100 Days of Prayer

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14.

We encourage our Newbold Church Family to join in prayer, every morning \ evening between 8.00 and 9.00 o’clock.

We pray every:

  • For God to speak to each person who is forced to distance themselves from their normal activities: for us to listen to His voice and respond;
  • For God’s intervention to eradicate the COVID-19 virus;
  • For our country, those infected, struggling, grieving, NHS staff, key workers and volunteers, leaders, and others.

Please send your prayer requests to Ruth Clemow – 07446868774 or Ron Clemow 07799642490, through e-mail, or write to us through the contact form below.

Also, please send us a prayer which we can place on our website each day.

“Heavenly Father, Saviour Son and Comforting Spirit.
I lift up my heart and mind to reflect on your everlasting love. I praise you for the salvation offered, a gift to be accepted and treasured. I thank you for the promise of a clean heart and a right spirit within me. Take me by the hand and lead me into Thy righteousness that I sin not. May my life be a testament to Your transforming power.
In these days of turmoil, fear, anguish and grief, please strengthen us with your presence.
Where first responders, nurses, doctors and therapists, as well as all who support them, rise up hour after hour and day after day to minister to the sick and dying, be there with them to guide their hands, to shield them from illness themselves, and support them emotionally, mentally and physically. Comfort the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in showing that “greater love.”
Lead us through this time of loss of life and uncertain economy with the certainty of your love and unfailing care. We know you are with us and that one day we will be with you when all things are made new.
We praise you. We honour you. We trust you. We love you.
Amen.”

Daily Devotionals

27 May 2020 – Have Mercy!

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” – Matthew 5:7

“God is Himself the source of all mercy. His name is ‘merciful and gracious.’ Exodus 34:6. He does not treat us according to our desert. He does not ask if we are worthy of His love, but He pours upon us the riches of His love, to make us worthy. He is not vindictive. He seeks not to punish, but to redeem . . . He yearns with intense desire to relieve the woes of men and to apply His balsam to their wounds . . . The merciful are ‘partakers of the divine nature,’ and in them the compassionate love of God finds expression. All whose hearts are in sympathy with the heart of Infinite Love will seek to reclaim and not to condemn. Christ dwelling in the soul is a spring that never runs dry. Where He abides, there will be an overflowing of beneficence.” – Thoughts from The Mount of Blessing, p. 22

HEART QUESTIONS:

Take a moment and think about God’s mercy upon your life. He only looks out for your best, despite your unfaithfulness. He is not requiring you to prove your worth to Him in order to receive His gift of salvation. He treats you with love.

When you experience and internalize God’s mercy, the Holy Spirit will enable you to become an agent of mercy; treating those around you with the same kind of love and mercy. Especially those who have wronged you.

Will you choose today, with the help of Jesus, to extend God’s mercy to people in your life? Forgiving them before they ask for it, loving them before being given a reason to? Desiring their best no matter if they are worth it or not?

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Elham L.: “I have been asking God for a deeper relationship with him. Since incorporating the 100 Days of Prayers on a daily basis into my daily devotions using a prayer journal my prayer life has been revitalized. It’s mind-blowing!”
  • Sherma J.: “God answered a prayer for a missing member. She ignored my attempts to call her. When I visited, she would just talk about her problems and not let me say anything. I prayed for God to work on her heart and instead of me trying to call her that she would call me. Two weeks later she called and said that her problems are gone and she wants to come back to church and recommit her life to God!”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for God to make you an agent of mercy to the people in your life.
  • Pray for students who are struggling to come up with school fees in order to receive an education. Pray that they will experience God’s leading in their education.
  • Pray for the people and members in Zimbabwe. The majority of them can not afford to stay on lockdown. The health care system is unable to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Pray for various pastors in Indonesia who have contracted Covid-19.
  • Pray for God to bless the outreach of students in Brazil who are volunteering to produce hand sanitizer for the elderly.
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26 May – A Righteous Diet

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Matthew 5:6

“Righteousness is holiness, likeness to God, and ‘God is love.’ 1 John 4:16. It is conformity to the law of God, for ‘all Thy commandments are righteousness’ (Psalm 119:172), and ‘love is the fulfilling of the law’ (Romans 13:10). Righteousness is love, and love is the light and the life of God. The righteousness of God is embodied in Christ. We receive righteousness by receiving Him.”– Thoughts from The Mount of Blessing, p. 18

HEART QUESTIONS:

Do you hunger and thirst for Christ’s righteousness? 

His life of perfect selfless love and His substitutional death provides you with a twofold gift of justifying grace: 1.) His imputed righteousness, which is the promise that you are covered by His perfect life through faith in that promise. 2.) His imparted righteousness, which is the promise that He will transform you from a being of selfishness, into a being that reflects the selfless love of Jesus, through living faith in that promise.

This twofold gift will fulfill you; it will truly satisfy you; it will save you! Why not accept it today and start living a happy and Jesus-filled life in the awareness of this amazing reality of God’s redemptive love?

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Jane D.: ”God healed the sick who I prayed for. He also amazingly touched the hearts of my family.”
  • Marcia N.: “My daughter has been addicted to drugs for many years, was homeless and even went to jail. Our prayer group started praying for her and as a result she is now in a facility getting help, her health is improving, she has a renewed interest in God, and she is reading Spirit of Prophecy books. She said that it is God who helped her. I praise God for His love for us and helping us through these heartbreaking years. Weeping endures for a night, but JOY comes in the morning!”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for Christ’s righteousness to cover and fill you.
  • Pray for God to intervene in the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis in the upper west region of Ghana. This outbreak has already killed many people in that region.
  • Pray for churches that have become inactive since the Covid-19 outbreak. Pray for pastors, church leaders, and members to know how to best connect at this time. Pray for a new focus on the importance of prayer.
  • Pray for members in Myanmar as they utilize the internet to spread the gospel in this time of crisis.
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24 May 2020 – Mourning Has Broken

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4

“The mourning here brought to view is true heart sorrow for sin . . . And as one is drawn to behold Jesus uplifted on the cross, he discerns the sinfulness of humanity. He sees that it is sin which scourged and crucified the Lord of glory. He sees that, while he has been loved with unspeakable tenderness, his life has been a continual scene of ingratitude and rebellion. He has forsaken his best Friend and abused heaven’s most precious gift. He has crucified to himself the Son of God afresh and pierced anew that bleeding and stricken heart. He is separated from God by a gulf of sin that is broad and black and deep, and he mourns in brokenness of heart. Such mourning ‘shall be comforted.’ God reveals to us our guilt that we may flee to Christ, and through Him be set free from the bondage of sin, and rejoice in the liberty of the sons of God. In true contrition we may come to the foot of the cross, and there leave our burdens.” – Thoughts from The Mount of Blessing, pp. 9-10

HEART QUESTIONS:

Have you ever taken time to fully realize what Jesus accomplished for you in the darkest hours of His dying? As you behold the uplifted, crucified, sin-bearing Savior, will you let these scenes penetrate your heart? As you internalize His agony of experiencing the second death in your place, will you let it open your eyes to see the filthiness of your favorite sins? Why not today start mourning for your sins, especially for those which you have been unwilling to give up? Confess them to Jesus! He will gladly forgive you. He will comfort you. And He will give you victory.

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Diane T.: “Praising God for the opportunity to attend the Virtual ARME Bible Camp! What a rich blessing during this time.”
  • Iris R.: “I was addicted to binge-watching Netflix. I would read a few Bible verses and try to justify myself, and then continue watching. After a week of prayer at our school God convicted me to delete the app. After a while I went back on and started to watch only Bible movies, but I couldn’t control myself, I was back under Satan’s control. I cried out to God. The next day my pastor gave me as a present the Andrews Study Bible. I rejoiced, and with tears thanked God for His intervention. He reminded me of Philippians 2:13 ‘for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.’ I praise God for convicting me and fulfilling His promise.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for a clearer understanding of what really happened at the cross. Pray for God to help you hate sin, and love righteousness.
  • Pray for the canvassing work in Malawi as well as for financial support to start a sanitarium and medical missionary work in that region.
  • Pray that people won’t get derailed with conspiracy theories, but fix their eyes upon Jesus, and His truth.
  • Pray for the members of the Peter’s Rest Seventh-day Adventist Church on St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Their church building completely burned down. Pray for wisdom as to how to move forward. Pray that this loss will be turned into a victory for Jesus.
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23 May 2020 – Blessed Poverty

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3

“Those who know that they cannot possibly save themselves, or of themselves do any righteous action, are the ones who appreciate the help that Christ can bestow. They are the poor in spirit, whom He declares to be blessed. Whom Christ pardons, He first makes penitent, and it is the office of the Holy Spirit to convince of sin. Those whose hearts have been moved by the convicting Spirit of God see that there is nothing good in themselves. They see that all they have ever done is mingled with self and sin. Like the poor publican, they stand afar off, not daring to lift up so much as their eyes to heaven, and cry, ‘God, be merciful to me the sinner’. . . All who have a sense of their deep soul poverty, who feel that they have nothing good in themselves, may find righteousness and strength by looking unto Jesus.” 
– Thoughts from The Mount of Blessing, pp. 7-8

HEART QUESTIONS:

Self-righteousness – the all-permeating and often subconscious attitude that deceives us into thinking and feeling that we are good – is the greatest hindrance in truly receiving personal salvation in Jesus. When we realize our spiritual poverty, our life-long, desperate need for Jesus, and as a result trust solely in Him, moment by moment, to fully and completely heal us from every last trace of selfishness, only then can we have the assurance of salvation.

Today, why not come to Jesus as you are, with your broken, sinful self? Why not claim only His blood, His life and death, as a means for salvation? Why not ask Him to uproot all self-reliance that is still in your heart and replace it with a faith in His ability to save you, and to empower you to do good works motivated by selfless love?

