprehensive evangelistic plans and outreach activities of all thirteen divisions and attached union (Middle East and North Africa Union). Pray for success in “Mission to the Cities” and in reaching rural areas.
  • Mission to the Cities—Pray for the South American Division and the 74 cities on which they have chosen to concentrate their outreach. Pray also for the South Pacific Division and the cities they have chosen to reach for Christ: Sydney, Christchurch, Lae, Apia. Pray that God will send workers and that He will bless their efforts.
  • Pray that God will continue to lead His church and give its members victory over sin.
  • Pray that the seven (or more) people on your list will see their need and open their hearts for the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for any personal needs you have (Prov. 3:5, 6).
Thanksgiving (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Thank God that He is willing to give you His righteousness.
  • Thank God that He is the One “which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).
  • Thank God for Jesus’ sinless life and that He showed us how we can be overcomers.
  • Thank God that He is answering the prayers you prayed according to His will.
Suggested Songs to Sing
Not I, but Christ” (SDA Hymnal #570); “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” (SDA Hymnal #569); “Power in the Blood” (SDA Hymnal #294); “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (SDA Hymnal #290); “Jesus, I Come” (SDA Hymnal #292); “Rock of Ages” (SDA Hymnal #300); “Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary” (SDA Hymnal #476).
More Than Conquerors
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Rom. 8:37

In their conflicts with Satan, the human family has all the help that Christ had. They need not be overcome. They may be more than conquerors through Him who has loved them and given His life for them. . . . The Son of God in His humanity wrestled with the very same fierce, apparently overwhelming, temptations that assail us—temptations to indulgence of appetite, to presumptuous venturing where God has not led them, and to the worship of the god of this world, to sacrifice an eternity of bliss for the fascinating pleasures of this life. Everyone will be tempted, but the Word declares that we shall not be tempted above our ability to bear. We may resist and defeat the wily foe. (Christ Triumphant, p. 195)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Cor. 10:13, KJV)
The life-work given to us is that of preparation for the life eternal, and if we accomplish this work as God has designed that we should, every temptation may work for our advance; for as we resist its allurement, we make progress in the divine life. In the heat of the conflict, while engaged in earnest spiritual warfare, unseen agencies are by our side, commissioned of heaven to aid us in our wrestlings, and in the crisis, strength and firmness and energy are imparted to us, and we have more than mortal power. But unless the human agent shall bring his will into harmony with the will of God, unless he shall forsake every idol, and overcome every wrong practice, he will never succeed in the warfare; but will be finally overcome. Those who would be conquerors must engage in conflict with unseen agencies; inward corruption must be overcome, and every thought must be brought into harmony with, and subjection to, Christ. The Holy Spirit is ever at work seeking to purify, refine, and discipline the souls of men in order that they may become fitted for the society of saints and angels, and as overcomers be able to sing the song of redemption, ascribing glory and honor to God and to the Lamb in the courts above. (Christian Education, pp. 122, 123)
We have no enemy without that we need to fear. Our great conflict is with unconsecrated self. When we conquer self, we are more than conquerors through Him who has loved us. My brethren, there is eternal life for us to win. Let us fight the good fight of faith. Not in the future, but now, is our probation. (Counsels on Stewardship, pp. 21, 22)
But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Heb. 13:16, KJV)
Living the life of the Saviour, overcoming every selfish desire, fulfilling bravely and cheerfully our duty to God and to those around us—this makes us more than conquerors. This prepares us to stand before the great white throne free from spot or wrinkle, having washed our robes of character, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Reflecting Christ, p. 37)
The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character. The continual transgression of man for six thousand years has brought sickness, pain, and death as its fruits. And as we near the close of time, Satan’s temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult to overcome. (Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 59)
My brethren, let us put all this aside. We have no right to keep our minds stayed on ourselves, our preferences, and our fancies. We are not to seek to maintain a peculiar identity of our own, a personality, an individuality, which will separate us from our fellow laborers. We have a character to maintain, but it is the character of Christ. Having the character of Christ, we can carry on the work of God together. The Christ in us will meet the Christ in our brethren, and the Holy Spirit will give that union of heart and action which testifies to the world that we are children of God. May the Lord help us to die to self and be born again, that Christ may live in us, a living, active principle, a power that will keep us holy. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, pp. 187, 188)

