Series Code: PHTDP
Program Code: PHTDP190006A
00:13 Hi and welcome to day six 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 If you have been joining us for the past few days
00:25 since January 5th, we have been spending this 30 minutes
00:28 together praying and believing God for a deeper experience.
00:32 If this is your first evening to join us, we welcome you
00:35 and we encourage you to join us each evening
00:37 for the next few nights up until the 19th of January
00:41 when we will be praising God for answered prayers
00:45 over the past ten days.
00:47 Tonight we are going to read from the outline
00:51 that can be found on www.tendaysofprayer.org.
00:57 I encourage you to download your own outline and follow along.
01:01 Then you can pray, continue to pray afterwards
01:04 for the prayer requests that are mentioned there.
01:07 It's a great resource. I encourage you to go there.
01:10 So we begin reading about the gift of repentance.
01:14 1 Peter 5:6 says, "Therefore humble yourselves
01:17 under the mighty hand of God,
01:19 that He may exalt you in due time."
01:22 Mr. G was a respected teacher at a small boarding academy
01:26 in the rolling hills of eastern Washington in the United States.
01:29 This school taught not only the principles of reading,
01:32 writing, math, and vocational skills, but also
01:36 the fundamentals of practical Christian living.
01:38 Students learned to give Bible studies,
01:41 preach evangelistic meetings, and lead out in their home
01:44 churches by teaching the Sabbath School lesson,
01:46 preaching the sermon, and doing community outreach.
01:49 Mr. G was a vital part of that education.
01:53 Mr. G taught from the book, Steps to Christ,
01:56 for his eleventh-grade Bible class.
01:59 He used practical methods to impress on his students' minds
02:02 the simplicity of the gospel, and his burden
02:05 was that they would grasp the principles of how to
02:08 walk with Jesus and abide in Him daily.
02:11 His life was a testimony to the power of God,
02:14 and he stressed upon the minds of his students the importance
02:17 of starting the day with Christ.
02:20 "Consecrate yourself to God in the morning;
02:22 make this your very first work.
02:24 Let your prayer be, 'Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine.
02:28 I lay all my plans at Thy feet.
02:30 Use me today in Thy service.
02:32 Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.'"
02:37 That's from page 70 in, Steps to Christ.
02:40 Mr. G taught not only upper grade Bible class,
02:43 but also carpentry to ninth-grade boys.
02:45 The class was divided into two sections.
02:48 First, they studied a book; next, they applied
02:51 what they had learned in a practical way.
02:53 Well one day during class, Mr. G was helping
02:56 three of the boys build a supporting wall,
02:58 while the other three played on a pile of lumber.
03:01 Mr. G asked the boys to stay off the lumber
03:04 since it could fall and injure someone.
03:06 The boys, of course, continued to wrestle on the wood,
03:09 and when he went over to talk with them,
03:11 a large plank fell on his foot.
03:14 He danced around in pain, clutching his foot.
03:17 The boys, thinking that this was very funny,
03:21 laughed and pointed at him.
03:22 Instantly, Mr. G became very angry.
03:25 Heated words flowed from his lips.
03:28 Like Moses, who lost his temper with the children of Israel,
03:31 he lost his temper in front of his students.
03:33 Running into a nearby office, Mr. G cried out to God,
03:36 "Oh Lord, I blew it! I can't teach anymore!"
03:41 Quietly, the tender mercy and compassion of Jesus
03:45 comforted his heart, bringing repentance.
03:49 "Many who are really conscientious, and who desire
03:51 to live for God, Satan too often leads to dwell upon
03:56 their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by separating them
04:00 from Christ he hopes to gain the victory...
04:03 Well rest in God.
04:05 He is able, God is able, to keep that which
04:07 you have committed to Him.
04:09 If you will leave yourself in His hands, He will bring you
04:11 off more than a conqueror through Him that has loved you."
04:15 That's from, Steps to Christ, pages 71 and 72.
04:19 So while Mr. G was praying, the thought came to him,
04:22 "You can't stay in your office all day.