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Nolubabalo D.: “Thank you Lord for your hand over Africa. Thank you for your protection. Thank you for taking care of my kids in my absence. You are worthy of all praise.”
  • Philippe M.: “In our town of Kananga, there were no radio broadcasts before the Covid-19 lockdowns, but at this time of crisis we have four broadcasts each week on four local radio stations. We praise God for that!”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for Jesus to cleanse you from all self-righteousness and give you a realization of your great daily and lifelong need of Him.
  • Pray for evangelists in South Africa who are struggling with various health issues and stress. Pray that they will be healed and enabled to find ways to preach the gospel even now.
  • Pray for Brother Samuel S. He is suffering from excruciating pain in his lower body and doctors do not know what is wrong. Also, pray for Sister Tabitha N. who has been diagnosed with a hole in her heart and is in great pain. Pray for their healing and the healing of many others who are suffering at this time.
  • Pray for the Chinese Ministry Center in Jakarta, Indonesia as they are conducting online evangelistic meetings every Sabbath from May 9 until June 20, 2020. The first meeting drew around 3000 viewers and more than 260 signed up for Bible studies.
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22 May 2020 – A Time for Heart Searching

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139:23-24

Years ago, early in my ministry, I was invited to conduct a Week of Spiritual Emphasis at a Christian elementary school. As the week progressed, it became obvious to me that two of the teachers were having a serious conflict. Their negative attitudes toward one another regularly boiled over in staff meetings. If one suggested an idea, the other opposed it. When both of them were present in a meeting, tension filled the air. It was apparent that they did not like one another at all.

Toward the end of the week, I preached on Christ’s great intercessory prayer in John 17. Jesus was about ready to leave His disciples. Soon He would be betrayed and crucified. He would rise from the grave and ascend to His Father. His earnest prayer reflects what was on His heart. It reveals what was on His mind just before His death on the cross. The Savior was concerned about the unity of the church. He prayed, “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent me” (John 17:21). Christ longed that the dissension, jealousy, striving for supremacy, and conflict between His disciples cease. He prayed that their unity, in spite of all their differences, would reveal to the world the power of His love. 

As I shared the longing of Jesus’ heart with these students and teachers, something remarkable happened. The last night of our Week of Spiritual Emphasis, we scheduled a foot washing and Communion service. The Holy Spirit broke through. God moved powerfully. The two teachers who experienced such division knelt at each other’s feet. The Spirit of God broke down the barriers. They embraced, confessed their negative attitudes and prayed together.

The disciples experienced this same sweet repentance and humility during the 10 days in the upper room that preceded Pentecost. During those ten days, the disciples confessed their petty differences toward one another. They repented of their jealousy and pride. And their hearts were filled with love for Christ who had given His all for them. How they wished they could live the last three and a half years over again. 

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever wished that you could go back and correct your past mistakes?

When we see God’s loving-kindness and observe the righteousness of His character, we recognize our weakness, shortcomings, and sins. In the blazing light of His unconditional love and perfection, our hearts are humbled. We are led to deep confession and repentance. We cry out to Him for the salvation and righteousness that only He can provide. When we are overwhelmed with His holiness, with the prophet Isaiah, we cry out, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” (Isa. 6:5). Self-examination may not always be the most pleasant experience, but it is absolutely necessary. In self-examination we ask God, “Is there anything in my life that is not in harmony with Your will?” We pray, “Lord, reveal those attitudes deep within my soul that are not like Jesus.”

God’s goal in this process is to lead us closer to Him. He does not want us to wallow in guilt or be filled with remorse over our past lives. His goal is to lead us “in the way everlasting.” Although it is healthy to take a candid look at our own spiritual lives, it is unhealthy to dwell on the faults of our past lives. Dwelling on our faults and focusing too long on our mistakes only discourages us.

Always remember, our Lord is bigger than our mistakes and greater than our failures. We certainly need to honestly know our condition—but it is much more important to know His grace. Understanding our weakness prepares us to receive His strength. Understanding our sinfulness prepares us to receive His righteousness. Understanding our ignorance prepares us to receive His wisdom. The purpose of the Holy Spirit’s conviction is to lead us to Jesus. As we recognize our sins and mistakes through a process of self-examination, we can thank God that the Holy Spirit is leading us closer to Jesus, and as a result to each other. The convicting power of the Holy Spirit is preparing us to receive the fullness of the Spirit in latter-rain power. But before God makes us, He must break us. Before He fills us, He must empty us. Before He is enthroned in our hearts, self must be dethroned. 

Mark Finley is an assistant to the General Conference president. 

HEART QUESTIONS: Where is your heart today? Have you experienced the sweet gift of repentance? If so, is your life different from what it was before? Have you come to experience God’s grace in a new way? Have you learned to extend that grace to others?  

ACTIVE HEART CHALLENGE: Ask God to reveal those things in your life that may be taking your time, your attention, and or diverting your affections from Jesus. As you consider Isaiah 59:1-2, and 1 John 1:9, pray and ask God to reveal any spiritual breaches that may be in your life. Pray that He would remove them, and for a deeper filling of the Holy Spirit.

“Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it. We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life. There are many who fail to understand the true nature of repentance. Multitudes sorrow that they have sinned and even make an outward reformation because they fear that their wrongdoing will bring suffering upon themselves. But this is not repentance in the Bible sense … [Such was the case of Esau, Balaam, Judas Iscariot and even Pharaoh. In contrast] … David saw the enormity of his transgression; he saw the defilement of his soul; he loathed his sin. It was not for pardon only that he prayed, but for purity of heart” – Steps to Christ, pp. 23-25

Going Deeper  – Additional Reading Suggestions for this week:

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Jinia Y.: “I praise God for the media ministries. The sermons and testimonies that we can watch online help me cope with the pain that I am having during this time of isolation.”
  • Yvonne L.: “I received a call through my work to assist somebody who I had never met before. I prayed about it and went to see this person. Through the conversation, it turned out that this person used to be an Adventist leader who had left the church.  I was able to pray with him and he admitted that he felt the Holy Spirit calling him back. I praise God who not only provides opportunities to witness but instructs us how to respond.”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for areas where Covid-19 seems to be flaring up again such as Wuhan, China and other cities and regions in China.
  • Pray for Adventist teachers in government-run schools across Thailand. There is a good chance that once school starts again, the government will implement Saturday classes to make up for the lost time. Pray for strengthened faith for the teachers and for them to stand as Daniel’s three friends stood.
  • Pray for the small groups, outdoor churches, and evangelistic meetings that have developed across Papua New Guinea due to the closure of churches.
  • Pray for the Omega Seventh-day Adventist Church’s warming center ministry in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S., serving the city’s homeless population with adaptations for distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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21 May 2020 – Committing to God’s Mission

“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them … I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.”  – 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22b

“Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary.” – Desire of Ages, 195

HEART QUESTION:

Missionary work, evangelism, these are not fields of service reserved only for the pastor or trained evangelist. Every believer, in whose heart Jesus dwells through the Spirit, is called to shine a light in this world through words of truth and actions of love.

Why not ask Christ right now to show you who and where your mission field is today? Plead for genuine compassion for lost souls and the courage to share your faith with love to the people in your sphere of influence.

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Makoba Family: “The 100 Days of Prayer have been a good experience for us as a family. Although the situation around us seems fearful, as a family we are taking this period to recommit our lives to Jesus by following the 100 Days of Prayer program seriously.”
  • The ‘One Year in Mission’ youth team in Guwahati, India, was able to reach hundreds of Hindus with the health message just prior to the Covid-19 lock down.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for clarity as to what God’s mission for you is where you are at right now. Pray that God will help you to be faithful in sharing Christ with the people around you through your words, actions and conduct.
  • Pray for all Adventist Hospitals as they have many needs during this crisis. Pray that the doctors and nurses and staff are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses to their patients.
  • Pray for the church’s ‘Life Hope Centers’ around the world to be a beacon of light during these dark days.
  • Pray for major cities in your territory and for God to give us a breakthrough in reaching the people in these places.
  • Pray for frontline missionaries, especially in the 10/40 window who are seeking to bring Jesus into communities that have been ruled by Satan for thousands of years.
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20 May 2020 – Committing to Your Local Church

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” 

– Acts 4:32 

“The converts to the gospel were ‘of one heart and of one soul.’ One common interest controlled them—the success of the mission entrusted to them; and covetousness had no place in their lives. Their love for their brethren and the cause they had espoused, was greater than their love of money and possessions. Their works testified that they accounted the souls of men of higher value than earthly wealth. Thus it will ever be when the Spirit of God takes possession of the life.” – Acts of the Apostles, 70

HEART QUESTION:

There are times when we might get frustrated with our local church or even the global church. Yet, we know that the church is Christ’s bride. If Jesus is so committed to His church, shouldn’t we be committed to her as well? The early Christians were filled with the Spirit and willing to sacrifice all for God’s church and mission. Why not ask God today to forgive you any sinful attitude you might have against His bride, and ask Him to baptize you with His Spirit, empowering you to seek unity, and to live sacrificially in order to support and bless your local church community.

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • We praise God for 900 new churches planted over the last few years in the North American Division.
  • In the South American Division Bible study requests have increased 5x since this crisis began!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for the church in the country of Gabon. Pray for its members to have courage and wisdom in reaching their fellow citizen. Pray especially for a group in Akanda who is trying to minister to those with disabilities.
  • Pray for your local church’s needs. Spiritual and physical needs. Pray for unity, healing, and a renewed commitment to outreach and mission activities.
  • Pray for the pastors and church leaders of the Haitian Union. Pray for the churches in some regions of Haiti that are full of armed gangs. Pray for spiritual, physical, financial, and mental health of the members in Haiti.
  • Pray for members who have embraced a wrong or twisted view of doctrines and are actively trying to deceive others.
  • Pray for former members who have split away from the church and formed their own groups or denominations. Pray that they will be led into the truth.
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19 May 2020 – Committing to Your Spouse/Family

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord … Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her … Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right … Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:22, 25; 6:1, 4

“The cause of division and discord in families and in the church is separation from Christ. To come near to Christ is to come near to one another. The secret of true unity in the church and in the family is not diplomacy, not management, not a superhuman effort to overcome difficulties—though there will be much of this to do—but union with Christ.” – The Adventist Home, 179

HEART QUESTIONS:

Your spouse and family are people in your life towards whom you have a solemn duty: To love, support and disciple them into a joyful, loving, relationship with Jesus. Will you today commit to extend the same grace, forgiveness and love that Jesus has shown to you to your spouse and family? Is it your desire to be a spiritual leader for your home? Ask Jesus today for a deeper walk and union with Him so that you can be a better reflection of Him to your spouse and family.

