"Our Greatest Need"
by Jonathan Walter
Over the past seven years the world church has put a special emphasis on the topic of united prayer, revival, and reformation. I remember it well when I first encountered real prayer warriors leading a prayer room at a campus ministry conference in Paris, France in 2011. The ministry of these prayer warriors profoundly impacted my life, and it led me to search for a deeper connection with the Lord through prayer. Over the course of the following years God revolutionized my prayer life and showed me personally how “a revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. . .” and “need be expected only in answer to prayer (1SM 121)." I have experienced revivals of that kind.
And they always come through prayer.
That is why I was very happy to hear when the Michigan Conference’s Ministerial Department started to host special days of prayer and fasting for interested pastors.
From April 2-4, 2017 the third ‘Prayer & Fasting’ meeting took place at Camp Au Sable and it was, as always, a very powerful time. United, we sought the presence and guidance of the Lord.
We studied and prayed through John 14 and 2 Timothy as well as excerpts of Spirit of Prophecy counsel. Throughout our time together the Holy Spirit revealed to us our need for a complete surrender of our hearts, a thoroughly converted life and ministry, an understanding of the seriousness of the times we live in, the desire of God to be one with us, and our need as pastors to continually pray for and with each other.
Matthew 18:19 says “if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
“The promise is made on 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 (9MR, 303)."
Many churches struggle with attendance in prayer meetings. This breaks my heart. It is in on our knees where we gain forgiveness and victory over sin and the devil, it is through prayer that God imparts His Spirit to us, it is through united prayer that our petitions become more effective and the love of God binds us together as a church family to reach the world in Spirit-filled missions. Shouldn’t we desire these graces so much more?
“The privilege of sharing the blessing of the hour of prayer, would to many. . . be like a glimpse of heaven (AH, 448).”
Those of us who took part in the ‘Prayer & Fasting’ time experienced that glimpse of heaven, and we praise God for it. It is my hope, that as we seek to walk faithfully with God and to reach Michigan through many evangelistic efforts, we will make it a point to spend much time in private and united prayer.
May God bless us.