Prayer is the Key – by Elder Ted N.C. Wilson

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What a privilege to talk to God directly without any barrier.

I am so glad for prayer — constant prayer. I’m not sure how people cope without prayer and this wonderful discussion with God. Many times during the day I simply talk to God, asking for guidance, wisdom, direction, or protection. What an assurance that we have a Creator and Redeemer who never sleeps and is always ready to hear our praise, thanks, and pleas. What a privilege for the worldwide church to be United in Prayer.

Let us pray for our personal growth in Christ, our families, our churches, and our communities. Let us pray for the great need of Revival and Reformation — for you, your family, your church, and your community.

As we enter a new five-year period of evangelistic outreach, let us remember that prayer is the key to revival and reformation. Let us always give God the glory for any success we may have. God will open to us His storehouse of heavenly power and direction as we submit to Him each day in Bible study, study of the Spirit of Prophecy, and earnest prayer.

Let us prayerfully continue to lift up Christ, His Word, His righteousness, His sanctuary service, His saving power in the great controversy, His three angels’ messages, His health message, His last-day mission to the world, and His soon second coming.

Through the power of prayer, let us plead for the falling of the latter rain of the Holy Spirit to help us focus on the three angels’ messages going to the big cities through the Adventist world church’s Mission to the Cities program. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit as we show the love of Christ through Comprehensive Health Ministry, where we meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in our communities. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit as each of us participates in the new Total Member Involvement initiative, where every church member finds a way to share Jesus with friends and neighbors.

Let prayer be the key that unlocks heaven’s storehouse for the final loud cry announcing the Lord’s soon return. What a privilege to pray together as we look to the Source of goodness and our future eternal happiness.

Ted N. C. Wilson, president, Seventh-day Adventist Church

Note: To view Elder Wilson’s prayer request for the church, please click here and then go to the PRESIDENT’S tab!

Practical Application: 

If you aren’t familiar with the new Revival and Reformation initiatives, please visit: to learn how you can become involved and also how you can more effectively share your faith with others. As Elder Wilson wrote above, one of the new initiatives of the world church for these next five years is to see total member involvement, where we all take part in sharing Jesus. This could be as simple as learning how to show Jesus to your next door neighbor, to passing out glow tracts, or to preaching an evangelistic series. We are told that angels are waiting to assist us if we are willing, all we have to do is ask God to help us!

Dear Heavenly Father, It’s easy to get so busy in our day to day lives that we don’t take the time to witness to others about Your love as we should. Please help us to recognize the beautiful calling that You’ve given us–to share Christ with the world. We may not know where to begin, but You promise to help us if we ask, so today we are asking! Please help us learn how to be Your hands and feet of love to those around us. Help us to know how to share the gospel and tell others of Your soon coming! Thank You for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Promises to claim: Matt. 24:14, Isa. 30:21, Ex. 4:12