"Passionate Prayers and Fearless Faith" - A Recap on SDA World Women Day of Prayer
Women of the Seventh Day Adventist Church all around the world together through prayer hosted a Women's Day of prayer from the general conference, to the division and Local churches all around the world. The day was under a theme “Passionate Prayers and Fearless Faith”
The women were challenged, "Have you ever poured your heart out to God, pleading with Him for His direct intervention? Have you whispered the kind of prayer that is so deep and so personal that no one but God Himself was meant to hear?"
The women were reminded of the story in bible of the woman called Hannah. A woman who persevered a lot of hurtful words she prayed to God until her prayer was answered. Even when God answered her prayer Hannah still want back to God and praise him for his love and kindness towards her.
“’O my lord! As your soul lives . . . I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord’” (1 Samuel 1 vss. 26-28).
Then once again we see Hannah turning to the Lord in prayer—this time with beautiful, inspired words of thanksgiving recorded in First Samuel, chapter 2, verses 1 and 2.
“My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me. No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God” (NLT).
Women from various churches under the Central Malawi Conference Women conducted their programs in line with the theme. They women dominated all church programs from Morning Devotion, Sabbath School throughout the afternoon sabbath sessions.
Kasungu District, Mchinji District and many churches within Lilongwe City Zone were captured during their programs.
In addition the women together globally were given prayer requests to pray for as they prayed for themselves.
Division Prayer Requests
Praying for the women in the territories of Inter-European Division, South Pacific Division, and Trans-European Division, other requests included:
• Prayer for the spiritual growth of our women. • Prayer for unity among our women as they focus on the mission of the church. • Prayer for our women to become mobilized with hope and reach others in loving and compassionate ways. • Prayer for women who do not know God and how we can reach them. • Prayer that the Six Critical Issues (poverty, health threats, women’s workload, abuse, illiteracy, lack of training), which may be barriers for many women, will be addressed to allow women to take part in the mission of the church.
• Prayer for women suffering in poverty. • Prayer that women will be champions of healthy life-styles in the homes and community. • Prayer for women facing illness. • Prayer for women and their mental health. • Prayer for refugee women in all territories. • Prayer for women living in war zones and being touched by the tragedies of war. • Prayer for women who are suffering abuse. • Prayer for women who need higher education. • Prayer for women who need a job to survive. • Prayer that each woman can transform a spiritual gift into a ministry and contribute to total member involvement. • Prayer for the families of all our women. • Prayer that each woman with her family is ready for Jesus’s soon return.
“Without unceasing prayer and diligent watching we are in danger of growing careless and of deviating from the right path. The adversary seeks continually to obstruct the way to the mercy seat, that we may not by earnest supplication and faith obtain grace and power to resist temptation” (Steps to Christ, p. 94).
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