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Prosper O.: “Yes! Irrespective of COVID-19, I will still sing praises to the LORD Most High.”
  • Jon W.: “This crisis has given me a renewed desire to have an even closer walk with Christ!”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for your spouse, parents, children, siblings, and extended family. Pray that they will know the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that you will be the spouse, parents, sibling, and son/daughter that Christ wants you to be.
  • Pray for the June 6 ‘Marriage & Family Day of Prayer’ organized by General Conference Family Ministries (family.adventist.org) .
  • Pray for single people who feel very lonely at this time. Pray for them to see the blessings of singleness as it relates to serving God. Pray that if it is God’s will, that they will find godly spouses.
  • Pray for individuals who are struggling with addictions.
  • Pray for a member in Trinidad whose daughter was killed two years ago, and whose son was killed this past March. Pray for her to be comforted and also for protection over the rest of her family.
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18 May 2020 – Committing to Friends

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24

“Jonathan, by birth heir to the throne, yet knowing himself set aside by the divine decree; to his rival the most tender and faithful of friends, shielding David’s life at the peril of his own; … the name of Jonathan is treasured in heaven, and it stands on earth a witness to the existence and the power of unselfish love.”  – Education, 157

HEART QUESTIONS:

Jonathan and David’s friendship had a spiritual quality and depth that is rarely seen anymore. Their friendship was based on a holy covenant of mutual spiritual support and commitment. Do you have spiritual friends? Are you a spiritual friend to somebody else? Why not choose to commit to the spiritual development of your friends by putting personal desires and pleasures aside, and committing time and love to support your friends in their walk with Christ?

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • The ItIsWritten online evangelistic meetings are reporting amazing results with thousands of people participating and many making decisions for Jesus. Seekers are connecting with local Adventist churches for follow up.
  • Many former Adventist members are reconnecting with the church thanks for the increased online outreach activities.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for your friends. Especially those who do not know Christ or have lost their way. Pray that God will give you the courage to be a positive, proactive, spiritual influence in their lives.
  • Pray for evangelistic meetings planned in the Rift Valley in Kenya, which is an unentered territory for our church.
  • Pray for the Phoenix Beacon Light SDA Church’s community center as new members are getting it ready to serve their community.
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17 May 2020 – Committing to Jesus

“Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.” – Exodus 4:30-31

“You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair. What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.”  – Steps to Christ, 47

HEART QUESTIONS:

When faced with the reality of God’s loving promise of salvation from slavery, the people of Israel’s reaction was one of surrender, commitment and worship. 

As you contemplate God’s incredible love for you, will you choose today to respond to Him with the same kind of attitude? Will you give Him your will, your life, your heart?

God is good. He desires to help and heal. The process can hurt at times, but it is worth it. Why not let go of the world, surrender, and commit your life and will to God today and worship Him?

PRAISE REPORTS:

  • Covid-19 restrictions have led to an increase of interest in the gospel in the Middle East. Various individuals, while staying anonymous have connected online with the church.
  • Massive prayer movements are taking place in the Inter-American Division. 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for Literature Evangelists around the world who are financially affected by the pandemic. Pray for ways for our literature to still spread during this time and for many to be blessed by reading them.
  • Pray for those faithful members who are serving with food banks at this time. Pray that they are protected from the virus as they do this service of love for their communities.
  • Pray for laymen, Bible workers, and evangelists who are dependent on farming and other self-supportive measures to sustain themselves and their families. Pray for those living and serving in regions that are affected by heavy droughts.
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16 May 2020 – God’s Commitment

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

“As soon as there was sin, there was a Saviour. Christ knew that He would have to suffer, yet He became man’s substitute. As soon as Adam sinned, the Son of God presented Himself as surety for the human race.” – In Heavenly Places, 13.2

HEART QUESTION:

When Adam and Eve sinned it was God who, despite having been rejected and sinned against, took the first step towards humanity. He came with an attitude of grace, forgiveness and with the promise, that Jesus will crush the serpent Satan (Genesis 3:15) and become the Sacrifice for their salvation. Christ is still walking towards you with that same attitude. He is committed to you and your salvation. Will you run into His loving arms today and accept His cleansing blood and His righteousness?

PRAISE REPORTS: 

  • Dr. Hammel’s healing from Covid-19 (Medical doctor in Berrien Springs) after much intercession from community of faith.
  • The church in China is thriving despite restrictions due to Covid-19 and communism. Hundreds of thousands are connected online for worship.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for God to open your eyes to His endless love for you. Ask Him to show you more of His loving character each day.
  • Pray for church leaders and members in Indonesia where some have been infected by Covid-19 and passed away.
  • Pray for Papua New Guinea as the country is not adequately equipped to handle a massive outbreak of Covid-19.
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15 May 2020

PRAISE REPORTS: 

  • Elizabeth W.: “I praise God for His healing power!”
  • Member in the U.K.: “Praise God for hearing our prayer and miraculously providing food and financial help just at the right time. Also, for healing my back problems!”
  • Scientists are eagerly working on finding a vaccination and remedies that help to slow down the virus. Much progress has been made and there is hope!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for a willing heart to be used by God whenever and wherever He calls.
  • Pray all the online evangelism and digital church activities will be utilized and greatly blessed.
  • Pray for young people who are in the valley of decision for or against Christ. Pray that they will experience the love and truth of Jesus and gladly serve Him all their lives.
  • Pray for the many church groups around the world who don’t have a building to meet in and are seeking to find land. Pray also for God to awaken all members to engage in church-planting activities.
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14 May – The Compassion of Jesus

“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.” – Psalm 116:5

“The souls who came to Jesus felt in His presence that even for them there was escape from the pit of sin. The Pharisees had only scorn and condemnation for them; but Christ greeted them as children of God, estranged indeed from the Father’s house, but not forgotten by the Father’s heart. And their very misery and sin made them only the more the objects of His compassion. The farther they had wandered from Him, the more earnest the longing and the greater the sacrifice for their rescue.” – COL 186.2

HEART QUESTIONS:

God’s grace to us is a direct result of His great compassion towards all who suffer under sin and its consequences. Realizing His compassion towards you, as revealed in Jesus, what is hindering you to come to Him, as you are, and surrender the darkest corners of your life to Him, today? Jesus understands your burdens, struggles, and temptations. He is more than willing to help, heal, forgive, uplift, and strengthen you. Will you let His love, grace and compassion melt any resistance or indifference you might be feeling towards Him today?

PRAISE REPORT:

  • Many Adventists and other Christians are realizing we had become too comfortable and were running our churches too humanly. We needed a wakeup call to help us live the life of faith, prayer, and miracles like the early church did in Acts. At that time believers had no finances, degrees, buildings or institutions, yet because of the trials and even persecution and by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit they changed the world and took the gospel to the whole world in just a few years.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for the churches in Jamaica. Pray for members who are facing financial difficulties as well as the Andrews Memorial Hospital staff and patients during this crisis.
  • Pray for church members and family members who are struggling with addictions to pornography, alcohol, sugar, movies, music, and other substances and behaviors. Pray for them to gain victory in Christ.
  • Pray for the Windhoek South Church in Namibia who has been trying for ten years to receive approval to buy land to build a church for them to meet in.
  • Pray for the Adventist bakery in Gränna, Sweden, to be able to reach the many people in their city with the gospel message.
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13 May – The Presence of Jesus

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” – John 16:7

“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20

“Henceforth through the Spirit, Christ was to abide continually in the hearts of His children. Their union with Him was closer than when He was personally with them. The light, and love, and power of the indwelling Christ shone out through them, so that men, beholding, ‘marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.’ Acts 4:13.” –Steps to Christ, p. 74.1

HEART QUESTIONS:

Have you ever wished to be alive during the time when Jesus was on Earth? To walk and talk with Him? The powerful goal of the gospel is to give you something even better! Jesus wants to live inside of you, making you like Him through the transformational ministry of the Holy Spirit. Have you asked Jesus to baptize you with the Holy Spirit so that His presence would be felt and seen in you? Jesus told us to ask for the gift of His Spirit daily (Luke 11:13). Why not invite Christ to dwell in you through His Spirit right now?

PRAISE REPORT:

  • So many, many around us are open and receptive to our witness and understandings of Scripture because of this crisis. Praise God He is saving many for eternity with Him during this pestilence!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for individuals dealing with demonic oppression and possession. Pray that they will be released from Satan’s power. Pray for their families, especially children whose parents are affected.
  • Pray for the thousands of new groups and churches planted around the world to remain strong and vibrant despite the current crisis.
  • Pray for pastors and church leaders in countries with very poor healthcare. 
  • Pray for Adventist radio stations around the world, reaching the unreached.
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12 May – The Faith of Jesus

“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12

 “Faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply and fully and entirely is the faith of Jesus.” – 3SM 172.3

HEART QUESTIONS:

We are living in the last days. Now is the time, more than ever, where utmost trust in God’s ability to get us through is needed! Jesus has provided His life, death, resurrection and His Word with His promises and directions for you. He has pledged Himself to the task of saving you. Amazing, isn’t it?

Do you desire to truly believe this and accept this reality with its transformational consequences into your life? Do you want Jesus to take your small, weak faith and transform it into an unshakable faith? Why not ask Him to do this work in you as you follow His will day by day?

PRAISE REPORT:

  • It is encouraging to hear how many of our churches, pastors, elders, and other members are being creative and placing worship, fellowship and prayer opportunities for their local members online regularly. This will be a great benefit to the church as we move forward. It is causing us to think in new and positive ways how to reach those around us needing Jesus.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for various mission projects and evangelism efforts in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  • Pray for Adventist students in Cairo, Egypt who are struggling with being able to receive food donations from members due to certain local restrictions.
  • Pray for the brave members in the Northwest region of Nigeria who are upholding the gospel message despite the dangers coming from terrorist groups, bandits and criminals who are very active in that territory.
  • Pray for students in the Philippines who are facing issues relating to classes on the Sabbath due to new schedules during the pandemic.
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11 May – The Love of Jesus

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” – John 15:9

“I shall, if saved in the kingdom of God, be constantly discerning new depths in the plan of salvation. All the redeemed saints will see and appreciate, as never before, the love of the Father and the Son, and songs of praise will burst forth from immortal tongues. He loved us, He gave His life for us. With glorified bodies, with enlarged capacities, with hearts made pure, with lips undefiled, we shall sing the riches of redeeming love.” – Letter 27, 1890

HEART QUESTIONS:

God is love. He is the Originator of love. There can be no purer love than the love within the Godhead. If Jesus loves us as much as the Father loves Jesus, what could possibly be more attractive than being with Him in full harmony? Jesus’ love is without comparison!

Are there currently things in your life that you love more than Jesus? Is there something that has captivated the affections of your heart?

Ask Jesus to impress you with the perfect love with which you are loved by Him. Why not choose today to accept this love into your heart and make it the supreme motivation for your walk of faith?

