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12-18-2012 A Call for Worldwide Prayer, January 9-19, 2013
SILVER SPRING, MD (October 22, 2012) – Church members around the world are invited to participate in the upcoming 10 Days of Prayer initiative (formerly called Operation Global Rain), January 9-19, 2013. The theme for the 10 Days of Prayer is taken from 2 Peter 1:1-11, where Peter sets forth the divine plan for the development of Christian character (see Acts of the Apostles, pp. 529-530). Hope Channel and the General Conference Ministerial Association will partner to produce a nightly live broadcast of Let’s Pray. Ministry editor, Dr. Derek Morris, will join Let’s Pray host Kandus Thorp, to discuss the daily points of focus, while Host, Pastor David Franklin will be on location with various church groups participating in the 10 Days of Prayer initiative.
The purpose in setting aside 10 days in January for prayer, is for Seventh-day Adventist church members to saturate every aspect of their lives in prayer as they start the year, so they can live and proclaim God’s last-day message of love and truth to the world (Revelation 14:6-12).
“Heaven is anxiously waiting for God’s people to awake and seek the blessing of God’s Spirit,” says world church president Ted N.C. Wilson. “It is the power of God’s Spirit working in the lives of His people that will effectively enlighten the world with the glory of God so that Jesus can return.”
Congregations of all sizes, small groups, and individuals are encouraged to sign up for the upcoming 10 Days of Prayer, 2013, by going to www.TenDaysOfPrayer.org. There you can also download united prayer guidelines for leaders, daily theme sheets, daily intercession themes, journal pages, a printable flyer, bulletin inserts, postcards, free e-book Praying for Rain, as well as other supporting materials.
During the 10 Days of Prayer in 2012, Adventist churches in more than a hundred countries experienced the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Church elders, pastors, and lay leaders led out in prayer groups held in homes, schools, churches, online forums, and teleconferences. Below is a sampling of their testimonies:
“God is faithful! The Ten Days experience can’t be quantified. Hearts were surrendered, souls were convicted, and requests for prayer were answered.”
“We prayed for members who left to return. We challenged every active member to sign up to pray for three or four members in our church. This past Sabbath, we had seven members return to church.
“We have never experienced so much spiritual growth and so many answers to prayer in any past event. . . The drops of rain are beginning to fall.”
“The Ten Days of Prayer revived the mid-week and Friday prayer meetings . . . . This ten-day session taught us that the power rests in prayer and brought unity amongst church members and a zeal to work for the Lord.”
God wants to pour out His Spirit on us today, just as he did for his disciples during Pentecost. Won’t you join the world church in praying for that blessing during January 9-19? Sign up today at www.TenDaysofPrayer.org. If your group is unable to meet during the designated days, chose an alternate 10 days and you will be just as blessed.
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