Oxygen Volume 14Bible Passage For Meditation: Luke 6:12-19

Key Verse: “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.” Luke 6:12, 13

The task before Jesus was overwhelming. He had less than three and a half years left to walk this planet. How would He accomplish the overwhelming task of getting the gospel to the entire world? While Jesus, with all of heaven’s power behind Him, could have done anything, He focused on discipling others to do the ministry, rather than trying to reach everyone Himself.

In my work for the church, it’s tempting to try to do all the work myself. That way I won’t have to ask people to do something they don’t want to do, and it also means that the job gets done the way I want it to be done. But when I look at Jesus’ example in ministry, I realize I need to invest more time and energy in training and equipping others for ministry.

So the first big question to ask is this: how did Jesus choose those in whom to invest His precious time in discipling? Did He choose the twelve most promising prospects, the most influential, the most talented? Obviously not. He chose illiterate fishermen, a tax collector, a zealot (whose mission would normally have been to kill the traitorous tax collector), and a dishonest financier, just to name a few. Surely you and I could have made better choices, right? But are we wiser than Jesus? How did Jesus know to choose these twelve as apostles?

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles” (Luke 6:12, 13).

Did you catch that? It was through an all-night season of earnest prayer that Jesus was given wisdom as to whom He should choose as the first laborers in the great work.

As I reflect on Jesus’ example, I’m challenged by the question, “Am I wiser than Jesus?” The obvious answer is no. But how often have I prayed all night about a decision, or about tomorrow’s ministry tasks? (Not often enough!) How earnest am I even today in seeking heavenly wisdom?

When I allow prayerlessness to dominate my life, it reveals that I actually have more self-confidence than Jesus did. If the Son of God on earth needed so much time in prayer to know how to disciple others, then how much more time in prayer do we need to gain a clear understanding of the Father’s mission for our ministry of discipleship?

Let’s follow His example in earnestly asking God to show us how to make disciples!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Precious Father in heaven, as we consider this upcoming General Conference Session, I again ask that You would forgive us of our arrogance, our pride, our constant dependence on ourselves. Please give us the wisdom You have freely promised (James 1:5). Please give us an earnestness in prayer and unwillingness to move forward in our own understanding. Thank You for waiting patiently for us to call upon You. Help us to see that the work will never be accomplished without following in Jesus’ example of fervent prayer and of intentional discipleship. Thank You, Lord, for giving us heavenly wisdom to disciple others!

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Additional quote:

“He frequently continued His petitions through the entire night. He is our example. If we could remember this, and imitate Him, we would be much stronger in God. . . . If the Saviour of men, with His divine strength, felt the need of prayer, how much more should feeble, sinful mortals feel the necessity of prayer—fervent, constant prayer!” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 202).

Day49Bible Passage for Meditation: Luke 24:44-49

Key Verse: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

In Matthew 28 we find the Great Commission, the commission for which countless millions have given their lives. The Bible tells us simply, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (vv. 19, 20).

The commission is clearly to GO! And most of Christianity today revolves around this single command. It’s the command that dominated much of the early years of my ministry as well. But all too often, something has been forgotten. Before we go forward, we must wait for something. We must wait for power from on High.

Luke 24:49 tells us, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

While we as Adventists are looking forward to the soon coming of Christ, there is something that we should be seeking even more, for without this gift, Christ will never return. And that is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. For it is only the Spirit that will convict the world of sin and prepare us for Christ’s soon coming (see John 16:8).

In the words of Pastor Ron Clouzet, “Christ is far more interested in our fitness for His return than we should be in the timing of His return” (Adventism’s Greatest Need, by Ron E. M. Clouzet, p. 33). That’s why, in Christ’s final message to the disciples before He ascended to heaven, rather than focusing on His return, His message was, “Wait! Don’t leave Jerusalem until you’ve received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. It will come, but wait for it!”

Ellen White writes, “It is the absence of the Spirit that makes the gospel ministry so powerless. Learning, talent, eloquence, every natural or acquired endowment, may be possessed; but, without the presence of the Spirit of God, no heart will be touched, no sinner won to Christ. On the other hand, if they are connected with Christ, if the gifts of the Spirit are theirs, the poorest and most ignorant of His disciples will have a power that will tell upon hearts. God makes them channels for the outflowing of the highest influence in the universe” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, pp. 21, 22).

This is an amazing promise! Here we see that God is no respecter of persons. He’s just looking for humble servants willing to connect their weakness to His unlimited strength.

Are you willing to allow Christ to be your strength today as you witness to those around you? If you are, there’s no limit to what God might do through you!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, as we continue praying for our church and seeking to be a witness to those around us, we pray that You would help us not to rush ahead in our own strength trying to do Your work. We cannot do this work without You. We need You to fill us and make us vessels able to be used for your glory. Please connect Your strength with our weakness. We want to go home. We need You, Jesus. In Your precious name, Amen.

By Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Additional quote for e-mail:

The Desire of Ages tells us, “Thus Christ gave His disciples their commission. He made full provision for the prosecution of the work, and took upon Himself the responsibility for its success. So long as they obeyed His word, and worked in connection with Him, they could not fail” (p. 822).

Day48Bible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 19:7-14

Key Verse: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

I always pray that wherever I go, others will see Christ in me. It is not always easy. One day I disagreed with a colleague on a matter, and I found myself being the recipient of some really disrespectful and hurtful words. Although I stood in silence and appeared very calm on the outside, my heart was pounding as if I had a raging animal trapped inside, and I wrestled the urge to release the sharp response that was on the tip of my tongue. I quickly walked away to find a place to compose myself, and I remember thinking, “I hate you.”

As I sat in the quiet place I had run away to, the Holy Spirit spoke to me in a tone so clear that it cut through the bitterness that was poisoning my heart: “Let the words of your mouth and every meditation of your heart be acceptable in the Father’s sight.” I cried to the Lord for His forgiveness, and my life was changed.

Ellen White writes, “It is true that there may be an outward correctness of deportment without the renewing power of Christ. The love of influence and the desire for the esteem of others may produce a well-ordered life. Self-respect may lead us to avoid the appearance of evil. A selfish heart may perform generous actions” (Steps to Christ, p. 58).

You see, even though I had appeared “Christ-like” by walking away from the conflict, and even though I had fooled the world and myself into believing that I was reflecting His character, the Bible clearly states that “the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).  Also, Jeremiah 17:10 tells us that it is the Lord that searches the mind and examines our hearts.

In the book The Desire of Ages we are told, “It is the motive that gives character to our acts, stamping them with ignominy or with high moral worth. Not the great things which every eye sees and every tongue praises does God account most precious. The little duties cheerfully done, the little gifts which make no show, and which to human eyes may appear worthless, often stand highest in His sight. A heart of faith and love is dearer to God than the most costly gift” (p. 615).

Let’s ask God to change not just our outward behavior but also our heart and motives, because what’s inside is what matters most.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Loving Father, You have called us to be Your disciples, but we have only learned to present ourselves as acceptable in the world’s eyes. Lord, as we journey together through these 100 days of prayer, please examine us and show us any wicked ways within us. Root out the selfish, impure motives that so often control our lives and thoughts. Create in us clean hearts and renew Your right Spirit within us. Let the words of our mouths and every meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. Amen!

By Shanter Alexander

(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a psychologist who lives and works in Michigan. She has been involved with prayer leadership both locally and in division events across the ocean. To read more of Shanter’s testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Additional Quote:

“If we are Christ’s, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of Him. All we have and are is consecrated to Him. We long to bear His image, breathe His spirit, do His will, and please Him in all things” (Steps to Christ, p. 58).

OXYGEN Volume 09Bible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 37:23-27

Key Verse: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23

My fiancé and I were soon to be married. Our families were already in town. Preparations were in full swing. Days seemed to blend together as we hurried from one to-do list item to the next.

In the midst of all this hubbub and chaos, I remembered to take some GLOW tracts along in my pocket one day, although literature distribution was one of the farthest things from my mind at the time. Soon, I found myself waiting at a clothing store while my wife-to-be tried on a dress or two for her bridesmaids.

As we left the dressing room area, I quickly gave a GLOW tract to the dressing room attendant, with full intentions of moving on to other nuptial necessities. However, the attendant stopped me and said, “Thanks for this tract. I like these kinds of things.”

I soon found myself engaged in a fifteen-minute spiritual conversation with this young man named Vincent. In the end, we prayed in the dressing room and exchanged contact information. Three weeks later, Vincent was baptized into the Adventist Church. What a miracle! As you can imagine, we were “glowing” in more ways than one when we heard the news.

Interestingly, we found out later that we had accidentally gone to the men’s dressing room instead of the women’s that day. Thankfully, there were no men using it at the time, or we might have noticed our mistake, left for the women’s dressing room, and missed Vincent entirely.  Obviously, God directed our course, both in helping me remember to carry literature in the midst of hectic wedding preparations and in our mistaken visit to the wrong dressing room.

Whenever I think of this, I’m reminded of the Scripture, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23).

God has a plan for each one of us, and if we are faithful in small things (such as carrying spiritual literature in our pockets and purses and seeking to share it whenever we have opportunity), we will see big results that make an eternal difference for the souls around us.

By Nelson Ernst, guest contributor

(Nelson is the co-founder and leading director of GLOW, a literature distribution ministry which started in California and has spread across the globe, printing nearly 50 million tracts since its beginning in 2007. Nelson is also an energy-filled speaker who has current outreach stories and training tips to help activate church members, young and old. To learn more about GLOW or to get tracts of your own to share, please visit the ministry website: http://glowonline.org/home.)

Day46Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Corinthians 4:6-13

Key Verse: “For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” 1 Corinthians 4:9

When we think about witnessing, most of us think about a certain event at a certain point in time: we went knocking on doors, we shared our testimony, we gave a Bible study . . . and therefore we witnessed. But what if witnessing was more than that? What if we are witnessing every minute of our lives? What if we realized that we are a spectacle to the world with every choice we make each day? Would we make the same choices? Would we choose to speak the same words? Would we choose to act the same way?

Consider the following passage from one of my favorite books, Christian Service:

“The glory of the church of God is in the piety of its members; for there is the hiding of Christ’s power. The influence of the sincere children of God may be esteemed as of little worth, but it will be felt throughout time, and rightly revealed in the day of reward. The light of a true Christian, shining forth in steadfast piety, in unwavering faith, will prove to the world the power of a living Saviour. . . . I have been shown that the disciples of Christ are His representatives upon the earth; and God designs that they shall be lights in the moral darkness of this world, dotted all over the country, in the towns, villages, and cities, ‘a spectacle unto the world, to angels, and to man’” (Christian Service, p. 19).

Can we be this light and witness in and of ourselves? No!

Ellen White continues, “The followers of Christ are to be the light of the world; but God does not bid them make an effort to shine. He does not approve of any self-satisfied endeavor to display superior goodness. He desires that their souls shall be imbued with the principles of heaven; then, as they come in contact with the world, they will reveal the light that is in them. Their steadfast fidelity in every act of life will be a means of illumination” (Christian Service, pp. 19, 20).

It’s hard to recognize the seriousness of the times in which we live and that every choice we make might be influencing someone’s eternal destiny. But people are watching, angels are watching, and, most importantly, God is watching. Will we be faithful with the witness He’s given us?

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the example that Jesus set for us when He was on earth. Forgive us that we have not witnessed for You as we should have. Help us to remember that we are a spectacle to the world, that the choices we make are actually affecting others for eternity. We cannot be who You’ve called us to be in our own strength. Put Your love in our hearts. Teach us what it means to love others and, most of all, what it means to love and obey You. As we live our daily lives, may others not see us but instead see a reflection of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

By Raluca Ril

(Raluca is co-author with her husband, Roman, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. She and her husband currently serve as missionaries in Germany. To read more of Raluca’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day45Bible Passage for Meditation: Ecclesiastes 3:9-15

Key Verse: “He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11, ASV

It is interesting to observe that when two people pass each other on the street or sidewalk, they often look at each other’s faces, even if they don’t know one another. Also, while in a room with others, even if we don’t talk to one another, we often observe and make private judgments about other people based on appearance, words, body language, and more. Some people we are drawn to and subconsciously want to emulate. Others turn us off, and we think to ourselves, I’m glad I’m not like them.

While we may live in the twenty-first century, and while styles and ways of life have changed over the years, this pattern of observation and interaction among humans has been going on since Creation. In fact, as Ecclesiastes 1 tells us, “There is no new thing under the sun” (v. 9). “All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing” (v. 8).

However, one thing does last, and one thing can change: our character and our witness. This includes both the intentional witness we try to put forth and the subtle witness that we don’t think about. The Bible tells us, “He hath set eternity in their heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, ASV). In other words, God has given us the desire and capacity to rise above mundane daily life and make a difference for eternity.

So what “eternity” do others see in your life today? Does your life exude Christ in every word and action, even the way you walk into a room or the way you smile as you pass others on the street? Do others see Christ when they observe you at play, or when they see you shopping for groceries?

Ellen White tells us, “Daily, in the words we speak, in the plans we form, in the acts we perform, we are making impressions for good or for evil upon those with whom we come in contact. In all we do and say we should testify for Christ” (Manuscript Releases, vol. 7, p. 306).

Unfortunately, sometimes I’m so busy with what’s in front of me that I miss the person who is watching me, looking for a smile and desiring to know what it means to be a follower of Christ. Sometimes I’m so busy trying to accomplish important errands that I don’t think about the people who are watching the choices I make.

Let’s pray that God will help us make every action count for eternity. After all, the only thing we will take to heaven is our character—and those people with whom we’ve succeeded in sharing Christ. The true evidence of conversion in our lives is not just our intentional witness; it’s also the subtle influence that is shared daily when we think no one is watching.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Lord, help me to see people as You see them. Also, help me to be a witness wherever I am, in my home, on the street, while I’m shopping, when I walk into a room, in my classroom, when I’m traveling on a plane, and wherever I go. Help my life to be an eternal witness for You, not just with my words but also in the subtle influence that others see when I’m not paying attention. Help me not to be too busy to smile, give an encouraging word, and appreciate those around me. Forgive me for the many times I’ve been so consumed with myself and my tasks that I’ve missed opportunities to witness for You. As I continue praying for my church, I pray that You would fill me with Your Spirit and teach me to love and live as Jesus did while on this earth! Thank You for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Roman Ril

(Roman is co-author with his wife, Raluca, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. He and his wife serve the Lord in Germany as missionaries. To read more of Roman’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Oxygen Volume 18Bible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 101:1-8

Key Verse: “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

I’ve always wanted to be a missionary, ever since I was a little girl. My grandparents were missionaries, so my mom got to be a missionary while she was growing up. In fact, she still speaks Spanish as a result of her childhood in the mission field.

