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40 Days of Prayer – June 7- July 16, 2015



July 16, 2015
Good evening, prayer partners,   
Thank you for your faithful prayers during the 40 Days of Prayer for Camp Meeting. We have seen God's hand at work repeatedly. 

Praise report!
The Oregon Hispanic Camp Meeting has begun under the big tent (Main Pavilion) at Gladstone Convention Center. There is an expectant feeling in the air as people come together to worship the Lord. Prayer Ministries leaders are fully engaged. Energetic worship music and convicting preaching is filling the air. Pray with us that the Holy Spirit will surround these grounds.

“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer” (Psalm 17:6 NIV).

Today’s Call 2 Pray: 
We have 2 requests for prayer today:
     *   Please pray for a child named Gianna who has challenging health problems.
      *   Pray for the IT staff at camp Meeting. There are technical problems that are a challenge. Pray that they will get figured out so the programs can run smoothly.





Thursday,  July 16, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 40

We have been praying earnestly together for the past 40 days for God’s special blessings on Oregon camp meeting 2015. There are several reasons to pray for 40 days. One is that by now it should be a habit. In the Bible God’s invitation to daily prayer has no end. Revelation 8:3, 4 speaks of incense given to an angel to offer “with the prayers of all the saints” and “the smoke of the incense together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God.”  This is imagery from God’s command that in the earthly tabernacle the priest was to burn incense on the od promises if His people pray He will hear from heaven and act. (2 Chron. 7:14).  Revelation 8:3,altar of incense every morning and every evening. (Exodus 30:1-8) That incense would ascend over the curtain into the glorious presence of God who dwelt between the cherubim above the Ark of the Covenant.  So, our prayers should continue during the ten days of camp meeting beginning tonight with the Hispanic camp meeting and the English camp meeting beginning next Tuesday. We wait in expectancy to see what blessings God will pour out during the next ten days. But, remember that in the Bible God’s invitation to daily prayer has no end. As we move forward, God will show us more things to bring to Him in consistent prayer. God has greater blessings to give at this camp meeting than we can imagine. And He will not have exhausted His blessings to give in what He does this camp meeting. So, let’s not slack off in praying during camp meeting.  And let’s commit to continued daily prayer until either our life ends or Jesus comes and ends the need for prayer as we know it.

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:
      *   Pray for the Afterglow which will be held in Zull Hall at the conclusion of the evening meetings. This will be a time of prayer centered around the challenge and inspiration of the meeting.
      *   Pray for the Garden of Prayer and Prayer Ministries. Help us saturate camp meeting with prayer. Visit the Garden of Prayer for a quiet time of prayer and inspiration any time during camp meeting. At camp meeting it’s okay to pray, anytime, anywhere, with anyone. Come to the Prayer Tent and get your “How can I pray for you?” button. We’d love to pray with you in person.
      *   Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on Gladstone Camp Meeting.
      *   Pray for God’s direction for the future of this prayer site. There may not be a new post every day, but continue to monitor this site for further prayer opportunities. We would like to post stories of answered prayer from camp meeting and beyond. Submit your prayer stories to occalled2pray@gmail.com.





Wednesday,  July 15, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 39

God invites us: “Only test me! Open your mouth wide and see if I won’t fill it. You will receive every blessing you can use!” (Psalm 81:10 LB)

Don’t you love it? At will we talk to the Supreme Commander of the universe, Designer, Creator, and Chief Administrator of everything—and He listens! Day and night. Rain or shine. By some process you and I will never grasp, our feeble words—and thoughts—make their way to His listening ear. We have never breathed a prayer that He didn’t hear. Ever. In response He coaches and counsels and cautions. What’s not to like about that level of care?

For 39 days we have been praying earnestly for Oregon Camp Meeting. In just one more day Oregon Hispanic Camp Meeting begins— tomorrow, Thursday evening July 16 and goes through Sabbath the 18th. Then on Tuesday evening, July 21, the English language Camp Meeting begins and lasts through the 25th. I am repeating what I posted yesterday because our prayers are so important to the success of Camp Meeting. So, whenever you talk to our Maker, remind Him of the scripture above—that He promised we “will receive every blessing we can use!” Remember to set aside time to be praying extra for what God wants to accomplish at this annual spiritual convocation. We don’t know exactly what that may be but we do know that God wants to empower and prepare us for the days ahead.

