Imagine you are a parent about to leave your children, knowing you will not see them again until the Kingdom of Heaven. What is the most important thing you could say to them?
Jesus had that dilemma as He prepared to return to heaven after His crucifixion. What was the burden of His last words to His disciples? As we read through His last prayers and counsel in John 15-17, we discover repeating themes: Unity, love, and seeking God through prayer. Jesus longed for His fledgling church to come together in purpose, harmony, and mission. Today, amid perhaps unprecedented polarization in the world, our nations, and our church, we too need to heed Jesus’ counsel to seek His Spirit and come together for mission. The task seems daunting and impossible in our humanity. That’s why we need to pray as never before for the miracle of reconciliation that only God can bring.
We invite you to pray “in your closet.” We invite you to pray with your local church family. And we invite you to the global Revival and Reformation initiative – the Quarterly Day of Prayer. Perhaps you will choose to fast on this day, to gain more time for prayer and to have a clearer mind. Perhaps you will fast from desserts or social media, or eat sparingly of plant-based food for a time.
“Now and onward till the close of time the people of God should be more earnest, more wide- awake, not trusting in their own wisdom, but in the wisdom of their Leader. They should set aside days for fasting and prayer” (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, Feb. 11, 1904).
As you choose to focus more deeply on prayer, God will bless you and strengthen your heart for the challenging days ahead.