04:24 you must go out and tell those boys that you
04:27 misrepresented Me by your actions."
04:31 Have you ever misrepresented God by your actions?
04:34 Humbled, Mr. G returned to the boys, who were standing outside
04:38 and blamed themselves for his outburst.
04:41 "I did not represent Jesus to you today,
04:46 and I'm sorry," Mr. G apologized.
04:49 The boys tried to comfort him saying, "It's okay.
04:51 Everyone does it. It's normal."
04:54 The next class period for Mr. G that day was Bible.
04:58 He had assigned his students to read the
04:59 fifth chapter in, Steps to Christ, "Consecration,"
05:03 and write down a thought that impressed them.
05:06 As he entered his classroom, he didn't feel
05:09 emotionally prepared to teach.
05:11 The students came in and took their seats,
05:14 and one of the girls put her assignment on Mr. G's desk.
05:18 As he glanced down, his eyes caught one sentence:
05:22 "Your hope is not in yourself; it is in Christ."
05:26 That one sentence was just what he needed.
05:29 Years later he received a letter from one of those boys.
05:32 "I know that you weren't proud of your actions
05:34 that day in carpentry class.
05:36 But I want you to know that your example of humbling yourself
05:40 and making things right by apologizing to us
05:44 spoke volumes to my heart.
05:46 Now that I am a father, I have had to ask my children
05:48 many times to forgive me for when I failed.
05:51 And because of your example, it has helped me
05:54 to be a better father."
05:56 In, Steps to Christ, page 64, we read,
05:58 "We shall often have to bow down and weep at the
06:01 feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes.
06:04 But we are not to be discouraged.
06:07 Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off,
06:10 we're not forsaken or rejected of God.
06:13 No! Christ is at the right hand of God,
06:15 who also maketh intercession for us."
06:18 We praise the Lord that we have an Advocate in Jesus Christ
06:22 who intercedes on our behalf.
06:25 Father God, we are grateful for that, for sure.
06:28 Let's sing, Just When I Need Him Most, alright?
06:42 Just when I need Him, Jesus is near,
06:49 just when I falter, just when I fear.
06:56 Ready to help and ready to cheer,
07:02 just when I need Him most.
07:07 Just when I need Him most, just when I need Him most,
07:16 Jesus is near to comfort and cheer,
07:20 just when I need Him most.
07:25 Just when I need Him, Jesus is true,
07:31 never forsaking all the way through.
07:38 Giving for burdens pleasures anew,
07:44 just when I need Him most.
07:49 Just when I need Him most, just when I need Him most,
07:58 Jesus is near to comfort and cheer,
08:02 just when I need Him most.
08:07 Just when I need Him, Jesus is strong,
08:13 bearing my burdens all the day long.
08:20 For all my sorrow giving a song,
08:26 just when I need Him most.
08:32 Just when I need Him most, just when I need Him most,
08:40 Jesus is near to comfort and cheer,
08:45 just when I need Him most.
08:54 Lord, we do praise You that You are our Advocate,
09:00 Jesus Christ, the one who intercedes on our behalf,
09:04 who sits on the Father's right hand.
09:11 And Lord, we praise You because You can turn our
09:13 defeat into victory.
09:17 When we feel like we've messed it up,
09:22 that it can't be undone,
09:26 You come along and bring victory.
09:33 So we praise You, Lord, that even if and when we do fall,
09:39 we are not cast down, we are not forsaken.
09:44 Failure is not final with You.
09:49 Thank You for that.
10:07 Lord Jesus I long to be perfectly whole;
10:13 I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
10:19 Break down every idol, cast out every foe;
10:26 now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
10:34 Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow;
10:41 now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
10:52 Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
10:58 and help me to make a complete sacrifice.
11:04 I give up myself and whatever I know;
11:10 now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
11:18 Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow;
11:24 now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
11:34 Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat;
11:40 I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet.
11:47 By faith, for my cleansing I see Thy blood flow;
11:53 now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
12:01 Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow;
12:07 now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
12:25 Now we come to a time of confession
12:30 where we bring before the Lord our faults and our failures.
