United Prayer

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The Inspiration behind United Prayer

“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” II Chron 7:14

“We are encouraged to pray for success, with the divine assurance that our prayers will be answered. The promise of Matthew 18:19-20 says, "If two of you shall agree as touching anything that you ask, it shall be done for you of our Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together, God is in the midst of them." This promise is made on the condition that the united prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers, there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love for God and for one another.” 9th Manuscript Releases, 748, Nos. 664

“A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. It is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.” Last Day Events, Chap 13

“There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and an impenitent congregation.” Messages to Young People, p. 133

“When the message of truth was first proclaimed, how much we prayed. How often was the voice of intercession heard in the chamber, in the barn, in the orchard, or the grove? Frequently we spent hours in earnest prayer, two or three together claiming the promise; often the sound of weeping was heard and then the voice of thanksgiving and the song of praise. Now the day of the Lord is nearer than when we first believed, and we should be more earnest, more zealous, and more fervent than in those early days.” 5Testimonies, p. 161

“Only the work accomplished by much prayer, which is sanctified by the merit of Christ will stand the test of the judgment.” Christian Service, p. 263

“The members of our churches need to be converted, to become more spiritual-minded. A chain of earnest, praying believers should encircle the world. Let all pray in humility. Let those who cannot leave home gather in their children, and unite in learning to pray together. In response to the prayers of God’s people, angels are sent with heavenly blessings.” Reflecting Christ, p. 121

“In every church there should be stated seasons for united prayer for the advancement of this work. Let all be united, having a specific object for their faith and entreaties. Brethren, move high heaven with your prayers for God to work with the efforts of his servants.” Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the SDA, p. 294

“Those who meet together for prayer will receive an unction from the Holy One. There is great need of secret prayer, but there is also need that several Christians meet together and unite with earnestness their petitions to God.” In Heavenly Places, p. 91

“Unitedly make known your troubles to God. Talk less; much precious time is lost in talk that brings no light. Let brethren unite in fasting and prayer for the wisdom that God has promised to supply liberally.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 188

“Brethren should stand shoulder to shoulder, uniting their prayers at the throne of grace, that they may move the arm of the Omnipotent.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 210

“While their united prayers were ascending in faith to Heaven, the answer came. The place where the were assembled was shaken, and they were endowed anew with the Holy Spirit.” Acts of the Apostles, p. 67

“And when the day of Pentecost came, they were all with one accord in one place.” Acts 2:1

Additional thoughts from Inspiration about Prayer

Why short prayers? 

“Make short prayers in meetings, and lengthy prayers when you talk and commune with God in your closet.” 10th Manuscript Releases, p. 130

“Learn to pray short and right to the point, asking for just what you need… Do not offer make-believe prayers, but earnest, feeling petitions, expressing the hunger of the soul for the Bread of Life. If we prayed more in secret, we should be able to pray more intelligently in public. . . .If the soul is not drawn out in prayer in the closet and while engaged in the business of the day, it will be manifest in the prayer meeting. . . .” Our High Calling, p. 130

“Let us learn to pray intelligently, expressing our requests with clearness and precision. Let us . . . pray as though we meant it. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
Our High Calling, p. 130

Why Persevere in prayer? 

“I asked the angel why there was no more faith and power in Israel, “Ye let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. Press your petitions to the throne, and hold on by strong faith.” Early Writings, p. 73

“There must be earnest prayer. Weaken the hands of the enemy by wrestling with God in prayer.” Pacific Union Record, June 5, 1902

“Jacob’s victory is an evidence of the power of importunate [persistent] prayer. All who will lay hold of God’s promises as He did, and be as earnest and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded. Those who are unwilling to deny self, to agonize before God, to pray long and earnestly for His blessing, will not obtain it. Wrestling with God, how few know what this is. When waves of despair which no language can express sweep over the suppliant, how few cling with unyielding faith to the promises of God.” Great Controversy, p. 621

“It is part of God’s plan to grant us, in answer to the prayer of faith, that which He would not bestow did we not thus ask.” Great Controversy, p. 525

Why the importance of Confession?

