What will be our Legacy? – By Zac Page

We all long to make a lasting difference! We all hope to leave a lasting legacy. However, often our lives become incredibly busy as we try to accomplish as much as possible. As a result, what then becomes of our legacy?

J.N. Andrews, an Adventist Pioneer, was an incredibly busy man, but he left an amazing legacy. A major part of this was his book “History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week.” Because Elder Andrews slept in a bed in the Review office while writing this book, he found it difficult to find a private place to pray during the day.

M.S. Boyd, a firsthand observer, recounts the story:

“Elder Andrews said he must find a place where he could pray for divine help and clarity of thought. He searched through the building, but could find no place for retirement except in an attic, where back numbers of the periodicals were stored. This he converted into his sanctum, and frequently we would see him winding his way through the composing room to an almost perpendicular ladder which led to that dimly lighted, ill-ventilated place, where he would spend hours pleading for wisdom to present correctly the truths that have since enlightened the world regarding the history of the Sabbath”(M.S. Boyd, “The First Italian Tract,” Review and Herald, September 18, 1924, p. 61).

What an incredible example of prioritizing much time in prayer! Should we be surprised at the eternal impact of J. N. Andrew’s work? Ellen White clearly states: “Only the work accomplished with much prayer, and sanctified by the merit of Christ, will in the end prove to have been efficient for good” (The Desire of Ages, p. 362).

Now, to be honest, when things get busy, when we are behind at work, when we wonder how we are going to accomplish everything we need to do — How often do we take time out during the day to pray? When a committee or board meeting is going frustratingly long, the last thing many want to hear is: “Let’s spend some time praying together.” But scripture is clear, “…effective, fervent prayer… avails much” (James 5:16).

Clearly, we’ve got to change our priorities!

“None need feel that they are too busy to pray, too full of business cares to spend an occasional fifteen minutes to seek counsel from God. My brethren, make God your entire dependence. When you do otherwise, then it is time for a halt to be called. Stop right where you are, and change the order of things” (Manuscript 24, 1891).

Zac Page is pastor of Templeton Hills Seventh-day Adventist church in Central California. He and his wife Leah are passionate about prayer and about helping people develop a genuine authentic walk with God.

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4543060842_e4fdb33047_bPractical Application: 

It’s easy to miss important things in life because of busyness or lack of prioritizing as our lives are consumed with minor or worldly matters.

We want to encourage you to take a few moments to write out some spiritual goals that you’d like to accomplish in the coming months or this next year. Then write out some intentional ways that you could help make those goals come to fruition. Maybe it’s getting up earlier so you can have more quality time with God, or cutting out an unnecessary activity or hobby. Ask God to show you how He wants you move forward, and then claim His promises as you obey what He asks of you.

Inspiration tells us:

“Whenever minor matters occupy the attention, the divine power which is necessary for the growth and prosperity of the church, and which would bring all other blessings in its train, is lacking, though offered in infinite plenitude…For the daily baptism of the Spirit every worker should offer his petition to God. Companies of Christian workers should gather to ask for special help, for heavenly wisdom, that they may know how to plan and execute wisely. The presence of the Spirit with God’s workers will give the proclamation of truth a power that not all the honor or glory of the world could give” (Acts of the Apostles, p. 50).

“To those who in humility of heart seek for divine guidance, angels of God draw near. The Holy Spirit is given to open to them the rich treasures of the truth” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 59).

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us learn what it means to make You our first priority. Help us learn to dig deeply into Your Word that our roots will run deep and we will be able to leave a lasting legacy for Your glory. In Psalm 1:1-3 You tell us, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” This is what we pray for. We want our lives to prosper and bear fruit for Your Kingdom. Please help us to put away the minor matters that consume our time and keep us away from You. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!

Promises to Claim: Ps. 27:4

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  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Caleb

    Daily devotional is essential in our walk with God, the word says that we should knock and the door will be opened, let us never get tired of praying. I believe that Constant communication with God will give us wisdom from above and understanding that exceeds everything. Let us feed our soul/life with prayers and by the grace of God be able to defeat sin. An earnest prayer and daily reflection on the life of Christ will lead us to accomplish great things.

    • Nomagugu

      Amen

    • tsholofelo

      Amen Caleb. May God bless you

    • Natasha

      Amen my brother! Amen!

  • Thembie Mapingire

    Amen

  • Ros Farrell

    Father, please help me to be more intentional, as I desire to go deeper with You, not only in Your word but my prayer life. This can only be achieved by Your grace and the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit. Make it happen Lord I pray in Jesus name. Amen

    • Bethune Davis

      Amen Ros. My prayer also. Lord please grant the desires of our hearts.

    • tsholofelo

      Amen Ross. I join you in this prayer. Thank you.

    • Evelyn Walcott

      Amen

  • Derek Morris

    Thanks for the reminder, Zach. And part of our earnest prayer time should ask for wisdom to live with balance, caring for our spouse and children as well as caring for the world.
    I’m blessed by the simple prayer found in Steps to Christ:

    Take me, O Lord, as wholly Yours
    I lay all my plans at Your feet
    Use me today in Your service
    Abide with me
    And may all my work be accomplished in You.