However, it wasn’t until high school that I started my official missionary career when I took my first overseas mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand, and Seoul, South Korea. I was so excited. Okay, so it was just a music tour with our high school band and bell choir, but still, I needed a passport to take the trip. However, after a few more overseas trips and then serving as a student missionary in South America for a time, I began to get a handle on missions, or so I thought. Then God called me to a different mission field. Yep, He called me home!

At the time, I was just finishing my sophomore year in college. And honestly, home was the last place I wanted to go. Don’t get me wrong. I have a great family, but . . . I had my sights on bigger and more exciting missionary endeavors. But that year, God convicted me that I needed to go home and spend some time serving my family before I continued seeking to serve God on a broader field. It wasn’t an easy choice to make at first, but to tell you the truth, it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. God really blessed that year, and, as a result, my family and I are closer now than ever before.

In the years since my interlude at home, I’ve been privileged to work and travel in many countries. However, God continues to remind me that being a missionary is not just about having a passport and going somewhere “out of my comfort zone.” It’s much more than that. It’s about having the right attitude and heart right now, where I am. It’s about being a cheerful servant to those around me.

Of course, it’s okay to dream of traveling across the ocean to be a missionary. And it’s great to work in full-time ministry. But before we try to save the world, God is calling us to be faithful missionaries with those closest. That means our spouse, our roommates, our parents, siblings, and children. It means being faithful in that dark little corner of service where no one notices or applauds us, or maybe witnessing to that next-door neighbor or church member that seems kind of odd. These things may not sound very glamorous or attractive, but if we can’t be faithful here, it’s like dreaming of sailing across the ocean when we are still doing a baby paddle in our own bathtubs. So let’s get our priorities straight, and first things must come first!

“The first great business of your life is to be a missionary at home. . . . Our work for Christ is to begin with the family, in the home. . . . There is no missionary field more important than this” (Christian Service, p. 206).

The Bible says, “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart” (Psalm 101:2). It also tells us, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).

So wherever you are in the world right now, consider yourself a missionary! It may not be easy, but ask God to help make you a good missionary, for you are touching lives for eternity, whether you realize it or not.

by Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day43Bible Passage for Meditation: Acts 22:1-16

Key Verse: “And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.” Acts. 22:14

We all know the story. Saul was a great persecutor of Christians, putting many to death. However, one day everything changed. One day He met Jesus and, as a result, became one of Christ’ most devoted followers, bringing healing and hope where before he had brought death and suffering.

I have read this story many times, and not until just recently—literally today—had I thought about how this story has a lesson for my own life.

No, I haven’t put Christians to death as Saul did, but I have been proud and judgmental and wounded my fellow brothers and sisters in many other ways. I’ve spoken words of criticism when I should have remained silent and prayed. I’ve been harsh and condemning when I should have had empathy and love. I’ve torn down when I should have built up. These sins in God’s eyes are no less sinful than Saul’s.

Thankfully, despite all that I’ve done, I hear God’s voice calling me. He’s calling you as well. He’s telling us, “The God of our fathers has chosen you for a special purpose. He has a higher calling for your life. In the past you’ve been used of the enemy to tear down and destroy, but now God wants to use you to build up and to bring healing.”

But how are we to change? How are we to go from being a Saul to being a Paul?

Ellen White writes, “No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 159).

And so, my prayer echoes the words of Inspiration:

“Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 159).

Ellen White continues: “It is not only at the beginning of the Christian life that this renunciation of self is to be made. At every advance step heavenward it is to be renewed. All our good works are dependent on a power outside of ourselves. Therefore there needs to be a continual reaching out of the heart after God, a continual, earnest, heartbreaking confession of sin and humbling of the soul before Him. Only by constant renunciation of self and dependence on Christ can we walk safely” (Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 159, 160).

So what will I do from this day forward? What will you do? Jesus Himself is asking us this very question. He is commissioning you and me to follow Him. He wants to take us from being a Saul to being a Paul. Will we respond to His call?

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Gracious Father, Thank You for loving us so much that You sent Jesus to die for our sins. We admit that even as Christians, we have too often been like Saul, tearing down and persecuting our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. Please change our hearts. We surrender our lives to You now, Father. As we continue praying for our church, show us how to be the witnesses You’ve called us to be to those around us—to those right next door, to those next to us in our church pew, and, most importantly, to those in our own homes. This isn’t easy, but You can change us. Take us, mold us, and make us into vessels who will serve You and bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

By Kat Taylor

(Kat works full time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day42Bible Passage For Meditation: Matthew 5:1-14

Key Verse: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13

“Are you an Adventist?” the leader of the group asked me. At that moment, I wished I could just disappear. I was an immature, unconverted college student and had just used some very unkind profanities to tell some rowdy teenagers to leave my car alone. When they found out I was attending a local Adventist school, the leader mentioned someone he knew who went there and then asked if I was an Adventist also. Even though I was barely going to church at the time, I remember feeling horrible about how I had represented my Christianity.

My actions that day left a foul taste in the mouths of those young, impressionable minds. The fact is, whether we intend to or not, we all have a constant influence on those around us. Jesus illustrated this with the metaphor of salt: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).

So what “taste” is left in people’s mouths after being around me? Does it make them want to know my God more, or does it make them turn away in disgust? Truly, as Ellen White writes, “The strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 470). However, of myself, I’m not very loving. When someone mistreats me, my tendency is to respond and protect self. But God has promised us that when we are filled with the Spirit, we will bear the fruit of the Spirit. And that fruit will taste good!

Just imagine the impact you will have on the non-Christians in your sphere of influence when you react to your angry boss with patience; when you are joyful even when your car breaks down or inconveniences pile up; when your travel plans are changed and everyone is angry with the gate agent at the airport, but you remain kind; when you go the extra mile to give that rude waiter a pleasant word of encouragement. Of course, you can’t do these things on your own, but you do them because you are so filled with the Holy Spirit that Christ’s character has started to become your character.

Inspiration tells us, “If we would humble ourselves before God, and be kind and courteous and tenderhearted and pitiful, there would be one hundred conversions to the truth where now there is only one” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 189).

I want everyone around me to want to know Jesus because they can taste His fruit in my life. Let’s pray that we bear more of Christ’ Spirit so that the world can truly “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Father in heaven, naturally we fall short of Your wonderful, loving character. But You have chosen us to bear fruit (John 15:16), so please bear the fruit of the Spirit in our hearts today. Please make us so overflowing with Your goodness that everyone we come into contact with will want to know what is different about us. Jesus, live in us today so that our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family can truly taste and see that You are good! Please fill us with Your Holy Spirit! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

OXYGEN Volume 16Bible Passage for Meditation: John 15:1-12

Key Verse: “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)

During high school I had a lot of struggles, so I began to drink because I wanted to be happy. I wanted to have a good time. Unfortunately it just ended up causing more pain and heartache than ever.

Of course, even for us as Christians, life isn’t easy. The Bible warns us that “many are the afflictions of the righteous” (Psalm 34:19), and it also tells us not to be surprised when we face trials (1 Peter 4:12).

Since becoming more fully converted, I’ve often thought I just needed to “grin and bear” with the difficulties of this life, knowing that one day I will experience the happiness and joy of heaven.

But James tells us to “count it all joy” when we go through trials (James 1:2). Can you imagine having your clothes torn off, being beaten with rods until you had “many stripes,” and then being placed in a dark high security prison with your feet in stocks? Talk about a difficult trial. If ever someone needed alcohol to numb the pain, this seems like the time. How was it that Paul and Silas were able, under such intense conditions, to joyfully pray and sing hymns?

Jesus promises us something incredible in John 15:11: “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (NKJV).

This promise comes in the context of abiding in Christ. To constantly find refuge during the storms of life in Christ’s loving presence brings true joy! Because, in His “presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). No wonder Ephesians 5:18 contrasts being drunk with being filled with the Holy Spirit. “The presence of Christ alone can make men and women happy. All the common waters of life Christ can turn into the wine of heaven” (Adventist Home, p. 28).

I no longer need to drink alcohol to try to be happy; I just need to drink more fully of the Holy Spirit. This is the wine of Heaven. And this is something that we can partake of without limit. It is the joy of learning to abide in Jesus’ presence.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Father in heaven, we want to be filled with joy! We don’t just want to pretend the Christian life is joyful; we want to actually be filled with the precious fruit of joy. Please help us to drink more fully of the Holy Spirit. Please forgive us for drinking from empty cisterns when we might have the pure wine of heaven. Please help us to abide in Your loving presence so that we can truly show the world how joyful it is to be a Christian. Thank You for filling us with joy today!

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day39Bible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 16:8-11

Key Verse: “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11, NKJV

Have you ever seen a Christian who seems to be sad all the time? They hardly smile, and while professing to serve Christ and holding to many high standards, they do not seem to have much joy. Maybe you are such a person?

Unfortunately, I used to be such a person. I very rarely smiled. I was not sad all the time, but I simply did not know how to be a joyful person. Even my family would tell me, “You need to smile more, Raluca!”

However, one day things began to change. God took hold of my heart. He showed me how much He loved me and how He longed to spend time with me in prayer. Drawn by His love, I began to spend more and more time with Him. As a result, I could not contain my joy. I had joy and peace in my heart like I’d never had before.

A few months after that, I met a friend whom I had not seen since college days. Her reaction made me realize for the first time how visible the change was in my life. She could not believe it was really me with such a huge smile on my face.

Ellen White tells us in The Desire of Ages, “When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the joy of heaven. . . . The blessing comes when by faith the soul surrenders itself to God. Then that power which no human eye can see creates a new being in the image of God” (p. 173).

In another place we are told, “Those who abide in Jesus will be happy, cheerful, and joyful in God” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p. 625).

Today I can happily say, the joy of the Lord is my strength! What about you?

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Father, we thank You for giving us joy and peace in our hearts. Thank You that in Your presence there is fullness of joy. We pray that You help us surrender all our being to You so that we can rejoice in Your salvation. As we worship You today, help us to be happy, cheerful, and joyful Christians. May it not be a mask, but come from a genuine relationship with You. We pray that You grow in us joy, the fruit of the Holy Spirit. May Your Holy Spirit dwell in us, and may others see on our faces the joy of heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Raluca Ril

(Raluca is co-author with her husband, Roman, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. She and her husband currently serve as missionaries in Germany. To read more of Raluca’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day38Bible Passage for Meditation: Isaiah 26:1-6

Key Verse: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

Hudson Taylor, one of the early pioneer missionaries to the interior of China, spent many years working as a missionary in service to the Lord before he realized the significance of the gospel personally. Discouraged with the weight of sin and his constant shortcomings, he longed for peace but saw only darkness. At times he wondered if it was even possible that Christ could save him.

However, one day the truth of the gospel came home to him, and he grasped the fullness of what Christ came to bring. In a letter to his sister, he described his awakening experience and its effect upon his life.

“How to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One,” he wrote. “I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I’ll strive no more. For has He not promised to abide with me—never to leave me, never to fail me? . . . The sweetest part, if one may speak of one part being sweeter than another, is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. For in the easiest positions He must give me grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient” (V. Raymond Edman, They Found the Secret, p. 20).

Others, who were witnesses to Hudson Taylor’s transformed life, later added their own testimonies.

“He was a man bearing tremendous burdens, yet absolutely calm and unruffled. He was an object lesson in quietness. He drew from the bank of heaven every farthing of his daily income—‘My peace I give unto you.’ Whatever did not agitate the Savior, or ruffle His spirit was not to agitate him. Although occupied with millions, he knew nothing of rush or hurry, of quivering nerves or vexation of spirit. He knew there was a peace passing all understanding, and that he could not do without” (Edman, p. 20).

Hudson Taylor became a living example of what it is like to live in peace, peace above the storm. This is the peace that Jesus lived, and the peace that He wants to give us as well.

In Christ’s Object Lessons we are told, “When trials arise that seem unexplainable, we should not allow our peace to be spoiled. However unjustly we may be treated, let not passion arise. By indulging a spirit of retaliation we injure ourselves. We destroy our own confidence in God, and grieve the Holy Spirit. There is by our side a witness, a heavenly messenger, who will lift up for us a standard against the enemy. He will shut us in with the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. Beyond this Satan cannot penetrate. He cannot pass this shield of holy light” (p. 171, 172).

No matter the stress or storms we face today, no matter the many responsibilities demanding our immediate attention, let us pray to be shut in by the beams of Christ’s righteousness!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the sweet peace that You give us as we turn our hearts and eyes upon You. You promise never to leave us or forsake us, and You promise to carry our burdens when we surrender them to You. As we continue praying for Your Holy Spirit to be poured out on our church, we ask that You would pour out a spirit of peace and forgiveness, of meekness and love in our hearts toward one another. Help us to be patient and forgiving of each other’s faults, and in the ways that we might disagree, help us to still act toward one another in love, without hypocrisy. Shield us from the attacks of the enemy and from allowing him to rob us of the gift of Your peace. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day37Bible Passage for Meditation: Matthew 6:33, 34

Key Verse: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

I spend much time studying about autism, improving my diagnostic skills, designing interventions for children with the disorder, and offering support to their families. In fact, I’ve always dreamed of one day having the opportunity to make a national presentation on the topic.

Thus you can only imagine my excitement when I received an e-mail a couple of weeks ago from the National Autism Society of America informing me that my presentation proposal was approved for the upcoming national conference in Denver, Colorado, July 8-11, 2015. It was an answer to prayer and a dream come true. Then my joy suddenly faded as I realized that this was the same time as the upcoming General Conference Session. I’m passionate about prayer ministry, and I had already committed my services as a prayer team member for the ten-day session.

In this moment the Lord reminded me of His promise, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). I knew I couldn’t change my mind on the Lord! I could not choose the things of this world, no matter how noble they were, over His call to serve.

These types of decisions confront us daily. What will we choose when we face a conflict between service to God and service to our own earthly interests?

