Series Code: PHTDP
Program Code: PHTDP190010A
00:12 Hi and welcome to day ten of, Ten Days of Prayer;
00:16 a prayer strategy from the Revival and Reformation
00:18 initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
00:21 It's my hope that if you have made this 30 minutes
00:24 a regular part of your evening for the past few days,
00:27 that you have felt a nearness to God
00:29 that you'll want to continue throughout January, February,
00:33 and throughout the year.
00:34 But it won't happen without an effort on your and my part
00:38 to meet with God on a daily basis.
00:42 As you may remember, the theme of our time together
00:44 has been, seeking God for a deeper experience with Him.
00:48 That's really important, because some of you
00:50 may have had some really bad relationship experiences
00:54 leaving you scarred for life.
00:56 I can say for sure that as much as you long for a
00:59 closer walk with God, He desires for you to trust Him.
01:03 And He wants you to know that you can depend on Him.
01:07 Listen to this testimony.
01:10 "My older brother and I were abandoned
01:12 by our biological father.
01:14 Because he left our mother when we were very young,
01:16 we never met him.
01:18 All we knew of him was that he was a sailor,
01:20 tall and handsome with fiery red hair and freckles,
01:23 and spoke with a southern accent.
01:26 All attempts to locate him failed, so we gave up.
01:30 I grew up wondering why he didn't want us,
01:33 which left a scar on my young heart."
01:36 The person goes on to talk about circumstances at school
01:41 where they were often picked on, and pretty just crummy,
01:49 bullying situations.
01:52 Then the testimony continues, "Insecurity and low self-esteem
01:56 stayed with me into my teens and adulthood.
01:59 Events in early childhood can affect who we become,
02:03 but we don't have to stay that way.
02:05 I had every right to be bitter and angry;
02:07 after all, I was rejected by my father, friendless,
02:11 and easily taken advantage of because I longed to be accepted.
02:15 The more I dwelt on it, the more it became a reality.
02:19 I gathered a bouquet of thorns.
02:22 But holding onto past experiences,
02:24 as bitter as they may have been, becomes too heavy to bear
02:29 and may eventually affect our health.
02:31 We become slaves to our feelings.
02:36 I read this account by Ellen White recently:
02:40 'Many walking along the path of life dwell upon
02:43 their mistakes and failures and disappointments,
02:45 and their hearts are filled with grief and discouragement.
02:49 While I was in Europe, a sister who had been doing this
02:54 and who was in deep distress wrote to me
02:57 asking for some word of encouragement.
03:00 The night after I had read her letter
03:02 I dreamed that I was in a garden, and one who
03:05 seemed to be the owner of the garden
03:06 was conducting me through its paths.
03:10 I was gathering the flowers and enjoying their fragrance
03:13 when this sister who had been walking by my side
03:15 called my attention to some unsightly briers
03:22 that were impeding her way.
03:25 There she was mourning and grieving.
03:28 She was not walking in the pathway, following the guide,
03:32 but was walking among the briers and the thorns.
03:35 "Oh," she mourned, "is it not a pity that this
03:38 beautiful garden is spoiled with thorns?"
03:42 Then the guide said, "Let the thorns alone,
03:46 for they will only wound you.
03:49 Gather the roses, the lilies, and the pinks."
03:55 Have there not been some bright spots in your experience?
04:00 When you look back into the chapters of your life experience
04:03 do you not find some pleasant pages?
04:06 Are not God's promises, like the fragrant flowers,
04:09 growing beside your path on every hand?
04:13 Will you not let their beauty and sweetness
04:16 fill your heart with joy?'"
04:18 I like this:
04:21 "It is not wise to gather together all the unpleasant
04:24 recollections of a past life,
04:26 its iniquities and disappointments,
04:29 to talk over them and to mourn over them until
04:32 we are overwhelmed with discouragement.
04:35 A discouraged soul is filled with darkness,
04:38 shutting out the light of God from his own soul
04:42 and casting a shadow upon the pathway of others."
04:50 So when Christ comes into our lives,
04:53 we discover who we are in Him.
04:56 We become a child of God, a royal prince or princess
05:00 of the King of kings.
05:02 If you were fatherless before, you aren't anymore.
05:08 God has become your Father.
05:11 No longer are we rejected or friendless.
05:15 Our Father in heaven, He calls us His friend.
05:18 You and I have great value,
05:22 for Jesus Christ gave His life for us.
05:26 We truly have reason to rejoice.
05:44 My Father is rich in houses and land,
05:49 He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands.
05:55 Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
06:00 His coffers are full, He has riches untold.
