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The Power of Prayer

Editorial by Jessica Manantan

Most, if not all of us, want to have a relationship with God, don’t we? We are told in the book Steps to Christ, “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend” (Ellen G. White, p. 93). Jesus spent hours praying to His Father while He was on earth. “In the early hours of the new day the Lord awakened Him from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips were anointed with grace, that He might impart to others” (White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 139). We commune with our best friends here on earth; how much more do we need to spend time with God? We must draw constantly from Him.

My prayer partner and I started to pray together once a week, then daily. Now we pray every morning together, taking specific requests to the Lord, interceding for others and knowing that He will answer.

I realize that although God doesn’t need me, I want to be a co-laborer with Him. He has placed me in certain situations and around certain people for a reason. I am adamant about spending time in daily prayer for whom I have a burden. This makes me so excited to see what God is going to do!

The Mountain View Conference prayer line meets every evening at 7 p.m. Call (605) 475-4834 and enter code 708693# to be connected. God is there every night listening to our petitions and answering our requests. Lives are changed, hearts are healed and love is spread. Incredible answers to prayer have been experienced on that line, and many relationships have developed because of it.

Come boldly and persistently to the Father daily. Be earnest and steadfast. Press your petitions with determination. Your life will be changed!

Jessica Manantan serves as the Prayer Ministries assistant coordinator for the Mountain View Conference.

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