Ellen White writes, “We are never called upon to make a real sacrifice for God. Many things He asks us to yield to Him, but in doing this we are but giving up that which hinders us in the heavenward way. Even when called upon to surrender those things which in themselves are good, we may be sure that God is thus working out for us some higher good. In the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings.” Help in Daily Living, p. 13

I don’t know if God has called me to surrender my dream permanently, or just entrust it to Him for now. But I have made my choice! The Lord has honored His Word to me time and time again, so I must honor my word to Him. He promises “For [I am] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward [My] name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrew 6:10). I choose to have faith in my Lord. What about you?

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, entire consecration is not easy. While we love You, it is not always easy for us to give up the things of this world when You call us to serve. As we continue through the 100 Days of Prayer, help us to re-commit daily to giving You our all, and to taking You at Your Word. Help us to have faith that You will fulfill Your promises in our lives when we put You above all else. But whether or not You choose to honor us by answering our prayers as we would hope, we still relinquish our private dreams and selfish worldly ambitions to You today. May the words of William Cowper’s faithful hymn be our daily prayer: “The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be, help me to tear it from Thy throne, and worship only Thee.” Amen.

By Shanter Alexander

(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a psychologist who lives and works in Michigan. She has been involved with prayer leadership both locally and in division events across the ocean. To read more of Shanter’s testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Oxygen Volume 17Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Key Verse: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20

We talk a lot about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, and meekness, but what about temperance, which is another word for “self-control”?

Self-control is easy to preach about until it steps on your own toes, or until it touches your own plate.

Recently, a friend and I were studying out different principles of healthful living, and I was priding myself on my self-control in a number of areas, until I began to realize that I still have a long way to go when it comes to truly embracing the health message as I should. I can talk a lot about the “fruit of the Spirit” and about “surrender,” as well as the many ways that God has worked in my life over the years, but—well, just don’t touch my dessert plate!

In most circles I would probably be considered quite conservative. I’m a vegan (most of the time), and I eat my salads and greens pretty regularly. So I shouldn’t be too hard on myself, right? After all, I take pretty good care of my body. But recently, God’s been convicting me about my love affair with sugar. Yes, I really do love that sweet stuff. It’s so good, so comforting, and surely a little extra now and then (as well as an extra helping of dessert on Sabbath) isn’t to be scorned, is it? Or is it?

Actually, as I have studied further, I’ve discovered that not only is sugar super addictive but it also has an effect on the brain similar to certain drugs. And when used with dairy products, it is even more harmful. The same is true for many of the rich foods we delight in.

Now sugar may not be your weak point, but God is calling us to keep our bodies in upmost physical health so we can serve Him fully. Are we truly willing to give Him our all? Are we willing to allow Him to touch even those sensitive points in our lives, even what we put on our plates? Hmmm.

Ellen White writes, “Christ began the work of redemption just where the ruin began. His first test was on the same point where Adam failed. It was through temptations addressed to the appetite that Satan had overcome a large proportion of the human race, and his success had made him feel that the control of this fallen planet was in his hands. But in Christ he found one who was able to resist him, and he left the field of battle a conquered foe. Jesus says, ‘He hath nothing in Me.’ His victory is an assurance that we too may come off victors in our conflicts with the enemy. But it is not our heavenly Father’s purpose to save us without an effort on our part to cooperate with Christ. We must act our part, and divine power, uniting with our effort, will bring victory” (Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 153).

Yes, where Christ began is where He asks us to begin as well, and it’s in the surrender of appetite. So, my brothers and sisters, it may not be easy, but I encourage you, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, we really want to serve You with all our hearts, but it’s so difficult to let go of things we love, especially things we love to eat. Please forgive us for abusing our bodies, Your temples, and for keeping back this part of our lives from You. We cannot overcome in our own strength, but You promise that what we cannot do, You will do, as we surrender to You and as we choose to walk a new pathway (Philippians 4:13). So as we continue praying for our church, and praying that You would do a thorough work of reformation among us at the upcoming General Conference Session, let the reformation continue in our own hearts today, in our own homes, and in our own food closets. May You be Master of the things that master us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Oxygen Volume 18Bible Passage for Meditation: Colossians 3:12-17

Key Verse: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13

A few months into Bible studies with my Adventist friend, I could feel God calling me to make changes in my life, changes for Him. One change I made was to remove body jewelry. While I liked my jewelry and thought it looked good, I learned that God didn’t want me to have piercings (Leviticus 19:28).

However, when I took my final stand and the last piece of jewelry was removed, I could tell Satan was angry, for two days later an old boyfriend showed up at my door wanting to talk. He claimed that he wanted reconciliation for the past and the chance to make things right, but actually he had come to gain entrance to my home (which I naively gave him) so he could assault me.

As a result of this tragic incident, I was angry at God all over again. Here I had just made a new surrender to Him. How could He allow this to happen to me?

For a time, I was a victim and was determined I would never forgive. Thankfully, I’m no longer a victim to my past, for God has given me a heart transplant. He has given me a heart of forgiveness toward the one (and ones) who hurt me. My prayer now for those who have hurt me is that they will be touched by the One who has forgiven me.

Has something hurtful ever happened in your life that you find difficult to forgive? Are you a victim to something from your past? Forgiveness is not something we can manufacture. It’s a gift that comes from God. But if we hope to go to heaven, we must have a heart of forgiveness for our fellow man—that includes those who don’t know better, and those who do, such as fellow Christian brothers and sisters who wrong us at times. Forgiveness is extremely difficult toward this latter group, but Jesus will give us this heart if we ask. What freedom true forgiveness brings!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Heavenly Father, create in us a clean heart, and take the heart of stone from us. Although we want to be like Jesus, we are human and so very weak. As we continue praying for our church, give us forgiveness toward those who have wronged us. You tell us that if we can’t forgive others, You cannot forgive us. So please forgive us for holding back this gift. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guide us in the way we should go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Kat Taylor

(Kat works full time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day34Bible Passage for Meditation: Luke 10:25-37

Key Verse: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:27

Some might wonder what thing has been hardest to surrender as I’ve chosen to walk with the Lord. Was it leaving the path of pursuing a career in the world? No! Was it leaving the lifestyle of the world and the superficial happiness of dancing, drinking, and partying? No! Maybe it was giving up my intense passion for soccer, since I’d won many awards and trophies in competitive sports? No, once again!

I can honestly say that none of these things, hard as they might seem, come even close to being a “sacrifice” to give up. The life God has given me in exchange is not simply a different life, but it is life more abundant, and I would not trade it for the world.

However, the Christian walk involves struggles that I did not expect, and these challenges test and try my character the most. These are the things that I continually struggle to surrender.

Jesus summarized our Christian duty in Luke 10:27: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

You see, the commandment to love the Lord—who never did anything bad to me but loves me, has saved me, and accepts me just as I am—is different from the commandment to love my neighbor as myself. While it can be a struggle to love people in the world, my biggest struggle is to respect and accept my fellow Christian brothers, who often have shortcomings and failures and who sometimes wound me. Yet, the ability to love as Christ loved is what sets us apart from other religions of the world. And if we follow Him, we must learn to love those around us (including our Christian brothers and sisters who fail us) with His unselfish, sacrificial love.

This kind of surrender is not easy, but I praise Him that, as I continually seek to yield my heart to Him, He keeps giving me that love and acceptance for my fellow Christians.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Lord, help me to see others as You see them. Put Your eye salve on my eyes, for I am blind and cannot discern Your handwriting in the lives of my brothers next to me. Instead of seeing the shortcomings, pride, and selfishness of others, help me to believe and see that You will finish the work that You started in them, just as You are also doing in me. Help me to be a tool of love that You can use to soften and shape my brothers’ hearts. And as we continue this 100 Days of Prayer, may true love for our brothers (who don’t always agree with us) be upmost in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Roman Ril

(Roman is co-author with his wife, Raluca, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. He and his wife serve the Lord in Germany as missionaries. To read more of Roman’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day33Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Key Verse: “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2, NKJV

As I began my studies at Andrews Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, I longed to be so connected with God that I could see His power unleashed in every aspect of my life, just as it was for early Christians in the book of Acts. So, as I’ve shared before, I began to take more and more time to pray and seek God earnestly each day.

I wanted to be “thick with the Almighty,” as it says in Gospel Workers (p. 255), so that I could have spiritual power. I wanted to be able to preach with Holy Spirit power and see thousands converted in a day. I wanted to be able to pray in faith and see incredible miracles of healing, as well as victories for the church. And so I kept clinging to the promise: “Power will come from God in answer to the prayer of faith” (Gospel Workers, p. 255).

God answered my prayer for power. But I didn’t recognize it at first. As I spent long hours with Jesus each morning, I began to recognize the hardness of my own heart. I realized that I had an anger problem that was hurting a lot of those closest to me. I realized that I had a lot of pride, a lot of rough edges that needed softening.

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2, NKJV).

Wow. That verse is so familiar that it’s easy to miss the significance. Even if I were able to do all these miracles in God’s power but still lacked love, it would be absolutely valueless!

You see, “Love is power” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 135). In another place Sister White writes, “God considers more with how much love we work, than the amount we do” (The Youth’s Instructor, Jan. 13, 1898, par. 9). What an eye-opening revelation.

So the most crucial thing to ensure that my life has eternal value and meaning is for God to write His law of love on my heart through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Of course, I still believe God will fulfill the book of Acts before He returns and that a power such as we’ve never seen before will be exhibited in the lives of believers. But I’m thankful that He has first begun to work this most incredible miracle in my own heart. The miracle of true love!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Father in heaven, we long to do mighty things for You. We long to do mighty things as a church; however, forgive us for forgetting that the mightiest thing we can do is to truly love others as You love us. Please break our hard hearts and fill us with Christ-like love. We cannot do this on our own. Please come, Holy Spirit, and write Your law of love on our hearts today, that the world may see Jesus in us. Give us a heart of humility that “what might have been” in days gone by, will finally be a reality for us today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day32

Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 John 4:7-11

Key Verse: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:7, 8

It never ceases to amaze me how often the Epistles of John speak of love and how John does not mince words. He goes always to the point, and it is a sharp and sometimes painful point. In essence, if I don’t love, I don’t know God. Ouch!

Then I look back at Galatians 5:22. Love is the very first fruit of the Spirit that is listed, which tells me that it should be the first visible sign of my transformed life. Also in Romans 12:9 we are told, “Let love be without hypocrisy” (ASV).

So what kind of love does God expect me to have toward people?

This question has sent me digging through my Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy writings on multiple occasions, often when I feel chastened by God for the thoughts in my heart and my tendency to unloving deeds. After all, I’m human. Although I desperately long to be like Jesus, to have His mindset, His deeds, and His actions and reactions, I find that my selfish human ways often interfere.

Through the power of the Word, God is slowly changing me. When I find that I don’t “feel” loving toward a person, I reflect upon 1 John. If I truly love God, love will show. No, it isn’t easy, and it doesn’t come from my own corrupt heart, but God can change our hearts. I’ve also found that showing love, even when I don’t want to, brings a peace that surpasses all understanding. This doesn’t mean that I naturally fit with every personality. No, some people still tend to get under my skin every time I see them. However, God is teaching me to love them. They are children of God, and the truth is that I may be the only face of Jesus they will ever see. So I better act like Him! How does He act? Always in love!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Gracious Father, we pray for a magnificent outpouring of Your Holy Spirit, that we may love others as You love us. May we find in our hearts room for all, even those we don’t naturally like. We need Your sweet Spirit, not that we may boast of anything but that we may look like Your glorious Son to the world. Thank You for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

By Kat Taylor

(Kat works full time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day31

Bible Passage for Meditation: Galatians 5:22-26

Key Verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22, 23

We pray you are being blessed on this journey of prayer as much as we are! For the next ten days of prayer we will reflect on “personal consecration” as it’s displayed through the fruit of the Spirit.

The main goal we are praying for during this 100 Days of Prayer program is that the Holy Spirit will be poured out abundantly on us as a church so that we will be equipped to finish the work so we can go home to heaven. But the work starts with us as individuals. It starts personally, and in our own homes.

In Acts of the Apostles we are told, “Every worker who follows the example of Christ will be prepared to receive and use the power that God has promised to His church for the ripening of earth’s harvest. Morning by morning, as the heralds of the gospel kneel before the Lord and renew their vows of consecration to Him, He will grant them the presence of His Spirit, with its reviving, sanctifying power. As they go forth to the day’s duties, they have the assurance that the unseen agency of the Holy Spirit enables them to be ‘laborers together with God’” (Acts of the Apostles, p. 56).

This is what we need daily: that reviving, sanctifying power. Let’s pray for that today. And let’s pray that God will continue to show us what practical Christianity and practical godliness look like in our daily lives. Let’s ask Him to give us the fruit of the Spirit, for as Inspiration tells us, “This fruit can never perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 68).

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, as we continue praying through 100 Days of Prayer for our church, we ask that You take the work deeper into our hearts. Show us what it means to have the fruit of the Spirit in our daily lives. Show us what true love looks like. Show us what it means to have joy, to have peace, to be longsuffering (even under provocation), to show godly gentleness, to act in goodness (not our goodness, but Yours), to continue praying in faith, to respond to others in meekness, and to be temperate. God, we cannot be any of these things in our own strength. This is a work that only You can do. Please change us. Make us like You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Melody Mason
Coordinator, 100 Days of Prayer
General Conference Ministerial Association

Day30

Bible Passage for Meditation: Luke 4:42-5:16

Key Verse: “And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” Luke 5:16

Have you ever come to the end of your vacation and found that you were more tired than you were when it began? I remember thinking at the end of a recent vacation, “This is craziness! What’s the point of taking a vacation when it is just about as exhausting as work?”

With the constant rush, ever increasing stress and overwhelming busyness of our daily lives, we all are in need of a true get-away, but what type of getaway should we be seeking? First, we should ask, how did Jesus deal with it all? After all, He had more pressure, more potential stressors, and greater responsibilities than you or I will ever face.

In Luke 5:15, we find a glimpse of Jesus exhausting schedule. “However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.”

Talk about a time of high stress and incredible opportunity! As a pastor, if the multitudes were gathering at my church to hear the gospel and to be ministered to, I would feel that this was the moment to shift into overdrive! Clearly, this would not be the time to withdraw and get away from the multitudes. Or would it?

