PRAYER IN THE STORM
With a level of intensity perhaps unforeseen in history, this planet is like a huge powder keg ready to explode. Those who genuinely seek and submit to the God of heaven for inner peace, hope and guidance are few.
“We are living in an important and interesting period of this earth's history. We need more faith than we have yet had; we need a firmer hold from above. Satan is working with all power to obtain the victory over us, for he knows that he has but a short time in which to work. Paul had fear and trembling in working out his salvation; and should not we fear lest a promise being left us, we should any of us seem to come short of it, and prove ourselves unworthy of eternal life? We should watch unto prayer, strive with agonizing effort to enter in at the strait gate.”1
What a privilege it is to participate in the annual Week of Prayer! Now more than ever, we need to treasure every possible opportunity to press together in earnest praise and petition to our only Source of strength, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is still graciously interceding in our behalf in the heavenly courts.
This year’s series of readings based on the theme, "The Gathering Storm", acknowledge the current situation we face, bringing words of faith to fortify us for the challenging days to come.
So, let us each prayerfully consider the readings for this Week of Prayer, sharing them also with others who may be isolated or homebound, and remember the following dates:
Prayer with fasting: Sabbath, December 10
Offering for missions: Sunday, December 11
May the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts and strengthen us according to our needs as individuals and as a people. May “the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10, 11).
*If your unit has not received the WOP materials yet, please email your Regional Secretary.