Mansfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church - Ohio

Inspiring people to Learn, Love and Live Christ's way


    Ten Days of Prayer

    Day 1 - Less is More

    Bible Verse:  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Eph. 5:15, 16

    The importance of prioritizing faith and living with less in order to experience more of what matters to God.

    • Society's consumerism and desire for more can distract us from serving God.
    • We cannot have both the world's pleasures and God's blessings.
    • Living with less allows us to make room for God in our lives.
    • Overcrowded schedules lead to physical and spiritual exhaustion.
    • Clutter in our lives hinders us from fully living for God.
    • We must intentionally choose to live purposefully with less.
    • Less is more when it comes to experiencing spiritual blessings and prayer time.
    • Prayer is essential in seeking God's guidance and wisdom in using our time wisely.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. Lord, please let a mighty revival of primitive godliness sweep Your church in the final days. May we stand for truth though the heavens fall. Let this revival start with me.
    2. Lord, show us how to be consistent in daily worship, individually and as a family.
    3. Lord, open our eyes to the distractions in our lives. The things that keep us from being able to focus entirely on You. Give us undivided hearts of worship.
    4. Lord, help us to allow You to wake us up each morning, no matter how early, so that we can have sweet, unrushed time in Your Word and prayer.
    5. We pray that You would help us to come to You as we are, with all our feelings, our imperfections, our sins, and our needs, and allow You to love us, change us, and remake us into the person You long for us to be.


    Day 2 -  The Danger of Being Busy for God

    Bible Verse: The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.” (Mark 6:30–32, ESV)

    The danger of being busy for God and the importance of rest and unhurried time with Him.

    • Busyness is highly valued in modern society, but it can cause us to forget to truly live and enjoy life.
    • Many committed followers of Christ have adopted a mindset of busyness in their work for God, losing their connection with Him.
    • God calls us to stand still and un-hurry, as busyness crushes our spiritual vitality and effectiveness.
    • Jesus set an example by taking the liberty to rest during His ministry.
    • We should intentionally reduce our busyness and make room for meaningful, soul-invigorating quiet time with God.
    • The apostles returned to Jesus and He encouraged them to come away to a desolate place and rest.
    • We need to step away from the busyness of life and spend time reflecting and resting, focusing on what truly matters.
    • Jesus understood the need for rest and exemplified the balanced life we should live.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. Lord, teach us how to plead for a daily baptism of the Holy Spirit.
    2. We pray for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit to empower our witness and enable us to engage in the work You have given us to do before Your return.
    3. Show us how to love our families sacrificially and how to make disciples for the Kingdom, starting with our own children and loved ones.
    4. We pray for wisdom to search, understand, and follow God's Word. Teach us to rightly divide the words of truth and faithfully share them with others.
    5. We pray for religious liberty and freedom of conscience throughout the world. Lord, please open doors for the proclamation of Your Word in closed territories.


    Day 3 - The Blessing of Waiting

    Bible Verse: Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, ESV)

    The importance of stillness and waiting in our fast-paced modern life and how it relates to our spiritual walk with God.

    • In our busy lives, stillness and quiet are critical for spiritual growth.
    • We have become impatient and accustomed to instant gratification.
    • Slowing down and waiting patiently is a biblical virtue that needs to be revived.
    • Waiting helps us connect with God and reminds us of His tender care.
    • Waiting is a part of human existence and has benefits such as endurance, patience, and longing.
    • Waiting is an opportunity for personal transformation and becoming the person God wants us to be.
    • Waiting is an expression of God's goodness and grace, helping us become more like Him.

    Reasons to Pray

    1. Lord, may Your world church accept the call to widely proclaim the Three Angels' messages to every nation and tongue. Show us how to center all these teachings on the love and righteousness of Christ.
    2. Lord, help us model to our youth and young people what living the Three Angels' messages looks like.
    3. Lord, may Adventists worldwide declareI Will Goand take up the call to serve You and proclaim the good news of salvation.
    4. We pray for medical professionals, scientists, government leaders, and public health officials to have wisdom for the many decisions they make.
    5. We pray that Adventists around the world will offer practical aid and encouragement to those who are suffering. Give us courage, creativity, and an unselfish spirit when our neighbors need us most.

    Day 4 - The freedom of a Focused Life of Simplicity

    Bible Verse: And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matt. 6:16–18, ESV)

    The importance of fasting and simplicity in living a focused life of faith.