Today’s Call 2 Pray:
       *   Lord, may we never lose the awe of living in contact with You. May it never lose its joy or its imperative. Deepen our joy and teach us how valuable our prayers are in Your plan for Camp Meeting, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
      *   Pray for, and plan ahead for the important offerings for evangelism that will be taken at Camp Meeting. The Evangelism Offering goal for camp Meeting this year is $80,000. It is needed to help local churches in their outreach to their communities. Every year there are more requests for funds than are available. These needs can be met as we each ask God what He would have us do and then be willing to give sacrificially.
      *   Pray for our children at Camp Meeting as they explore, examine, experiment, discover and imaging God’s Universe and “God’s Plan for You—GP4U.” Pray for the Children’s Amphitheater (ages 9&10), the Sandpiper Building (ages 7&8), the Beaver Tent (ages 5&6), the Sunshine Building (ages 3&4), and the Butterfly Building (ages birth-2).





Tuesday,  July 14, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 38

Every Sincere Prayer Heard
John 16: 23, 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

“Every sincere prayer is heard in heaven.  It may not be fluently expressed; but if the heart is in it, it will ascend to the sanctuary where Jesus ministers and He will present it to the Father without one awkward, stammering word, beautiful and fragrant with the incense of His own perfection."  DA 667

In just two more days Oregon Camp Meeting will begin; Hispanic Camp Meeting begins first on Thursday July 16, 2015, and then on Tuesday July 21 the English language Camp Meeting begins. Set aside time during these days please to be praying extra for what God wants to accomplish at this annual spiritual convocation. We don’t know exactly what that may be but we 
do know that God wants to empower us like He did the apostles in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.”

Consider fasting and prayer. Your fast may be water only for 24 hours. It may be a fast from sugar and fats or a fast from media or other things that fill our busy lives. You may wish to look up fasting online for more information. A fast from these things simply gives you extra time to communicate with God. It clears your thoughts so you can concentrate on Him and His Word in prayer. It prepares your mind and heart for His will. I have found that it is at times of concentrated time alone with God that the Holy Spirit comes, ministers to my heart and changes me. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Whatever you do, pray that God will visit us at Camp Meeting in ways never before experienced. Pray that He will transform us into spiritually minded people fully dedicated to Him and the fulfillment of His gospel commission. Pray, pray, pray!!

Today’s Call 2 Pray:
      *   Faithful Father, We come asking for Your will to be accomplished at Camp Meeting. It needs to start in my heart, Lord, so I give you permission to change me. Make me ready and open to Your Holy Spirit’s filling. Make me a blessing to others at Camp Meeting. Send me people to encourage in their spiritual walk with You, people to pray with and ask Your Spirit to fall on our camp meeting grounds. Speak through the presenters at the meetings like never before. Prepare us for the days ahead. Keep us faithful till You come.
      *   Pray daily for our three main speakers, Lee Vendon (evening speaker) Carla Gober-Park (morning devotionals) and Jon Paulien (Bible study hour) and Sabbath morning worship. Speak through them powerfully, Lord God!
      *   Pray for our Oregon Conference team as they minister to us untiringly. May their love for God shine through everything that is done. Pray that God will give them extra strength in place of tiredness.
      *   Pray that every evil influence will be banished from our Camp Meeting and God’s Spirit prevail!





Monday,  July 13, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 37

TAKE TIME
“But one thing is needful:  and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42

