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

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  • Josephine Kelley

    Thank-you for an inspiriing commentary and the abundance of resources on this site! What type of format do you find works best for small prayer group sessions?

    • Janet Page

      Short sentence prayers. People can pray many times in short sentences, just one subject at a time. You don’t have to open and close each time you pray with Dear God and In Jesus name amen. It is a conversation your group is having with God. Also, encourage people to pray scripture. Which means have your Bible open and your eyes so you can pray scripture verses or passages of scripture :-). It seems to be helpful and more powerful to start with praise and thanksgiving. EGW says we would see far more answers if we praised and thanked God more for what He has already done. Even then have a short time of silence so people can search their hearts and make private confession to God before going on into intercession. If you read the little booklet that is on this website, “Praying For Rain”, it has a good way to lead a small group prayer time. But it is not the only way. It is good idea to have variety. The one thing we have seen work the best is everyone praying short sentences or one subject at a time, instead of long prayers. Also, if people will be praying asking God what is on His heart and what does He want them to pray about. Just some ideas we have found make huge difference! Joining you in praying for God to lead you.

      • Josephine Kelley

        Your reply is very much appreciated and has been shared with our church leaders. We are using this format this coming Sabbath afternoon. Thank-you for the information, booklet, and prayers! May the Lord continue to bless your ministry.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Thembie Mapingire

    Amen

  • Faith Nyirongo

    Like in the days of Noah so shall the end be…..if we truly believe, this is time to believe in Christ and learn of Him for the end events are testifying of His soon return. Thanks for extra links.
    God bless you abundantly

  • Hulda Lugoe

    Please help me find out how best I can pray continuously. I wish I was doing it but often times I just. Feel lethargic. What can I do.?

    • Melodious Echo

      Praying continuously does not mean we are always on our knees…it means we work, travel and go about our business with a spirit of prayer constantly seeking to stay in tune with Jesus, asking Him for wisdom, for counsel, and when trials come, instead of turning to our own strength, we turn to Him and ask for His wisdom. The more we learn to love time in prayer with Him each morning, the more we will naturally stay in a “spirit of prayer” as we go about our day. Regarding feeling lethargic, we all feel this at times, but remember that we pray and spend time with God not based on our feelings, but because we know we desperately need Him! Consider the following quote:

      “The enemy holds many of you from prayer by telling you that you do not FEEL your prayers, and that you would better wait until you realize more of the spirit of intercession lest your prayers should be a mockery. But you must say to Satan, ‘It is written that men ought always to pray and not to faint.’ We should pray until we do have the burden of our wants upon our souls, and if we persevere, we shall have it.” EGW, Prayer, p. 268. I pray that this inspires you to press forward and continue praying whether the feelings come or go. One thing that does not change is God and His Word! And faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word (Rom. 10:17) so learn to fill your heart with God’s Word.

      • Hulda Lugoe

        Thanks a lot Melodious. I think it makes sense when we learn to instil prayer thoughts in our minds as we go along our daily undertakings. May the Lord’s spirit fill our minds as we live waiting for his coming.

  • Myers

    Yes, “The Lord in His great mercy (did send) a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones,”
    BUT. if you buy reprints of their books, one has a whole chapter censored from it and the other has whole paragraphs censored from it to this day. That message is still being censored by this church Rev 3:17.

    • Nella

      So what is the message if it’s not there anymore??

      • Mike Clendenning

        “Lessons on Faith”…. “The Glad Tidings: Studies in Galatians”… “The Consecrated Way”… “Christ and His Righteousness”…. “Waggoner on Romans” … and A. T. Jones presentations recorded in the 1893 and 1895 General Conference Bulletin’s… are a few of the reliable books/publications from A. T. Jones and E. J. Waggoner. For a detailed record of the history of what happened… “The Return of the Latter Rain” by Ron Duffield.

  • Earl Richards Sr

    Oh that we had heeded the call for corporate repentance for our actions in 1888. Faithful workers like R.J. Wieland and D. K. Short Pled with our church until the Lord gave them rest. We will continue to wander in the wilderness like rebellious Israel until we acknowledge our sin as a people and repent for our corporate rejection of the most precious message of Jones and Waggoner brought to the meeting in
    Minneapolis. “An unwillingness to yield up preconceived opinions, and to accept this truth, lay at the foundation of a large share of the opposition manifested at Minneapolis against the Lord’s message through Brethren [E.J.] Waggoner and [A.T.] Jones. By exciting that opposition Satan succeeded in shutting away from our people, in a great measure, the special power of the Holy Spirit that God longed to impart to them. The enemy prevented them from obtaining that efficiency which might have been theirs in carrying the truth to the world, as the apostles proclaimed it after the day of Pentecost. The light that is to lighten the whole earth with its glory was resisted, and by the action of our own brethren has been in a great degree kept away from the world.” (Selected Messages, Book 1, pages 234, 235).

    • Mike Clendenning

      Thanks for sharing…