Series Code: PHTDP
Program Code: PHTDP190009A
00:12 Welcome to day nine of, Ten Days of Prayer;
00:15 a prayer strategy from the Revival and Reformation
00:18 initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
00:21 We're nearing the end of this series, but I feel God has
00:24 His greatest blessings for us who persevere
00:28 until the very end.
00:29 Not giving up, not letting distractions
00:31 pull us from spending time with Him.
00:33 No matter which day you started this time of prayer with me,
00:37 I believe God wants to reward you for your faithfulness.
00:40 I can't say that He will answer your prayer by the tenth day,
00:44 but I can say that He has heard your prayers.
00:47 And if you have left your burden with the Lord,
00:49 then it's in His hands.
00:51 And He now has to handle it.
00:53 I pray that you'll trust Him to do that very thing;
00:56 to handle your needs according to the way that
00:58 He sees fit.
01:00 His ways are perfect.
01:01 The outline from tendaysofprayer.org
01:05 day nine tells of a couple who faced the agony
01:08 of multiple miscarriages.
01:10 The roller coaster of ups and downs of emotions of
01:13 joyous hope, of hope banished,
01:16 of trust restored, of faith crushed.
01:21 The writer asks, "What happens when a Christian
01:23 puts all of his faith in the promises of God
01:26 only to be disappointed?
01:29 Where is the good spoken of in Romans 8:28?"
01:33 Clouds of doubt move in, and we wonder, "Why, God?
01:37 Why did You let me down?"
01:40 Perhaps you've been there when the devil jabs at you mockingly,
01:44 "Is this how God rewards those who place their trust in Him?
01:48 Is this how He shows His love?"
01:51 Well the writer of this devotion goes on,
01:54 "But God had not left me.
01:55 I was impressed to repeat the following words aloud,
01:58 'God loves me.'
02:00 I repeated the same phrase three times,
02:03 each time emphasizing a different word.
02:06 'GOD loves me.'
02:09 'God LOVES me.'
02:12 'God loves ME.'
02:14 With the third declaration, the darkness left me."
02:19 Later, when a dark cloud reminded her of the loss
02:22 of her pregnancy, she covered her head with your blanket
02:25 and said aloud, "God loves me! I know whom I have believed!
02:28 I have given my life to Christ, and what He decides to do
02:31 with me is okay, because my life is hidden in Christ."
02:36 Again, those clouds lifted.
02:39 But listen to the words this sister writes.
02:43 "These words that Jesus spoke to Peter brought
02:46 comfort to my heart later, 'What I am doing
02:49 you do not understand now, but you will know after this.'"
02:54 That's from John 13:7.
02:57 "I wrestled with God over my loss.
02:59 I couldn't understand why it had happened,
03:02 especially when I had exercised faith.
03:05 It would be ten years before I understood
03:07 that God wanted me to experience that faith must
03:11 reach beyond the clouds to what is unseen,
03:14 that His grace is made perfect in our weakness.
03:18 I prayed for a miracle, and God had given me one.
03:21 But I learned that the real miracle was that God's strength
03:24 was greater than my doubt, and that He could
03:27 keep me through any difficulty.
03:30 Like Job, I can say, 'Though He slay me,
03:34 yet I will trust Him.'
03:36 'He knows the way that I take;
03:38 when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.'"
03:43 Do you have that same kind of faith?
03:45 Trusting in Him?
03:49 Do you believe that?
03:54 I know not why God's wondrous grace
03:59 to me He hath made known,
04:04 nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
04:10 redeemed me for His own.
04:16 But I know Whom I have believed,
04:22 and am persuaded that He is able
04:29 to keep that which I've committed
04:35 unto Him against that day.
04:42 I know not how this saving faith
04:48 to me He did impart,
04:53 nor how believing in His Word
04:58 wrought peace within my heart.
05:04 But I know Whom I have believed,
05:09 and am persuaded that He is able
05:15 to keep that which I've committed
05:21 unto Him against that day.
05:28 I know not how the Spirit moves,
05:33 convincing men of sin,
05:39 revealing Jesus through the Word,
05:44 creating faith in Him.
05:51 I know not when my Lord may come,
05:57 at night or noonday fair,
06:02 nor if I walk the vale with Him,
06:08 or meet Him in the air.
06:14 But I know Whom I have believed,
06:20 and am persuaded that He is able
06:26 to keep that which I've committed
06:32 unto Him against that day.
06:43 Let's take time to praise the Lord now.