“The Scripture bids us, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” James 5:16. To the one asking for prayer, let thoughts like these be presented: “We cannot read the heart, or know the secrets of your life. These are known only to yourself and to God. If you repent of your sins, it is your duty to make confession of them.” Sin of a private character is to be confessed to Christ, the only mediator between God and man. For “if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1. Every sin is an offense against God and is to be confessed to Him through Christ. Every open sin should be as openly confessed. Wrong done to a fellow being should be made right with the one who has been offended. If any who are seeking health have been guilty of evilspeaking, if they have sowed discord in the home, the neighborhood, or the church, and have stirred up alienation and dissension, if by any wrong practice they have led others into sin, these things should be confessed before God and before those who have been offended. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Counsels for the Church, p. 304

"All are fallible, all make mistakes and fall into sin; but if the wrong-doer is willing to see his errors, as they are made plain by the convicting Spirit of God, and in humility of heart will confess them to God and to the brethren, then he may be restored; then the wound that sin has made will be healed. If this course were pursued, there would be in the church much more child-like simplicity and brotherly love, heart beating in unison with heart." Review & Herald Dec 16, 1890

“Some see their faults, but thinking confession will detract from their dignity, they excuse their wrong, and shield themselves from the discipline that confession would give to the soul. The thought of their manifest error will remain to embitter their enjoyments and embarrass their movements; for in passing out of the path of confession, they fail to be faithful examples to the people. They see the errors of others; but how can they have courage to give the advice, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed,” when they have failed to follow this instruction in their own lives? It is not agreeable; because it does not flatter their pride, but reproves and pains? Ministers and people, if saved at all, must be saved day by day, hour by hour. They must hunger and thirst for the righteousness of Christ, the illumination of the Holy Spirit.” Fundamentals of Education, p. 239

“I have been shown that many are in the greatest danger of failing to perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord... There is with nearly all a neglect of self-examination...You will receive more strength by spending one hour each day in meditation, and mourning over your failings and heart-corruptions, and pleading for God’s pardoning love, and the assurance of sins forgiven, than you would by spending many hours and days...making yourself acquainted with every objection to our faith, and the most powerful evidences in favor of our faith.” Pastoral Ministry, p. 24-25

“After Christ’s ascension, the disciples were gathered together in one place to make humble supplication to God. And after ten days of heart searching and self-examination, the way was prepared for the Holy Spirit to enter the cleansed, consecrated soul temples. Every heart was filled with the Spirit, as though God desired to show His people that it was His prerogative to bless them with the choicest of heaven’s blessings.” Evangelism, p. 698

True or False Revival?

For those that experience the power of the four-part united prayer, it is life changing...and we believe as God’s people humble their hearts and persevere in unity together in prayer (as II Chron 7:14 instructs us), the Latter Rain will begin to fall in richer and richer measure. Yet, some may question, “Is this of God?” We ourselves must be on watch and on guard, always searching, always asking, “Does this align with scripture? Does the fruit bear evidence of the fact?” We are told that as we get closer to Christ’s coming, wherever there is a genuine revival, there will also be a counterfeit revival. The only way to distinguish the true fire from the false fire is by the Word of God. We must be careful not to get swept up in emotionalism, sensationalism, or mere excitement just for excitement’s sake. If we do not know the Word and test the Spirit, we could be deceived.

Mark Finley writes in the book, “Lord, Revive us Again,” - “Satan's concern in the last days is not the unsaved world. He already has them in his grasp. His concern is Christians. By bringing deceptions into the church, he will mislead millions.”

And yet, we know that before Christ’s comes back, there will be a revival, a revival such as has never been seen before...a revival of primitive godliness.

"Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth, there will be, among the people of the Lord, such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon his children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and his Word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time, to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he [Satan] will endeavor to prevent it, by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power, he will make it appear that God’s special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world. Yet none need be deceived. In the light of God’s Word it is not difficult to determine the nature of these movements. Wherever men neglect the testimony of the Bible, turning away from those plain, soul-testing truths which require self-denial and renunciation of the world, there we may be sure that God’s blessing is not bestowed. And by the rule which Christ himself has given, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Great Controversy, p. 464

“Obedience is the test of discipleship. It is the keeping of the commandments that proves the sincerity of our professions of love. When the doctrine we accept kills sin in the heart, purifies the soul from defilement, bears fruit unto holiness, we may know that it is the truth of God." Mount of Blessings, p. 146

“God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.” GC 595

“We are living in the most solemn period of this world's history. The destiny of earth's teeming multitudes is about to be decided. Our own future well-being and also the salvation of other souls depend upon the course which we now pursue. We need to be guided by the Spirit of truth. Every follower of Christ should earnestly inquire: "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" We need to humble ourselves before the Lord, with fasting and prayer, and to meditate much upon His word, especially upon the scenes of the judgment. We should now seek a deep and living experience in the things of God. We have not a moment to lose.” Great Controversy, p. 601

Fellow believers of God, we have NOT A MOMENT TO LOSE! Let us us humble our hearts, seek the Lord and unite together in Prayer! And the Holy Spirit will come...