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.
Coordinator, 100 Days of Prayer
GC Ministerial Association