Holding up the Arms of Adventist Leaders – by Melody Mason

About five years ago, I was called by Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership to bring a prayer team to the General Conference headquarters to pray during a major church business meeting that takes place every October. Church leaders from all over the world congregate at the General Conference headquarters in Maryland to share division reports and make important decisions for the coming year at the meeting, the Annual Council.

Since our first invitation to pray, a group of us have come back each year to pray specifically for our church leaders during this event. Sometimes we’ve even arrived several weeks in advance to fast and pray when we knew difficult issues were being discussed and addressed. Hundreds of people have also joined us in prayer from their homes.

Why do we do this?

In Exodus 17, we see the story of Joshua leading the children of Israel in battle against the Amalakites. During the battle, Moses was up on a hill overlooking the battle with his arms raised toward heaven, interceding for his people. However, as the Bible tells us, his arms grew heavy and he could not keep holding them up.

Interestingly, when his arms dropped, the Amalakites began to win the battle, but when his arms were raised the Israelites prevailed over the Amalakites. Since he couldn’t keep holding up his arms alone, God sent him two supportive intercessors by the name of Aaron and Hur to help hold up his arms. As a result, Joshua and the Israelites won this battle!

Because of this simple story, I have been inspired that we need to do more of the same. Instead of criticizing and complaining, it’s time we hold up the arms of our leaders in prayer. Whether we agree or not with the decisions they make, these men and women who lead our church are in need of prayer. They face a spiritual battle daily (see Ephesians 6), and the outcome could affect the destiny of thousands if not millions of people.

Ezekiel 22:30 says God is looking for intercessors to stand in the gap on behalf of His people so He will not destroy the land. Will you be one of His intercessors? Will you stand in the gap on behalf of your fellow church members, on behalf of your pastor, on behalf of your church? Join me and many others as we pray for our church leaders.

Melody Mason, United in Prayer coordinator

Note: To view this week’s prayer requests for the world church, please click here!

IMG_2637Practical Application: 

It’s easy to pray for our own needs, but what if God is calling us to pray more actively on behalf of others, especially on behalf of those in offices of leadership? What difference might YOUR prayers make in the spiritual battles that our leaders face?

The Bible tells us, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

Of course, you might not be able to come to the General Conference headquarters in Maryland, but what about taking 10 days with several of your friends to pray specifically for your pastor, your conference leadership, or even for your own fellow church members? Just imagine what God might do! Whatever the case, ask God how you can more effectively hold up the arms of others, especially those seeking to lead God’s church. Your prayers will make a difference for eternity.

Dear Heavenly Father, sometimes we get stuck in our own little world and dealing with our own issues and problems. But we want You to enlarge our vision. Enlarge our prayers. Help us learn what it means to stand in the gap for others. Help us learn to be intercessors for our church, just as Jesus is an Intercessor for us. Thank You for hearing this prayer, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Promises to claim: Eph. 3:20, Gal. 2:2, Ex. 17:12

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  • Betty Nalisa

    We thank God to be partakers in intercessory prayers and the benefits are great! Let us continue to intercede for one another and for the leadership in Jesus Christ’s Name…

  • Hilda Dewa

    There’s power when the children of God come together in United prayer, for the warfare has intensified to stop us from entering heavenly Canaan. The same enemy who stirred the Amalakites to fight the children of Israel and stop them from entering the promised land has mobilised the world to inhibit the Adventist movement from finishing the work of preaching the true gospel message that will lead us home.
    Let us not be deterred friends, for power has been unleashed from our leader, Michael. His blood is crying great things…
    Therefore let’s unite with one another in prayer to lift up the arms of our leaders. We are winning and the enemy is weakened by our suplications. Home is in sight. Let’s go forth and cease the land given to us by our Father by faith. Amen.

  • Richard Opoku

    If all church members would intercede for their leaders (rather than hammer on negatives of these leaders), our church would be exactly as the Lord wants us to be. I feel blessed being a member of such a group.

  • Dorothy

    This thought about Moses’ hands being held up by his leaders reminded me that this story came to my mind when I happened on to a meeting in which the leader was telling his group that were supposedly Adventist that the church’s leaders were going away from the Spirit of Prophecy, among other things. This was back in the late 50s so I don’t remember the details of what he said, but my loyalty for the church and knowledge of PP writing caused me to speak out that we are admonished to hold up the hands of our leaders. Anyway, it broke up the meeting and he shook his finger in my face and said, “You’ll see, you’ll see!” Well, I have and that man was jailed for distributing drugs among other things and I’m still glad that I had the courage to speak out when I did before the group who were listening in rapt attention.

  • maria del carmen da corte

    Gracias por esta ESCUELA DE ORACIÓN. ..Me siento cada dia más unida a los planes de Dios para su Iglesia. ..hasta ahora no entraba mucho porque tenia un grupo de Wap Sap. Y me sentí tan identificada con este artículo. ..porque veia en mi grupo que no prosperaban los planes por los cuales fue creado .Incluso hará unos 20 dias inspirada por los artículos anteriores que uds publicaron. Me aparte para orar y les dije a los integrantes que iba a orar porque tener un grupo no es para entretenimiento es algo muy sagrado porque se está compartiendo la Palabra de Dios. ..cuánto hay que orar.la ORACIÓN no es una actividad más es llevar UNA VIDA DE ORACIÓN. PARA ELEVAR MI VIDA A LOS PROPÓSITOS DE DIOS Y PARA INTERCEDER CONSTANTEMENTE ESPERANDO QUE SE HAGA LA VOLUNTAD DE DIOS. GRACIAS! !! FELIZ DIA DE PREPARACIÓN! !!!

  • janetbarnhill

    Thank you kind Father for the plan of salvation through Jesus, Your altogether lovely Son. As He sits for His portrait in my heart, may the power of the Holy Spirit remind me of the life of Jesus in my behalf and all others who are called by His Name. May the intercession of prayer and the act of holding up the weary arms of your Spiritual Leaders in Your end-time Church ignite our imaginations to remain faithful in prayer.
    Breathe on us breath of God. Touch our lips with the coal from the Altar of grace.
    In Jesus’ Name. Amen

  • One thing we should realise is that as Christians, prayer should be constant. Praying only when we perceive that a crisis is likely is most dangerous. The Holy Spirit, through Paul advises that we be constant in prayer. The whole armour is only effective when the wearer is “praying always” and “watching with all perseverance”. The tenses of both the verbs here is continuous; in addition ‘always’ and ‘perseverance’ is added. Brethren, prayer for the Christian is not a gift; it is a GIVEN…an all the time thing. Let us pray without ceasing.