For Sarah in Zimbabwe, who is asking the Lord to give her a husband to love and care for . . .
For Ivan in Belarus, who is being urged to take an engineering exam on Sabbath . . .
For Migdalia in the Philippines, who is struggling with cancer . . .
The prayer requests—some handwritten, others e-mailed, some newly translated from Spanish, French, Portuguese, or German--move around the circle of the Adventist World staff each Wednesday morning at 8:15. Taken together, they illustrate the round of prayer that rises every morning from Adventists all around the world. Folded slips of paper, envelopes bearing exotic stamps, digitized messages transmitted at the speed of electricity—they all convey the vital heartbeat of believers committed to the task of interceding for each other.
We pause over each one, fingering the connection we feel to those far distant from us, yet joined in common faith. We “rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). We sigh at sin and sickness, grieving losses borne by those who write. Our hearts leap within us at news of hope—when evil is pushed back, when Ivan is offered another exam date, when Sarah finds a godly husband.
Each week the number and variety of requests seems to grow, as Adventists around the globe reach out to ask for prayer from those they will not likely meet until we stand upon that sea of glass. Faith imagines what mortal eyes may never see—thousands of others, bent on their knees in homes, in offices, alongside roads. In a world convulsed by plague and pain, the act of praying for believers half a world away is the surest sign that we have joined more than a local congregation. In God’s grace, we belong to a called-out world-wide fellowship whose first allegiance is to the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” the Lord Who stands above every government, every tribe, every economic system. In His name, and to His throne, we bring our weekly prayers and praises, seeking the oneness for which He prayed.
As you read this month’s feature story about the unique ministry of Adventist World, join that world-embracing circle of faith and prayer.