    • Fasting is a way to create space for God and declutter our minds and lives.
    • Biblical fasting is not about dieting, but about abstaining from food and distractions to pray and commune with God.
    • Fasting is mentioned in connection with prayer throughout the Bible.
    • Fasting expresses our desire to increase our dependence on God and prioritize spiritual things.
    • Living a life of simplicity involves being mindful of what we consume through our eyes and ears.
    • We should abstain from toxic influences and deliberately include healthy habits.
    • A content heart comes from trusting God and focusing on Him rather than others.
    • Prayer is essential in seeking God's strength, forgiveness, and guidance in living a focused life.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. We pray for those financially affected by job losses due to the changing economy.
    2. Lord, please show church members how to help those struggling with mental health issues or isolation.
    3. We pray for pastors and churches to find ways of keeping church members actively praying together. Lord, please draw Your church together in worship and service.
    4. We pray for a spiritual revival among Seventh-day Adventist young people attending colleges and universities worldwide. May they become vibrant ambassadors for Christ.
    5. We pray for the 69 percent of the earth's population who have not received an unclouded presentation of Jesus.


    Day 5 - Focusing on things that matter in our prayers

    Bible Verse: Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’” (Matt. 6:9, 10, ESV)

    The importance of focusing on God and things that matter in our prayers.

    • Prayer should focus on God and His will, rather than just our own needs and desires.
    • The key to a new prayer experience is recognizing God as our faithful friend and seeking His companionship.
    • Prayer that is pleasing to God starts with a desire to be with Him, not just making requests.
    • God-centered prayer transforms our perspective and allows us to see ourselves differently.
    • The true purpose of prayer is deepening our relationship with God, not just getting our wishes fulfilled.
    • Praying from God's perspective and acknowledging His character enriches our prayers.
    • Prayer should be centered on God, who is the Master of all our needs, and not just focused on our problems.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. We pray for the 62 million people in the 28 least-reached cities of the former Soviet Union (Euro-Asia Division).
    2. We pray for God to raise up brave missionaries willing to work among the 746 people groups in the 20 countries of the Middle East.
    3. Lord, please raise up modern-day Waldensian-type students willing to serve You in difficult places.
    4. We pray for Adventist members facing persecution or imprisonment because of their beliefs.
    5. We pray for the 202 million people in the 41 least-reached cities of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division to know Jesus.


    Day 6 - Grit, Passion, and Perseverance

    Bible Verse: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Gal. 6:9, ESV)


    The importance of grit, passion, and perseverance in our spiritual walk and prayer life.

    • Grit is essential in pursuing our goals and organizing our lives to avoid distractions.
    • We often don't see results in our prayers because we lack persistence and belief in God's power.
    • Jesus tells the story of a persistent widow to emphasize the importance of persistent prayer.
    • God's timetables and solutions may not align with our understanding, so we need to be passionate and persistent in our prayers.
    • The greatest victories are gained through earnest and agonizing faith in the audience chamber with God.
    • We should not grow weary of doing good, as we will reap in due season if we do not give up.
    • We should pray for perseverance and spiritual grit in our prayer life and in the work God has called us to do.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. We pray for the Sabbath School/Personal Ministries Department of each local church as they seek God's plan and reach out to their communities with loving service, Bible study, and personal witnessing.
    2. We pray for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) as they meet practical needs worldwide.
    3. We pray for the 16 million people in the 6 least-reached cities of the South Pacific Division.
    4. We pray for the Holy Spirit to help us know how to reach the 406 million people in the 105 least-reached cities of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division.
    5. Lord, please bless as Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries mobilizes chaplains and interested members to minister to those in prison.


    Day 7 - The Value of Being Kind

    Bible Verse: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35, ESV)


    The importance of kindness as a defining quality of a Christian's life and its impact on others.

    • Kindness is a universal language that transcends barriers.
    • Acts of kindness can make a significant difference in people's lives.
    • Jesus emphasized the importance of love and kindness as a testimony of faith.
    • Kindness reflects the character of God and brings joy to His heart.
    • It is important to focus on what matters in life and be known for kindness.
    • Prayer is essential in seeking God's guidance and asking for forgiveness.
    • The document encourages living out love and kindness together with truth.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. Lord, we pray for our Sabbath School teachers. Please let them know how important their work is for our children.
    2. Lord, we seek your guidance for the many Centers of Influence, health and family programs, and Pathfinder clubs worldwide.
    3. Lord, please show us how to send more truth-filled literature (printed and electronic) into our communities. We pray that people will read it and that the Holy Spirit will convict them of Bible truth.
    4. Lord, we ask for Your protection over missionaries working in dangerous places.
    5. Please raise up literature evangelists, student volunteers, authors, media specialists, and financial supporters to spread words of hope and life.


