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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