The story continues in Luke 5:16, “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” Wow! Jesus’ example reveals the importance of getting away. And for the Son of God, there was no greater joy, no greater relaxation, and no greater way to meet the pressing needs around Him, than to withdraw and take some time pray. But, while we all have things we like to withdraw to when that moment for much needed rest comes, this seems to rarely be for the purpose of prayer.

Recently, my wife and I decided to try and follow Jesus’ example literally. We had a few flexible days in our schedule, and decided to use the time to withdraw and pray. This was honestly harder to explain to some well meaning friends and family than I imagined. It’s simply not something that we do these days. But I can honestly say, those few days were some of the most refreshing days I have had in a long time. At the end of the time I told my wife. “Why don’t we take vacation time to do this every year?”

So I ask the following to challenge you as well as my own heart: What if we really lived like Jesus? What if our ultimate get-away was to run to God and pray?

Heart Prayer Challenge

Precious Father in Heaven, Forgive us for looking to worldly diversions to renew our strength rather than to You, the source of all true rest and strength. Forgive us for forgetting that in Your presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Give us a heart to pray! Teach us to withdraw from our busy tasks (even ministry labors) for the purpose of prayer. Increase our faith in Your power to do greater things in answer to prayer than we can do through our feeble efforts. Please pour out Your Spirit of prayer upon us (Zec. 12:10). Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon our Church. We want to follow Jesus’ example! And we want to go home. In Your Precious Name, Amen.

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

NOTE: Many of you have written asking for more information about fasting. We have just uploaded a document on our resource page that gives more thoughts on Fasting and the Daniel’s Fast specifically. You can locate this document to download by CLICKING  HERE. 

Oxygen Volume 14

Bible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 118:14-18

Key Bible verse: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” Psalm 118:17

It was December 2003. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was lying there on a hospital bed feeling like my life was almost over. I could not even move. Every joint in my body felt like it was on fire. I had never felt so much pain.

I had been battling Dengue fever with temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 C) every day for about two weeks. Each day I grew weaker and weaker. My mom would come early in the morning and would cover my body with towels dipped in ice-cold water. I was so miserable. And what hurt the most was seeing the pain in her eyes as she fought back the tears. I saw sadness in my father’s eyes too.

One day, as my mother looked on, my father held my limp body in his arms and begged me (his only daughter) to fight and not give up. I then heard my mother speak boldly the Bible promise: “You shall not die but live to declare the works of the Lord!”

There is an inexplicable shift that occurs in the atmosphere when parents intercede on behalf of their children. I still get goose bumps as I recall this experience. I can’t even explain it, but I felt such hope. I remember praying in my heart, “Lord if you don’t heal me for my sake, please heal me in answer to my parents’ prayers! Jesus, please answer their prayer.”

Ellen White once wrote the following regarding the power of a mother’s prayers: “It is impossible to estimate the power of a praying mother’s influence. She acknowledges God in all her ways. She takes her children before the throne of grace and presents them to Jesus, pleading for His blessing upon them. The influence of those prayers is to those children as ‘a wellspring of life.’ These prayers, offered in faith, are the support and strength of the Christian mother. To neglect the duty of praying with our children is to lose one of the greatest blessings within our reach, one of the greatest helps amid the perplexities, cares, and burdens of our lifework.”

This quote is long, but it’s so powerful, so I must let Sister White continue:

“The power of a mother’s prayers cannot be too highly estimated. She who kneels beside her son and daughter through the vicissitudes of childhood, through the perils of youth, will never know till the judgment the influence of her prayers upon the life of her children. If she is connected by faith with the Son of God, the mother’s tender hand may hold back her son from the power of temptation, may restrain her daughter from indulging in sin. When passion is warring for the mastery, the power of love, the restraining, earnest, determined influence of the mother, may balance the soul on the side of right” (Adventist Home, p. 266).

My mother encouraged me that day to ask for God’s healing and she repeated over and over again in my ears “You shall not die but live to declare the works of God!” She said every day afterward until my wounded spirit began to believe and I too began to declare: “I shall not die but live to declare the glory of God!”

There is power in confessing the Word of God. And there is power when a mother prays. My healing in that experience is testimony of God’s grace in answer to the faithful prayers of my parents.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Father God, Together we want to intercede for all of the parents in our world church today, especially those parents who have committed their lives in ministry; as leaders, pastors, administrators, teachers, and missionaries in service. We pray for their protection and especially the protection of their children. We unite as a church today and declare that even though some of our children are caught in the snares of the enemy, that our children shall not die but live to proclaim the mighty works of the Lord! We have faith that You will honor your promise to contend with he who contends with us and that You will save our children! (Isa. 49:25). Let your Holy Spirit pour out gifts of strength, wisdom and grace upon all parents as they seek to shape their children’s lives in preparation for Your Kingdom. Amen.

By Shanter Alexander

(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a psychologist who lives and works in Michigan. She has been involved with prayer leadership both locally and in division events across the ocean. To read more of Shanter’s testimony, CLICK HERE.)

OXYGEN Volume 19

Bible Passage for Meditation: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Bible verse: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Eph. 3:20

Alexander the Great was a mighty conqueror and king, and although he lived long before the time of Christ (around 300 B.C.), his reputation still lives on today.

Besides being a great conqueror, King Alexander was also a compassionate ruler. Every year he set aside one day that he called “compassionate day.” As the story goes, on this special day of the year, he would randomly select different people across his kingdom whom he would allow to come and make special requests.

Most people asked for food, clothes, money for medicine, and so on. However, one year, there was a man who dared to ask for more! He asked for a palace, and not just a palace, but a fully furnished palace, and a large banquet hall to feed all his friends. To the amazement of all, King Alexander granted the man’s request.

When asked why he would grant such an outrageous request, the king replied, “This man is the first man that’s really made me feel like the king I am. For only I can grant such a request!”

This story has really affected my life because it reminds me of the great God that we serve and how little we ask of Him. And it’s made me wonder why we so often settle for superficial blessings when we serve the King of the universe. It’s made me wonder why we settle for barely surviving spiritually, when God is longing to give us so much more richness and depth in our walk with Him. I think far too many Seventh-day Adventist Christians have settled for being spiritual dwarfs when God is calling us, modern-day Israel, to become spiritual giants standing in the gap, interceding for the lost.

God is able, and He longs to work in a mighty way, but our lack of faith actually limits His work in our lives. In fact, we are told, “Every failure on the part of the children of God is due to their lack of faith!” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 657)

Let’s not allow our doubts to limit us anymore, but trust the Bible which tells us, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20).

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, As we continue this 100 Days of Prayer, help us to keep daring to ask for more! Help us to keep daring to ask for more in our own personal walk with You and help us to keep daring to ask for more on behalf of our church. We need what only You can give. We need You to work mightily on our behalf. Forgive us for our lack of faith, and forgive us for praying little prayers. Forgive us for limiting what You want to do because of doubting Your Word. Thank You Jesus for giving us a new heart and a new perspective of the greatness of Who You are, not a mere earthly King, but the King of the universe. We love You! Amen!

By Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

OXYGEN Volume 8

Bible Passage for Meditation: Jeremiah 29:10-14

Key Verse: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:13

“You should’ve seen Nathan* before the seminary!” Bobby said about our mutual pastor friend one day. “He was super scrawny and thin!” [*Pastor Nathan, whose name has been changed to protect privacy, is a very muscle-bound man.]

Bobby continued, “However, when he came back to visit recently, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I asked him what had happened during his time at the seminary. He simply responded, ‘There isn’t much to do in Michigan.’ So I guess he spent all his time at the gym.”

My friend Bobby had no idea, but God used this conversation to set the stage for a radical change in my Christian walk.

Not long after, my wife and I moved to Andrews University so that I could attend the seminary. I’d already been working as a pastor for a couple years, and I expected to learn many helpful things, but to be honest, I didn’t expect to experience a huge personal revival. But thankfully God had other plans for me.

While there were many things during my time at the seminary that God used to awaken me to my need for a deeper personal walk with Him (including prayer partners, prayer journaling, Bible study and more) one of the things that impacted me most was that conversation about Pastor Nathan.

Not long after, I told a long-time friend and prayer partner, “What if we do the same thing Nathan did, but instead of hitting the gym, we take extra time and energy to focus on our personal walk and connection with God? I want to be spiritually buff!”

And so began a radical journey as I committed to seek God more earnestly than ever before.

This commitment forced me to make some changes that weren’t easy. In high school I had been willing to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to train intensely, for hours on end, in order to become the best athlete possible. I had also committed to eating an extremely healthy diet (vegan and no refined sugar) for several years in order to have energy for a particular athletic event. But could I make the same sacrifices in order to have extra energy to get up early and spend hours with my best friend Jesus?

What made it so difficult was that I really liked sleeping in. And I didn’t even know how to keep awake while reading the Bible early in the morning. Also I didn’t want to give up some of the unhealthy food that I really thought I needed. So I simply began crying out to God to change my heart; To give me a heart to know Him (Jer. 24:7). And I kept claiming the promise of Jer. 29:13 that says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Those following two years, God gave me a desire to seek Him whole-heartedly as I’ve never had before. And when my time at the seminary was over, and my wife and I had the moving truck packed for our return to California, I was so in awe at what God had done, that I simply had to kneel down on the ground and thank Him for how He had changed me in so many ways; ways I didn’t even know needed to be changed.

I’m still not as spiritually buff as I want to be, but God is working, and I praise Him for His patience and tender mercy in my life.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Precious Father in Heaven, Thank You that You are always faithful to Your promises. As we continue praying for our church, please give us a heart that desires to know You more, for what we desire to see happen in our church must first happen in our own lives. Lord, we surrender the stuff that is holding us back today. Take away all our small expectations and give us a heart to truly seek more from You. Please help us to fall so in love with You that nothing else matters as much as being with You. Amen.

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day26

Bible Passage for Meditation: John 15:1-5

Key Verse: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” John 15:4

Not that long ago I was sitting in my living room, looking at the tips of some of the leaves on one of my plants. I noticed that on some of the leaves, the tips were beginning to wither and turn brown due to the fact that they were not as tightly connected to the stem.

As I looked at the leaves, God began speaking to me. I realized how at times my own spiritual life starts withering and turning brown as well.

In the book of John we are told, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4,5).

Yes, just as the leaves must remain connected with the stem and life-sustaining root system of the plant, I also must have that same daily connection with my heavenly Father. I must daily draw from His wellspring of life so that I will stay alive and produce good fruit.

It’s interesting that when a leaf is first disconnected from its root system, it still looks alive for a little while. But it will eventually die. There’s no turning the process around or reviving it. With us as Christians it’s similar with one difference. When we become disconnected from Christ, we can look

alive for a while as well before we wither and die apart from Christ. However, we can always re-connect and be revived. God can work a miracle and bring us back to life! How does He do this? All it takes is one prayer.

Ellen White writes, “Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Wellspring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or engage in prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and you lose your hold on God” (Messages to Young People, p. 249).

I thank God that even with I start to wither and turn brown, He is there, always ready to revive me. I just must turn to Him in prayer!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, Sometimes we get disconnected and think we can operate in our own strength. We forget we need the “wellspring of life” that only you can provide. Please change our hearts Lord, that we may desire to abide in You just as the branch abides in the vine. Also, as we continue praying for our church, we ask that you would help us as a people to learn what it means to stay connected to You personally. We know that we are not saved as a church, or as a group, we are saved and revived individually. So help us to daily spend time at Your feet in prayer that You may pour Your Holy Spirit upon us in abundance. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

By Kat Taylor

(Kat works full-time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

OXYGEN

Bible Passage for Meditation: Genesis 5:21-24

Key Bible Verse: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Gen. 5:24

My wife and I often enjoy taking a walk after our meals. We are thankful for the beautiful nature that surrounds our home and for the fresh air we can breath in God’s great outdoors.

However, I have come to realize that when we walk together, I’m much more aware of my surroundings than I am when I walk alone. Part of this has to do with the fact that I want to protect my wife from oncoming cars, or from thorns and thistles that might be along the path. I also don’t want her to fall in one of those big potholes that we often find along the dirt road. So I’m more in tune with the environment and what is happening around us.

As I was thinking about how sensitive I try to be when walking with my new bride (we’ve been married only about 10 months now) I thought about my daily walk with God and my need for a continual connection and sensitivity to Him throughout my day.

Ellen White writes, “I wish I could impress upon every worker in God’s cause, the great need of continual, earnest prayer. They cannot be constantly upon their knees, but they can be uplifting their hearts to God. This is the way that Enoch walked with God” (Evangelism, p. 681).

The Bible says, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen. 5:24).

What was it about Enoch that made God want to take him home? I don’t know all the answers, but I think Enoch must have been very sensitive to God’s voice in His daily walk of faith.

You see, as we journey along the Christian path we need to watch out for potholes and thorns in our walk with God as Enoch must have done. We don’t want anything to hurt our divine Friend. And yet, how often I find that I am not sensitive enough to worry about the little things that might hurt God; the negative thoughts, feelings, words, or small compromises that pull me away from Him.

Also, we must learn to listen closely. When I walk with my wife, I listen as she shares her thoughts and worries. But am I as sensitive when the Lord is speaking to me through His Word, thru circumstances, or the people around me? How sad it is to miss opportunities to share an encouraging word or smile to one of my fellow brothers because I wasn’t paying attention to the Lord’s voice.

We must give our lives daily into the hands of our Maker if we want to walk with God like Enoch did. And this is a decision that happens moment-by-moment as we face the potholes of temptation, or the thorns of distraction. Let us not be so distracted that we miss the voice of Lord!

Friend, are you walking with God today as Enoch did?

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, Teach us what it means to walk as Enoch walked. Teach us how to be sensitive to Your still small voice. Teach us how to be sensitive to Your desires, and obedient to Your Word that the enemy will have no foothold in our lives. We want to go home. Want to see Your Spirit poured out on our church so the work can be finished. Please make us disciples, ready to receive Your outpouring. In Your precious Name, amen.

By Roman Ril

(Co-author with his wife, Raluca, of the 10 Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. He and his wife serve the Lord in Germany as missionaries. To read more of Roman’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day24

Bible Passage for Meditation: Matthew 6:16-18

Key Verse: “But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face.” Matt. 6:17

It was exactly two years ago that I was faced with a very important life-changing decision. In fact, it was totally unexpected. You see, I was single, and happy. I had totally surrendered to God my desire to be married and was joyfully pouring my life into ministry. To be honest, I had come to have such a close relationship with God, that I was a bit afraid that if I started a romantic relationship I might loose the sweet closeness and communion I had in my daily devotions.