06:48 Dear Lord, we praise You that You are the
06:50 Father of all compassion, and the Lord of all comfort.
07:00 We praise You for healing our broken hearts
07:04 and for binding up our wounds.
07:07 We praise You, God.
07:11 We praise You, Lord, for letting us lay our burdens on You.
07:18 Thank You that Your shoulders are broad enough
07:23 and Your heart is big enough
07:28 to care for us and to take our burdens.
07:33 And Jesus, we praise You that You will sustain us
07:37 in our hour of grief, for You have experienced grief.
07:50 See, we don't have a High Priest who
07:55 has no idea what we're talking about when we bring our
08:01 pains and our cares to Him.
08:06 No, we have someone who is moved.
08:10 He's moved with compassion to hear our prayer and to meet us.
08:18 Aren't you grateful for that?
08:20 We praise You God for that.
08:23 We praise You, Lord.
08:29 So now we come before You, God, in a time of confession,
08:35 a time of claiming victory over our sin.
08:45 Holy Spirit, I pray that You would point out
08:48 any sin that is separating me from God.
08:56 For those who are watching, Holy Spirit, convict.
09:06 We want nothing between us and the Savior.
09:14 Forgive us, Father, when our doubts overwhelm
09:16 our ability to trust in You.
09:20 God, we've all been there...
09:29 ...when we doubted You.
09:33 Even though Your Word is full of promises
09:37 that remind us what a great God You are, we doubted You.
09:41 So God, forgive us when our doubts overwhelm
09:45 our ability to trust in You.
09:50 Thank You for the forgiveness, oh Father God, that You so
09:53 wonderfully offer.
10:00 Just take a moment to ask the Holy Spirit to soften your heart
10:06 and to just speak to you. Okay?
10:54 There's a song that talks about taking our burdens to the Lord
11:00 and leaving them there.
11:02 If the world from you withholds of its silver and its gold,
11:10 and you have to get along with meager fare,
11:17 just remember in His Word how He feeds the little bird;
11:26 take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
11:35 Leave it there, leave it there;
11:44 take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
11:54 If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.
12:03 Just take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
12:13 If your body suffers pain and your health you can't regain,
12:21 and your soul is almost sinking in despair,
12:30 Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal;
12:39 so take your burden to the Lord and just leave it there.
12:48 Leave it there, leave it there;
12:58 take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
13:07 If you trust Him through your doubt,
13:12 He will surely bring you out.
13:17 Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
13:28 Did you notice that line that says, "If you trust,"
13:31 the first time I sang it, "and never doubt,"
13:35 but in that second course it says, "If you trust Him
13:39 through your doubt."
13:41 You know, I think it's okay that...
13:46 God is not surprised that we would doubt.
13:52 And it shouldn't be our way to just initially doubt,
14:01 but sometimes we have to trust Him through our doubt.
14:09 So as we go into a time of supplication and intercession,
14:14 if you are having a hard time grasping that God cares
14:19 or that He can answer this prayer,
14:21 just trust Him through your doubt
14:26 until that doubt diminishes. Alright?
14:31 So now we pray, oh Lord, for wisdom and grace
14:37 to accept our disappointments, knowing that You love us.
14:43 And Lord, Your Word says You will work all things for good,
14:48 though we may not understand it now.
14:54 We ask, oh God, that our faith will be strengthened
14:57 as we face doubt and fear.
15:02 Please cause our families to reveal Your love
15:06 in our homes and communities.
15:08 We ask You to bring harmony into homes.
15:13 We ask You to heal broken relationships in our homes.
15:18 God, we ask that You would protect
15:21 the vulnerable from abuse.
15:26 And Lord, that You would reveal Your sanctifying power
15:29 in seemingly hopeless situations.
15:35 Oh God, those are big prayers
15:39 for those who have been going through those situations
15:44 for a long times.
15:46 God, I know You can turn them around.
15:55 Father, may our members, our pastors, and our leaders
16:02 around the world feed on Your Word every day.
16:11 Lord, may we also seek You daily in a personal prayer life.
16:21 Lord, remind us that without You we can do absolutely nothing.
16:34 Father, we ask You to raise up nurses and doctors
16:39 to plant new churches among the 1,978 people groups
16:44 in the 22 countries in West-Central Africa Division.
16:53 Lord, as I read those prayer requests that have to do with
16:57 the multiple people groups, I'm reminded that
17:04 these are God-sized prayers.
17:07 These are prayers, Lord, that only You can answer,
17:11 because You created this world.