    Day 8 - Practicing an attitude of Gratitude

    Bible Verse: Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.” (Heb. 12:28, NASB95)


    The importance of practicing an attitude of gratitude and its impact on our lives and relationship with God.

    • Gratitude is a mindset that pleases God and positively impacts our lives.
    • It helps us focus on what is positive and strengthens when exercised purposefully.
    • God invites His children to be people of gratitude and give thanks in everything.
    • Gratitude allows us to appreciate the beauty in nature and in other people.
    • By practicing gratitude, we shift our attention from what we don't have to what we do have.
    • Recent studies show that gratitude improves well-being and can positively affect others.
    • The document encourages developing an attitude of gratitude to make the world a more pleasant place.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. We pray for Adventist schools, students, and teachers worldwide. May these schools faithfully teach Bible truth and lead young people into mission, service, and a saving relationship with Christ.
    2. Lord, give us wisdom to reach secular cultures without interest in religion. Let Your Holy Spirit break down the walls that surround secular hearts.
    3. Bless us as we reach out to people enslaved by spirit worship, idolatry, and animistic beliefs. Help us to understand their worldview and introduce them to a personal Saviour.
    4. Lord, please inspire Seventh-day Adventists worldwide to pray as never before. Teach us to claim Your promises and expect You to move mountains when we pray.
    5. We pray for the 541 people groups in the 18 countries of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Please lead them to biblical truth.


    Day 9 - The Blessing of the Sabbath

    Bible Verse: If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isa. 58:13, 14, ESV)


    The importance and blessings of observing the Sabbath and its significance in our identity as human beings.

    • The Sabbath reminds us of our origin and God as our Creator.
    • Sabbath celebration is a sign of our identity, not based on economic success or productivity.
    • Sabbath is an invitation to rest in God and enjoy His provisions.
    • Sabbath teaches us to rest from rushing, performing, and achieving.
    • Sabbath rest is fulfilled in meaningful communion with God.
    • Sabbath creates a counterculture against consumerism and selfishness.
    • Keeping the Sabbath holy helps us focus on what matters in our spiritual walk.
    • Sabbath is a day to worship God and reorient our lives towards Him.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. Show us how to meet the practical and spiritual needs of refugees. May our church be known for our love of all people, no matter who they are or where they come from.
    2. We pray for our children. Please empower them to stand boldly for You when facing obstacles and pressure. Help them to make wise choices and stand for truth.
    3. Teach us to follow Christ's selfless example by meeting the daily needs of people close to us. Equip us to serve as medical missionaries, community volunteers, and friends to the needy.
    4. Please teach us to proclaim our fundamental church beliefs with clarity, creativity, and biblical authenticity. May the love of Jesus be at the core of everything we believe.
    5. Lord, please prepare young people to plant churches for the 789 people groups in the 9 countries of the North American Division.


    Day 10 - Be rich in what matters

    Bible Verse: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:24, 25, ESV)


    The importance of analog spirituality and tangible acts of faith in a digital world.

    • Biblical spirituality is analog, based on tangible practices between people and God.
    • Analog acts, such as works for God and Sabbath observance, express our relationship with Him.
    • Worship experiences in physical places with real people are more fulfilling than virtual services.
    • Acts of kindness, grace, forgiveness, and compassion are meaningful when experienced analog.
    • Prayer, fasting, and other expressions of faith have an analog dimension in time and space.
    • Real-life acts, like a helping hand or a handwritten letter, bring blessings that want to be experienced analog.
    • The digital world has its accomplishments, but faith should be more analog.
    • Prayer suggestions include giving thanks, confessing, seeking guidance, praying for the church, and listening to God's voice.


    Reasons to Pray

    1. We ask You to prepare volunteers to serve the 70 people groups in the Israel Field.
    2. We ask You to raise up medical missionaries to plant churches among the 830 people groups in the 11 countries of the East-Central Africa Division.
    3. We ask You to raise up prayer warriors to intercede for the 2,568 people groups in the 4 countries of the Southern Asia Division.
    4. Please let our families reveal Your love in our homes and communities. We ask You to bring harmony into homes, heal broken relationships, protect the vulnerable from abuse, and reveal Your sanctifying power in seemingly hopeless situations.
    5. We ask You to raise up nurses and doctors to plant new churches among the 1,978 people groups in the 22 countries in West-Central Africa Division.