So what was I to do now that a handsome young man was asking me to consider a relationship? One thing I knew: I could not trust myself to make such an important decision. Eleven years earlier, I had failed and failed miserably. So I had promised God that I would never enter a romantic relationship again unless I was sure that He was guiding me.

As I considered the new circumstances before me, I decided to fast and pray for 10 days. As a result, God answered in amazing ways. Not only did He give me such a peace about this man like I have never had before, but He gave me the answers I was looking for.

Eight months later we were engaged and planning our wedding. However, we faced some challenges as we were both working in ministry and did not have a way to pay for all the wedding expenses. So we fasted and prayed. Once again, God performed many miracles for us, and our wedding ended up being better than my dreams. Now when we look back, we are still amazed at God’s abundant goodness to us.

As my husband and I entered the New Year 2015 (still our first year of marriage), we decided to start the year with 21 days of prayer and fasting, asking for increased spiritual blessings. We both had done this before we got married, but now that we are doing it together, we see even more abundant blessings in our lives spiritually as we have determined to abstain from certain foods and media activities in order to have more time to focus on God. What a rich blessing this has been to us!

Maybe you are at a crossroad in your life. Maybe you are looking for answers. Maybe you are in need of God’s divine intervention in your life or in the life of someone dear to you. Maybe you want a deeper experience with God. I want to encourage you to take some time to fast and pray, to tune out the other distracting influences around you and listen to His still small voice. It may not be a total fast. That’s okay. You may want to choose a Daniel’s fast, like we have done. Whatever you do, if you seek God with earnestness in fasting and prayer, God will draw you closer to Himself, closer than you’ve ever been before. Remember, fasting isn’t just about getting what we want from God. It’s more about getting closer to Him, about knowing Him. For He is the greatest gift we can receive!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, In Matt. 6:16,17 you tell us “when we fast” we should not be sad as the hypocrites are, but rather we should be joyful. Also as we read the stories throughout the Bible, we see that You always answered when Your people prayed and fasted. God, we are in need of big answers. We are in need of great miracles on behalf of our church. Help us to draw near You with all our hearts. Show us how to pray, and when appropriate, how to fast. Show us what things, foods, and activities in our lives we should set aside for a time that we may hear Your voice more clearly. Thank you for hearing and answering this prayer. Amen.

By Raluca Ril

(Raluca is co-author with her husband, Roman, of the 10 Days of Prayer materials for 2015/16. She and her husband [pictured above] currently serve as missionaries in Germany. To read more of Raluca’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

[For more resources on fasting as well as information about the “Daniel’s Fast,” CLICK HERE. Leadership has not called for a specific corporate fast during this 100 Days of Prayer, however many of us are fasting in various ways during this time. Some of us have chosen to fast from desserts or from other favorite foods. Some of us have chosen to fast from certain media activities or entertainment. And some may not be fasting specifically at all, but are setting apart extra time to spend with God in His Word and to take time to pray over these daily request. So follow whatever God prompts you to do, knowing that God will bless.]

Day23

Bible Passage for Meditation: John 20:24-29

Key Verse: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Sometimes the hardest part of prayer is just starting! “But I don’t feel like praying right now! Should I really pray when the feelings aren’t there?” some ask. I know this is something I really struggled with in the past.

However, we need to recognize that as Christians, we all fight a daily battle: a battle between fact versus feeling. The outcome of this very significant battle will determine what type of faith we hold and the way we will pray. Let me explain.

Fact is what we find in God’s Word. Fact, although built upon unseen realities and invisible promises, does not waver, as it reflects the unchanging nature of God; That is, He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). He will not change (James 1:17). He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). He is more eager to give us good gifts than we are to give good gifts to our children (Luke 11:13). When we base faith on fact, we have a firm foundation to weather any storms.

Feeling, on the other hand, is constantly wavering as it is based on our personal experiences, changing emotions, anxieties, spiritual lethargy, and unanswered prayers. Rather than counseling the Word of God for its decisions, feeling takes counsel from self, from worldly wisdom, from skeptical friends, and from the past unproductive Christian experience. When we base faith on feelings, which come and go, it’s as if we are building our house upon the sand. And any storms that come along may knock it over.

Consider the following quote from Inspiration:

“Faith takes God at His Word, with or without feeling. It ‘is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ We can believe our fellowmen, and can we not trust the Word of God? When we go to Him for wisdom or grace, we are not to look to ourselves to see if He has given us a special feeling as an assurance that He has fulfilled His Word. Feeling is no criterion. Great evils have resulted when Christians have followed feeling. How do I know that Jesus hears my prayers?—I know it by His promise. He says He will hear the needy when they cry unto Him, and I believe His Word. He has never said to the ‘seed of Jacob, seek ye Me in vain.’ If we walk in the light, we may come to the throne of grace with holy boldness. We may present the promises of God in living faith, and urge our petitions. Although we are weak, and erring, and unworthy, ‘the Spirit helpeth our infirmities.’ When we have offered our petition once, we must not then abandon it, but say, as did Jacob when he wrestled all night with the angel, ‘I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me,’ and like him we shall prevail” (Bible Echo, Sept. 24, 1894, par. 4).

Faith must be rooted in the unchanging facts of God’s Word—not in our changing emotions.

If you are waiting to feel like you can trust God completely before you trust God completely, you will probably never trust Him. If you are waiting to feel like praying before you pray, you may never pray. God gave us a mind, and He’s given us His Word. We need to use them together!

Heart Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, Teach us what it means to pray even when we don’t feel like it, to pray in faith even when all around seems hopeless, to pray even when the odds seem against us and even when our feelings are telling us that it’s not really going to make a difference. Instead of listening to our feelings, help us to learn to stand upon Your Word in faith. For Your promises are true, and Your Word does not fail. Help us to be rooted and so strong in You that no matter the storm, we will stand strong upon Your Word in faith. Amen.

By Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Oxygen Volume 14

Bible Passage for Meditation: Luke 11:1-8

Key Verse: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

If I had been one of Jesus’ disciples during His 3 1/2 years of ministry, I can think of a number of things I would have asked Him to teach me. However, in all four gospels, Jesus’ disciples only ask Him to teach them one thing: something that might seem shockingly simple.Luke 11:1 tells the story. “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray …” That’s it. Not how do we feed 5,000 people, how do we walk on water, or how do we raise the dead? None of the above: Just, teach us to pray!

Jesus’ disciples had seen the incredible results, the power that was unleashed, when Jesus prayed. Thus they knew where the power behind His work came from. They longed to see the same power come from God exhibited in their own lives.

Ellen White writes, “The greatest blessing that God can give to man is the spirit of earnest prayer. All heaven is open before the man of prayer. The prayers offered in humble faith will be heard” (The Review & Herald, Oct. 20, 1896, par. 15).

The more that I am exposed to in this old sinful world, the more that I feel this same need. I personally have family members who don’t know Jesus yet, close friends with cancer, and there are billions who still need to hear the three angels’ messages. In my own strength, I can do so little. But when I call upon the almighty God of the universe, He delights to answer by unleashing His power. He is the creator, and can create the solution to any and every problem that I will ever face. The greatest blessing then is to be taught by God, inspired by God, to earnestly pray!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Father in Heaven, Please forgive us for so often being half-hearted in prayer. Forgive us for our pride, which leads us to depend on our own strength. Teach us how to depend on Your strength. Teach us to pray! Teach us how to get beyond our own petty needs and pray effectively for the world around us. Teach us how to pray effectively for our church. We long to be used as Your prayer warriors. We long to see kingdoms shaken in answer to our prayers. Thank You for making us men and women of earnest prayer! And thank You for the righteousness of Jesus, that covers or weak, impotent prayers, and makes them acceptable before Your throne. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day21

Bible Passage for Meditation: Joel 2:12-14

Key Verse: “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.” Joel 2:12

In the biblical book of Joel, we are instructed to gather the remnant people, to pray, to fast, and to repent, and as we do this, we are promised that the Lord will do wonders among us, leading to the last great latter rain outpouring.

If ever there was a time that we needed to be on our knees, it is now. As we watch the increasing tragedies and tribulations that are coming upon our world, it seems that we are fast approaching the time of the final crisis in earth’s history—the time when God must intervene! Are we watching? Are we praying?

Ellen White writes, “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer” (Last Day Events, p. 189).

In another place, Ellen White writes, “More prayer and less talk is what God desires, and this would make His people a tower of strength” (General Conference Bulletin, Jan. 1, 1900, Art. B, par. 14).

As we enter the third 10-day phase of 100 Days of Prayer, we are going to turn our focus to prayer: what it means to pray in faith, and how we experience a revival of prayer in our lives personally.

The time for playing games is over. It’s time to get serious, to intensify our focus on the Lord’s call for deeper consecration and heart-searching. It’s time for deep wrestling prayer.

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, As we continue forward with this 100 Days of Prayer, we pray that you would take us to our knees as we’ve never been before. That you would teach us how to agonize and wrestle on behalf of our church, on behalf of our nation, and on behalf of our hurting brothers and sisters all around the world. We need a form of godliness that we do not yet possess. We need a baptism of the Holy Spirit’s power that we have not yet received. Please help us Father. We want what was prophesied in Joel to happen. We want You to finish the work so we can go home. Thank you, that in Your time and way, You will answer these prayers. In Your precious name, Amen.

Melody Mason
Coordinator, 100 Days of Prayer
GC Ministerial Association

OXYGEN Volume 19

Bible Passage for Meditation: John 6:27-35

Key Verse: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet” (Proverbs 27:7).

There is nothing that keeps me from craving junk food like a full stomach. If I’m hungry enough, almost anything can be appetizing. But when I’m completely full, even that favorite dessert is no longer hard to pass by at potluck.

I’ve discovered that this is also true in my Christian walk. If I’m hungry enough, almost anything can be appetizing. But if I’m spiritually full from spending time with Jesus in His Word, the things of the world don’t attract me near as easily.

Unfortunately, despite my best intentions to do what’s right, my cravings often get the best of me, because I haven’t been filling myself with enough heavenly food. So I fall for that empty junk food that the enemy offers, even though I know it’s only going to hurt me. 

That’s what makes the following promise so incredibly powerful to me: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

Wow! Talk about an incredible diet plan! Jesus promises that we will NEVER hunger and NEVER thirst when we come to Him. 

Now, those listening to Jesus might have thought He was referring to physical food, so Jesus had to make it very plain how we can feed on Him: “…The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Jesus’ promise is that He will feed us—satisfy us— by His Word.

Now I realize why at times I’ve had such a hard time resisting the enemy’s temptations. Too often I’ve let myself get to the place where I’m starving. And when I’ve neglected to take time feeding on Christ through His Word, I find today’s temptations are much harder to resist and get victory over. But when I’m filled with Jesus—satisfied by His Word—I no longer crave the empty pleasures of this old world.

So join me! Let’s feed upon Christ and upon His Living Word today. For only He can satisfy!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Father in heaven, As we continue praying for our church, the cry of our hearts today is that You would give us more of Jesus! We are tired of finding this world appetizing. Please satisfy us with Jesus so that everything else will be empty and unappetizing in comparison. Give us a hunger and thirst for Your Word and for things of eternal value. Thank You that as we come to You, we will NEVER hunger and NEVER thirst, for You have promised that You will give us living bread. Thank you Father for hearing these prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day19

Bible Passage for Meditation: Numbers 23:13-20

Key Verse: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Num. 23:19

Have you found yourself at times very discouraged? Have you felt at times dark clouds surrounding you? Has it seemed to you that there is no way out of a certain situation?

The story is told about Martin Luther who had been very discouraged for a while. The plans he had made did not seem to be working out, and he found it hard to accept the situation. So one day his wife Katie decided to do something. She put on a black dress and came into the room where he was.

Why are you dressed for mourning, wife?” he asked.

Haven’t you heard? God has died,” she answered.

Luther replied, “God has died? What do you mean by such blasphemous talk? Of course He hasn’t died!”

Oh,” she said. “I’m sorry. By looking at you these last few days I thought for sure that He had died.”

Thankfully, Martin Luther got the point, and so should we today. While circumstances may sometimes look dark and foreboding, we can entrust ourselves (as well as our church) to God’s care in all things. Yes, in all things!

God has given us many precious promises in His Word. He has promised to be with us until the end. And He also promised in Isaiah 43:1-2, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”

In Jeremiah He has told us that He knows the plans He has for us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11 ESV).

As Ellen White writes, “It is our privilege to take God at his word” (Gospel Workers, p. 370). What He has promised, He will do. When dark clouds gather around us, “Let us grasp the rich promises of God. The garden of God is full of rich promises. Oh, let us gather them; let us take them home; let us show that we believe in God. Let us take Him at his word; let not one of us be found distrusting God or doubting Him” (Selected Messages, vol. 3, p 192).

God has not died, and He has not lied. We can trust His Word!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Heavenly Father, teach us to trust in You even in the most difficult circumstances we may face. You’ve given us so many promises in Your Word. Teach us how to lay hold of them, how to truly take You at Your Word, for as Num. 23:19 says, You cannot lie for what You’ve spoken, You will do. Forgive us for sometimes getting discouraged by what happens around us. Help us learn to cast all our cares upon You and trust that You are in control and that You will work out whatever is for our best good. Teach us what it means to truly have faith built upon Your Word. Amen.

By Raluca Ril

(Raluca is co-author with her husband, Roman, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. She and her husband currently serve as missionaries in Germany. To read more of Raluca’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day18

Bible Passage for Meditation: James 1:21-27

Key Verse: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

When I was a young mother raising my children, I learned through some hard experiences that reading my Bible was the only way I could maintain a real connection with Jesus. When I woke up late and didn’t make time for Him, I would find myself on a downward spiral that left me with no power to withstand temptation. Thankfully, God taught me that spending time in His Word is my lifeline to heaven.

However, much as I love God’s Word, “Merely to hear or to read the Word is not enough. He who desires to be profited by the Scriptures must meditate upon the truth that has been presented to him. By earnest attention and prayerful thought, he must learn the meaning of the words of truth, and drink deep of the spirit of the holy oracles” (Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 59-60).