06:06 I'm a child of the King, a child of the King:
06:13 with Jesus my Savior, I'm a child of the King.
06:23 My Father's own Son, the Savior of men,
06:29 once wandered on earth as the poorest of them.
06:34 But now He is pleading our pardon on high,
06:40 that we may be His when He comes by and by.
06:46 I'm a child of the King, a child of the King:
06:53 with Jesus my Savior, I'm a child of the King.
07:03 I once was an outcast, a stranger on earth,
07:09 a sinner by choice, and an alien by birth.
07:15 But I've been adopted, my name's written down;
07:22 an heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown.
07:29 I'm a child of the King, a child of the King:
07:37 with Jesus my Savior, I'm a child of the King.
07:50 Amen? I hope you can say that.
07:55 As we enter into a time of praise, let us praise Him
08:01 for adopting us into His family.
08:04 Lord, we truly do praise You
08:10 for Your transforming power.
08:16 We praise You, oh Lord, that You have called us Your friend.
08:26 We praise you, God.
08:30 We praise You for choosing us to be Your children.
08:42 What a privilege to be Your child.
08:45 May we bear the name of Christ with honor,
08:53 that we not do any damage,
08:56 that we cause no shame to Your name.
09:07 And Lord, as we confess our sin before You
09:12 and we claim victory over sin in our lives,
09:22 we pray, Holy Spirit, that You will show us
09:26 if there is anything that is separating us from You.
09:36 Anything we may have said or done that we didn't even
09:38 realized we had said or done it.
09:46 God, forgive us.
09:54 Lord, I'm reminded, Your Word says, if Your people will
10:00 humble themselves and pray,
10:05 You will hear from heaven and heal their land.
10:17 Father, forgive us when we choose to dwell on the thorns
10:21 of the past and we allow those experiences to discourage us.
10:26 God, if there's something that we just can't seem to get
10:29 rid of, we can't seem to shake it, we're so offended by it,
10:33 Lord, help us to get rid of that.
10:38 Burn the brambles, the thorns,
10:44 the dead weeds.
10:46 Forget it.
10:48 Help us to move on and to claim the victory
10:52 that You have given us.
10:59 We thank You that Your Word states if we confess
11:02 our sin, You are faithful and just to forgive us...
11:12 ...and give us peace.
11:21 Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
11:30 rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
11:40 In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
11:49 o'er my soul like an infinite calm.
12:00 Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
12:10 coming down from the Father above;
12:20 sweep over my spirit forever, I pray,
12:30 in fathomless billows of love.
12:48 I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
12:57 I'm resting sweetly in Jesus' control;
13:05 For I'm kept from all danger by night and by day,
13:16 and His glory is flooding my soul.
13:30 Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
13:39 coming down from the Father above;
13:48 sweep over my spirit forever, I pray,
13:59 in fathomless billows of love.
14:20 How long has it been since you felt that peace.
14:27 Just reach out and claim that peace as your own.
14:33 Claim Him as the Prince of Peace that He is,
14:35 and that He wants to be in your life.
14:43 As we enter into this time of intercession,
14:45 praying for the needs one more night,
14:54 I'm reminded of the millions of people that we've
14:59 prayed for over the past ten days.
15:07 And we've prayed for volunteers and missionaries
15:13 and workers to be sent to those who need to hear
15:18 that Jesus saves and that He loves them.
15:25 And Lord, we continue, as we lift up our church leaders
15:29 around the world, asking You, God, that You would grant them
15:35 wisdom as they make important decisions
15:40 and lead Your people.
15:46 God, we ask You for Your grace to forgive those
15:52 who have wronged us.
15:55 Lord, please bring healing and restoration
15:59 to our lives and to the lives of our families.
16:07 Lord, may each of us be a friend to the friendless,
16:15 revealing Your love to those in need of affection.
16:26 ...everyone needs compassion, everyone needs a Savior.
16:38 Love the friendless through us.
16:49 Lord, we pray for our children.
16:53 Please empower them to stand boldly for You
16:56 when they encounter obstacles and pressure.
17:00 Help them to make wise choices and, God, to stand for truth,
17:07 no matter the cost.
17:14 Teach us to follow Christ's selfless example
17:17 by meeting the daily needs of people close to us.
17:24 Lord, we know we come in contact with them.
17:28 Instead of skirting them, instead of trying to avoid them,
17:36 God, may we confront them and show them Your love.
17:42 Oh God, fill us with compassion for the friendless.
17:45 for the homeless, for the hopeless.