12:40 I encourage you not to beat yourself up,
12:46 but with a contrite heart admit your wrongdoing to the Father;
12:53 any area in your life that you have fallen short.
12:58 We all fall short. The Bible tells us we do.
13:03 Admit it to God, leave it at His feet,
13:07 and walk away knowing that your sin is covered
13:10 by the blood of the Lamb.
13:12 Aren't you glad for that?
13:16 Lord, I pray that You will please show us the areas
13:19 in our lives that need Your softening and refining Spirit.
13:30 Lord, I pray that You will forgive us for when we
13:34 lose our patience with others,
13:37 when we speak angry or hasty words.
13:43 When we cut off someone in the traffic,
13:50 when we go into the grocery store
13:54 and don't hold the door;
13:58 don't show Your love.
14:01 When we're too busy in our own world
14:06 not to recognize others.
14:13 But especially when we do things angrily.
14:17 When we lose our patience, oh God, forgive us.
14:24 And Lord, please forgive us and give us Your strength
14:28 to apologize when we have mistreated others.
14:35 It takes a big person to apologize
14:43 when we've hurt someone else.
14:46 Give us the grace to do that.
15:00 So if there are other things that you need to ask
15:03 forgiveness for, I encourage you to take this time
15:05 and do that before we sing.
15:37 I must tell Jesus all of my trials;
15:45 I cannot bear these burdens alone.
15:53 In my distress He kindly will help me;
16:01 He ever loves and cares for His own.
16:09 I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
16:17 I cannot bear my burdens alone.
16:25 I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
16:32 Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
16:42 I must tell Jesus all of my troubles;
16:50 He is a kind, compassionate Friend.
16:57 If I but ask Him, He will deliver;
17:05 make of my troubles quickly an end.
17:11 Oh, thank You, Lord, for that.
17:13 I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
17:20 I cannot bear my burdens alone.
17:28 I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
17:36 Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
17:45 O how the world to evil allures me!
17:51 O how my heart is tempted to sin!
17:58 I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
18:06 over the world the victory to win.
18:12 Oh Lord, we need the victory.
18:14 So I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
18:22 For I cannot bear these burdens alone.
18:32 I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
18:41 Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
18:55 Oh Lord, thank You for being there.
18:59 For being that someone that we can tell our problems to,
19:02 and our faults to, and our burdens to.
19:06 And You will hear and do something about it.
19:13 Lord, we ask You to give us Your spirit of peace
19:16 when we are confronted with irritations.
19:20 Lord, we're daily given plenty of opportunity.
19:24 We pray for the 8,208 Adventist schools
19:28 with almost two million students.
19:32 May these schools always teach Bible truth
19:36 and lead young people into mission and service.
19:42 Lord, give us wisdom to reach secular cultures
19:46 that don't have one bit of interest in religion.
19:50 Let Your Holy Spirit break down the walls
19:53 that surround secular hearts.
19:58 And Lord, we pray for the unreached people groups in Asia,
20:02 including Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus.
20:06 Many have never ever heard the name of Jesus.
20:10 Give us special wisdom for meeting their needs.
20:15 Lord, send people.
20:23 Bless us as we reach out to people enslaved
20:26 by spirit worship, enslaved by idolatry,
20:30 and animistic beliefs.
20:34 Help us to understand their worldview
20:36 and to introduce them to the personal Savior
20:41 we have in You, Jesus.
20:50 Lord, we ask that You would please inspire
20:53 Seventh-day Adventists around the world
20:55 to pray as never before.
20:58 Let us plead together for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit.
21:06 God, we ask for the promised fulfillment
21:12 written about in Joel 2, Hosea 6, and Acts 2.
21:21 Lord, we pray for the 541 people groups in the 18 countries
21:26 of Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division.
21:31 Please lead those people to biblical truth.
21:34 541 people groups representing thousands of people
21:42 in those 18 countries.
21:51 Lord, show us how to meet the practical and
21:53 spiritual needs of refugees.
21:56 A very hot topic these days.