PRAISE REPORT:

  • Some countries and some states in the U.S. have begun to reopen businesses (with restrictions).
  • Covid-19 case rates and death rates have been somewhat lower than earlier projections predicted.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for various building projects such as churches and schools around the world. Pray for continued sacrificial giving and faithfulness in tithes and offering.
  • Pray for the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines who are facing one of the worst droughts on top of the pandemic. Pray for rain, and God’s blessings on the mission of the local churches.
  • Pray for members who are plagued by fear during this crisis. 
  • Pray for discernment in understanding the difference between adherence to sanitary measures promoted by the government and enforcement of false worship.
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10 May – The Ministry of Jesus

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16

“The Son of God … has fulfilled His pledge, and has passed into the heavens, to take upon Him the government of the heavenly host. He fulfilled one phase of His priesthood by dying on the cross for the fallen race. He is now fulfilling another phase by pleading before the Father the case of the repenting, believing sinner, presenting to God the offerings of His people. Having taken human nature, and in this nature having overcome the temptations of the enemy, and having divine perfection, to Him has been committed the judgment of the world. The case of each one will be brought in review before Him. He will pronounce judgment, rendering to every man according to his works.” – Manuscript 42, 1901

HEART QUESTIONS:

Jesus became human, died, and resurrected, and is right now standing in the heavenly sanctuary as a representative to all who have surrendered their lives to Him. When you pray, He is listening. When you seek forgiveness for sins, and victory, He hears you and will supply instantly the power needed to overcome.

As we live in the light of the judgment, have you made Jesus, the compassionate High Priest, your Advocate (1 John 2:1)? Have you sought refuge in His righteousness? Will you let Him not only cover you in His righteousness, but also fill you with His righteousness by doing the works He has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10)?

PRAISE REPORT:

  • Sheril M.: “I thank God! The ‘100 Days of Prayer’ have strengthened my faith in this hard time.”
  • Rose S.: “Because of this pandemic our ‘Power of Prayer Chat Group’ became more alive as we have more time to pray together virtually, 5-6 times daily!”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for the homeless people in all regions of the world who are relying on the greater population for help but are now in desperate need due to lockdowns.
  • Pray for elderly members who are not able to connect with their families during this crisis. Pray for those who are struggling with dementia and are very confused during this time.
  • Pray for marriages who are currently under extra pressure. Pray that struggling spouses will find healing, help and humility as they focus on Jesus.
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09 May – The Knowledge of Jesus

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” – John 17:3

“Christ came to reveal God to the world as a God of love, full of mercy, tenderness, and compassion. The thick darkness with which Satan had endeavored to enshroud the throne of Deity was swept away by the world’s Redeemer, and the Father was again manifest to men as the light of life.” – 5T 738.4

HEART QUESTIONS:

Eternal life is not just simply about living forever, but eternal life is the continual deepening of your love relationship with God. Do you mostly know facts about Jesus, or do you know Him personally as your Savior and Friend?

Why not start eternity today by asking Jesus to reveal Himself on a deeper level to you, as you spend time in prayer, the Bible and in sharing His love and truth with others?

PRAISE REPORT: 

  • Thierry T.: “I am sharing the ‘100 Days of Prayer’ with 90 of my friends. I was also able to share the book ‘Great Controversy’ to many of my contacts. One non-Adventist asked me to study the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation with him.”
  • Gloria D.: “God has blessed us to be able to run our food distribution program in spite of this pandemic.”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for members around the world who are starting or running Life Hope Centers of Influence.
  • Pray for the people in the Fiji and Vanuatu islands who have been affected by the most recent cyclone.
  • Pray for our educational institutions around the world. Pray that they are able to find ways to provide Christian education through online classes and other methods. Pray that they will be able to continue to be a positive spiritual influence to the students, and able to remain financially stable.
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08 May

PRAISE REPORT: 

  • Brittney and Vanessa B.: “Our church started meeting online every night to pray. This has brought everybody closer to each other since we see each other daily. Such a blessing!”
  • Mico F.: “This situation has helped us realize that church is not a structure, it is people!”

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for churches who have lost members due to COVID-19.
  • Pray for members struggling with various health issues like cancer, auto-immune diseases, depression and other issues.
  • Pray for former Adventist members who have left the church. Pray for the people in their sphere of influence who might have been led away from God because of it. 
  • Pray for new members who joined the church through various TMI evangelistic campaigns over the last years.
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07 May – Perfect Peace

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” – Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV)

“Those who take Christ at His word, and surrender their souls to His keeping, their lives to His ordering, will find peace and quietude. Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by His presence. In perfect acquiescence there is perfect rest.” – Desire of Ages, p. 331

 Heart Questions: 

When you feel unrest in your heart, where do you run first? 

Who do you consult? Is it Jesus?

Putting our trust in Jesus, Our Everlasting Rock, cannot be based on how you feel in any particular moment. You must choose to trust Him, no matter what circumstances you are in. Then He can give you perfect peace. Will you choose to put your trust in Him right now?

PRAISE: Through the various online evangelistic meetings as well as other digital church outreach activities former and missing members have regained an interest in God and even joined the church again!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for church members who are learning how to share their hope in a way that is relevant to the secular post-modern people who live in in the cities of the world.
  • Pray for workers who will use Christ’s method to meet needs and reach the hearts of people living in cities around the world. 
  • Pray for those who are in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, who are either struggling themselves, or have loved ones struggling with the illness. 
  • Pray for peace for church members around the world who are fearful and afraid, or who are feeling alone.
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06 May – From the Secret Place

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 2 Cor. 4:7-10

“From the secret place of prayer came the power that shook the world in the Great Reformation. There, with holy calmness, the servants of the Lord set their feet upon the rock of His promises. During the struggle at Augsburg, Luther ‘did not pass a day without devoting three hours at least to prayer, and they were hours selected from those the most favorable to study.’ In the privacy of his chamber he was heard to pour out his soul before God in words ‘full of adoration, fear, and hope, as when one speaks to a friend.’ ‘I know that Thou art our Father and our God,’ he said, ‘and that Thou wilt scatter the persecutors of Thy children; for Thou art Thyself endangered with us. All this matter is Thine, and it is only by Thy constraint that we have put our hands to it. Defend us, then, O Father!’” Great Controversy, p. 210

Heart Questions:

What do you long for most? What is your deepest heart cry? Perhaps you haven’t thought about this recently. Perhaps you are just trying to survive. Or perhaps you think about it all the time. Take a few moments today to think about where you find your greatest joy and your greatest fulfillment. As you do, reflect on Psalm 27:4, and ask the Lord to give you a heart that truly hungers to be in His presence.

PRAISE:

Praise God that Adventist members and churches have been asking God for creative ways to reach their communities around them. And that God is answering these prayers with many creative approaches.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for the elderly and for children – the most vulnerable among us.
  • Pray for church members who are learning how to build friendships with Muslim 
  • refugees who have recently relocated to their neighborhoods. Pray for wisdom on how to lead them to the truth.
  • Pray for churches worldwide to have the faith to start urban centers of influence in cities near them.
  • Pray for the Latter Rain outpouring on the church, that the work can be finished so we can go home.
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05 May – Believing Without Seeing

“Faith takes God at His word, with or without feeling. It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ We can believe our fellowmen, and can we not trust the word of God? When we go to Him for wisdom or grace, we are not to look to ourselves to see if He has given us a special feeling as an assurance that He has fulfilled His word. Feeling is no criterion. Great evils have resulted when Christians have followed feeling. How do I know that Jesus hears my prayers?—I know it by His promise. He says He will hear the needy when they cry unto Him, and I believe His word. He has never said to the ‘seed of Jacob, seek ye Me in vain.’ If we walk in the light, we may come to the throne of grace with holy boldness. We may present the promises of God in living faith, and urge our petitions. Although we are weak, and erring, and unworthy, ‘the Spirit helpeth our infirmities.’ … When we have offered our petition once, we must not then abandon it, but say, as did Jacob when he wrestled all night with the angel, ‘I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me,’ and like him we shall prevail.” Bible Echo, September 24, 1894, par. 6

Heart Questions:

It’s one thing to believe when the miracle is standing in front of you, when you can see it with your own eyes. But what about the times we don’t see the answers, we don’t see the miracles, we don’t see angels, and we don’t see God’s goodness in our life? Will we still faithfully trust God even then, even when we don’t understand? As you ponder these questions, look up Hebrews 11:1, Romans 8:24-25, Mark 9:24, Job 13:15

PRAISE:

Praise the Lord that in many places the number of new cases of COVID19 is decreasing.

Prayer requests:

  • Pray as nations and economies open up that there will not be renewed dramatic increases in the number of infections.
  • Pray for the Chinese ministry in Cebu City and in all of the Philippines and Indonesia for the protection from the coronavirus and for more Chinese people in every country to have more interest in seeking Jesus and the truths of the Bible.
  • Pray that the nation of China with 1.4 billion people would become very open to the spread of the gospel. 
  • Pray that we all would use the extra time we have at home to study deeply in the Bible and teach our children how to study and love God’s Word.
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04 May – Heavenly Power

“Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Ps. 20:6,7

“They are to contend with supernatural forces, but they are assured of supernatural help. All the intelligences of heaven are in this army. And more than angels are in the ranks. The Holy Spirit, the representative of the Captain of the Lord’s host, comes down to direct the battle. Our infirmities may be many, our sins and mistakes grievous; but the grace of God is for all who seek it with contrition. The power of Omnipotence is enlisted in behalf of those who trust in God.” Desire of Ages, p. 352

Heart Questions:

Do you sometimes wish that you could see the army of angels around your home, your life, and your family? Consider the story of Elisha and what happened when God opened the eyes of his servant (See 2 Kings. 6:17). Imagine how the fear of his servant was replaced with faith when he saw the chariots of fire. What other stories in the Bible can you think of where God opened the eyes of men and women to see angels?

PRAISE:

We praise God that many of God’s people are being faithful in returning their tithes and offerings and some are even planning to give more because of shortfalls that may develop because of many being out of work. 

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for those who work in security positions, like police officers, and others. As civil unrest grows due to the lockdown in certain parts of the world, pray for protection for these men and women.
  • Pray that government leaders will work together in unity instead of undermining each other to score political advantages.
  • Pray for treatments and remedies that would slow down or stop this pandemic faster than experts predict.
  • Pray for our local churches to have unity, spiritual revival and more of an urgency for mission. We are getting many requests from around the world for these issues.
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03 May – From Impossible to Possible

“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible.’” Mark 10:27

“Natural impossibilities cannot prevent the working of the Omnipotent One.” Desire of Ages, p. 535

“We have a God whose ear is not closed to our petitions; and if we prove His word, he will honor our faith. He wants us to have all our interests interwoven with his interests, and then he can safely bless us; for we shall not then take glory to self when the blessing is ours, but shall render all the praise to God.” Review and Herald, June 9, 1891

Heart Questions:

Often times our faith in God is small because we don’t really recognize the magnitude of our God. We think our problems are so big that He cannot solve them. We forget that we serve the God who stretched out the heavens by His great power and there’s nothing too hard for Him. Today, take some time to reflect on the greatness of God. Write down characteristics and attributes that God alone holds. As you do this simple activity, ask God to increase your understanding and comprehension of who He really is.