    She continues: “This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ. SC 70.

    • Zac Page

      Yes – that’s a powerful prayer to pray, and a transformative attitude to live by! Thank you!

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen Pastor Morris.

    • tsholofelo

      Thank you pastor Morris for such an inspiring, pointed and personal message. I’m glad I am part of this family.

    • Steve Potts

      I appreciate yours comments Derek. So true about family. Too many times in the past have I deserted my family to care for other families, more or less as a spontaneous reaction from me to help when I should have first been consulting God in prayer. I have used Ellen Whites prayer for past 20 yrs yet there are still many days when I do my will when it needs to be His will. Don’t get me wrong Derek I’m not blaming the prayer it is I that needs to be more patient, less compulsive and more trusting in God. Thank God for prayer! Amen.

    • Natasha

      Thank you Pastor for your encouraging comment, I appreciate it very much. Food for the soul! God bless you!

    • Catecha Francis

      Thank you Pastor’s Page and Morris for reminding us of the importance of prayer. May God help me to spent more time with Him in prayer, because this is one of the avenue that will assist us when faced with the attacks from our adversary.
      Lord help me to spent more quality time with you in prayer.
      Amen.

  • Sadie

    Thanks for the reminder as we daily surrender our life in Jesus’ hand. Loving help me to find the time to pray constantly to You.

  • Jeanette

    Amen. In the morning when we rise may our thoughts turn to Him. If we know His abiding presence throughout the day He will give us the thoughts, words, and strength to do His work.

    • Natasha

      Amen!

  • tsholofelo

    I believe God has a special way of reaching us and addressing us directly and today He has used you pastor Zach to address me directly. Many times I consider myself too busy to honour the times I have set aside for prayer under an illusion fnat God sees how busy I am or even foolishly thinking that a moment of prayer will steal some minutes from my schedule for the day. Tnank you pastor for the reminder that more time spent in prayer is better than lengthy hours of preparation without prayer. May you brotners and sisters pray with a me to always know that nothing can be accomplished without prayer. May you pray with me again as I spend this week with children in a nearby village discussing issues of stewardhip using the “My Place In Space” material. Pray for understanding and under the guidance and influence of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord cultivate the Spirit of prayer in all His children.

  • Natasha

    What a beautiful reading for this week! Soul food indeed!!! The perfect antidote for my challenged life at such a time like this. God bless you and your wife’s ministry Pastor Zac.
    Heavenly Father, thou knowest the hearts cry of Your children. Thank You for suffering- long with me, help me to abide and appreciate Your grace. Thank You for this forum, where one’s heart can be encouraged, one’s mind fed and spirit revived. Truly Thy Spirit is with these leaders. Continue to anoint them and send timely messages that thy people may be fed for such a time as this, when the enemy makes us too busy in the work for private time in the closet. Hear our unspoken prayers great Adonai. Only in Jesus name I can pray, amen.

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    Dear God please create in me a longing to always pray. Make prayer a habit for me. Thank you Jesus.

  • PNB

    On the subject of prayer:
    How can unity and ‘one accord’ be achieved when many local church congregations across the world are not informed of the World Church calls to prayer. The World Church plans years in advance so if it is communicated this gives more than enough time for local churches to inform congregations and make these calls to United Prayer part of their programs. Is it the Unions or Divisions not cascading down the information to the conferences then to the churches? There should be some urgency, importance and accountability to ensure that the communication is disseminated .

    How many local church congregations were aware of Praying For Our Neighbor Next Door, on April 2nd 2016?
    3/27/16-4/2/16 PRAYER REQUEST: Please continue to pray for the upcoming 2nd Quarter Day of Prayer and fasting, which is scheduled for April 2, 2016. The theme is “Praying for our Neighbors Next Door.” Pray that many churches will take part, and that the materials that have been prepared will inspire many to deeper prayer. The materials are available for download at: http://bit.ly/2q-prayer-fast

    • Melodious Echo

      PNB, your questions are valid…however, let me clarify that while the Days of Prayer and Fasting are scheduled far in advance, R&R was just asked to write the materials for the days of prayer and fasting this 2016 Spring. So there was no time for the materials for April 2nd to be shared via all the Divisions, Unions and Conferences. We just hoped as many as possible would participate via word of mouth. However, the materials for the upcoming days of Prayer and Fasting scheduled for July 2nd and Oct. 1st of this year have already been sent to conferences and Women’s Ministry departments to translate, share and pass down. So please pray that more will participate in the future. 🙂

      • PNB

        Thank you. Let’s hope that all congregations get the info for July 2nd and October 1st. Who ensures that the congregations get this info?

        Since the dates for Worldwide calls to Prayer and Fasting are scheduled far in advance then the local churches can be made aware of these dates so that the dates are freed up for the corresponding program materials