Prayer fueled the fifty-ninth General Conference session

By Chantal J. Klingbeil, Adventist Review Contributor We may be tempted to think that the General Conference session is all about getting business done, supported by powerful sermons, beautiful music, and fascinating exhibits. But nothing is further from the truth. The session is all about coming together to reconnect with God—individually and corporately. It’s the time when we join hands as a church family and look up asking God to take control. Here we realize once again that it is only a miracle of God’s grace that holds us—of so many diffe

PRAYER WARRIORS: A steady stream of people flowed into the Prayer Room during the session.

rent languages, cultures, ages, and worldviews—together. It’s here that we realize anew our need of God.

The Prayer Room at the session, strategically placed off the hall before the delegate cafeteria entrance, reminded us that “man does not live on bread alone” (Matt. 4:4). Dawn Reynolds and Stanley Ponniah, under the auspices of GC Women’s Ministries, headed a team of dedicated prayer warriors. Low tables, chairs, cushions, candles, and potted palms were beautifully arranged to create a quiet, peaceful area.

All day long a steady stream of people flowed in to pray alone, with a volunteer, or listen for God’s voice as they quietly read their Bibles. Several of the prayer volunteers came to the session with no other agenda but to pray.

As delegates on the floor moved through nominations and the other business of the session, a group of people supported them item by item in prayer. Each person voted into office was covered in prayer. According to Reynolds, people went to the Prayer Room with open hearts to be “informed, encouraged, inspired, and enlightened.” There seemed to be a general longing for a deeper, fuller spiritual experience. The Prayer Ministries team coordinated prayer seminars twice a day with invited speakers. The attendance was so overwhelming that organizers were forced to find a bigger venue for the seminars.

In the noise and action of the session, we could never pray too much because this church will not move forward by goals, plans, or good leadership, “‘but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zech. 4:6).

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