PRAISE:

We praise the Lord that many of God’s people are expressing faith in His leading and are looking for open doors of opportunity instead of just focusing on doors that may have been shut during this pandemic.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that people will ask God about this crises situation – “Is God trying to tell us something? (1 Samuel 3:10)
  • Pray for many people in the poorest countries who have no work and are having trouble getting even basic food like rice and maize flour. Many are in danger of starving.
  • Pray for open hearts of people around the world – to give, to help, and to pray for those who are in crises. (Proverbs 22:9, Psalm 86:6-7
  • Pray for farmers who are struggling to plant or harvest crops and for support workers to stay well.
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02 May – Faith under Fire

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” Jer. 32:27

“God will test, to the utmost, the faith and courage of those to whom he has entrusted responsibilities in his work. Appearances will often be forbidding. Although God has given repeated assurance of his help, yet faith will almost stagger. ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ must be our firm reliance, independent of human reasonings, or apparent impossibilities.” Signs of the Times, June 30, 1881, par. 15.

Heart Questions:

Since we know that greater trials and tests lay ahead in the future, how can we grow an unshakeable faith that will stand strong even under fire? Consider the story of the three friends of Daniel who faced the fiery furnace (See Daniel 3). What do you think prepared them to stand strong on that difficult day?

PRAISE:

  • During this time when so many people are having to stay at home reports are coming in of how God is opening amazing opportunities for online evangelism and other outreaches. Evangelist Robert Costa produced a number of online evangelistic meetings and 245,000 were online in a very recent online meeting. Evangelist John Bradshaw has just begun meetings with tens of thousands attending online.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Pray for the health professionals on the front lines who are continuing to battle this epidemic. Pray for their health safety from COVID-19.
  • Pray for political decision makers to know when it is safe to reopen countries that are on lockdown. Pray for a balanced approach that considers the health safety of citizens as well as the economy.
  • Pray for the many organizations, and small businesses who are suffering financially as a result of the lockdown. Pray that people would find ways to help support small businesses, so they don’t have to be permanently closed.
  • Pray for women and children who are in dangerous situations and need protection. Pray for ways to reach out to the vulnerable and weak in your own community.
  • Pray for those who work in banks, grocery stores, gas stations, and other essential businesses. Pray that they would be protected from getting the Coronavirus as they deal with people coming for services.
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01 May

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord for all the church groups and ministries that are continuing to find creative and helpful ways to reach out to those who are struggling! Many lives are being touched by the love of Jesus!

  • Pray for church members who live in densely populated cities around the world at this time of pandemic. Pray for protection and provision for their needs.
  • Pray for endurance for medical professionals around the world who have been fighting this coronavirus pandemic for weeks and months now.
  • Pray that God’s people would continue to study deeply in His Word, spend much time in prayer, put away their sins, and prepare for Jesus soon coming.
  • Ask God to show you how to pray in this time of crisis.
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30 April – Pray for His Grace

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10

“God will do great things for those who trust in Him. The reason why His professed people have no greater strength is that they trust so much to their own wisdom, and do not give the Lord an opportunity to reveal His power in their behalf. He will help His believing children in every emergency if they will place their entire confidence in Him and faithfully obey Him.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 493

Heart Questions: 

As you reflect on Hebrews 4:12, how do you see the Word of God piercing your own heart? Have you been convicted by something you’ve read in God’s Word recently? Have you acted on your conviction, or have you pushed the promptings of the Holy Spirit aside? Share your thoughts with someone. Then pray that we as a people would not only hear the Word and love the Word, but that we would also seek to live according to the Word. 

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord for the many videos, sermons, health seminars, and other resources that have been shared by God’s people in these last few weeks. These beautiful and Holy Spirit inspired resources are blessings literally thousands. In the midst of the crisis God’s people are shining for His glory.

  • Pray that God would honor the promise of Psalms 91:7, that “a thousand may fall at our side but it will not come near us.” 
  • Pray for our Adventist Chaplaincy department as they work to comfort and uplift those struggling and in need.
  • Pray for those across the Middle East and Asia who are persecuted for their faith. Pray that they would remain strong, and show the love of Jesus to their persecutors. 
  • Continue to pray for the new plans being organized for the rescheduled General Conference Session which will now take place May 20-25, 2021, in Indianapolis.  Pray that the session will be filled with spiritual, mission-focused plans and that the Holy Spirit will be in full control.  
  • Pray earnestly for the Latter Rain outpouring on the church, that the message of salvation can go to the far corners of the earth, and Jesus can return. 
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29 April – Pray always in Humility!

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion. Declare among the people his doings. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.” Ps. 9:9-12

“An earnest prayer offered from a contrite heart by one who desires to do the Master’s will is of more value in God’s sight than is eloquence of speech. The human agent may have no voice in legislative councils, he may not be permitted to deliberate in senates or vote in parliaments, yet he has access to God. The King of kings bends low to listen to the prayer coming from a humble, contrite heart. God hears every prayer that is offered with the incense of faith. The weakest child of God may exert an influence in harmony with the councils of heaven.” That I May KnowHim, p. 270

Heart Questions:

As one author likes to say, “Pride doesn’t listen. It already knows.” Are there ways that perhaps you’ve allowed pride to influence your listening skills? Are there ways perhaps that you’ve allowed pride to rule your tongue, or even dictate your prayers? If so, pray that God would show you how to ask forgiveness from those whom your prideful ways of speaking and living may have wounded. This is tough, but if God is to hear our prayers, we must put away pride, both between ourselves and especially against Him.  (Look up James 4:10, Isa. 57:15) 

PRAISE REPORT: We praise God that He is in control of this world and He still sits on the thrown. Although life seems out of control right now for many of us, we can rest in the security of the everlasting arms who promises He will never leave us or forsake us. Remember, He saw all this COVID19 pandemic before it came upon our world, and nothing touches us unless He allows it. So if we are struggling with sickness, with financial loss, or other trials and pain—let’s praise God that He’s still on the throne and what the enemy means for evil He can turn to good.

  • Pray for those especially who have no voice to fight for themselves or get the help they need during this crisis.
  • Pray for the children, the elderly, the vulnerable, and the single mothers struggling to survive.
  • Pray for the refugee populations camped throughout Europe, Greece, and other countries around the world. Pray for provision for their needs, for healthcare, and for their rights as human beings to be upheld.  
  • Continue to pray for the many missionaries that are huddling down at their posts of duty in various places around the world. Pray for provision for their physical needs and safety.
  • Pray for continued strength and rehabilitation for those who have recovered from the Coronavirus. Pray for healing for lungs, and strength to return to normal life.
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28 April – Pray for Deliverance

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth around about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Ps. 34:4-7

“We have too little faith. We limit the Holy One of Israel. We should be grateful God condescends to use any of us as His instruments. For every earnest prayer put up in faith for anything, answers will be returned. They may not come just as we expected; but they will come—not perhaps as we have devised, but at the very time when we need them most.” Gospel Workers, p. 92

Heart Questions:

Perhaps as you look around your social circle you see some that are really struggling in their faith. Why don’t you think about some practical ways to share faith with a brother or sister in need. Perhaps share a good book (or recommend a good book) that builds faith like “A Thousand Shall Fall” or “One Miracle after Another.” When we see how God has worked miracles in the lives of others, we can have confidence for our own life today. Or perhaps write a card with some Bible promises and give it to someone in need. If you aren’t sure who to reach out to, ask God and He will show you!

PRAISE REPORT: In the Philippines, as a result of this pandemic, hundreds of young people are praying together each day over Zoom, and many hearts are being broken and drawn closer to Jesus. We just praise the Lord for the spirit of prayer growing everywhere. Many are earnestly seeking a deeper understanding of God’s Word as well.

  • Pray for your local pastor. Pray that God would sustain Him, protect Him, and most importantly, fill Him with am even more abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit 
  • Pray for our General Conference church leadership, administrators, departmental directors and staff. Pray for God to give them wisdom as they seek to lead and promote the mission of the church throughout this crisis.
  • Pray specifically for Ted Wilson, General Conference president, GT. Ng, secretary, and Juan Prestol, treasurer. Pray for special wisdom for them, protection for their families, and Holy Spirit blessing as they lead us through this crisis.
  • Pray for God’s leading for the future of our church. Pray that we would not waste this opportunity to share the love of Jesus and the beautiful truths of Revelation 14 and 18, with the world in need.
  • Pray earnestly that the Latter Rain would come as God has promised, so the work could be finished and we could go home. It’s not longer time for business as usual. It’s time to finish the work and get ready to meet Jesus. 
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27 April – Pray the Promises

“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Pet. 1:3-4

“Every promise in the Word of God is for us. In your prayers, present the pledge word of Jehovah and by faith claim His promises. His Word is the assurance that if you ask in faith, you will receive all spiritual blessings. Continue to ask, and you will receive exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think. Educate yourself to have unlimited confidence in God. Cast all your care upon Him. Wait patiently for Him, and He will bring it to pass.” In Heavenly Places, p. 71

Heart Questions:

What does it mean to have unlimited confidence in God and His Word? If every promise in the Word is indeed for us, as we are told, why are we still so often very reluctant to take God at His Word? What are some ways we could change our prayers of faltering doubt to prayers of confident faith? (Hint: Look up John 6:37, Heb. 11:6, and Rom. 10:17)

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord for working out the technical issues with the HOPE AWAKENS series with It Is Written. We continue to pray for God’s provision and protection over this series.