Questions for Personal Reflection
1. What are the greatest battles in your life? Over what things do you want to have victory?
2. What is hindering you from being “more than conqueror”? Surrender those things to God.
Day 6—The Joy of Obedience 
 
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“And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.” Ps. 119:47

Suggested Format for the Prayer Time
Praise (approximately 10 minutes)
 
  • Begin your prayer time by praising God for who He is (His character). He is all comfort, the Restorer, etc.
  • Thank God for Jesus, who showed us what it means to have the joy of obedience.
  • Thank God that there is joy and peace and happiness in obeying Christ.
Confession and Claiming Victory Over Sin (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Ask God to show you which sins you need to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
  • Pray for forgiveness for times when sadness and gloom marked your Christian walk.
  • Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Supplication and Intercession (approximately 35 minutes)
  • Are you happy to do what God asks you to do? Pray that God will give you the willingness to obey Him and joy to do whatever He asks.
  • Pray that the young people in your church will discover the joy of obedience.
  • Pray that church leaders (your local pastor, conference, union, division, and General Conference leaders) will gladly do whatever God is asking.
  • Pray for God’s love to be perfected in His church.
  • Pray for increased emphasis on the wonderful doctrine of biblical creation—that our earth was created in six literal, consecutive days by the word of the Lord.
  • Pray for a tremendous increase in spiritual support for Seventh-day Adventist young people who attend public campuses. Pray that they become vibrant missionaries who serve others at public universities and colleges worldwide.
  • Pray for strong cooperation and unity between the church organization and supporting ministries in the evangelistic outreach of our church.
  • Plead with the Lord to nurture and provide Godly, teachable, and humble church leaders for the future who will exemplify Christ-centered leadership as His church fulfills its heaven-born mandate to the world in proclaiming the three angels’ messages with Christ’s righteousness at the core.
  • Mission to the Cities—Pray for the North American Division: New York, Calgary, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Tampa, Oklahoma City. Pray also for the Northern Asia-Pacific Division and the cities they are trying reach: Tokyo, Daegu, Daejon, Wuxi, Ulaanbaatar, Taipei. Pray for God’s Spirit to work powerfully in these cities.
  • Pray that church members and the public will understand the importance of health reform as part of the loud cry restoring humans to the image of God through Christ’s righteousness. Pray that a healthy lifestyle and temperance are accepted by all and that our bodies may be treated as temples of the Holy Spirit, allowing us to more fully receive important impressions from God.
  • Pray that the seven (or more) people on your list will see their need and open their hearts for the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for any personal needs you have.
Thanksgiving (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Thank God that through Christ you can say, “I delight to do thy will” (Ps. 40:8).
  • Thank God that He has His people in every city who are wistfully looking to heaven!
  • Thank God that He is raising up Godly, humble, and teachable leaders for the future.

Suggested Songs to Sing
“Trust and Obey” (SDA Hymnal #590); “Blessed Assurance” (SDA Hymnal #462); “It Is Well With My Soul” (SDA Hymnal #530); “Wonderful Peace” (SDA Hymnal#466); “There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today” (SDA Hymnal #470).
 