In the flyleaf of my Bible, I penned a similar thought. It says, ‘The mere hearing of sermons Sabbath after Sabbath, the reading of the Bible through and through, or the explanation of it verse by verse [all good things to do as a disciple of Christ] will not benefit us or those who hear us unless we bring the truths of the Bible into our own individual experience” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 514).

James 1:22 tells us, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

And here is the secret. We must not only read the Bible, we must not only meditate upon it, but we must apply it to our every day life. These are the keys that will unlock the power that’s found in God’s wonderful Book!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, as we enjoy another Sabbath, help us not just to listen to what the preacher has said today. Help us not just to meditate upon the words written on the pages of our Bible. Rather, help us know how to make these words part of our every day life, for that’s why You gave them to us. You want us to be doers of the Word and not just hearers. Teach us what this means as we continue to grow and as we continue to pray for our church. Amen.

By Sue Gilmore, a guest contributor from Michigan.

Day17

Bible Passage for Meditation: Ps. 119:9-11

Key Verse: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Ps. 119:11

I use to get offended if someone said something to me that I didn’t like or if they criticized something I did, and I’d sulk for awhile afterwards. “Why did he say that to me?” or  “Why doesn’t she look at her own issues instead of pointing out mine?” I thought to myself in frustration. But as God slowly changed my heart through the study and power of consistent time in the Word, I began to welcome correction even if it hurt my pride. 

However, there were two key verses that made a big difference and helped me gain perspective. They still keep me focused today.

The first verse is Psalm 119:71, that says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Wow! In this passage, I saw clearly that God allows afflictions, and maybe even the words of criticism from others to help us grow, grow in character and grow closer to Him. I want to grow, so I realized that maybe it’s good to be afflicted like this.

The second passage that really impacted my thinking is in the same chapter, Psalm 119:165, and it says simply, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

When I first read this, I thought to myself, “Nothing! Are you serious, NOTHING shall offend them?” It was hard to believe.

Now I quote Psalm 119:165 to myself all the time as it’s convicted me that if I’m in tune with God and His law (His Word) I’m not going to be offended by what happens to me OR what happens around me. Of course, I’m not saying that I never get offended anymore, but when I’m tempted to grumble or complain, or when trials seem to be multiplying, I just remind myself of this passage, and my irritation literally goes away. That’s the beauty and power of the Word. It can change your mind!

Ellen White writes, “We might close the door to many temptations, if we would commit to memory passages of Scripture. Let us hedge up the way to Satan’s temptations with ‘It is written’” (The Faith I Live By, p. 8).

Yes, I believe this is an important part of becoming spiritually fortified. It’s learning to put God’s Word in our heart. If it’s in our heart, Satan can’t take control of our mind.

Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, Teach us how to build a strong foundation upon Your Word. Teach us how to lay up Your Word in our heart and apply it practically in day to day life. Teach us how to fortify our mind from the attacks of the enemy by telling him “It is Written.” Your Word is power! And when all else fails in this life, Your Word will remain. So help us Lord. Help us individually and as a church to stand strong, rooted and grounded upon your Living Word. Amen!

By Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She is from Arkansas but currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Note to Prayer Participants: We are almost 3 weeks into this prayer initiative, however if you or your church have any testimonies about how God has been blessing your time of prayer during this 100 Days, please e-mail us at Revivethemission@gmail.com, and share your testimony. You can also share your prayer pictures on Twitter with hashtag: #100days2015

OXYGEN VOLUME 13

Bible Passage for Meditation: Isa. 49:14-16

Key Verse: “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Isa. 49:16

Today, my schedule was changed. I had to call in sick for work, and I was so engulfed with thoughts of extra hours I would have to put in to make up for the lost time, that even while lying in bed, I was upset with myself for being sick.

It is so easy for me to become anxious and to worry about my long “to do” lists each day. I like to be organized, and I tend to plan things well in advance to avoid the “unfortunate” surprise that comes with a change in circumstances. However, sometimes this need for structure comes in direct contradiction with God’s will and His purpose for me.

Today, the Lord graciously reminded me of the promises in His word: “Be still, [Shanter], and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10), “For [I] will perfect the things concerning you!” (Psalm 138:8) “I have graven you upon the palms of My hands and your walls are continually before Me” (Isaiah 49:16). Put your trust in Me!”

Things may not be going according to my plan, but I feel encouraged knowing that my Lord, Immanuel, is with me. I am constantly a “nail print” reminder in the palms of His hands. His Word promises that He cannot, and will not forget me! He is constantly aware of my needs. I am grateful for His grace that promises to sustain me in all circumstances and the fact that He has not failed me yet.

So no matter what you face today, don’t panic, don’t stress. God is in control, and He has got you in His hands. And no matter what our church faces, He promises that He will see us through. Let’s keep praying and claiming the promises of His Word!

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Father, we thank You that Your Word never fails, and though we cannot see what the future holds, You assure us that You are already there! Help us as we journey together over these 100 days of prayer to surrender each day of our plans to You, and to rest firmly on Your promise to perfect all things concerning us. Thank You that You hold us in Your hands. Thank You that You are working on behalf of our church, and that You hear each prayer we pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

By Shanter Alexander

(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a psychologist who lives and works in Michigan. She has been involved with prayer leadership both locally and in division events across the ocean. To read more of Shanter’s testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day15

Bible Passage for Meditation: John 1:1-13

Key Verse: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12

God in His providence gave us His Word for all circumstances of life. In the beginning His Word made something out of no-thing. And it was His powerful Word that made every-thing “very good.” Our first parents were instructed to keep everything “very good” by obeying the Words of God. However, it is through the disobedience of man that the world is no longer “very good.”

Thankfully God does not change. So it is the very Word that made beauty out of chaos that shines His light into our dark hearts. It is the same Word that sustains us, the same Word that gives us hope and courage, the same Word that recreates us and gives us power to become sons of God once again.

John 1:12 tells us, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

In the book, In Heavenly Places we are told, “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” (p. 53).

What a privilege it is to me to be called a son of God. I was once a son of the world, but now because of the sacrifice of His Son on Calvary, and because of the power of His Word, I have become a new man, a re-creation. I may not be good in and of myself, but I’m covered by Christ’s goodness, and that is “very good.” And as I spend time in His Word, and seek to understand and obey His words of love, I can be a colaborer with Him in reaching others.

God has called all of us out of darkness, nothingness, to be channels of the joy of salvation and to declare to the world His living Word. Shall we accept that challenge today? 

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Lord, help us to see the beauty of Your Word today. Also, open our eyes to see You in Your Word. Please make us willing to gladly obey and trust You and Your Word, no matter where You choose to lead us. Help us know how to pray, as we continue to lift up our church and leaders. We are a broken people without You. We need Your power to make us and re-create us to be who You’ve called us to be. Thank You for hearing this prayer. Amen.

By Roman Ril

(Co-author with his wife, Raluca, of the 10 Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. He and his wife serve the Lord in Germany as missionaries. To read more of Roman’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.) 

Day14

Bible Passage for Meditation: 2 Tim. 3:15-17

Key Verse: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Tim. 3:16

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28, 29).

The above passage may not be that life-altering to you if you’ve grown up in the Adventist church, but it was to me when I discovered it.

You see, as I grew up I was always taught that when a person dies, they go to purgatory, and eventually they would go to heaven or hell. But when my dad died, I was told by the priest of the Catholic church I attended, that since he had killed himself, he would go right to hell… and I believed my priest.

However, years later as I studied the Bible with my Adventist friend, I learned the truth about heaven, hell, and burning forever. With this realization, my faith in a loving and just God was restored as I realized I needed to stand upon what the Bible said, instead of relying on what a man said. What comfort this new understanding about God has brought me.

Your misconception about God and His character may not be regarding an eternally burning hell like it was for me, but maybe it’s about something else that’s happened in your life that you don’t understand. Maybe it’s over an unexplainable loss, a sickness, or a business failure. Or maybe it’s over a doctrine in Scripture that you don’t quite seem to understand. However, the answers we lack are in God’s Word.

In the powerful book, The Great Controversy, we are told, “But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority—not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord” in its support” (p. 595).

The Bible tells us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).

So the question is, where do we find our truth? Where do we find our reality? Is it from our neighbors and friends, or from a priest or pastor, or is it from the Word of God?

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that You are a good and just God. And Thank You that You have not left us to be swept to and fro by every wind of doctrine. You have given us Your Word. We have a sure foundation. Help us to stand upon Your Word and to become the people of the Book once again, the people that stand upon the Bible and the Bible only. No matter what happens around us, or what we feel, help us to be rooted in Your Word. Amen.

By Kat Taylor

(Kat works full-time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. She is a prayer leader as well as a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team. To read more of Kat’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day13

Bible Passage for Meditation: Eph. 6:10-18

Key Verse: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph. 6:17

In Isaiah 58:12, we are told, “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”

From this verse, it’s quite clear that we as God’s people are called to be “breach repairers.” In essence, that’s why we exist, to repair what the enemy has torn down. The problem is, we often have so many holes in our own spiritual walls, that we can’t stand strong as intercessors for others. And God sadly wonders why there are no intercessors for the land (See Ezek 22:30, Isa. 59:16). However, this is where the Word of God and prayer come together.

One of the biggest blessings I’ve discovered in my own life from studying the Bible is the power that it gives me to become spiritually fortified so I can stand strong for others. What do I mean? I mean that when I recognize an area in my life where I’m weak or struggling (it might be a negative mindset, an unchristlike attitude toward someone, a love for something worldly that will pull me away from God, an unhealthy food addiction or craving, or something more serious—we need to pray and ask God to reveal these things to us, 2 Cor. 13:5), I take that breach in my life and I take a promise from God’s Word and I start praying that promise against my area of weakness until God gives me victory. Of course, I also must choose to surrender it to God and walk a new direction, but when I make these decisions and pray that God will change my heart, He always does! Not once, when I’ve truly spent time wrestling on my knees to have a breach in my life removed has He failed to answer.

That’s why the Bible tells us, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17). His Word is true and it’s our secret to spiritual fortification and our weapon against the enemy today.

I love this encouraging thought from Inspiration. Sister White writes, “With watchfulness and prayer [our] weakest points can be so guarded as to become [our] strongest points, and [we] can encounter temptation without being overcome” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 24, personal pronouns added).

Let’s keep praying for our church, that the Holy Spirit will be poured out and that we will be fortified to stand strong on behalf of the dying world. Let’s also pray that rather than making breaches, we will be used by God to build up and restore the breaches that Satan is seeking to create among us.

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for giving us the Sword of the Spirit to be our defense. Thank You that Your Word helps us to become strong fortified Christians for You. Help us know how to pray and stand in the gap on behalf of those who cannot stand for themselves. Help us know how to pray for our church and our leaders. We believe You are coming soon, and we want to be ready, but You must help us for the enemy is all around, seeking to destroy us. Our only safety and refuge is in You and Your Word. Amen.

By Melody Mason

(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She is from Arkansas but currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day12

Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Peter 1:22-25

Key Verse: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

I have to be honest. Some days I don’t notice a big difference spiritually. Yes, I read the Bible everyday. I know it is essential to my Christian walk. But some days I begin to wonder, “Did I get anything from today’s reading?” or “Is this really making a difference in my life?”

Thankfully, God has given us a promise that reassures me that I have no reason to doubt the difference He is making in my life as I receive His Word day by day.

In 1st Peter, we are promised that we have “been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:22-23). Incredible! When we prayerfully and humbly read God’s Word, we are actually planting living seeds of revival in our hearts!

When a seed is planted, we don’t know when or how it will grow. In fact, it could be pretty tempting to wonder if that tiny seed is really capable of becoming a fruit bearing plant. But if the seed isn’t corrupt, the results are sure. It will bear fruit!

In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 38).

When I began reading the Bible in college, I was still living an ungodly lifestyle. In fact, I didn’t make a lot of changes in my life at first. I just knew I needed to spend time daily at the feet of Jesus, and so I started reading my Bible everyday. 

For awhile I tried to continue living the same lifestyle. However, the planted seeds of God’s Word slowly began to transform my heart and renew my desires. It was virtually imperceptible at the time— and still is, on a daily basis. But when I look back over the years, I realize that God has worked incredible changes in basically every area of my life. Truly His Word always succeeds in the purpose for which He sends it. It does not return unto Him void (Isa. 55:11).

So whether or not you see or feel growth in your life, keep feeding upon the Word. You are planting seeds, seeds that will bear the fruit of revival for eternity!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Father in Heaven, Thank You for the living power of Your Word! Increase our faith today that although we may not always see immediate results, Your Word is planting the seed of revival in our hearts. Give us a deep commitment to daily sit at Your feet, humbly receiving these seeds which will bear fruit for eternal life. Strengthen us by Your Word as we continue to pray for our church, for a work that only You can do! Thank You Jesus for not leaving us helpless as a people, but providing us with a gift that will change our lives if we embrace it. We give You full permission to cause us to be born again today. We need revival! Thank You Lord for doing this in us today, in Jesus name, Amen.

By Zac Page

(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)

Day11

Bible Passage for Meditation: John 15:1-8

Key Verse: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7

Happy Sabbath, Prayer Warriors!

For the first 10 days our devotional focus was on “Spiritual Awakening/Seeking God in earnest.” As a result, you heard some testimonies from our blogging team on how God awakened us to our spiritual need, or convicted us of the importance of a deeper walk with Him.

To truly be effective intercessors on behalf of our world church, we need to continually humble ourselves and recognize our spiritual need; that means we don’t forget where God has brought us from (what He’s rescued us from), and also, we recognize our continual need to keep growing. “Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children,” Ellen White writes (Education, p. 18).

Have any of us reached this ideal yet? Probably not; and so begins the next step in our prayer journey.

During the next 10 days, our devotional focus will be on the Word of God, and how it affects our lives personally and practically. If we are to be strong in prayer, we must become truly grounded and strong in God’s Word, not just as a church (although this is vital), but personally.

Inspiration tells us, “The Bible is God’s voice speaking to us, just as surely as though we could hear it with our ears. If we realized this, with what awe would we open God’s Word, and with what earnestness would we search its precepts! The reading and contemplation of the Scriptures would be regarded as an audience with the Infinite One” (Testimonies to the Church, vol. 6, p. 393).

