Would you like to be a witness for Jesus? I invite you to take a few moments during this 2023 Week of Prayer and ask the Lord what He would have you do to share His love with others as a faithful witness. Maranatha!
Abraham as a Witness: Leading by example
Witnessing in Times of Personal Trouble: Learning from Joseph
True and False Witness: The little maid and Gehazi
Witnessing in the Court of Kings: Daniel as a witness
The Unlikely Witness: The Samaritan woman
Witnessing in Death: The impact of Tabitha’s death
The Witness of Two: Aquila and Priscilla, the witness of fellow workers
Even Unto Death: The witness of the apostle Paul
Link to 2022 week of prayer
2023 adult Week of Prayer readings is a collaborative team effort of the Adventist Review and the Adventist world family.
Ye Shall Receive Power- Ted Wilson
Imagine with me a small group of disciples assembled in Jerusalem, waiting anxiously to hear Jesus’ last words before His ascension. Clinging to every word, they listened as He gave specific instructions on what they should do upon receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. He clarified that it wasn’t an earthly kingdom He had come to establish, but that they, as His followers, had a special part to play in preparing people for another kingdom—a heavenly one. He said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). These disciples, who had been instructed by Jesus Himself, were called to witness for Him and prepare people to accept the message of salvation.
God is still instructing through His Word and is still calling today. He desires those who see their need of His transforming power; who humble themselves and seek Him in prayer; who, following in Jesus’ footsteps, show dignity and respect to all people; who are willing to share Revelation’s sometimes-unpopular warning of the three angels’ messages; and who empty themselves to be filled with the Spirit’s grace and freedom.
In the following pages you’ll read stories of biblical characters who were mighty witnesses for Christ in a variety of situations: Joseph, who witnessed despite personal struggles; the young maid who witnessed to her master in a foreign land; Daniel, who witnessed to powerful earthly rulers; and others who shared in their own sphere of influence. We are told, “The words of Christ just before His ascension to heaven mean much to everyone who shall accept the truth as it is in Jesus. . . . All the followers of Christ are to be witnesses for Him. Everyone who receives the precious treasure of truth is to impart of the same to others”