Series Code: PHTDP
Program Code: PHTDP190003A
00:13 Welcome to day three of, Ten Days of Prayer;
00:16 a prayer strategy from the Revival and Reformation
00:19 initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
00:22 Thank you for being here.
00:24 I invite you to join me for the next eight days for 30 minutes
00:28 of praise and prayer as we seek God for a deeper experience.
00:32 Now you can follow the prayer outline that I'm using at...
00:41 There you will find prayer resources and ways to continue
00:44 an effective prayer ministry after these ten days are over.
00:48 So I really encourage you to check out that website.
00:51 It's a really great place to get some information.
00:54 Now maybe like me, you have prayed for an opportunity
00:57 to be the hands and feet of Jesus;
00:59 to serve someone in some capacity in Jesus' name.
01:03 It was a selfless request that I thought would be simple enough
01:07 to carry through, given my desire to show the
01:10 love of Christ to my fellow man.
01:13 And then I was forced into an uncomfortable, inconvenient,
01:17 difficult situation that, even though I had prayed
01:20 for opportunities to be used by God,
01:23 and even though I knew in my heart that God could use
01:26 the situation to make me more like Him,
01:28 I found myself so overwhelmed and frustrated,
01:32 feeling as if I were being taken advantage of.
01:35 The task took so much time and resources
01:38 that I began to pity myself, and almost I even regretted
01:42 ever asking God for an open door
01:45 for an opportunity to serve Him.
01:48 From the, Ministry of Healing, we read,
01:51 "Many who sincerely consecrate their lives to God's service
01:55 are surprised and disappointed to find themselves
01:58 as never before confronted by obstacles
02:01 and beset by trials and perplexities.
02:04 They pray for Christ's likeness of character
02:07 for a fitness of the Lord's work, and they are placed in
02:09 circumstances that seem to call forth all the evil
02:13 of their nature.
02:14 Then God gives them opportunity to correct these defects
02:18 and to fit themselves for His service."
02:22 From, Steps to Christ, we read, "The whole heart must be yielded
02:26 to God or the change can never wrought in us,
02:29 by which we are to be restored to His likeness.
02:32 The warfare against self is the greatest battle
02:35 that was ever fought."
02:36 Wow, that's a powerful line.
02:38 "The yielding of self, surrendering all to the
02:41 will of God, requires a struggle, but the soul must
02:45 submit to God before it can be renewed in holiness."
02:50 As they say, the struggle is real.
02:53 But so is the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit to conquer
02:56 our flesh so that we can do whatever it takes
02:59 to lead and love people to Christ.
03:02 A great prayer in song is, "Live Out Thy Life Within Me."
03:07 You can find this on page 316 in the Adventist hymnal.
03:12 Sing along with me.
03:22 Live out Thy life within me, O Jesus, King of kings;
03:31 Be Thou Thyself the answer to all my questionings.
03:40 Live out Thy life within me, in all things have Thy way;
03:49 I, the transparent medium Thy glory to display.
04:00 The temple has been yielded and purified of sin;
04:08 let Thy Shekinah glory now shine forth from within.
04:16 And all the earth keep silence, the body henceforth be;
04:25 Thy silent, gentle servant, moved only as by Thee.
04:37 Its members every moment held subject to Thy call;
04:45 ready to have Thee use them, or not be used at all.
04:54 Held without restless longing, or strain, or stress, or fret,
05:03 or chafings at Thy dealings, or thoughts of vain regret.
05:14 But restful, calm, and pliant, from bend and bias free,
05:22 awaiting Thy decision, when Thou hast need of me.
05:30 Live out Thy life within me, O Jesus, King of kings!
05:40 Be Thou the glorious answer to all my questionings.
06:03 Lord, we praise You that You give us strength
06:08 and You uphold us when we are weak.
06:14 And we praise You that when we fall,
06:17 you don't give up on us.
06:19 You don't forsake us, Lord.
06:23 And Lord, I praise You that You cast our sins
06:26 into the depths of the sea and You remember them no more.
06:31 Not because You don't have a good memory,
06:36 not because You can't remember,
06:41 but because You choose to forget.
06:45 You don't hold them against us.
06:49 Thank You, Father, for that.
06:51 And I praise You, God, that You are my strength and my shield.
06:58 Lord, You have taught me to trust in You,
07:04 and I am helped.
07:07 Therefore, my heart greatly rejoices,
07:10 and with my song I will praise You.
07:48 Sing this with me.
07:50 Rejoice ye pure in heart; rejoice, give thanks and sing.
07:59 Your festal banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King.
08:07 Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
08:17 Praise Him who reigns on high, the Lord whom we adore;
08:25 the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, one God forevermore.
08:34 Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks and sing.
08:52 And now we come into a time of confession.
08:57 I encourage you, as I pray, that you take time to
09:06 bring things before the Lord that
09:11 you realize you need to ask forgiveness for.
