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A Million Hours of Prayer

What would happen if every Seventh-day Adventist in North America would spend just a few minutes each day – or maybe just one minute each day – praying for one specific person…a neighbor, a colleague, someone special that God lays on your heart? What if even half of our members would catch that vision?

Well, if just half of us made that commitment between now and the end of 2014, and if we spent only a minute each a day – one minute each day – between now and the end of the year we would storm the gates of heaven with more than a million hours of focused intercession!

Is that a doable? Half of us…one minute each day, pleading with God to show us someone He wants us to bless, to encourage, to put our arms around… Is that a doable? It is.

Lest you think we’re proposing that we will be heard for our much speaking (Mt 6:7), remember that Jesus spent whole nights in prayer when the salvation mission He was on lay heavy on His heart. We’re on solid ground to call each other to that kind of commitment. I think the very Spirit-led brashness of a million hours is enough to energize even some of our Laodiceans.

A million hours of prayer over the next four months. It will change us. It will change our churches. It will change our communities. It will change our own journeys. Why would we not do this?

I love to envision what God will do when, as an entire church body, we ask Him to make us blessers, those He can use to bring hope to another who desperately needs it.

The Steering Committee for the Year of Prayer, under the leadership of Dr. Ricardo Graham, has been prayerfully searching for ways to make this a year when we truly go “forward on our knees.” As Dwight Nelson reminds us, at this moment in earth’s history our prayers must be desperate, urgent, and expectant.

Will you make this a matter of prayer, will you pray about praying. Then let us hear from you. Your creative ideas might be just what is needed to make this challenge and opportunity a reality all across North America. It’s a doable. Why would we not do this?