Seventh-day Adventists across the Inter-American Division (IAD) sealed the Adventist World Church’s 100 Days of Prayer initiative today after completing a 24-hour prayer relay across the territory. The prayer relay concluded with an online program highlighting unified efforts since March to engage members to pray for the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on the Church, and to empower members for mission during the coronavirus pandemic.
Adventist World Church President Ted N.C. Wilson praised the prayer commitment of thousands of church leaders and members throughout the IAD and the World Church who gathered together virtually, in homes, or individually in earnest prayer, supplication, and praise to God.
The 100 Days of Prayer initiative originally planned to focus on praying for this year’s General Conference Session in Indianapolis, which was pushed back to 2021, but quickly took on a new focus on the pandemic, Wilson said. “God knew…the timing for this initiative far in advance and what a better time to be pressing together as the Church seeks God in prayer, looking for strength in this time of crisis as well as the Holy Spirit’s power for mission.”
Wilson encouraged all members to share their experience with answered prayers to encourage others as well as strengthen their faith. “There are so many blessings that prayer brings into the spiritual life of the Church,” he said. “It invigorates the life of the members, it brings peace and harmony as we submit our will to the will of God, and it brings focus and purpose to the mission.”