The Joy of Obedience
“And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.” Ps. 119:47

The Lord has determined that every soul who obeys His word shall have His joy, His peace, His continual keeping power. Such men and women are brought near Him always, not only when they kneel before Him in prayer, but when they take up the duties of life. He has prepared for them an abiding place with Himself, where the life is purified from all grossness, all unloveliness. By this unbroken communion with Him, they are made colaborers with Him in their lifework. (Heavenly Places, p. 53)
When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to Christ will be the spring of action. Those who feel the constraining love of God, do not ask how little may be given to meet the requirements of God; they do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With earnest desire they yield all, and manifest an interest proportionate to the value of the object which they seek.
It is the submissive, teachable spirit that God wants. That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is breathed from a loving, obedient heart. (My Life Today, p. 7)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15, KJV)
The man who attempts to keep the commandments of God from a sense of obligation merely—because he is required to do so—will never enter into the joy of obedience. He does not obey. When the requirements of God are accounted a burden because they cut across human inclination, we may know that the life is not a Christian life. True obedience is the outworking of a principle within. It springs from the love of righteousness, the love of the law of God. The essence of all righteousness is loyalty to our Redeemer. This will lead us to do right because it is right—because right doing is pleasing to God. (Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 97, 98)
We are in this world to be a help and a blessing to one another, uniting with Christ in the effort to restore the image of God in man. In order to do this work, we must learn of Jesus. “Take My yoke upon you,” He says, “and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” In this promise there are no “ifs.” Those who have experience in wearing Christ’s yoke of restraint and obedience know that it means to have rest and peace in Him. In obedience there is joy and consolation. Holy angels hover round about the obedient to keep them in paths of peace. (Atlantic Union Gleaner, Sept. 9, 1903)
There is no saving faith in Christ only as it is revealed by obedience. Every human being is under a solemn responsibility to obey God. His present and eternal happiness depends upon his willing obedience to the divine requirements. Man’s will and inclination are to be wholly yielded to God. When this is done, man will co-operate with God, showing, by precept and example, that he has chosen to be, in all his ways, under the control of his Maker. God rejoices when, like Moses, his children choose rather to serve him than to enjoy the pleasures of this world. Could the curtain be rolled back, could men behold the angelic host as they glorify God with songs of gladness and rejoicing, they would realize that obedience ever causes joy, and disobedience, sorrow. God and the angels rejoice over every victory gained by the Christian; but when temptation overcomes the soul, there is sorrow in heaven. (Review and Herald, Dec. 14, 1897)
We give the lie to the truth, and glorify Satan, when we walk in sadness and gloom because we think more is required of us in the Christian life than we can perform. Your Redeemer loves you, and He presents to you eternal joys in a life of obedience. There is no one who has ever tasted the joy of full and willing submission to God, who has not felt peace, happiness, and assurance in His love. (Review and Herald, Jan. 13, 1891)

Questions for Personal Reflection
1. Are you experiencing the joy of obedience to Christ?
2. Does anything hinder you from having joy in obeying your loving Savior?
Day 7—A Life That Blesses Others
 
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“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

Suggested Format for the Prayer Time
Praise (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Begin your prayer time by praising God for who He is (His character). He is an eternal God, a patient and loving God. He is our strength (Ps. 27:1), and He is our resting place (Jer. 50:6).
  • Praise God that He is willing to use us to bless others, even though we have flaws and make mistakes.
  • Praise God that it is not we ourselves but Christ living in us that touches and blesses lives.
Confession and Claiming Victory Over Sin (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Ask God to show you which sins to confess openly and which to confess privately. Claim His victory over those sins.
  • Ask God for forgiveness for times when your life was not a blessing to others.
  • Ask God for forgiveness for times when you were more concerned about being successful than serving Him.
  • Thank God that He forgives you according to 1 John 1:9.
Supplication and Intercession (approximately 35 minutes)
  • Pray that God will give you faith even when the devil tries to discourage you from ministering to others.
  • Ask God to give you a burden for souls and a love for His lost children.
  • Pray for an attractive, Christ-like character that will draw people to Jesus.
  • Pray for every member to feel a burden for soul winning and realize that heaven asks everyone to follow in Christ’s steps by sharing their personal faith with God’s guidance.
  • Pray for the use of every appropriate social media format to share the three angels’ messages in a creative and fresh manner with the busy people of today.
  • Pray for increased participation in evangelistic outreach by all church members and institutions as they support the ongoing mission of the church.
  • Mission to the Cities—Pray for the Inter-American Division and the cities they are trying to win for Christ: Mexico City, Caracas, Bogatá, Nassau, Belize City, Georgetown, Cali, Cayenne, Guatemala City, Quetzaltenango, Port-au-Prince, Tegucigalpa, Mérida, Puerto Rico (entire island), Santiago de los Caballeros, and Maracaibo. Pray that members can develop strategies for reaching these large cities.
  • Pray for the establishment of thousands of “centers of influence” (churches, health centers, daycare centers, literature centers, community outreach centers, youth centers, vegetarian restaurants, clinics, and many more), especially in large cities around the world, and pray that these centers make a huge difference in people’s lives as they experience God’s truth through Christian service.
  • Pray that the seven (or more) people on your list will see their need and open their hearts for the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for any personal needs you have.
Thanksgiving (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Thank God that He wants to use us and not the angels to be co-laborers with Him to bless others.
  • Thank God that Jesus set an example for us of how we can be a blessing to others.
  • Thank God that He is sending the Holy Spirit to work on the hearts of the people you are praying for.

