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12-01-2011 All Night Prayer Vigil for Adventists in North America
What can God do when His people come together and pray?
Seventh-day Adventists all over North America are being called to join the all-night prayer vigil by teleconference Thursday night, December 1. It will be held from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Eastern Time, and members can log onto the prayer teleconference anytime between those hours to join the prayers. The Church is responding to the call for "Revival and Transformation," and are asking for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and to be given a renewed passion for prayer and Bible study.
Every year the Seventh-day Adventist Church family sets aside one week as the Annual Week of Prayer (November 4-11), and a special Sabbath for the NAD Day of Prayer (2012: January 7). There are other special annual days of prayer that are set aside, such as Women's Ministries Day of Prayer and Men's Ministries Day of Prayer, special Youth Ministries prayer events, and more. Just before the Adventist Ministries Convention next year, we will have a Prayer Summit, and everyone is invited to attend.
The methods used for these special prayer times may vary, according to the needs, purposes and leadership in our churches, but one component that is always appreciated is a time of prayer and blessing for our pastors, and conference, union, and Division leadership. Pray for those in your area by name, asking God for specific help and blessing. Let's stand on His Word and claim promises for the needs of our own hearts and those of others.
A special downloadable 2012 North American Division Prayer Calendar has been prepared to provide a schedule for remembering specific conferences during certain times.
As God's people join their hearts with God's to pray together for our leadership, our communities, churches, our families, and our own needy hearts, He responds. Recently I was impressed with an amazing quote from the beautiful book, Desire of Ages (p. 668), which says, “God is well pleased when His children make the very highest demands of Him, that we may glorify His name. We may expect large things if we have faith in His promises.”
Your prayers profoundly affect the dark and hopeless places of the world because prayer is a life-changer: “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” (James 5:16, Touchpoint Bible)