Pray Until Something Happens

Pray Until Something Happens
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What A Privilege!
Again, it is a privilege for us as a union family to unite in another exciting prayer journey throughout 2015.  Our prayer focus for this year will revolve around those steps to knowing Christ better found in the book Steps to Christ written by Ellen G. White.    Each month, a key aspect from the book will be the center of our petitions to God.  Accordingly, this invitation to prayer is also a call to read or reread this important book as we seek to draw closer to Christ. Therefore, each field is requested to launch this initiative before January 1, 2015. Prayer cards have been supplied. However, you may also download a copy from the Union’s web page - www.atcunion.org.
 
Prayer Keeps Us Focused on God
With this prayer walk to personal spiritual growth, it is anticipated that our four-year old union, and much older conferences and mission, will continue to grow, mature, and fully embrace God’s mandate to proclaim the Three Angels’ messages of Revelation 14. We must be about our Father’s business, recognizing that Jesus will soon return to this earth. Therefore, prayer is designed to keep us on board and focused.
Furthermore, we hope that this prayer guide (P.U.S.H 2015) will motivate each of us to pray more with the full assurance of knowing that our prayers will be answered, and that it will also serve as a catalyst for increased spiritual maturity.
 
Prayer is Not a Gift
As noted in November’s segment, we ought to recognize that prayer is something that we all must embrace. It is not a gift, but a privilege for all persons. Looking at the spiritual gifts in 1 Cor. 15, Eph. 4 and Rom. 12 you will not find prayer included among the gifts as God intended that everyone should pray. Ellen White counsels, “We must pray always if we would grow in faith and experience” (SC p. 97). Additionally, she explains, “Satan cannot overcome him whose heart is thus stayed upon God” (SC p. 98). Therefore, “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him” (SC p. 93).
So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s continue to P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens), and remember to send us some reports of how you have been blessed by prayer.