  • Pray for those who are currently listening and watching the “Hope Awakens” series with It is Written. Pray that many hearts and lives will be forever changed. 
  • Pray for those who are fighting COVID-19. Pray that God would give them the breath of healing physically and spiritually. 
  • Pray for all the frontline and essential workers, from medical staff to grocery store employees, and delivery services. Pray that God’s protecting hand would be over them as they serve others and keep our essential businesses open. 
  • Pray for the elderly who are stuck in nursing homes where family cannot visit. Some cannot understand why this is the case. Pray that God’s sustaining grace would be with them
  • Pray for those who are struggling with anxiety, fear, and especially for those who live alone. If you know someone who fits the above criteria, pray for a way to reach out to them and show care—in a socially safe and appropriate way.
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26 April – Pray and Watch Heaven Move

“As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.” Ps. 55:16-18

“Prayer is a heaven-ordained means of success. Appeals, petitions, entreaties, between man and man, move men and act a part in controlling the affairs of nations. But prayer moves heaven… Prayer, faith, confidence in God, bring a divine power that sets human calculations at their real worth—nothingness… He who places himself where God can enlighten him, advances, as it were, from the partial obscurity of dawn to the full radiance of noonday.” In Heavenly Places, p. 75

Heart Questions:

What is the most impossible thing that you are praying God will do? Is it to bring reconciliation between you and someone you love? Is it to restore a broken marriage, or bring a child back to the faith? Write down several impossible prayers on your heart today, and then beside those prayers, write down specific promises from God’s Word. Start by claiming the following promises: Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27, 1 John 5:14

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord that God has already used this COVID-19 pandemic to bring reconciliation between many, and we know God is longing to work the same miracle of healing for many more.

  • Pray for our church members across the different countries of Africa, the islands of the Caribbean, and the countries of central and south America as they are fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Pray for those in your own church and community who are being impacted by the financial crisis. Pray that their needs would be met. 
  • Pray for a generous heart to share if you happen to be someone with extra resource. Pray that we as a church family would stand together with our brothers and sisters in need.
  • Pray that God would take us deeper in our devotional time with Him, not just to gain help and blessings, but that our greatest desire would be to truly know Him.
  • Pray that church members worldwide will take advantage of this time to eagerly share spiritual resources, the It Is Written “Hope Awakens” series, or other spiritual food with neighbors and friends in need. 
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25 April – Pray According to God’s Will

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14

“In the prayer of faith there is a divine science; it is a science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must understand. Christ says, ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’ Mark 11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must be according to God’s will; we must ask for things that He has promised, and whatever we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met, the promise is unequivocal… We need look for no outward evidence of the blessing. The gift is in the promise, and we may go about our work assured that what God has promised He is able to perform, and that the gift, which we already possess, will be realized when we need it most.” Education, p. 258 

Heart Questions:

Have you ever prayed for something that you knew was not God’s will, but you wanted it so badly, you kept praying anyway? Often hindsight is better than foresight. Why don’t you take a few moments today to look back and thank God for those specific prayers that you prayed that He did not answer, for now you see they were not in your best interest. 

PRAISE REPORT: While we have lost loved ones to COVID-19, there are others that we’ve earnestly prayed for whose lives God has spared. Let’s praise Him for those instances where He has delivered. And let’s seek to hold on to our “Blessed Hope” as we trust Him with the losses we can’t understand, 

  • Pray for those in the Chattanooga Tennessee area here in the United States who just recently experienced a number of horrific tornadoes. Many lost homes and some lost life, and now in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, they are struggling to pick up the pieces.
  • Pray for those in impoverished countries who have not been able to work. Pray for provision for food and needed supplies for church members in these regions.
  • Keep praying for the health professionals on the front lines who are continuing to battle this epidemic. Pray for their health safety from COVID-19, and their emotional safety as they deal with the stress and strain of this pandemic. 
  • Keep praying for the many organizations, and small businesses who are suffering financially as a result of this lockdown. Pray for provision and wisdom how to move forward.
  • Pray for wisdom for government leaders that they will know how and when to start opening up things again for the economy.
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24 April

PRAISE REPORT! The Youth Department of the Euro-Asia Division in Moscow, Russia, organized a division-wide prayer marathon for young people via Zoom recently. Participants connected from across the division, focusing on the power of God, His watchcare, and prayer. God blessed!

  • Pray that our youth around the world will continue finding ways to press together in prayer, and Bible study. Pray that the experience they are gaining now with Jesus because of this crisis will be lasting. 
  • Pray for parents who are struggling to teach or help monitor the online education of their children during this pandemic. Pray for wisdom and courage for parents!
  • Pray for the graduating high school and college students who are now going to be missing their normal graduation. Pray for courage for them, and direction as to what plans they should make for the future.
  • Pray for health, strength, and inspiration for youth ministry leaders, educators, teachers, and others working to inspire and encourage our youth during this crisis. 
  • Pray for the It Is Written online evangelistic campaign “Hope Awakens” that has just started. There’s been a lot of obstacles and we know that the enemy is working overtime to keep this program from going forward. Keep the prayers covering this very important series. (To learn more visit: https://www.discoverhopeawakens.com).
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23 April – Strengthened Thru the Word

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 4:12

“Oh, that men would fear the Lord! Oh, that they would love the Lord! Oh, that the messengers of God would feel the burden of perishing souls! Then they would not merely speechify; but they would have the power of God vitalizing their souls, and their hearts would glow with the fire of God’s love. Out of weakness they would become strong; for they would be doers of the word. They would hear the voice of Jesus: “Lo, I am with you alway.” Jesus would be their teacher; and the word they minister would be quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword.” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 143

Heart Questions: 

As you reflect on Hebrews 4:12, how do you see the Word of God piercing your own heart? Have you been convicted by something you’ve read in God’s Word recently? Have you acted on your conviction, or have you pushed the promptings of the Holy Spirit aside? Share your thoughts with someone. Then pray that we as a people would not only hear the Word and love the Word, but that we would also seek to live according to the Word. 

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord in faith for the rich harvest of souls that He’s going to bring in response to the “Hope Awakens” evangelistic event. We praise the Lord for the decisions that have already been made for Christ.

  • Pray for those that are in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, who are either struggling themselves, or have loved ones struggling with the illness. 
  • Pray for peace for church members around the world who fearful and afraid, or who are feeling alone.
  • Pray for the millions struggling throughout the Middle East, in countries like Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pray that in the midst of this crisis, God would open many hearts to the truth.
  • Pray for the new plans being organized for the rescheduled General Conference Session which will now take place May 20-25, 2021, in Indianapolis.  Pray that the session will be filled with spiritual, mission-focused plans and that the Holy Spirit will be in full control.  
  • Pray for the Latter Rain outpouring on the church, that the work can be finished so we can go home.
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22 April – Filled by the Word

“One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.” Ps. 27:4

“I have a risen Saviour. In Him I trust, and He will never suffer me to be confounded. In His name I triumph. He is my righteousness and my crown of rejoicing. Let no one here feel that his case is hopeless, for it is not. You may see that you are sinful and undone, but it is just on this account that you need a Saviour. If you have sins to confess, lose no time. These moments are golden. ‘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. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled, for Jesus has promised it. Precious Saviour! His arms are open to receive us, and His great heart of love is waiting to bless us.” Counsels for the Church, p. 48

Heart Questions:

What do you long for most? What is your deepest heart cry? Perhaps you haven’t thought about this recently. Perhaps you are just trying to survive. Or perhaps you think about it all the time. Take a few moments today to think about where you find your greatest joy and your greatest fulfillment. As you do, reflect on Psalm 27:4, and ask the Lord to give you a heart that truly hungers to be in His presence.

PRAISE REPORT: A Coronavirus video for the deaf has been produced by the West Africa Division in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, providing important information on COVID-19 through signing and subtitles. We are thankful for these new resources being developed to reach all demographic groups.

  • Pray that God would take care of His children in North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China. Pray for all eyes, even those of government officials, to turn heavenward as they recognize the signs of the times, and that Jesus is coming back soon.
  • Pray for those that are part of the Possibilities Ministries. Pray for those that work among the deaf, the handicapped, and other special need ministries. Pray for those in the leprosy colonies, that they would not be ignored or forgotten during this time.
  • Pray that as we recognize the nearness of Jesus coming we would all take time to seek Him with all our hearts and dig deeply in His Word. Pray that we would grasp the beautiful deep truths of Bible books like Daniel and Revelation. 
  • Pray for the missionaries that are huddling down at their posts of duty in various places around the world. Pray for provision for their physical needs and protection.
  • Pray for continued strength and rehabilitation for those who have recovered from the Coronavirus. Pray for ability to regain strength and return to normal life.
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21 April – Guided by the Word

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Mic. 6:8

“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. Events of vital importance are taking place around us; we are on Satan’s enchanted ground. Sleep not, sentinels of God; the foe is lurking near, ready at any moment, should you become lax and drowsy, to spring upon you and make you his prey.” The Call to Stand Apart, p. 69

Heart Questions:

When you are facing a challenging decision, where do you turn for wisdom and counsel? Of course, we are told that in a multitude of counselors there is safety (see Prov. 11:14). But beyond the wisdom of our loved ones or those we respect, what principles do we find in God’s Word for how to make decisions? (See Prov. 3:5,6, Prov. 14:12, Matt. 6:33, Jer. 33:3) 

PRAISE REPORT: The South American Division presented, as it has for the past 50 years, a special “Holy Week” evangelism outreach program across the division this past week. Usually, small groups meet in homes and churches, but due to the Coronavirus, the division offered the full program online with many more in attendance. The theme was “Love Written with Blood,” and featured special programming for children, teens, and adults. We praise the Lord for the creative ways that church leaders are helping share the love of God.

  • Pray that those who discovered Jesus’ love for the first time, in these South American Division programs, would be able to develop a lasting relationship with Jesus that will only grow more beautiful with time.
  • Pray that we all would use the extra time we have at home to study deeply in God’s Word and teach our children how to study and love God’s Word.
  • Pray that God’s people would continue to be faithful with their tithes and offerings even in the midst of current economic challenges. 
  • Pray for those who are struggling to pay bills and keep food on the table due to the economic challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought. Pray that God would continue to provide for His children and that there would be many testimonies of God’s faithfulness to share in the coming days.
  • Pray for the church work in Lebanon that God would provide for their financial needs and help the mission of the church go forward. 
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20 April – Rejoicing in the Word

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jer. 15:16

“There is nothing more calculated to strengthen the intellect than the study of the Scriptures. No other book is so potent to elevate the thoughts, to give vigor to the faculties, as the broad, ennobling truths of the Bible. If God’s word were studied as it should be, men would have a breadth of mind, a nobility of character, and a stability of purpose that is rarely seen in these times.” Christian Education, p. 58

Heart Questions:

What is something that has been especially meaningful or brought joy to you in your study of the Word recently? Why don’t you take some time to share that joy with someone today.

PRAISE REPORT: New York City was expected to be way overcrowded in hospitals with no beds and not enough ventilators. But, while they have been very full, they still have some space left in hospitals, and we praise the Lord that they have not run out of ventilators. This is an answer to prayer.

