July 4, 2020 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News
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, which highlighted the unified efforts across the 24 major church regions in Inter-America 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 crisis.
Adventist World Church President Pastor 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 was 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, said Pastor Wilson. “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.”
Pastor Wilson encouraged all members to share their experience through answered prayers to encourage the countless others as well as strengthening the 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.”
In spite of the worldwide crisis, Pastor Wilson said “God calls his church to go forward in the mission He has given to us to proclaim His message of love and hope found in the Three Angels Messages of Revelation 14, to let the world know there is a Savior who died for them, who lives today making intercession for them in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary and Who will come again as a conquering King to take us home to be with Him.”