We often frown upon the fact that Martha couldn’t stop what she was doing to spend some quality time at Jesus’ feet, but what about us today?  Why is it so hard for us to stop working and take some time to pray in the midst of a busy day? Could it be that taking time out of our day to pray is incredibly humbling?  Our whole society gauges success by how much we get done in a day. However, when we spend time in secret prayer, no one knows.   At this point we are entirely dependent upon God to work things out while we pray and surrender our burdens to Him behind the scenes, and no one noticed what we are doing.  How often do we act based on such self-seeking motives? Naturally, the world favors talent, skill, accomplishment, and energy, and often those with these apparent virtues are applauded and chosen for responsible positions, even in church leadership.  But what type of man or woman is most needed in God’s work today?  It’s the humble man and woman who don’t just talk about the power of prayer but who actually take time to pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for being too proud and self-sufficient to stop what we are doing and pray.  Forgive us for valuing recognition more than we value the blessing of the Holy Spirit to move Your work forward.  As a church  We need You to help us humble our hearts that You can exalt us in Your time.  Please be exalted in our lives, dear Jesus, as we, Your people, call upon You and humble ourselves in prayer.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *   Pray for Gary Dodge’s Camp Meeting workshop, A Place for Gift Annuities. Pray also, for the King’s Heralds as they travel to Gladstone and as they sing for us.
      *   Pray for all who will be driving in to Camp Meeting and those who are coming from a distance with their RV’s. Pray for safety as they travel and ease of registration upon reaching the grounds and that their camp sites will suit their needs. Pray that their hearts will be ready to receive Your Spirit.
      *   Pray for those who will be tent camping, that they will their Camp Meeting experience will be a spiritual highlight of their lives and that the weather and their camp sites will be comfortable. 





Sunday,  July 12, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 36

Too often we look at prayer as telling God what we want Him to know. I’ve often heard the question, “Why pray?  Doesn’t God already know everything?” That question reveals the fact that too often we think the purpose of prayer is to inform God. But, informing God is not the most important purpose of prayer – What we need more in prayer is to hear what God wants to tell us! Too often we see prayer as telling God what we want – what we feel we need. But that is not the most important reason to pray. A more important result of sincere prayer is to find out what God wants to tell us!

In the chapter on Prayer in Steps to Christ, Ellen White writes, “Not that it is necessary, in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.” SC p. 93

That is the vital part of prayer we too often miss – Listening to God! That is what the Disciples missed when Jesus was right with them! Let’s not make the same mistake today.

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Pray for the evangelism offering at Camp Meeting and prepare to give sacrificially. The need is great. Pray that every church will have the funds needed to creatively reach out to their communities with the gospel message.
      *    Pray for Wes Fitzwater & Margaret Phelan’s workshop as they present, Long Term Care and Other Elder Law Issues. Pray for Jessica Porter’s workshops, Member Ministries, part 1 & 2.
      *    Pray for our Gladstone neighbors as we invade their community that our sweet spirit and consideration of their needs will draw them to join us at meetings and on the grounds.





Saturday,  July 11, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 35

(LISTENING continued)
Even after Jesus’ death and resurrection – after He had spent 40 days with them – Acts 1:6 reveals the Disciples’ thinking: “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom.” This was just shortly before Jesus went back to heaven. But, they still hadn’t caught on!  They still weren’t listening! But, the next few verses are very significant in understanding the disciples’ coming to understand God’s plan – After Jesus ascended to heaven, what did His followers do?  Acts 1:12 and 14 They spent much time in prayer. The Bible says, “They all joined together constantly in prayer.”

Since Pentecost came 50 days after Jesus’ Resurrection, and Acts 1:3 says Jesus was with them 40 days – that means after Jesus’ ascension they had about 10 days together in that upper room to join together in prayer. It was after those days spent in constant prayer that they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and equipped with Plenty of Power to fulfill Christ’s commission.

All through the book of Acts it is evident that from then on the early church understood the need to depend on prayer. Praying is a reoccurring theme in Acts. And, I think it is evident that they came to understand a vital element of prayer – LISTENING. After this there follow many sermons the Disciples preached and these reveal an amazing shift in their understanding of heaven’s plan for spreading the Good News of Jesus. During their 10 days in that Upper Room, “The disciples prayed with intense earnestness…. Sadness filled their hearts as they thought of … their failure to understand the lessons that, for their good, He was trying to teach them."  {AA 37.1} And after that time in fellowship and prayer, they went out and turned the world upside down for Jesus! What was the difference? They had learned the importance of prayer; and they had learned that a vital part of prayer is listening for what God wants to say to you!

