September 2, 2019

Conversations with God

As we prepare for the 2020 General Conference Session in Indianapolis, we are urging that all make prayer a primary focus. In fact, we invite you to join us for a pre-GC Prayer Conference in Indianapolis, March 6‒7, 2020. Registration is available at

To assist in this initiative, we are recommending the book, Prayerby Ellen G. White , produced by the Ellen G. White Estate. It is available through your local Adventist Book Center, at, or as an online book at Here’s an introduction


“The Scriptures admonish us to pray without ceasing. This does not mean that we are to spend all of our time on our knees in formal prayer. It does mean that we must live and serve our Lord in the atmosphere of prayer.

Prayer is the channel of communication between our souls and God. God speaks to us through His Word; we respond to Him through our prayers, and He always listens to us. We cannot weary or burden Him by our frequent heart to heart communications.

We have come to serious times. Events in our world call upon every follower of Christ to be totally in earnest in our relationship with God. To strengthen this relationship and satisfy our emotional and spiritual needs, we must learn the power of prayer. We must plead with the Lord, like the disciples of old, saying, “Lord, teach us to pray.”


That God is willing and ready to hear and respond to our heartfelt prayers under all circumstances is profoundly reassuring. He is a loving Father who is interested both when things are going well and when the vicissitudes of life deal us devastating, tough and terrible blows. When we feel like crying out, “God, where are You?”, it is good to know He is just a prayer away.


One writer has said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” It is also true of the church. “A revival of true Godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work” (Selected Messages1:121). God will do things for us when we pray that He will not do if we do not pray (The Great Controversy, 525). We acknowledge that we need the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. But this can be accomplished only as we pray individually and collectively. When God’s people pray earnestly, sincerely, individually, and collectively, God will answer. Great things will happen in and among God’s people. And the world will feel the impact as the Holy Spirit comes to equip and empower His people.