Assemble for Prayer

 

 

THE PROMISE  

Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised. “This,” He said, “is what you heard from Me…you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”   

— Acts 1:4,5, NASB 

 

THE TESTIMONY 

There is nothing more needed in the work than the practical results of communion with God. 

We should hold convocations for prayer, asking the Lord to open the way for the truth to enter the strongholds where Satan has set up his throne, and dispel the shadow he has cast athwart the pathway of those whom he is seeking to deceive and destroy. 

The Christian church began its existence by praying for the Holy Spirit.

Just before his ascension Christ had commissioned the disciples to preach the gospel to the world. “Ye shall receive power,” he said, “after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me…”

In obedience to the word of their Master, the disciples returned to Jerusalem, and for ten days they prayed for the fulfilment of God’s promise. These ten days were days of deep heart-searching. The disciples put away all difference that had existed among them, and drew close together in Christian fellowship.

What was the result of the outpouring of the Spirit upon the day of Pentecost?…hearts yielded to the power of the message… Every Christian saw in his brother the divine similitude of love and benevolence… The only ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ’s character and to labor for the enlargement of his kingdom. 

Christ declared that the divine influence of the Spirit was to be with his followers to the end of time. 

But the promise is not appreciated as it should be; and therefore its fulfilment is not seen as it might be. With many the promise of the Spirit is a matter little thought of; and the result is only what might be expected,—spiritual drought, spiritual darkness, spiritual declension and death. Minor matters occupy the attention, and the divine power which is necessary for the growth and prosperity of the church, and which would bring all other blessings in its train, is lacking, though offered in its infinite plentitude.

My brethren and sisters, plead for the Holy Spirit. God stands back of every promise he has made. With your Bibles in your hands say, “I have done as thou hast said. I present thy promise, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.’” 

Christ declares, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” 

— The Review and Herald, April 30, 1908 

 

THE RESPONSE 

Hold convocations for prayer asking the Lord to open the way for the truth to enter into strongholds where Satan has set up his throne and to dispel the shadow he has cast across the pathway of those whom he is seeking to deceive and destroy. 

Plead for the Holy Spirit. God stands back of every promise he has made.

With your Bible in your hand say, “I have done as You have said. I present Your promise, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.’” 

 

 

 

 

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