A Missing Key To A Finished Work – by Zac Page

The year was 1888, and God was doing something extraordinary for His church.

“The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones,” Seventh-day Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White wrote in Testimonies to Ministers p. 91. She further described this message of Christ’s righteousness as “the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.”

The year is now 2015. We are still here. The loud cry still needs to go out. The latter rain still needs to fall.

What are we missing? What am I missing? Could it be that what perpetuated the misunderstanding of this “most precious message” is still preventing us from experiencing the power God is longing to unleash?

White later lamented that the ministers at the 1888 General Conference session were not willing to spend more time in united prayer in order to resolve the misunderstanding.

“We tried most earnestly to have all our ministering brethren rooming in the house meet in an unoccupied room and unite our prayers together, but did not succeed in this but two or three times,” she said in Selected Messages, vol. 3, p. 173. “They chose to go to their rooms and have their conversation and prayers by themselves. There did not seem to be any opportunity to break down the prejudice that was so firm and determined, no chance to remove the misunderstanding in regard to myself, my son, and E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones.”

Prayer is powerful. United prayer is more powerful. Although I usually feel too busy, I’m recognizing that I can never complete the work God has placed before me without quality time spent humbly uniting in prayer with my family and my church. This is absolutely critical for our work in these last days.

“We are living in that time of this earth’s history when we must meet to pray for the special blessing upon us individually, and then we shall be in Christ, and through Christ victorious,” White said. (Manuscript Releases, vol. 2, p. 24). “We are too easily satisfied with limited, special, far-between blessings.”

Now is the time to meet to pray. Will we do it? Will I?

Zac Page, pastor, Templeton Hills, California

Note: To view this week’s prayer requests submitted by Rafaat Kamal, Trans-European Division president, please click here!

IMG_6230Practical Application: 

If you haven’t thought about starting a small prayer group, maybe it’s time to begin. While having our own private prayer time is crucial to our maintaining spiritual life, as Ellen White has shared above, there is added blessings and power when we pray together, especially when we are praying fervently for the same purpose.

To start, ask a family member or friend if they’d be willing to pray with you, maybe once or twice a week. Or consider starting your own prayer group in your home, or asking your pastor if you can have a special designated time for group prayer at church. There’s really no right or wrong way to pray, as long as we are praying in alignment with God’s Word, however if you’d like some tips to get you going with a special time of united prayer, you can download our booklet Praying for Rain: A Mini-Handbook for United Prayer available on our featured resources page by clicking here.

If we want Pentecost to be repeated, we need to learn to pray like the disciples! God is longing to pour out His blessing upon us, but He’s waiting for us to seek Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, As we begin a new week, we ask that You would continue to draw us closer together as a people. Teach us how to pray! Teach us how to cling to Your strong arm as we plead for our churches, our leaders, our children, and for the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. We need Your blessing as never before. Thank You for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen! 

Promise to claim: Matt. 7:7, John 16:24