“Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. His experience testifies to the power of importunate prayer. It is now that we are to learn this lesson of prevailing prayer, of unyielding faith. The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual Christian are not those that are gained by talent or education, by wealth or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God, when earnest, agonizing faith lays hold upon the mighty arm of power.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 203
“As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.” Ps. 55:16-18
We are told that the Holy Spirit will be given when we ask. We are also told that Heaven is waiting to give us this gift corporately as a church. So, what is heaven waiting for? Is heaven waiting for you and me? Could it be that we don't truly recognize our great spiritual need? Could it be that we've been content with a little of the Holy Spirit when God is longing to give us a full outpouring?
What are some practical ways that we can combat fear? What about claiming Bible promises, singing songs, and reflecting on God's leading in our past? Share with someone a time when God carried you through a difficult trial and how your faith grew through that experience. As we reflect on His leading in the past, we will have renewed confidence for the future.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 “The enemy can never take out of the hand of Christ the one who is simply trusting in His promises.” Review and Herald, Feb. 3, 1903
The figures are skyrocketing. A raging pandemic, coronavirus or COVID-19, is traveling with lightening speed across the globe. But there is another plague that is racing even faster. It has infected more people than those afflicted with the coronavirus. As serious as the coronavirus is, and it is serious, there is something else that is deadlier—fear. Fear, anxiety, and worry impact our immune systems, strangle our joy, and rob us of hope. How can we be kept from being consumed by worry and anxiety? What can help us from being overcome by crippling fear...
What an exciting time in history to be alive! While all around the world men’s hearts are failing them for fear, we can move forward in faith with our eyes fixed firmly upon Jesus. He is in control! Nothing catches Him by surprise—not tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires, or even a worldwide pandemic. He is still on the throne. For many months now, plans have been in process for a very special prayer initiative called 100 Days of Prayer...
"What a wonder it is that we pray so little. God is ready and willing to hear the sincere prayer of the humblest of His children.... Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse where are treasured the boundless resources of omnipotence?” (Steps to Christ, 94, 95).