Let us continue praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our worldwide church. Let’s also pray that God would give us a deeper love for His Word.

Heart Prayer Challenge

Heavenly Father, as we begin this next 10 days of prayer, focusing on Your Word, we ask that You would give us new eyes of appreciation for the great gift You’ve given us in the Bible. Help us to love Your Word, to make time for Your Word, and to learn what it means to abide in Your Word daily. For You promise us in John 15:7 that if we abide in You, and Your words abide in us, we can ask what we will, and it will be done unto us, and we will bear fruit for Your glory. We have big things we are asking for as we pray for our world church. So we need Your Word to abide in our hearts today. Thank you for hearing and answering this prayer. In Your Precious Name, Amen.

Melody Mason
Coordinator, 100 Days of Prayer
General Conference Ministerial Association

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Day10I did not grow up in a Christian home. I was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Germany when I was 8.

It was not until years later that my sister and mother started to be interested in the Christian faith and shared some Bible stories with me. Because of their influence, I started to attend an independent Protestant church.

God impressed me of my need to make my life right with him and to confess the many wrongs I’d committed against others. But because of my pride, I was held back from complete victory. Sadly, as a result, one cherished sin led to another and years later I was still far away from God, going to clubs, dancing, drinking and living the wild life.

Thankfully God did not give up on me. My mother and others were praying for me and the voice of God kept telling me, “You do not belong here.” Amazingly, I still had the desire to be close to God, but since I’d failed before in my attempts to live for Him and make my life right, I felt like it was hopeless.

However, my thirst for the Living Water was growing stronger. One night I told a close friend that I did not have the desire to get drunk anymore. After that, I stopped going to clubs and began to make serious changes in my life as God led me forward.

Not long after, I started to watch an Adventist broadcast online and got hooked by the sound messages that were presented. I thought to myself, “This must be truth!”

One day I watched a presentation where the preacher was making an appeal to put the world aside and surrender all to God. I was convicted that the worldly lifestyle I was embracing was keeping me back from God. So right then and there in my bedroom, as the preacher was making the appeal, I made my choice.

“God,” I prayed. “You have created heaven and earth and you can give me a new heart!”

And you know what? He did! He helped me start a new life that I would not exchange for anything in the world. He also helped me to overcome my pride and make things right with those I’d wronged.

People often say, “Home is where the heart is!” As I think about the words of Peter “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68), I couldn’t agree more. There is no place where I could go but to Christ Jesus my Lord. He has my heart and He is my home, for now and eternity.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of eternal life. Thank you for being a shelter and refuge and a true home for us all. Help us not to walk in spiritual compromise any longer. Help us not to hold back from following our convictions. Help us not to hold on to any cherished sins, for I know these wound You afresh. We not only want You to come and dwell here with us, but we want to go home, to our real home in Heaven. Prepare us for Your soon coming! Amen.

1094005_10201424974644432_917616612_oBy Roman Ril

(Roman found Jesus in 2010. He has been working as a missionary in Germany since 2011 and has a passion for medical missionary work. He and his wife, Raluca–who married in June of 2014, have just finished a medical missionary training course in the United States and are excited about helping people find mental, spiritual and physical healing. He is also co-author with his wife of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015/16.)

Oxygen Volume 17I am a psychologist. By the very nature of my job my life is governed by the rules and ethics of confidentiality.

I am consistently aware of my commitment to preserve and protect, first; the dignity of those who I serve, and second; the line of separation between my personal life and my profession.

I am also West Indian. We are socialized to guard how we share personal details. So, when asked to share about the Lord’s workings in my personal life for this 100 days of prayer, I felt fear as I suddenly realized that I would be required to self disclose, unmask, and become vulnerable in front of thousands. To be honest, I wanted to run away.

Then it suddenly dawned on me that perhaps the Lord was planning to free me of one of the things that professionals such as myself are frequently plagued with — pride! I have become so comfortable with my role as one who offers healing to others that I now have difficulty acknowledging to the world that I am human, and I need grace and healing myself as well.

As I began to write this testimony, I also realized that I was going to have to acknowledge my times of brokenness, and possibly share about the times when, even though I grew up in the church, I may have lost hope and focus in my Christian journey. I would have to unveil to others about the occasions when I was confused and angry with God. I would have to admit that I don’t always have it all together, and that I am still just a little girl searching for the guidance and protection from her all wise Father, Shepherd and Lord.

But then the Lord whispered in my ear, “Shanter, how can I use you effectively if you are unable to share with others the testimony of my work in your life. Everyone knows that you are a Christian. Everyone knows that you grew up in church, but my commandment is now for you to share with the world how you overcame the attacks of the enemy by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of [your] testimony. I need for you to come to the place where you love not your life [even] unto the death” (Rev. 12:11).

I thank God for awakening me today, to the reminder that I am still just like any one of His other children, and despite all my struggles and my spiritual challenges one thing is always clear; I earnestly long for a closer walk with God. I long to step aside from the rush and busyness of life to sit at the feet of my Lord. In fact, I long for the presence of God more than life itself. And I want to be used by Him in whatever way He deems best. So today, I will follow His call as I begin my journey of unmasking and sharing how He’s worked in my life, for He is a great God.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Loving Father, our Lord and King, as busy professionals we choose to accept Your call today to come in to Your presence unmasked and disrobed from our worldly image of success. We surrender our every accomplishment that the world has given us into Your hands. Please accept our hearts. Pour Your Holy Spirit upon us and give us genuine opportunities to share your love with others. Over these 100 days of prayer, we commit to taking a moment to pause in the middle of our busy days to reconnect with You in Jesus’ as we lift up the needs of our church. May you be glorified. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

10620073_10152802189402394_3902508347587817990_oBy Shanter Alexander

(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a licensed psychologist who currently lives in Berrien Springs Michigan. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and is passionate about supporting children with special needs. Shanter is also an anointed speaker/presenter and a woman of prayer. Her life is a testimony of God’s faithfulness.)

Day8If we’ve chosen to follow and obey Christ, we all have received a measure of the Spirit of God. However, let us not be content with this measure. Let us not be content with the “spiritual outpouring” that we may have received last week or last year, or during our initial spiritual birth. Let us be connected to God today, continuing to advance forward asking God for more of His Spirit even today.

Ellen White writes, “A connection with the divine agency every moment is essential to our progress. We may have had a measure of the Spirit of God, but by prayer and faith we are continually to seek more of the Spirit” (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 508).

In Luke 11:13 we are reminded: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

So let us keep asking. Let’s keep asking for more!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, We know you long to do more for us as a people and church than we could even hope or ask for. Help us to keep seeking after you today and not be content with the outpouring you’ve given in the past. Give us a fresh outpouring now, even today. Amen.

Day7

While my Seventh-day Adventist roots actually go back for at least five generations, because of the spiritual apathy that I saw in the church during my young years, being a Seventh-day Adventist actually wasn’t that attractive to me. Oh, I believed the doctrines, kept the Sabbath and loved our daily family worships when my father would read the Bible to us, but I didn’t really enjoy attending church. However, I didn’t give up on the church, for something deep in my heart told me that God desired more for His people, and more for me.

Thanks to the prayers of my parents (who steadfastly held on to their faith), I was convicted to give my heart to Christ at a young age, and from then on I knew that God was calling me to work for Him. But it wasn’t until my high school years that I really became excited about being a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. There it was that prayer became much more real and personal to me, and there it was that I began to develop a solid foundation for my faith. However, it was wasn’t until a few more years that I really grasped ahold of the gospel.

You see, I’d always been a good kid. I’d been raised in a conservative home. We didn’t do the “bad things” people in the world did. I never drank, I never smoked, I never did drugs. Oh sure, I made mistakes and there were a few small sins that I constantly struggled with, but nothing like most people deal with. (I say this now tongue-in-cheek!)

Then in 2008, I went on a mission trip to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh — a country of more than 150 million people. Although I’d been on numerous mission trips in Third World countries, the pain and suffering I witnessed on this trip, shook me to the core. As I looked out into the hopeless eyes of the masses, my heart longed to do something, but what? Even when my friends and I shared some of our food with the hungry, it was still as if we had done nothing at all. The need was simply so great!

Not long after, during morning devotions, suddenly God showed me my true heart condition and how full I was of spiritual pride. Inside I may have been congratulating myself on the fact that I was at least helping a few people, but suddenly I realized my heart was filthy, just like the many slums in Dhaka. For years I had thought I was doing pretty good, but actually my heart was full of pride in my heritage, accomplishments, and leadership skills. In fact, I often felt better than others because I didn’t think my sins were that bad, at least not compared to many others, and besides I had come from many generations of Seventh-day Adventist.

However, there amidst the noise of the city, for the first time I recognized the magnitude of my need and that attempting to live for Christ by my own efforts was just as impossible as trying in my own efforts to feed and reach the hopeless millions in the city of Dhaka. Yes, I could attempt to help a few people, just as I could also attempt to change a few things in my heart.

But no matter how much effort I put forth, I realized that I would still always fall short because the reality was that, although seeking to be a Christian, my good works would never be good enough. What I needed was a complete heart change and overhaul, and this was something only a supernatural God could do.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Thankfully once God opens our eyes to our true heart condition, He then offers us hope. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18).

While I’d always known that Christ died on the cross for my sins, having been exposed to the message my entire life, the personal significance of the cross was always vague and distant. While I had intellectual understanding, this reality had never fully touched my heart. Because of this my spiritual journey was often up and down, and I often relied on my own self-efforts. However, as to be expected, my self-efforts were always failing, and as a result, I often battled spiritual discouragement even while pretending to put on a good “everything-is-fine” show to those watching.

Inspiration tells us, “The thought that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, not because of any merit on our part, but as a free gift from God, is a precious thought. The enemy of God and man, the devil, is not willing that this truth should be clearly presented; for he knows that if people receive it fully, his power will be broken. If he can control minds so that doubt and unbelief and darkness shall compose the experience of those who claim to be the children of God, he can overcome them with temptation” (Gospel Workers, p. 161).

That morning in Dhaka while I sat with my Bible contemplating Isaiah 64:6 and Isaiah 1:18, with the sound of dozens of honking horns, squawking chickens, crying babies and more coming from the street outside my window, all noise faded away as I beheld the cross and my Savior’s love as never before. Tears began to course down my cheeks as the significance of what Christ had accomplished for me personally on Calvary sunk into my mind.

When I realized what Christ had already done for me on Calvary, a work that only a supernatural God could do, and how desperately lost (filthy) I was without His robe of righteousness (a gift I could never earn), my heart was broken with a gratitude and love that I could not express. I wept and wept that morning, as I told Him over and over again through choking sobs, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for reaching down to save even me.” As I cried, a strange, yet wonderful, joy and peace, such as I’ve never experienced before, overwhelmed my soul.

I’d been a Christian my whole life, and had been seeking to serve God faithfully for many years, but it wasn’t until this day that the power and beauty of the gospel really touched me so dramatically that I was forever changed.

As Ellen White writes in one of my favorite books, The Desire of Ages, “The proud heart strives to earn salvation; but both our title to heaven and our fitness for it are found in the righteousness of Christ. The Lord can do nothing toward the recovery of man until, convinced of his own weakness, and stripped of all self-sufficiency, he yields himself to the control of God” (p. 300).

Unfortunately, while the majority of Christians today have probably heard the gospel story many times, just like I had, many still don’t understand its full significance. While we preach the gospel, we deny the power of the gospel. While we try to share the gospel, our lives remain unchanged by the gospel.

It has only been a few years now since I began this amazing new journey, and of course, each day is a growing process. I still have my struggles, just as everyone does—and sometimes I fall. In fact, I’ve discovered I have many more sins now then I ever thought possible! But I’ve also discovered that God can give victory if I keep holding on to Him.

Walking with the Lord each day, and experiencing the joy of a personal relationship with Him has become my greatest privilege. Not only is He my Savior and King, confident and friend, but He has become my true Heavenly Love! I would not trade this relationship for the world!

The following poem titled “Himself” by Dr. A.B. Simpson sums up best how God has changed my life and perspective since I discovered the power of the gospel.

Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word;
Once His gifts I wanted, now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, now Himself alone.

Once ‘twas painful trying, now ‘tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation, now the uttermost;
Once ‘twas ceaseless holding, now He holds me fast;
Once ‘twas constant drifting, now my anchor’s cast.

Once ‘twas busy planning, now ‘tis trustful prayer;
Once ‘twas anxious caring, now He has the care;
Once ‘twas what I wanted, now what Jesus says;
Once ‘twas constant asking, now ‘tis ceaseless praise.

Once it was my working, His it hence shall be;
Once I tried to use Him, now He uses me;
Once the power I wanted, now the Mighty One;
Once for self I labored, now for Him alone.

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Dear Lord, As we are finishing the first week of this 100 days of prayer for our church, help us to be touched anew by what you did for us at the Cross: not just in theory, but personally! Help us to recognize the power of your shed blood, that not only cleanses us from all sin, but gives us power to live new lives in You. May this reality grip us and change us. Help us to remember that apart from you, we can do nothing. And finally, help us to reach out to the hurting world around us, and share the good news of the gospel. So many are dying without ever catching a glimpse of your amazing love. Help us be Your hands and feet to this dying world! Amen.

IMG_1646By Melody Mason

(Melody, also known as Melodious Echo, is passionate about prayer and about helping others know Jesus. She is author of the book Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer from which excerpts of today’s testimony were taken. She is also a speaker, nurse, world traveler, missions-lover and hiking enthusiast. Melody has been coordinating prayer initiatives for the GC’s yearly Annual Council for the past five years and is the coordinator of this 100 Days of Prayer initiative for the General Conference Ministerial Association. She currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.)

OXYGEN Volume 09As we continue praying for our church and for the upcoming General Conference session, let us remember the life of Jacob.

He knew that God intended blessings. In fact, he was to receive the birthright blessing. But what he failed to gain by strategy and careful planning, God gave him in answer to prayer. This is what we need, the power of God in answer to our prayers. But to receive this, we must wrestle as Jacob wrestled with the attitude, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Gen. 32:26).

Ellen White tells us, “Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. His experience testifies to the power of importunate prayer. It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith. The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty arm of power“ (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 203).

