As we enter a new year with Ten Days of Prayer, we asked 50 leading Adventists: "What is your prayer for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2015?" Here is what they said.
“I pray that each member of the Seventh-day Adventist church will be so overwhelmed by Christ’s grace, so filled with the truth of His Word, so committed to His self-sacrificial service that His mission of winning lost people is the priority of our lives. I pray that we will be united on the central verities of our faith rather than the varying personal views that divide us and together we will participate in His mission of redemption until He returns to take us home.”
, evangelist; assistant to the president of the General Conference; editor-at-large, Adventist Review
“Our gracious God, as we watch this world decay, our courage is challenged and our resources stretched. Though You have given us incredible opportunities to bring healing and hope to so many, we seem to be majoring in minors. Help our church to refocus on sharing Your love and compassion with your people everywhere, to put aside self and bring glory to You alone. This is my urgent plea.”
, president of Loma Linda University; the first Adventist student missionary to serve outside of North America as a Walla Walla College student in the 1960s
"Oh Lord, the great and dreadful God, we have sinned and have rebelled, we have not hearkened unto thy servants the prophets. We do not present our supplications before Thee for our righteousness but for thy great mercies. Oh Lord forgive! We long for the harvest to be gathered and we plead for what will mature the grain, the latter rain, your Holy Spirit in great abundance as you have promised your people! Revive us, unite us and give us compassion for the millions who still do not know you!"
, a local church leader who reaches out to the Waldensians in Torre Pellice, Italy
“My prayer is that we could see the kind of diversity in Scripture that would enable us to trust one another without fear of compromise. In Ellen White’s words: ‘When men cease to depend upon men, when they make God their efficiency, then there will be more confidence manifested in one another. Our faith in God is altogether too feeble and our confidence in one another altogether too meager’ (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 214).”
, theologian, professor of biblical studies at Walla Walla University
“My prayer for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2015 is that each of us will humble ourselves before the Lord asking Him to fill us with the latter rain of the Holy Spirit. We are to be completely dependent on the Lord for our every need as we find practical ways to share Christ’s love, righteousness and promise of His soon coming. May every church member become alive in sharing Christ in word and action!”
, president of the Adventist world church
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