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Pray One Million

What would happen if every Seventh-day Adventist in North America would spend just a few minutes each day – or maybe just one minute each day – praying for one specific person…a neighbor, a colleague, someone special that God lays on your heart? What if even half of our members would catch that vision?

Well, if just half of us made that commitment between now and the next three or four months, and if we spent only a minute each a day – one minute each day – over the next ten weeks or so we would storm the gates of heaven with more than a million hours of focused intercession! 

The purpose of the initiative is not the one million hours, it’s rather to remind us that we are part of a Movement-wide commitment to pray specifically and consistently and passionately for the person or persons God lays on our hearts.

Most of us pray regularly with a prayer list. That’s good. But it’s easy for that list to become simply a mention of those who are important to us: Bless our pastor. Bless my children. Bless my uncle in the hospital. But we will ask God to lay on our hearts the name of a certain individual for whom we will pray a more focused prayer – for a minimum of a minute. We’ll claim a promise in their behalf. We’ll ask God to use us to reach them, whatever their current spiritual journey.

According to Romans 8:34, Jesus stands at the right hand of God and is interceding for him or her, so we are joining hands with the great Intercessor on behalf of the one whom He has laid on our hearts.

We are part of a praying Movement, a prayer Movement. The whole family across North America, pleading with God to do what only He can do to reach the hearts of those He loves. Many of our people are observing that we need to write URGENT over everything we do.

Is that a doable? Half of us…one minute each day, pleading with God to show us someone He wants us to bless, to encourage, to put our arms around… Is that a doable?
It is.

Participant Response
Thanks for this idea, the potential is enormous. I like to think of what God can do when we spend just one extra minute interceding earnestly for even one person.             
Pastor, Mid-America

The difference for me was when I realized that we can join with Christ as He intercedes for those on our prayer list. Now that’s a privilege!
Pastor, North Pacific Union

I learned right away that as I’m seriously praying for someone God also shows me how to reach out to that person with encouragement, or whatever is needed. He knows.
Prayer Coordinator, Pacific Union

As I pray I’ve discovered that this initiative has the capacity to change at least two people – the person I’m praying for, and me. 
Church administrator, Pacific Union

The whole idea of being part of a “prayer movement” motivates me to pray.
Lay person, Mid-America

The students in my school have really picked up on this idea. They love to choose one person and pray specifically for them for a full minute. They found it hard at first, but as they do it they learned to love it.
Elementary teacher, Columbia Union

We have started setting aside one minute during our worship service on Sabbath mornings to have our people pray for a specific person. At first a minute seemed like a long time, but now most of them are really enjoying it. 
Pastor, Atlantic Union

I love the idea that I’m part of bringing a million hours – a million hours! – of intercession to God.
Lay person, SDA Church in Canada