22:00 Lord, may our church be known for our love of all people,
22:04 no matter who they are or where they come from.
22:12 Lord, I know that's a big prayer.
22:18 But You're a big God.
22:22 Show us Your view.
22:25 May we faithfully and fully proclaim the
22:28 three angels' messages of Revelation 14.
22:32 May we center all of our teachings on the love and
22:34 righteousness of Christ.
22:43 Lord, we remember when You first loved us.
22:47 Well, we remember actually that You first loved us
22:49 before we even knew that You were loving us.
22:53 So we can't even remember.
22:59 But Your Word says that You did love us
23:03 before we ever knew You.
23:05 And we're grateful.
23:12 Now I'm sure that You have someone on your list
23:17 that You're praying for.
23:20 You may have needs that you're praying for.
23:23 Spend some time praying for those people or those needs.
24:01 Father, we're a needy people.
24:09 Jehovah Rapha, we need You.
24:17 Jehovah Jireh, we need You.
24:29 We thank You for hearing our prayers.
24:36 Thank You, Lord, that You are able to keep us from falling.
24:41 Yeah, Your Word says that You are able to
24:44 keep us from falling.
24:45 And so we claim that, and we thank You for that.
24:51 And we thank You for repentance,
24:57 that precious gift of repentance.
24:59 God, we thank You for it.
25:00 And we thank You for forgiveness,
25:03 that special gift of forgiveness, God.
25:06 Where would we be without it?
25:11 And thank You for reconciliation.
25:14 Oh Lord, thank You that You care so much for us
25:18 that You want us to be reconciled to You.
25:25 We thank You, Lord,
25:28 for the example of service that You left us.
25:37 Now give us the strength to follow that pattern,
25:43 to serve like You did in Your Word.
25:48 We have the precious examples.
25:53 Thank You, Lord.
25:56 Thank You, Lord, for 1 John 1:9 that says,
26:00 "If we confess our sins, You are faithful and just
26:03 to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us
26:06 from all unrighteousness."
26:10 And for 1 John 2:1 that says, "If anyone sins,
26:14 we have an Advocate with the Father;
26:16 Jesus Christ, the righteous."
26:21 Thank You, Lord.
26:24 As you continue to praise the Lord and thank Him
26:27 for His goodness, I just want to read some
26:33 promises from the Word of God.
26:36 Promises for victory over sin.
26:40 From 1 John 5:4, it says, "For whatever is born of God
26:44 overcomes the world.
26:46 And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith."
26:53 From Romans 8:37, it says, "Yet in all these things
26:57 we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
27:04 From 1 Corinthians 15:57, "But thanks be to God, who gives us
27:10 the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord."
27:19 Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not, for I am with you;
27:24 be not dismayed, for I am your God.
27:27 I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
27:32 I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
27:40 Ephesians 6:16, "Above all, taking the shield of faith
27:49 with which you will be able to quench all the
27:52 fiery darts of the wicked one."
27:55 Oh, that will be a good one to put on your mind
27:58 first thing in the morning.
27:59 "Above all, taking the shield of faith..."
28:02 Before you even get out of bed, grab your pillow and
28:06 pretend that's your shield of faith.
28:08 Use it as just an example.
28:12 You say, "Father, You said, 'Above all
28:16 You've given me the shield of faith
28:18 with which I will be able to quench all the
28:20 fiery darts of the wicked one.'"
28:24 That's powerful, isn't it?
28:29 And from Philippians 2:13, "For it is God who works
28:35 in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
28:42 Are you allowing God to work in you?
28:46 He wants to have that control.
28:49 He wants to have the freedom.
28:50 So I encourage you to get out of the way,
28:55 surrender your life to Him.
28:59 Thank You, Lord, for Your promises.
29:02 Such powerful promises.
29:04 Father, that You care so much for us.
29:09 I encourage you to join us again tomorrow night
29:12 for another 30 minutes of prayer and praise.
29:17 Call a friend.
29:25 Let them know you're praying for them.
29:34 Have a good evening.