17:55 Teach us to follow Your selfless example,
18:01 equipping us to serve as medical missionaries,
18:05 community volunteers, and simply a friend to the needy.
18:20 Lord, may a mighty revival of primitive godliness
18:25 sweep Your church in the final days.
18:29 May we stand for truth though the heavens fall.
18:36 Lord, show us how to share the gospel
18:41 with Muslim people groups.
18:44 We pray that they hear and respond to Your offer of grace.
18:50 God, give us wisdom.
18:58 Lord, we pray for the seeds of truth that were sown in Japan
19:03 during last year's Total Member Involvement outreach.
19:08 Please send laborers to work and pray for Japan.
19:17 God, we know right here in our country in America,
19:23 we're going through a time of political unrest and
19:30 government shutdown, partially.
19:35 Father, we know that we need to hear from You.
19:45 We know that our leaders need wisdom.
19:53 Dear God, for those families who are affected
19:59 by the shutdown, Lord, I pray in Jesus' name that
20:05 You'll simply have Your will and Your way, God.
20:13 God, when tragedy comes close to our home,
20:23 Lord, may we cry out to You to be our Savior,
20:29 to be our Supplier, to be our peace.
20:42 Thank You, God, that You do care for Your people
20:47 all around the world.
20:51 You do care for the homeless, for the refugee,
21:05 Fill us with compassion to do the same.
21:15 So Father, we thank You.
21:19 Thank You for Your promise in Philippians 1:6,
21:24 "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it
21:27 until the day of Jesus Christ."
21:34 Thank you, Lord, that You can fill us with joy and peace.
21:41 Thank You that You are already working in the hearts
21:45 of the people that we've prayed for over these past ten days.
21:55 Father, thank You simply for hearing our prayer.
21:59 And thank You just for setting up
22:05 this opportunity of communing with You,
22:11 of conversing with You.
22:14 We want to just take a moment to hear from You.
22:18 So speak to Your children.
22:20 Speak to those that are watching.
23:31 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
23:39 O what a foretaste of glory divine.
23:48 Heir of salvation, purchase of God;
23:56 Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
24:04 This is my story, this is my song;
24:13 Praising my Savior all the day long.
24:21 This is my story, this is my song;
24:30 Praising my Savior all the day long.
24:40 Perfect submission, all is at rest;
24:48 I, in my Savior, am happy and blessed.
24:56 Watching and waiting, looking above;
25:03 Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
25:12 This is my story, this is my song;
25:21 Praising my Savior all the day long.
25:30 This is my story, this is my song;
25:39 Praising my Savior all the day long.
25:46 Sing that with me again.
25:48 This is my story, this is my song;
25:57 Praising my Savior all the day long.
26:05 This is my story, this is my song;
26:14 Praising my Savior all the day long.
26:30 I'm praising my Savior
26:37 all the day long.
26:43 And remember, when you are praising your Savior
26:46 all the day long, you don't have time to
26:49 hold on to the...
26:52 ...the regrets of the past, the bitterness that
26:58 you may feel towards someone for something
27:01 they did to you in the past.
27:05 Because when you praise Him, I like to see
27:08 myself as praising Him with open hands,
27:12 with hands lifted up to heaven.
27:14 And I can't hold onto anything that way.
27:18 Because it just slides right off.
27:22 So keep that mindset of praising Him all the day long.
27:32 If you've been wronged by your brother,
27:34 go to him, go to her.
27:37 If you've wronged someone, go to them and make it right...
27:44 ...so that you can get rid of that
27:46 and move on with your walk in Christ.
27:50 Praising the Savior all the day long.
27:53 Psalm 27:10 says, "When my father and my mother
27:56 forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me."
28:02 He wants to be a Father and a mother to the orphan.
28:09 And Romans 8:31 says, "What then shall we say to these things?
28:14 If God be for us, who can be against us?"
28:19 That's a wonderful promise, right?
28:21 "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
28:28 That's going to be on my lips
28:31 throughout the rest of this evening.
28:36 I invite you to tune in tomorrow as we offer up
28:39 praise to God for hearing our prayers
28:42 and for the mighty answers He has given us
28:44 and will continue to give us in His own time.
28:47 So yes, there is a day eleven in the ten days of prayer.
28:53 But in that program, we'll be singing and sharing promises
28:58 from God's Word, and we'd love for you to join us, join me.
29:04 I'll also be sharing a challenge from the ten days of prayer:
29:09 ways that you can share your faith now that these ten days
29:14 are finished.
29:17 I continue to encourage you to pray on,
29:24 to tell someone about Jesus.
29:26 Tell someone that you love them.