The beautiful part of this story is that as a result of this “wrestling in prayer,” not only did Jacob get the blessing that he was seeking, but he got so much more. He got a new name “Israel” which means, “For as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Gen. 32:28). Just imagine if we could wrestle with God and prevail? The good news is that we can! This blessing is not just for Jacob, but for each one of us!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear God, we are praying for our church. We are praying for wisdom for our leaders. Most of all, we are praying for the blessings of your Holy Spirit. We don’t know what we need most, but you do. Please work in our lives for your glory, Amen.

Day5The pain was unbelievable. I’d finally hit rock bottom.

I lay on the bathroom floor. It was the middle of the night. I hadn’t realized that a broken heart could make someone this physically sick to his stomach.

I had invested three years of my life into a relationship with my college girlfriend. Now it was gone, seemingly overnight. How could things have changed so fast? Where had I gone wrong?

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart,” says the psalmist (Psalm 37:4). Hadn’t I been trying to do that? Yes, for the past three months, I’d been trying to renew my relationship with God, but I was still trying to do life my way, and I wasn’t happy. I knew something was missing.

You see, the more I’d begun to read the living Word, the more I was being awakened to my need of a deeper relationship with Jesus. And as I read, I began to feel that the relationship with my girlfriend was a spiritual hindrance. Yet I didn’t have the courage to break it off, nor did I really want it to end. So I had prayed what seemed like a safe prayer, “God, if you want this relationship to end, then you have to put an end to it!” And now He had.

“Ask, and it will be given to you …” Matthew 7:7 says. God always fulfills His Word. Especially when there is more than one ‘asker.’ You see, my parents were praying as well. They had also asked many others to pray for me. Praise the Lord! God is alive. He answers prayer. My life today is a testimony to this fact.

With the spiritual hindrances gone that I’d been investing my energy in, I finally made the best choice of my entire life. “Alright God … I’m finally going to give you a 100 percent chance. I’ve tried everything else. I’ve only been dabbling with religion. But now I’m going to dive in all the way.”

Little did I know where this choice would lead. I would soon meet the girl of my dreams, and we would be launched by God into a thrilling life of fulltime ministry. “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desire of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).

Heart Prayer Challenge:

Father in Heaven, thank You for being so delightful! Thank You for how You take the roughest experiences in our lives, and use them to awaken us to our need of a deeper walk with You. God we give You full permission today, to do whatever it takes in our lives to take us to the next level in our relationship with You. Thank You that we can trust You with the future! Although the troubles before us often seem so foreboding, we have no reason to doubt that You will work all these things for our eternal good as we fully trust ourselves in Your loving hands. Lord, take us deeper. We surrender all to you today. Amen.

By Pastor Zac Page

(Zac is passionate about seeing people fall in love with Jesus. He and his wife Leah have been married seven years and met while doing ministry. They enjoy nothing more than serving Jesus together, including speaking in various places on revival and prayer. Recently, their speaking travels have taken them to Germany and Singapore. Zac is the pastor at Templeton Hills SDA church in Templeton, California. He also enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities from mountain climbing to snorkeling.)

Oxygen Volume 17But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

Once we choose to accept Christ, we begin a heavenward journey. Even if we are the only believer in our family, or in our community, we are not alone. In fact we join a body of believers that encircle the globe. But this journey toward heaven is not always an easy one and requires faith at every step.

When Abraham was beginning his journey of faith, knowing not where He was going and knowing not whether he would have a son, God took Abraham out one night and asked him if he could number the stars. “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them?” (Gen. 15:15).

While Abraham could not number the stars, we are told that our God not only numbers the stars, but He also calls them all by name (Ps. 147:4). 
If God knows the stars by name, how much more does He know each one of us by name?

Sometime this coming week, take a few moments to look up at the stars and to remember what a great God we serve! Although He’s the God of the heavens, He cares about our needs today. And if He cares about us, how much more does He care about the needs of His church.

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Father, we know that you have created the stars and stretched out the heavens by your great power. We also know that you care about each one of us, as well as your church. Show us how to pray, how to walk by faith, and how to live for you today and in the coming weeks as we continue to pray. In your precious name, Amen.

Day3“I know Whom I have believed,” were among the last words spoken by Ellen G. White a few days before her death. I thank God that I now can say the same. However, it wasn’t always this way.

I grew up Catholic and often struggled making sense of the things that I was told in catechism class on Sundays. God was not a personal friend but a distant and aloof Being somewhere out there in space.

When I questioned what I was learning, I was told that if I was a “good Catholic girl” I would not question but just believe. So I continued doing what I was instructed. Week after week and year after year I attended mass, took part in confession and penance, and just did my best to be a good girl.

That is … until one day my dad died suddenly. I was seventeen. Devastated and angry, I ran from God and anything of a spiritual nature and turned to the wild life. But that was not the end, for God had a plan for me.

“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Finally after years of trying to fill the void in my heart with things of the world, God touched my heart and drew me to Himself via the Bible studies of a Seventh-day Adventist friend.

As I studied and learned about Jesus, the 10 Commandments and the story of the great controversy, I was moved beyond words. I knew I had found what would fill the void in my life and heart. It was not just a theory or a set of rules I must follow, but a Person! It was a personal relationship with the King of the Universe, Jesus Christ.

Of course, it was a sacrifice to follow Jesus and the truths I learned. My Catholic family did not understand, and often harshly criticized the new lifestyle and worship choices I made. But God gave me peace through His Word, and when I cried out to Him, He always listened to my meager cries.

Today, my mother, still a devout Catholic, wishes me a “Happy Sabbath” and respects my walk with God. She sees the peace that I have, even in the storms of life. God’s words ring true. He has a great hope for all of us. We simply have to seek His face with all our hearts. When we do, we will find Him!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Heavenly Father, Some of us have been raised in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, but some of us have only known you for a few years. However, all of us need a deeper walk with you. Please fill us with more of your Spirit. Please teach us how to pray and how to truly seek your face today. Please pour out the promised Latter Rain upon our church that through your power we can reach the millions around the world that still have no idea of who a personal God is. Thank you for hearing this prayer. Amen!

10152037_10203616061180993_4834132305558030893_n-2By Kat Taylor

(Kat, also known as Karen Ann, works full-time for a government agency in Kansas, but her real heart and passion is in ministry. Kat is a people watcher, animal lover, nature enthusiast, and is praying about how she can get more involved in Christ-centered missions. She is active in church, loves prayer, and is also a member of the 100 Days of Prayer leadership team for the GC San Antonio Session.)

Day2I had just come home to Romania from spending another 10-month stint in Africa, when I heard God calling, “Come aside by yourself to a deserted place and rest awhile” (Mar. 6:33).

Honestly, I was not happy about His invitation. I had always been a very active person. For the past five years, in fact, I had been working as a volunteer missionary in Guyana, Vanuatu, and Namibia. And I had loved it.

The reality was that coming home to visit my family each summer was hard, as I faced counter-culture shock and didn’t really feel like I fit in. So when God started calling me to rest from my missionary labors in Africa, He might as well have been giving me my death sentence. My whole life revolved around service. What was I to do now? I was really confused.

Reluctantly I obeyed God’s call, but it was not without arguing and many tears.

However, not long after, in the quietness of my grandparent’s home God began speaking to me. “Raluca, I want your heart, not just your service. I want to spend time with you. I miss the time we used to spend together.”

Suddenly it dawned on me that for the past five years I had been so busy working for the Lord that I had not really been taking time for Him. Oh, I usually had morning devotions, but it was often superficial and rushed. Prayer was more a monologue, giving God a long list of my needs and complaints rather than fellowship. In reality, I had been living for service, not for God.

To be honest, I was proud of what I’d been doing. Even though I came from a poor country and had no source of income, God had been providing. I was also proud that I was a single girl who dared to leave the comfort of her home and live in dangerous places as a missionary where not too many girls would dream of going.

However, as I sat in my grandparent’s home, I realized that my years in service had really been more about me, and not so much about Him. Service, not God, had become the lord of my life. And while it was a good lord, it was not the true Lord I should be following.

In Proverbs 23:26, God gives us an invitation, “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.”

Thankfully, I finally realized what I’d been missing in my life. I needed to re-surrender my heart to Him, learn to sit at His feet, and rebuild my relationship with Him. This required a change of focus and discipline in how I used my time, but wow, what a difference I experienced in my spiritual walk as a result.

It’s been almost five years now since I made this choice to spend more time at His feet, but to be honest, these last few years have been some of the best years of my life! God has exceeded all my expectations. I work in full time ministry once again, but now in ways I never imagined in my wildest dreams. I mean, if you’d known me in the past, never would you have guessed I’d one day be traveling, speaking and leading prayer and revival ministry in different places around the world.

But this is what God has called me to do, and this time, instead of it being about service and what I can do, it’s all about Him and what He will do. Truly, God has proven His promise, that He can do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20). I couldn’t be happier or more at peace than I am today. God is so good!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Father, thank You for calling us to spend time at your feet so we can know You better. Thank You for not giving up on us, even when we rush through our time with You or when we are more focused on our ministry than on you. So many things we justify doing that keep us away from you. Now as we begin this 100 days prayer journey, I pray that You will teach all of us how to truly put You first. Help us to surrender even the good things in our lives that have taken Your place that You, and not service to You, will be our Lord. Teach us to sit still at Your feet and learn of You. And then send us to those You want us to reach. Help us to work in Your power and not our own. Amen.

10517661_10203847599568541_3263991573133641366_oBy Raluca Ril

(Raluca is passionate about God, prayer and mission work. She loves to cook, travel with her husband, and share God with others. She and her husband Roman have just finished a medical missionary training course and are excited about helping people find mental, spiritual and physical healing. She is also co-author, with her husband, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015/16.)

Day 1In Isaiah 55 we are told, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8,9).

Since God’s wisdom and ways are so much higher than ours, how can we possibly ever hope to be who He has called us to be? Furthermore, how can we hope for Him to work in our church as we so desperately need?

The answer: Our only hope is through the power of the Holy Spirit!

In Christ’s Object Lessons, Ellen White writes, “Plead for the Holy Spirit. God stands back of every promise He has made. With your Bible in your hands say, I have done as Thou hast said. I present Thy promise, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (p. 147).

In Signs of the Times, referring to our urgent need of the latter rain, Mrs. White continues, “Let Christians ask in faith for the promised blessing, and it will come. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the former rain, and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant” (The Signs of the Times, February 17, 1914).

The blog posts in the following nine days will be a combination of short prayer thoughts mixed in with testimonies from our blogging team as they share how God awakened them to their need of a deeper walk with Him. It is our prayer that as we continue praying for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on our worldwide church, that we will also grow to have a much deeper walk with God personally, thus the nature of the more personal focus in the daily devotionals.

Let’s urgently seek the Lord today, personally, and corporately on behalf of our church! We know God is longing to pour out His Spirit upon us!

Heart Prayer Challenge

Dear Lord, as we begin this 100 Days of Prayer we want to renew our commitment to you and ask that you would do in our life what you alone can do through the power of the Holy Spirit. We also ask that you would build us up to be strong intercessors for our leaders and our church, and that you would send the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our church as you have promised. Thank you in advance for what you are going to do in answer to these prayers. Amen!

Melody Mason
Coordinator, 100 Days of Prayer
General Conference Ministerial Association

Note: We encourage you spread the word about 100 Days of Prayer, so friends and family can join. Also, we have some helpful resources that you can download and print at: http://100daysofprayer.org/resources/ We especially encourage you to print up the inspirational PDF “Promises for 100 Days of Prayer” document on this resource page. We can send you the original for those desiring to translate.

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Five days until 100 Days of Prayer launch!

We are less than one week away from the 100 Days of Prayer launch, and we have an exciting resource that we want to share with all of you.

After the 1901 General Conference Session, Ellen White, author and co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist church had a vision revealing “What Might Have Been.” She witnessed those in the meetings responding to the Holy Spirit to be reconciled through humility, confession of sins and removal of barriers between each other. This was followed by earnest prayer, songs of praise and the evident presence of the Holy Spirit. All came together accepting the warnings and promises to the Laodicean church. The work of deep spiritual renewal and changed lives so desperately needed was accomplished by God. (See Testimonies, Vol. 8, pp. 104-106.)

However, when she woke from the vision, Mrs. White realized this breakthrough had not happened as God intended. Hardhearted participants prevented the unity God so desired. Deeply disappointed, she understood that the Lord could have come back in the lifetime of those members. But His people could not or would not surrender their thoughts and opinions to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

“What might have been” may not have happened in 1901, but we believe it could happen in 2015! Jesus invites believers to come together, united in His will, praying for His power to break through and usher in His second coming. He has promised that when we ask, we shall receive.

Briefly let us share with you what to expect in the coming days.

  • Starting on March 25th, 2015 and going through GC session, you can look forward to a daily post right here containing 10 specific prayers request we are asking members to pray about each day. There will also be a short devotional thought/testimony (written by young adults) to inspire you in your personal walk with God. Each day the prayer list and devotional thought will be new, so for those that would like to receive this daily prayer list and inspiration e-mailed to you, PLEASE REGISTER NOW. (By the way, make sure our e-mails don’t get lost in your spam box or you might miss out.)
  • If you have more time to invest in prayer and wish to download all the prayer request at once, we will put a document on our website that you can access.

We have not specified a certain way to cover these daily request. You can choose to pray in your own private prayer closet, in your family circle, or with your church. Some will be holding daily phone conferences to pray over these items each day. Others are planning to meet in their churches or in small groups. While we believe there is even more power when we pray together, the most important thing is that we actually take a few minutes to stop and pray.

We are not providing translation for our materials at this time, but for those that desire the materials to translate, if you e-mail us your request on our contact form, we will send you the upcoming 10 days worth of prayer request and short devotional blogs a few days in advance so you can translate. (In advance of each new 10 day period we will repeat this mailing to you.)

We are excited about what God is going to do and are so happy that you’ve decided to be a part of this movement of prayer.

In 1893, Ellen White wrote, “Just as long as the church is satisfied with small things, it is disqualified to receive the great things of God.” Home Missionary, November 1, 1893 par. 25.

Let’s NOT be satisfied with small things any longer. Let’s dare to ask for more, more of the Holy Spirit, based on the promises of God’s Word!

Forward on our Knees!

Melody Mason
Coordinator, 100 Days of Prayer
General Conference Ministerial Association

PS: Please feel free to spread the word and invite your friends to sign up at: www.100daysofprayer.org

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