17:18 You know how big it is and You know how great the need is.
17:22 And you know how to meet that need.
17:27 And You know who to meet that need through.
17:33 So Father, we pray, raise up nurses and doctors
17:37 to plant new churches among those people group.
17:43 And God, we pray for the 49 million people
17:47 in the 19 least reached cities of Trans-European Division.
17:57 49 million people.
18:04 Each one of them is dear to You.
18:10 Jesus, we know that You gave Your life
18:13 for each one of them.
18:20 For them to have a personal relationship with You.
18:25 So we pray for those people, God.
18:34 And God, I know that there are those who are watching
18:36 that You have laid souls upon their heart.
18:40 Unsaved loved ones, unsaved neighbors,
18:49 Lord, remember what You said in Jeremiah 24:7
18:54 "Then I will give them a heart to know Me,
18:56 that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people,
19:02 and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me
19:07 with their whole heart."
19:12 Oh God, I ask that You will give these lost,
19:19 these lost souls, give them a heart to know You,
19:24 that they will turn to You and find salvation.
19:36 And for the many requests, Lord, that have come in
19:41 for prayer, oh God, meet the needs,
19:46 according to Your riches and glory.
19:58 Thank You, Father, for hearing our prayer.
20:27 When peace like a river
20:34 attendeth my way,
20:39 when sorrows like sea billows roll;
20:49 whatever my lot,
20:54 Thou hast taught me to say,
21:02 "It is well, it is well,
21:09 with my soul."
21:15 It is well with my soul.
21:27 It is well, it is well, with my soul.
21:40 Though Satan should buffet,
21:46 though trials should come,
21:51 let this blest assurance control
21:59 that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
22:08 and has shed His own blood for my soul.
22:19 It is well with my soul.
22:27 It is well, it is well, with my soul.
22:38 My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought,
22:46 my sin, not in part but the whole,
22:54 is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more.
23:04 Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul.
23:16 And Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
23:26 the clouds be rolled back as a scroll.
23:37 The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend.
23:47 Even so, it is well with my soul.
24:24 It is well, it is well,
24:33 with my soul.
24:44 Father, we thank You that because Christ is
24:46 interceding for us, we have a hope and a future.
24:53 And we can genuinely say, it is well.
24:59 Imagine having Christ interceding for you.
25:05 Thank You, God, for that.
25:08 Thank You, Father, for comforting us
25:10 in all of our troubles so that we may comfort others.
25:18 Lord, help us to do that.
25:22 Thank you, God, that Your strength is made perfect
25:25 in our weakness.
25:31 Thank You, Lord Jesus.
25:35 Just take a moment and thank Him for His goodness.
25:54 Remember those words from, Testimonies, v4, pages 116-117.
26:01 "God gives us lessons of trust.
26:04 He would teach us where to look for help
26:06 and strength in time of need.
26:09 Thus we obtain practical knowledge of His divine will,
26:12 which we so much need in our life experience.
26:15 Faith grows strong in earnest conflict with doubt and fear."
26:22 And also from, The Ministry of Healing, page 474.
26:26 "In the future life, the mysteries that here have
26:29 annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain.
26:34 We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers
26:37 and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings."
26:46 Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not, for I am with you;
26:52 be not dismayed, for I am your God.
26:56 I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you;
27:03 I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
27:07 That's the God you serve.
27:10 That's why I encourage you not to give up hope.
27:13 That's why I encourage you to trust Him through your doubt.
27:20 Psalm 55:22 says, "Cast your burden on the Lord,
27:24 and He shall sustain you;
27:27 He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."
27:34 Thank You, Lord, for those promises.
27:40 Thank You, Father, that we can cast our burden on You.
27:48 You will sustain us and never permit us to be moved.
27:54 What a precious promise.
27:59 I encourage you to join us tomorrow evening
28:02 for our tenth day of, Ten Days of Prayer.
28:05 But that's not the end.
28:07 Join us on January 19th, this coming Sabbath,
28:10 as we take time to praise God for His wonderful deeds
28:14 and for hearing our prayer during these
28:16 past ten days of prayer.
28:19 We'll also be discussing the outreach challenge
28:22 as outlined on...
28:26 ...where you're encouraged to reach out to others
28:28 in your community after these ten days of prayer are through.
28:34 So join us again tomorrow night.
28:39 And just think about His love,
28:43 as we close these last few seconds of prayer.
28:51 Thank you for watching us and for praying along.