09:14 And pray that the Holy Spirit will convict you.
09:20 Convict you of sin of omission;
09:24 things that you have forgotten to do.
09:27 Maybe willingly, willfully forgotten to do.
09:32 Sins of commission; things that you have
09:36 willingly done that you knew you shouldn't have.
09:42 Take this time to confess your sins to the Lord.
09:47 He loves you.
09:51 Lord, I pray that You would forgive us when we've allowed
09:56 self to gain the mastery
10:03 instead of us being able to master ourself,
10:08 to control ourself.
10:13 Holy Spirit, we want You to be the ultimate control.
10:19 So forgive us when we don't allow that to happen.
10:24 Please forgive us when, Lord, we've misrepresented
10:28 You to others.
10:30 Oh Lord, what a stumbling block that can be.
10:37 I never want to do anything that would offend the name of Jesus,
10:45 and that would keep anyone from
10:51 desiring to give their life to You by the way I acted.
10:58 So Lord, I pray that You'll forgive me when I have
11:01 misrepresented You,
11:05 when it was totally nothing You would have done.
11:08 It was me, I messed it up.
11:11 Forgive me.
11:14 Lord, forgive us when we've clung to sin
11:16 instead of allowing You to remove it from our lives.
11:19 Why are we like that?
11:22 Lord, I know that we're human,
11:25 but God, I don't like this sinful nature.
11:33 I don't like my propensity to hold onto my sin.
11:44 Forgive me when I do that.
11:48 Lord, remove our sin from us.
11:51 Forgive us of our sin, oh God.
11:55 And Lord, please search our hearts.
12:00 See if there is any wicked way in us.
12:05 Lord, lead us in the way everlasting.
12:10 God, thank You that You have that power
12:13 to forgive us.
12:16 Thank You for the blood that washes us clean.
12:22 Nothing but the blood of Jesus can do that.
12:26 What a powerful cleansing agent the precious blood is.
12:32 Thank You.
12:35 And Lord, please hear our confessions
12:47 before we intercede.
12:54 Lord, please forgive us.
12:57 We need Your forgiveness.
13:01 We need Your mercy, Lord.
13:04 Please forgive us, Lord,
13:12 and heal our land.
13:27 Now Lord, we pray that You will help us to be patient and kind,
13:32 showing Your love and pity to those who annoy and accuse us.
13:42 Lord, dealing with each other, that's hard sometimes.
13:49 But we've got to love.
13:51 You tell us You want us to love.
13:57 So Lord, we ask that You'll give us the strength to do that.
14:03 Lord, please help us to persevere through hardship,
14:07 especially when love is inconvenient.
14:17 Lord, we pray for those who care for elderly
14:20 and sick family members.
14:26 Lord, that's a hard job.
14:31 Give them patience, give them strength,
14:35 give them love.
14:41 Give them love, Lord.
14:49 Lord, help us to just love each other so that
14:54 we can endure each other.
15:02 It's even more than enduring each other.
15:05 That love will really make us want to be around each other.
15:13 And Lord, I pray, God, that You would please ease
15:18 the anxiety of those who are facing terminal illnesses.
15:26 God, it just doesn't seem fair sometimes when I see these
15:32 precious loved ones and friends who are going through
15:40 such physical battles, emotionally disturbing them,
15:44 frustrating them, and spiritually making them question
15:49 Your existence, God.
15:55 I pray in Jesus' name that You would heal.
15:59 I know we live in a hurting world
16:05 and there will always be sickness,
16:07 there will always be poor.
16:14 Ease the anxiety of those who are under
16:17 such stressful situations.
16:21 Grant them courage and peace, oh God.
16:28 Lord, I pray for the 202 million people in the 41 least reached
16:34 cities of the Southern Asia Pacific Division.
16:38 202 million people who need to know You, Jesus.
16:55 Lord, the only difference between them and me
16:58 is that I was born in Missouri here in the United States.
17:10 So they need to know You.
17:15 I pray for the Sabbath School Personal Ministries department
17:20 of each local church as they seek Your plan
17:24 and they reach out to their communities with loving service,
17:27 with Bible study, and with personal witnessing.
17:31 Lord, what an awesome opportunity to be involved
17:34 in a local church and to be Your hands and feet
17:40 to that community.
17:42 Lord, I pray that these churches will rise up to be lighthouses.
17:47 And Lord, I pray that You will put it in the hearts of those
17:51 in the communities to even seek help from those churches,
18:02 to attend the churches,
18:05 that they might find the answer to what they're looking for.
18:14 And I pray for Adventist Development and Relief Agency
18:19 as they meet practical needs around the world.
18:27 For, Lord, I know that people don't care how much...
18:43 Well they want to know how much we care.
18:46 And so in practical ways I pray that You will help us
18:53 to show Your love.
19:01 Meet those needs, oh God.
