I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

How You Can Influence the Outcome of the MAP Seminar

"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest" (Matt. 9:37-38).

Prayer is absolutely necessary in the Christian's life. Without prayer our witness will be far less effective in our community, and we will be far more vulnerable to the enemy. When we tell others The Good News, we need the blessing and support of the Lord. We need to be connected with Him. Prayer is what makes this happen!!

When we witness to others, we plant the seeds of the Gospel, but it is God who causes the growth (1 Cor. 3:6-7). In prayer we ask God to give that growth. In prayer we ask God to draw the lost and the hurting; to show the unrepentant their sin and by that alert them to the need for salvation. In prayer you, "...let your requests be made known to God" (Phil. 4:6). Take a look at your own testimonial of turning your heart over to Jesus. No doubt there were people praying and requesting your salvation!

Jesus prayed often (Matt. 14:23; 26:36; Mark 6:46; Luke 5:16; John 17). Paul prayed (Rom. 1:9; Eph. 1:16). Stephen prayed (Acts 7:55-60). We are compelled to pray so that we might have fellowship with God (John 1:1-4). We battle not against flesh and blood but against powers and the spiritual forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12). That is where the real battle is-- the Great Controversy! We all need prayer. Prayer is one of God's ordained means do spiritual warfare and sharing the Gospel definitely falls under that category.

Did you know that you can actually influence spiritual outcomes with your prayers? Look at 2 Kings 20:1-7. Amos the Prophet told King Hezekiah that he should get his house in order because he was going to die (v. 1). Hezekiah prayed fervently (v. 2,3). God heard his prayers and said, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. And I will add fifteen years to your life" (v. 5).

Hezekiah's prayer made a significant difference. You, my Christian brother/sister, are an effective witness, and your prayers are a vital part of drawing our community brothers and sisters to the Most Amazing Prophecies Seminar September 15 - 23. Remember to invite your friends, family and neighbors to the Seminar, but before that, and foremost throughout the time until the Seminar, unite with others in fervent prayer for the saving of souls in the Comox Valley.

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