Suggested Songs to Sing
“God is so Good”; “Give of Your Best to the Master” (SDA Hymnal #572); “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go” (SDA Hymnal #573); “So Send I You” (SDA Hymnal#578); “Let Your Heart Be Broken” (SDA Hymnal #575); “I Love Thee” (SDA Hymnal #236); “Far and Near the Fields Are Teeming” (SDA Hymnal #358).
A Life That Blesses Others
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

Everyone in whose heart Christ abides, everyone who will show forth His love to the world, is a worker together with God for the blessing of humanity. As he receives from the Saviour grace to impart to others, from his whole being flows forth the tide of spiritual life. (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 13)
The humblest and poorest of the disciples of Jesus can be a blessing to others. They may not realize that they are doing any special good, but by their unconscious influence they may start waves of blessing that will widen and deepen, and the blessed results they may never know until the day of final reward. They do not feel or know that they are doing anything great. They are not required to weary themselves with anxiety about success. They have only to go forward quietly, doing faithfully the work that God’s providence assigns, and their life will not be in vain. Their own souls will be growing more and more into the likeness of Christ; they are workers together with God in this life, and are thus fitting for the higher work and the unshadowed joy of the life to come. (Steps to Christ, p. 83)
The Lord is calling upon us to awake to a realization of our responsibilities. God has given to every man his work. Each one may live a life of usefulness. Let us learn all that we can and then be a blessing to others by imparting a knowledge of truth. Let every one do according to his several ability, willingly helping to bear the burdens. (Counsels on Health, p. 218)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15, KJV)
You may be a great blessing to others if you will give yourself unreservedly to the Lord’s service. Power from on high will be given you if you will take your position on the Lord’s side. Through Christ you can escape the corruption that is in the world through lust, and be a noble example of what He can do for those who cooperate with Him. (Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 489)
God desires men and women to live the higher life. He gives them the boon of life, not to enable them merely to gain wealth, but to improve their higher powers by doing the work He has entrusted to mankind—the work of searching out and relieving the necessities of their fellowmen. Man should work not for his own selfish interest but for the interest of every one about him, blessing others by his influence and kindly deeds. This purpose of God is exemplified in Christ’s life. (Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 2, p. 645)
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6, KJV)
When we are humble and contrite we stand where God can and will manifest Himself to us. He is well pleased when we urge past mercies and blessings as a reason why He should bestow on us greater blessings. He will more than fulfill the expectations of those who trust fully in Him. The Lord Jesus knows just what His children need, how much divine power we will appropriate for the blessing of humanity; and He bestows upon us all that we will employ in blessing others and ennobling our own souls. (Help in Daily Living, p. 61)
Those who truly love God will desire so to improve the talents that He has given them, that they may be a blessing to others. And by and by the gates of heaven will be thrown wide open to admit them, and from the lips of the King of Glory the benediction will fall upon their ear like richest music, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). (In Heavenly Places, p. 367)

Questions for Personal Reflection
1. What small things can you do to be a blessing to those around you?
2. Many times it is easier to be a blessing to people who are far away than to your own family. How can you be a blessing to those closest to you?