  • Pray for those who work security positions, like police officers, and others. As civil unrest grows due to the lockdown in certain parts of the world, pray for protection for these men and woman. 
  • Pray for the former Soviet Union Euro-Asia Division territories, which include countries like Russia and Siberia. Pray that despite the difficultly in witnessing, that new effective methods of reaching the people will be developed. 
  • Pray for the hurting countries throughout the 10/40 window. Pray that God would provide people to share His love. Pray also that governments would allow the people to get food or work in their fields to grow food. Millions across India have been in lockdown and not allowed out of their houses, which means many are starving.
  • Pray for wisdom for church leaders as they need to make significant decisions for the future as a result of the economic crisis we are currently facing. 
  • Pray for wisdom in how to cut expenses while not hurting people and still keeping the essential work and mission of the church moving forward. 
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19 April – In Awe of His Word

“Princes persecute me without a cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your word. I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” Ps. 119:161-162

“The Bible is God’s voice speaking to us, just as surely as if we could hear it with our ears. If we realized this, with what awe we would open God’s Word and with what earnestness we would search its precepts. The reading and contemplation of the Scriptures would be regarded as an audience with the Infinite One.” A Call to Stand Apart, p. 69

Heart Questions:

Have you ever read a verse in the Bible and thought to yourself, “That was just for me! How did God know what I needed today?” As you go about your day today, think of all the reasons why you can rejoice because of God’s Word. In fact, why don’t you write down a list of reasons you are thankful for God’s Word. Start it with, “I love God’s Word because it… (and fill in the blank).” If you struggle thinking of things, read Psalm 119. 

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord that the Adventist church in Guatemala has found a way to distribute food baskets with rice, beans, cornmeal, oil, salt, and sugar to thousands of its church members who are being affected by this quarantine. This is evidence of church members seeking to share each other’s burdens.

  • Pray for Africa as they are fighting the Coronavirus pandemic. Pray for our church members who are struggling because of lack of adequate health care. Pray that the rates of infection and death will not be as projected. 
  • Pray for the thousands of ethnic groups around the world, that make up 69% of earth’s population, that have not yet had a clear presentation of Jesus. Pray for new innovative ways to reach them during this crisis.
  • Pray for a spirit of repentance and humility for all of us regarding the times we have not been personally faithful to God in our life and witness.
  • Pray for a mighty increase in church members who will serve God by loving others and actively sharing Bible truth with others, including those from other religious backgrounds.
  • Pray for farmers who are struggling to plant or harvest crops without the usual support workers, who have been banned from traveling. 
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18 April – Sustained by the Word

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Ps. 55:22

“My fellow-laborers, let not your courage fail. God is proving your faith. The Christian always has a strong helper in the Lord. When you come to a pause in your earnest efforts because you are unable to obtain the needed help, cast your burden upon the Lord. Be content to leave it there, certain that He is faithful who has promised. The What and How of the Lord’s helping we know not; but this we do know, the Lord will never fail those who put their trust in Him. When He has fully proved His workers, He will bring them forth refined as gold tried in the fire.” Ellen White, Letter 66, June 26, 1901, par. 29

Heart Questions:

What ways do you feel God growing and proving your faith? What are some of your favorite Bible promises you like to claim when you are struggling? As a heart challenge this week, why don’t you find a new Bible verse that gives you courage and memorize it. Then share it with someone who is in need of courage. 

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord that the early projections for massive death rate in the United States as a result of COVID-19 are being lowered quite dramatically. The pandemic is also continuing to slow down throughout Europe, and there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Pray for the health professionals on the front lines who are continuing to battle this epidemic. Pray for their health safety from COVID-19, and their physical safety from irrational people on the streets who think medical personnel are contaminated. 
  • Pray that there would be a balance between locking down the whole world at home and opening up the economy and activities at the right time—as soon as safe so that the economy and businesses are not completely destroyed.
  • Pray for the many organizations, and small businesses who are suffering financially as a result of the lockdown. Pray that people would find ways to help support small businesses so they don’t go under.
  • Pray for women and children who are in dangerous situations and need protection. Pray for ways to reach out to the vulnerable and weak in your own community.
  • Pray for those who work in banks, grocery stores, gas stations, and other essential businesses. Pray that they would be protected from getting the Coronavirus as they deal with many people coming for services.
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17 April

PRAISE REPORT! In spite of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Seventh-day Adventist Church continues to move forward in mission. And many creative and new methods of sharing the gospel are being developed with a much broader reach then we’ve yet experienced. Praise the Lord!

Prayer Requests shared by Ted N.C. Wilson

  • Pray for our church members and those who are grieving the recent loss of loved ones due to COVID-19. Pray for peace and comfort for their hearts. Pray for physical healing for those who are currently battling the Coronavirus. 
  • Pray that church members will actively embrace the healthy lifestyle principles of NEWSTART (which stand for Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust in God) as a balanced approach to healthy living.
  • Pray that we as a church will continue to will find ways to effectively share God’s health message, along with the Three Angels’ messages, which is our last-day mission to the world including our need to plead for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit, as we prepare for Christ’s soon second coming.
  • Pray that in our eagerness to find creative ways to witness to others, we don’t lose our strong emphasis on Christ, His Word, His righteousness, His sanctuary service, and His saving power in the great controversy.
  • Pray for the It Is Written online evangelistic campaign “Hope Awakens” that is launching today nationwide. (To learn more visit: https://www.discoverhopeawakens.com). Pray that even more people will be able to watch and gain interest in this series than they would have with the LIVE evangelistic event that was cancelled in Indianapolis.
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16 April – Let’s Talk Faith

“Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” Ps. 20:6-7

“Take the word of Christ as your assurance. Has He not invited you to come unto Him? Never allow yourself to talk in a hopeless, discouraged way. If you do you will lose much. By looking at appearances and complaining when difficulties and pressure come, you give evidence of a sickly, enfeebled faith. Talk and act as if your faith was invincible. The Lord is rich in resources; He owns the world. Look heavenward in faith. Look to Him who has light and power and efficiency.” Christ Object Lessons, p. 146

Heart Questions: 

What does it mean to talk and act in faith? If our faith is weak, how do we grow stronger faith? (See Romans 10:17). Share with someone today an experience where God grew your faith, or tell someone a testimony about an answered prayer.

PRAISE REPORT: We praise the Lord for the health message that He has given us, that enables us to be stronger to fight off sickness and disease. We praise the Lord for the many ways that He’s enabling us to share this health message with others. 

  • Pray that God would continue to help us become a people of strong faith, for we know much more difficult trials lie ahead.
  • Pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon God’s people so that the work can be finished and we can go home.
  • Pray for wisdom for pastors and administrators as they seek to comfort and encourage and lead in the midst of chaos.
  • Pray that we as a people would do our best to live the health principles we’ve been taught that our body can have strong immune systems.
  • Pray that God’s love would so fill us, so move us, so break our hearts afresh, that we could not contain it, but would share it with those who have no hope. 
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15 April – God is Faithful!

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor. 10:13

“The enemy dare not go one hairbreadth beyond his appointed sphere. There is no power in the whole satanic force that can disable the soul that trusts, in simple confidence, in the wisdom that comes from God. Christ is our tower of strength, and Satan can have no power over the soul that walks with God in humility of mind. The promise, “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” In Christ there is perfect and complete help for every tempted soul. Dangers beset every path, but the whole universe of heaven is standing on guard, that none may be tempted above that which he is able to bear.” My Life Today, p. 316

Heart Questions:

Do you feel like you are dealing with more than you can bear? God promises He won’t give us more than we can bear, so if you feel overwhelmed claim the promise of 1 Cor. 10:13. Claim the promise of Phil. 4:13, and Ps. 61:2. Comfort yourself today in the promises of God’s Word.  

PRAISE REPORT: Across Europe (and probably many places around the world), young people that haven’t been going to church are getting active in online Bible study groups. We praise the Lord for this increased interest in God and His Word!

  • Pray that even more of our youth would be interested in learning to study their Bibles. Pray that there would be a great revival among our youth.
  • Pray for our youth around the world, who are participating in their own 100 Days of Prayer led out by the General Conference Youth Department and Children Ministries department. Pray that our youth and young people would learn that when we pray God hears and answers prayer.
  • Pray for teachers as they struggle to teach classes online. Pray that God would give them wisdom how to utilize technology in away that is beneficial for all. Pray for wisdom and patience.
  • Pray for those that are broken, for those that have recently lost loved ones, and for those struggling in isolation to feel that God is still near. 
  • Pray for endurance for doctors, nurses, and health professionals that are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
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14 April – Look Up to Jesus!

“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.” Ps. 5:3

“Summon all your powers to look up, not down at your difficulties; then you will never faint by the way. You will soon see Jesus behind the cloud, reaching out His hand to help you; and all you have to do is to give Him your hand in simple faith and let Him lead you. As you become trustful you will, through faith in Jesus, become hopeful. The light shining from the cross of Calvary will reveal to you God’s estimate of the soul, and, appreciating that estimate, you will seek to reflect the light to the world. A great name among men is as letters traced in sand, but a spotless character will endure to all eternity.” Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 578

Heart Questions:

What is the first thing that you do each morning? Do you look at the news, your e-mails or social media? Do you start thinking about all your problems? Or do you look up to Jesus? As you go through today, make a new commitment to look to Jesus instead of looking down on your trials. Look to Jesus for hope instead of turning to the secular world for encouragement.

PRAISE REPORT: In the last thirty days, over a hundred thousand resources have been downloaded from www.revivalandreformation.org. We praise the Lord that many people are recognizing their spiritual need and seeking to grow in their walk with God. We also praise the Lord that thousands of prayer groups are starting all around the world as a result of this COVID-19 crisis. 

  • Pray for church members throughout Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Belgium. These hot spot areas are still struggling to curtail the virus. Pray for healing for those who have experienced loss.
  • Pray for church members throughout the Middle East, especially in Iran and Israel. Pray for those that are living cramped up in tiny compartments with little fresh air and no ability to get exercise.
  • Pray for your neighbors who may not know Jesus. Pray for ways to share the hope of Jesus with them, maybe through “cell phone” evangelism or other helpful online resources.
  • Pray for those in your own church or community who are fighting COVID-19 right now. Pray for God’s healing hand to be upon them.
  • Pray that we would all be faithful stewards and return our tithe. Even though times are difficult the Bible tells us that those who honor God, He will honor (1 Sam. 2:30).
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13 April – Looking Beyond what is Seen

“Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’ ” John 20:29

“Often the Christian life is beset with dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The imagination pictures impending ruin before, and bondage and death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks clearly, Go forward. Let us obey the command, even though our sight cannot penetrate the darkness. The obstacles that hinder our progress will never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. Those who defer obedience till every uncertainty disappears, and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey. Faith looks beyond the difficulties, and lays hold of the unseen, even Omnipotence, therefore it cannot be baffled. Faith is the clasping of the hand of Christ in every emergency.” Gospel Workers, p. 262

Heart Questions:

It is easy to believe what we see, but what about the things we cannot see? What are ways that we can grow our faith in God’s Word, even though we have not yet seen its fulfillment? We are told Faith is a gift. Based on Ephesians 2:8 and Acts 3:16, where do we get this amazing gift?