19:04 Lord, I pray for those that You've placed on
19:06 the hearts of those who are praying with me.
19:13 We long to see our loved ones won to You.
19:20 God, I pray that You would be moving in the lives
19:28 of the lost.
19:36 Move, Holy Spirit, move among Your people.
19:42 Lord, when we're tired, remind us not to give up.
19:50 Holy Spirit, help us to reach down and pull up our boots
19:58 and to keep marching on, to keep fighting on,
20:04 to keep praying on.
20:09 Lord, we need You to give us that strength.
20:15 So right now take a few moments to pray for someone
20:21 that God has placed on your heart.
20:54 And I continue to pray, Father, for those
20:59 who have joined me who have needs of their own,
21:07 Father, that You would meet the needs,
21:09 according to Your riches and glory.
21:13 Whether those needs be physical, spiritual,
21:16 mental, emotional, financial, relational.
21:23 Father, for those who are looking for work who need a job,
21:29 who need employment, Lord, to help meet their bills
21:34 so that they're not relying on others.
21:40 Lord, You've given us an ability and a pride in our work.
21:49 So now for that one who is needing work who is willingly,
21:54 willing to work, God, I ask that You will open a door for a job.
22:08 Thank You, Lord.
22:14 Thank You for the answer that's on the way.
22:25 God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus;
22:35 He came to love, heal and forgive.
22:44 He lived and died to buy my pardon;
22:53 an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
23:04 Because He lives, I can face tomorrow;
23:14 because He lives, all fear is gone.
23:24 Because I know, I know, He holds my future,
23:36 life is worth the living,
23:41 just because He lives.
23:48 Aren't you thankful that He lives?
23:52 God, I thank You that You will set a watch before our mouths
23:56 and keep the doors of our lips.
24:01 Now we need that.
24:03 And I thank You for it.
24:04 I'm believing You for that.
24:06 Thank You, Lord, for the Christ-like love You give us
24:10 for those who are difficult to love.
24:13 Yeah, thank You for that.
24:16 And thank You that as Your character is formed in my life,
24:21 others will see that, be attracted to it, drawn to it,
24:32 and will inquire, "How are you like you are?"
24:35 "Why are you like you are?"
24:37 Lord, I thank You that Your Spirit in me is
24:40 making me more like You.
24:42 Precious Lord, thank You that a Christ-like character
24:47 is being formed in my life.
24:49 And Lord, I thank You for hearing us
24:52 and for answering our prayers, oh God,
24:55 and for working behind the scenes to accomplish Your will
25:01 in ways that we can't understand.
25:05 But we know that You're working it.
25:11 You've got a plan, and we thank You.
25:12 We're going to leave it in Your hands now.
25:15 We thank You that You are able to do above,
25:20 far above, exceedingly above, all that we ask or think.
25:27 You are able, God. Thank You.
25:35 Psalm 37:23-24 says, "The steps of a good man
25:40 are ordered by the LORD, and God delights in his way.
25:47 But though he should fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
25:52 for the LORD upholds him with His hand."
26:02 I'm so thankful, Lord.
26:08 Thankful that You've ordered my steps.
26:14 Thank You that You delight in my way, oh God.
26:25 And yet, when I stumble and I fall,
26:30 You don't cast me down;
26:35 for You uphold me with Your hand.
26:42 So I thank You.
26:48 Thank You.
26:52 Lord, yes I thank You.
27:02 Thank You, Lord.
27:10 Continue, I pray...
27:15 I ask you actually, I ask that you would continue to
27:19 be in a spirit of prayer over this next several days
27:25 through the 19th of January.
27:31 Prayer is a powerful thing, because again,
27:34 we serve a powerful God.
27:37 So don't stop praying.
27:41 Take prayer with you wherever you go.
27:43 Pray in your car.
27:46 Pray as you're working.
27:49 The Word of God encourages us to pray continually.
27:54 This is just a special time that we can pray out loud and
27:59 maybe have some structure to our prayer.
28:01 But you don't have to pray out loud when you're at work.
28:08 Just pray in your spirit.
28:10 Be in an attitude of prayer where you're broken before
28:15 the God of the universe.
28:16 And again, imagine what an awesome opportunity it is to
28:24 bring our needs, our hurts, before God.
28:34 And I pray for your witness to be strong.
28:42 Remember to love one another.
28:46 Don't get so easily frustrated or irritated
28:50 by that co-worker.
28:54 Pray for him. Pray for her.
28:58 And let them know you're praying for them.
29:00 There's nothing wrong in that.
29:06 Who knows, but the Lord might open a door for you to
29:11 witness to them through the fact that you're praying for them.
29:15 So, don't forget...
29:22 And don't forget to come back tomorrow night
29:25 at 7:00 pm, the same time,
29:28 as we continue to pray
29:33 that God will heal our land.
29:41 God bless you. Have a good night.