A Night of Prayer
 
Optional All-Night Prayer Meeting for Day 10
 
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Why a Night of Prayer?
There is nothing holy in staying awake and praying a whole night or part of a night. However, night might be the only time when people are not busy or in a rush. We believe that your purpose should not be to stay up the whole night but to pray as long as necessary and until you have prayed for all the things you feel God wants you to pray for.

We suggest that several people lead out during the night. Be sure to have some breaks. As a leader, you can sense the atmosphere and know when a break is needed and when you need to move on to the next section of prayer. We suggest that you take a ten-minute break at least every ninety minutes. You can also incorporate the reading of Bible passages into your prayer time. You may want to do all of the suggested items or only some of them, depending on what it is best for your group.  Feel free to change the order of the suggested format.

Here is our suggested format for the night of prayer:
  • Start with a session of praise. Praise God in your prayers and also through songs.
  • Take some time for confession, making sure that nothing is hindering God from hearing you. Give people time for private confession and have a time of corporate confession. Encourage the people to confess private sins privately and to confess publicly the public sins. In Daniel 9:1-19 we read about Daniel, who interceded and publicly confessed the sins of God’s people. Encourage people to confess publicly the sins of the church.
  • Pray for the needs of those present at the prayer meeting. So many people are hurting or in need of prayer, or know someone else who is in desperate need of prayer. Make a circle, put a chair in the middle, and invite those who have a special prayer request to come one by one and share their requests. Than gather around the person and have two or three people pray for their specific need and claim God’s promises for them. You will be surprised at how many people are hurting and in need of prayer.
  • Divide the group in two. Have the females pray in one room and the males in another. Have a female leader for the female group and a male leader for the male group. Many times there are personal needs that cannot and should not be shared with everyone. It is easier to share with those of the same gender.
  • After you come back together, pray for the list of needs found below.
  • Pray for the seven people you have prayed for during these ten days.
  • Choose a Bible passage and pray through it.
  • Close the prayer time with another session of praise and thanksgiving.