PRAISE REPORT: In Papua New Guinea outside evangelists, pastors, and lay preachers can no longer travel into the country, due to COVID-19 travel bans, for the previously scheduled Total Member Involvement event that was suppose to take place this May. However, the local people in Papua New Guinea had already been rallying together this past year holding tens of thousands of Bible studies, and initiating thousands of local meetings held by lay people and pastors. And they are already making plans for another big evangelistic thrust to follow after the current COVID-19 pandemic has passed. Again, what the enemy has meant for evil, God is turning to even greater good.

  • Pray for God’s protection over the people and country of Papua New Guinea and also for God’s leading in decision making for the PNG Government and its health professionals as they battle COVID-19.
  • Pray that what God does in Papua New Guinea through the local church members would be even more successful than the original plans that were made. Pray that there will be no tribal fighting as plans are made to move forward.
  • Pray for believers who are incarcerated in different prisons around the world. Pray for strength to witness to fellow inmates during this crisis.
  • Pray for a small bakery and mission center in Jönköping, Sweden to reach even more people, so that many will come know Jesus and accept Him as their Savior. Pray for more Bible study contacts and conversions. 
  • Pray also for the local churches throughout Sweden, which are small and composed of mostly elderly people. Pray that God would bring more young people into the churches in Scandinavia, and that He would protect these small congregations during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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12 April – The Greatest Victories

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Ps. 50:15

“The greatest victories gained for the cause of God are not the result of labored argument, ample facilities, wide influence, or abundance of means; they are gained in the audience chamber with God, when with earnest, agonizing faith men lay hold upon the mighty arm of power.” Gospel Workers, p. 259

Heart Questions:

Since we know that we gain our greatest victories through prayer and time in God’s Word, why are we so hesitant to take the time to pray and study the Bible? What activities or distractions are getting in the way of your personal communion with God? 

PRAISE REPORT: In the Queensland city of Toowoomba (population 130,000), there are two churches, Toowoomba Central and Glenvale. Pastor Casey Wolverton is the pastor of the Glenvale Church. When the COVID19 virus hit and churches were closed, on the first Sabbath, they conducted the worship service as normal but with no one in the pews and broadcast it on Facebook or Youtube and 900 people viewed the service. The local radio station heard what the Adventists were doing, so the radio station approached the Adventist Church asking if they could record the Adventist service and broadcast it the next day (Sunday) to an audience of 130,000 people. Without the COVID10 crisis it is very unlikely that this would have happened. Praise God!

  • Pray that special messages of hope can continue to be broadcasted throughout the city of Toowoomba in Queensland Australia. Pray for church members throughout Australia, that they can find ways to continue to be a light to those around them.
  • Pray for our many Literature Evangelists around the world that can no longer go door to door. Pray for God to open up new ways for these dedicated workers to share the truth. And pray that God would provide for their needs. 
  • Pray for hospitals across the United States who are expecting to have their most difficult week yet in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Pray for God to intervene. 
  • Pray for the elderly, the immune-compromised, and other high-risk members in your local church. Pray that God’s protecting hand would be around them. 
  • Pray for those who have already lost loved ones because of this Coronavirus outbreak. Pray for courage and strength for those experiencing loss to hold on to God.
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11 April – Teach us to Pray!

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jer. 33:3

“We have come to serious times. Events in our world call upon every follower of Christ to be totally in earnest in our relationship with God. To strengthen this relationship and satisfy our emotional and spiritual needs, we must learn the power of prayer. We must plead with the Lord, like the disciples of old, saying, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ ”  Prayer, p. 1

Heart Questions:

We may be part of 100 Days of Prayer, and we may be praying with our small prayer groups, but have we really learned what it means to pray? Have we ever earnestly cried out like the disciples cried to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray?” If you haven’t done this, why don’t you ask the Lord today, “Please teach me to pray!”

PRAISE REPORT: Although Indianapolis had to cancel the large evangelistic meetings planned pre-GC session, now John Bradshaw is planning to do a series of meetings online which we believe will have much greater reach. We expect tens of thousands of people to attend. Once again, what the enemy has meant for evil, God is turning around for good. 

  • Pray that we as church would ask God to send the Holy Spirit and teach us how to pray in a way that we will receive answers.  
  • Pray the online evangelistic series that John Bradshaw and It is Written is planning. Pray that many people will tune in and that many will make decisions for Jesus. 
  • Pray for medical professionals and hospitals in your area that are struggling with a shortage of medical supplies. Pray that God would provide what is needed so our health professionals can stay safe.
  • Pray that more people could help making masks and other protective equipment, and that the needed beds, ventilators, and health facilities would be opened to accommodate the surge in medical care needed.
  • Pray for the Chinese ministry in Cebu City in the Philippines. Pray for protection from the Coronavirus for the church there and that more Chinese people will take an active interest in the study of the Scriptures.
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10 April

PRAISE REPORT! It appears that the spread of the pandemic is starting to slow down a little in Spain and Italy. We praise God that there is hope for improvement.

  • Pray that God would stop the spread of COVID19 in the countries of the world with high concentrated populations. Pray especially for the Lord’s intervention in India, Bangladesh, the continent of Africa, and some countries throughout Asia that are just beginning to battle the COVID-19 pandemic in full force. 
  • Pray for medical researchers to find treatments that cure the Coronavirus as we don’t have months to wait for the development of a vaccine.
  • Pray for God’s protection for children, for the weak, and vulnerable, who are forced to stay home with abusive family members or who live in difficult foster homes.
  • Pray for provision for food and meals for children that can no longer attend school where food was regularly provided.
  • Pray that we would learn to study God’s Word on a deeper level, and also share His Word in practical ways with those around us.
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9 April – Purified through the Fire

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Rom. 8:18

“Through trial and persecution the glory—the character—of God is revealed in His chosen ones. The believers in Christ, hated and persecuted by the world, are educated and disciplined in the school of Christ. On earth they walk in narrow paths; they are purified in the furnace of affliction. They follow Christ through sore conflicts; they endure self-denial and experience bitter disappointments; but thus they learn the guilt and woe of sin, and they look upon it with abhorrence. Being partakers of Christ’s sufferings, they can look beyond the gloom to the glory, saying, ‘I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.’ Romans 8:18.”  Acts of the Apostles, p. 576

Heart Questions:

What is the glory that Romans 8:18 speaks of? Why is trials and suffering used to purify us? What have you learned about yourself through the trials of the recent weeks? Do you recognize weak spots that you didn’t realize you had? How do you want God to grow you and purify you during this time of fear and isolation that is sweeping over the world?

  • Pray for heavenly vision that we can see beyond the grave, beyond the pain and suffering and hardship of this life, to see the heavenly reward that awaits those that are faithful to the end.
  • Pray for wisdom for pastors and administrators as they seek to comfort and encourage and lead in the midst of chaos.
  • Pray for our children that are out of school, and especially for those who relied on the meals that they received at school. Pray that God would raise up caring Christians to find ways to feed them during this time of crisis.
  • Pray that God’s love would so fill us, so move us, so break our hearts afresh, that we could not contain it, but would share it with those who have no hope. 
  • Pray that we will understand and actively share the message of “Righteousness by Faith” and that we will rest in the righteousness of Jesus.
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8 April – Our Eyes are Upon You!

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”  2 Chron. 20:12

“God would not have us remain pressed down by dumb sorrow, with sore and breaking hearts. He would have us look up and behold His dear face of love. The blessed Saviour stands by many whose eyes are so blinded by tears that they do not discern Him. He longs to clasp our hands, to have us look to Him in simple faith, permitting Him to guide us. His heart is open to our griefs, our sorrows, and our trials. He has loved us with an everlasting love and with loving-kindness compassed us about…Think of this, children of suffering and sorrow, and rejoice in hope. ‘This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.’ 1 John 5:4.” Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, p. 12

Heart Questions:

What does it mean to keep our eyes on Jesus? What happens sometimes when our eyes are blinded by tears? What is God longing to do? Just as God’s heart is open to our sorrows and grief, so our heart should be open to the sorrow and grief of others. How can we extend His arm of compassion and tender sympathy to those around us today?

  • Pray for those that are broken, for those that have recently lost loved ones, and for those struggling to feel that God is still near. 
  • Pray for church members facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic across the country of Canada. Pray for strength and peace, and healing. Pray for spiritual revival and that the gospel will advance throughout Canada as a result of these challenging times. 
  • Pray for selfless love and giving to be the life of church members worldwide. Pray that those who have more resources would reach out and share with those who have less.
  • Pray that church members worldwide would put away their differences and come close in Christian fellowship, pleading for the Latter Rain.
  • Pray that church members worldwide would take personal responsibility for sharing the gospel with those around them even in the wake of large evangelistic events being canceled.
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7 April – God’s Covenant with Us

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14

“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. A few neighbors may meet together to pray for the Holy Spirit. Let those who cannot leave home, gather in their children, and unite in learning to pray together. They may claim the promise of the Saviour: ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’ ” Review and Herald, January 3, 1907, par. 4

Heart Questions:

What four heart conditions is God looking for, based on 2 Chronicles 7:14? What type of attitude should we have when we pray? Why is united prayer so important? How can we experience united prayer even while apart?  

  • Pray that we would know as a church what it means to walk in humility before God and before each other. Pray that He would teach us how to pray, how to repent, and that healing would come as we seek God with all our hearts.
  • Pray that God would help us as a people know what it means to be more spiritually minded, and how to create a chain of prayer around the world.
  • Pray for church members living in the South England Conference in London. Pray that rather than this pandemic discouraging church members, there would be church growth, increased commitment to God and service.
  • Pray for our youth across Europe, to come back to church, and for parents to be strong positive role models by bringing their children to church. 
  • Pray that every person, no matter their age, their gender, their official title or status, would recognize that they are to be witnesses and messengers of God’s love to a dying world.
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