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Father God, help me to know Your voice so well that I will recognize it in any situation. Tune my ears to listen and help me to follow your way.
      *    Pray for Cheri Corder’s workshop, Starting a Thrift Store and for Darold and Barbara Bigger as they present, Forgiveness—Can We Help it Happen? and How Families Talk about Difficult Subjects.
      *    Pray for the Gladstone Gazette (the camp meeting newsletter) for the reporters as they gather information and that the attendees will be blessed as they read.
      *    Pray for the shuttles that they will operate well, for the drivers that they will be alert and careful, for those who ride that they will be safe, cheerful and helpful to each other.





Friday,  July 10, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 34

LISTENING
The Disciples of Jesus had a listening problem – The crucifixion left them crushed and bewildered; It even took them a long time to accept the reality of the Resurrection. Why were they so devastated when Jesus was crucified? So doubting when He rose? Should they not have known what was ahead for Jesus? Had not Jesus told them what to expect?  Yes! Read Luke 18:31-34.

What could have been clearer? In Jerusalem!  He would be “handed over;” He would be abused, and then killed; But then He would rise again. Why then did they not know? Why was the truth hidden? Was it God’s plan that they not understand? No!  It is obvious Jesus had wanted them to understand what was ahead. But they were not listening. Jesus had repeatedly told His followers that the kingdom He was establishing was not an earthly kingdom with earthly rulers and earthly trappings of power. But, what Jesus told them was so contrary to what they had always believed, they just turned off what didn’t fit their preconceived ideas. They weren’t ready to listen!
(To be continued tomorrow)

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Lord, teach me to pray and then teach me to listen to Your voice when I pray.
      *    Pray for Glen Gessle’s workshop, Christian Estate Planning Makes a Difference and Angelina Wood’s workshop, Protecting the Church and its People.
      *    Pray for Prayer Ministries and Called2Pray as we saturate Camp Meeting with prayer. How many people can you pray with during Camp Meeting? Ask the Lord to guide you. Pray God will surprise us with the power of His Presence. Then come to the Garden of Prayer and the Prayer Tent to share what God has done.





Thursday,  July 9, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 33

(This is Going to Hurt, continued)
When was the last time God spoke to you? Was it through a child? Was there a close call that almost took your life? Was it a whispering breeze or a rippling stream? Did you gain comfort, strength, hope? You may ask how I could possibly know that God speaks to you and I will tell you it is because He is God; that’s what He does. Look at what He says in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” In Revelation 3: 20 Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and have supper with him.” He doesn’t say that I will come in and punish him or I will come in and scold him. He simply says I will come in and hang out, have a bite to eat, shoot the breeze and then help you live the most amazing, incredible life ever imagined.

Life on this side of sobriety, forgiveness and grace is beautiful and fulfilling beyond words. As I write this, it has been eight years from that rainy dark night when I finally put my life in the hands of God. I have found peace and I am truly happy…

I have found that the ultimate goal in the human experience is total and complete trust in God. Trust that my mistakes and sins are forgiven. Trust that whatever hard times come, God will pull me through. Trust that no matter how much this life is going to hurt it is but a short and painful prelude to a time when God will wipe away all tears, a time when the earth will be made new, a time when we will finally and forever be home.
(From the Book, This is Going to Hurt, by Jim Reynolds. Available at the ABC.)

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Father God, when You speak to me tune my ears to recognize your voice and trust that whatever comes You will carry me through.
      *    Pray for those who are affected by Wednesday’s no vote at the General Conference business  session, whether divisions should make provision for the ordination of women in their respective territories. This does not detract from being "Called by God to Go..." Pray that all will remember that God has called us to the mission of sharing Him in our world. Pray that the church will move forward in unity with our eyes focused on Jesus.
      *    Pray for the Oregon Camp Meeting workshops of Jared Spano as he prepares for The Power of Persistent Prayer and for Gary Parks and Ted Perry presenting  Leave a Meaningful Legacy.
      *    Pray also for the Pathfinder Snack Shack as they serve crowds of people.





Wednesday,  July 8, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 32

May I introduce you to Jim? Jim is one whose life has been transformed by God’s grace. He wrote his testimony in a small book, “This is Going to Hurt,” and gave permission to quote the last chapter for your inspiration. 