Prayer Needs

Pray for church leaders (your local pastor, conference, union, division, and General Conference leaders) to be filled with the Holy Spirit and abide in Christ.
  • Pray for the unity of the church in truth and Spirit. Pray that every church and entity be fully engaged in the mission of the church and in proclaiming the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 and the message of the fourth angel of Revelation 18.
  • Pray for continued and growing focus on “Revival and Reformation” for members, conferences, unions, institutions, divisions, and the General Conference. Pay attention to the personal aspect of “Revival and Reformation” for you, your family, your church, and your community. Pray that people will engage in the “United In Prayer” initiative, asking for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit and the fulfillment of Joel 2, Hosea 6, and Acts 2.
  • Pray for increased emphasis on personal and church-wide daily reading and following of the Bible through the “Believe His Prophets” initiative, which emphasizes the reading and study of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.
  • Pray that every church leader around the world holds deeply to a faithful spiritual and evangelistic perspective. Plead with the Lord to guard pastors and church members against losing the prophetic identity of who we are as the Seventh-day Adventist Church, God’s remnant church at the end of time.
  • Pray for an increased sense of urgency and a realization by church leaders and members that we are living at the end of time and that Jesus is coming soon as He indicated three times in Revelation 22.
  • Pray that we will devote more of our time to eternal values through Bible study and prayer, allowing God to fully direct His people according to His will and not our will. This will help keep us close to God and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to reverse trends of worldliness that threaten God’s church and our daily lives.
  • Pray for heartfelt gratitude for and full acceptance of the Spirit of Prophecy writings as being applicable today. Pray that church leaders and members read the materials on a regular basis.
  • Pray for clear focus on Christ and His work for us during His life on earth, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His current ministry for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven, and His soon second coming.
  • Pray for greater support and interest by all church members and leaders in maintaining Seventh-day Adventist education as truly Seventh-day Adventist in content and emphasis. This is so vital to the church’s future workforce and mission perspective.
  • Pray for increased interest in studying the books of Daniel and Revelation.
  • Pray that people will understand and proclaim the sanctuary service as a beautiful explanation of the salvation process.
  • Pray for God’s love to be perfected in His church.
  • Pray for increased emphasis on the wonderful doctrine of biblical creation—that our earth was created in six literal, consecutive days by the word of the Lord.
  • Pray for a tremendous increase in spiritual support for Seventh-day Adventist young people who attend public campuses. Pray that they become vibrant missionaries who serve others at public universities and colleges worldwide.
  • Pray for strong cooperation and unity between the church organization and supporting ministries in the evangelistic outreach of our church.
  • Plead with the Lord to nurture and provide Godly, teachable, and humble church leaders for the future who will exemplify Christ-centered leadership as His church fulfills its heaven-born mandate to the world in proclaiming the three angels’ messages with Christ’s righteousness at the core.
  • Pray that church members and the public will understand the importance of health reform as part of the loud cry restoring humans to the image of God through Christ’s righteousness. Pray that a healthy lifestyle and temperance are accepted by all and that our bodies may be treated as temples of the Holy Spirit, allowing us to more fully receive important impressions from God.
  • Pray for the comprehensive evangelistic plans and outreach activities of all thirteen divisions and attached union (Middle East and North Africa Union). Pray for success in “Mission to the Cities” and in reaching rural areas.
  • Pray for every member to feel a burden for soul winning and to realize that heaven asks everyone to follow in Christ’s steps and share their faith.
  • Pray for the use of every appropriate social media format to share the three angels’ messages in a creative and fresh manner with the busy people of today.
  • Pray for increased participation in evangelistic outreach by all church members and institutions as they support the ongoing mission of the church.
  • Pray for the establishment of thousands of “centers of influence” (churches, health centers, daycare centers, literature centers, community outreach centers, youth centers, vegetarian restaurants, clinics, and many more), especially in large cities around the world, and pray that these centers make a huge difference in people’s lives as they experience God’s truth through Christian service.
  • Pray that God will give a full understanding of Christ’s method (comprehensive health ministry), allowing all church members to meet people’s needs and follow Christ’s pattern of service to others.
  • Pray for the united evangelistic and witnessing activities of every Seventh-day Adventist man, woman, and child around the world. Pray that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit as we submit to His leading in our lives.
  • Beseech the Lord on behalf of Seventh-day Adventist families, that they may be models of how Christ can bring peace and love into homes, removing any abuse and stress through the sanctifying power of Christ’s righteousness and pointing to Christ’s soon return and the ultimate joining of God’s eternal family in heaven.
  • Pray for the broken families in your church and in the worldwide church.
  • Pray for worldwide unity in every congregation and church entity, based on respect for God’s Word, humble prayer, the Holy Spirit’s power, respect for accepted church policy/process, and full engagement in the mission of the church.
  • Pray for humility in our lives so we will be united in our submission to God’s leading and the process of the church to make commonly agreed-upon decisions and accept whatever is voted at the General Conference Session level.
  • Pray for the protection of our young people and all of us from ever-increasing worldly influences. Pray that we will focus on the Word of God and service to others. Pray that the local churches will sponsor young people in mission outreach and service opportunities.
  • Pray for the increased use of Christian literature by all church members and for increased emphasis on literature evangelism, both through hard copy and electronic formats.
  • Pray for renewed emphasis on the tremendous importance of attending Sabbath School, which emphasizes fellowship, mission, Bible study, and local outreach.
  • Pray for an increased emphasis on small-group outreach, so that all members are participating in personal witnessing and proclaiming God’s great truth in these last days.
  • Pray for a heightened focus on Seventh-day Adventist media outreach, leading to a massive, integrated evangelistic witness around the world.


 
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