“Change does not come easy. For most of us, it only comes in the wake of a crisis. A good friend of mine likes to say that pain is a good motivator for change and if you are like me, it takes an awful lot of pain to want to change. I do not know if there could have ever been enough pain and misery inflicted on me personally to bring me to my knees. Not because I am that tough, I am just that stubborn. The pain I experienced while watching my son is probably the only thing that could have hurt me bad enough to open the door for God to save me.

This moment will come to all of us sooner or later. From the busy executive with the corner office that has no time for God, to the bum laying in the gutter, to the staunch atheist who has created websites and blogs in order to tell everyone that God is dead. We are all God’s children and He does not give up easily. God knows our heart. He knows what drove us to our misguided world view and He knows the lies that the enemy of souls has caused us to believe. He knows that it is these lies that bring us to our current pathetic condition. By whatever means necessary God will reach out to us. Not just once but as many times as it takes to get results.”  (To be continued tomorrow.)

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Pray that God will use whatever it takes to reach us, to reach our children, not just once but as many times as it takes to get results!
      *    Pray for the Camp Meeting workshops taught by David Duncan (Estate Planning for Grandchildren), and by Charlie Brown (Responding to Conflict Biblically, parts 1, 2 and 3).
      *    Pray for the ABC and the resources they provide for our spiritual edification. Pray for the staff as they meet the challenges of the overwhelming crowds that come into the store during Camp Meeting. 





Tuesday,  July 7, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 31

Inspiration!
In just 10 short days Camp Meeting begins, first for the Spanish speaking community, July 16-18, and then for the English speaking community, July 21-25. Excitement mounts as the grounds are being prepared to receive the thousands who will attend. Plan to be there. Prepare your heart now to receive the blessings God is preparing for you. Pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit!

Inspiration tells us that Heaven is waiting to bestow the gift of the Holy Spirit upon us. “The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to as in the future; but it is the privilege of the church to have it now. Seek for it, pray for it, believe for it. We must have it, and Heaven is waiting to bestow it” (Review and Herald, Mar. 19, 1895). 

Let's hold on and keep praying! Let's keep daring to ask for more!

“When the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost, it was like a rushing, mighty wind. It was given in no stinted measure; for it filled all the place where the disciples were sitting. So will it be given to us when our hearts are prepared to receive it” (Review & Herald, June10,1902).

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Pray earnestly for this Camp Meeting to be the time when the Holy Spirit will be poured out as on the Day of Pentecost. Pray our hearts will be prepared to receive it.
      *    Pray for Cliff and Freddie Harris as they minister to those who struggle with addictions in their workshops, Drugs, Love & “One Red Rose;” Is My Loved One Using Drugs?; Addiction: No Shortcut to Recovery; How to Help an Addict.
      *    Pray for those who serve at the Infocenter where many go when they need to know information about Camp Meeting, Lost and Found, etc.
      *    Continue to pray for the General Conference Session as delegates continue their work. Pray that every decision made will bring glory to God and be His will.




Monday,  July 6, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 30

God is interested in a love relationship with you.  Your waiting on Him develops your absolute dependence on Him.  Your waiting on Him assures that you will act on His timing and not your own.  The Scriptures frequently commend waiting on the Lord:

Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.  (Ps. 33:20) 

Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land.  (Ps. 37:34)

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.  (Isa. 40:31)

You may think of waiting as a passive, inactive time.  Waiting on the Lord is anything but inactive.  While you wait on Him, you will be praying with a passion to know Him, His purposes, and His ways.  You will be watching circumstances and asking God to interpret them by revealing to you His perspective.  You will be sharing with other believers to find out what God is saying to them.  As you wait on the Lord, you will be very active in asking, seeking, and knocking: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:7-8).

Knock--the door is closed, and your heartbeat races as you knock. Knock a bit louder—you are desperate and serious now—you will do anything! We have lamented, expressing our sorrow before God for the condition of our inner life. There is no thread of self pity, only the heart rending difficulty and amazement which comes from seeing ourselves as we really are.  It is a humbling experience to knock at God’s door, but Jesus assures us to him who knocks, it will be opened! Jesus is there waiting for you!

Today’s Call2Pray
      *    Thank You, Jesus for waiting at the door for me to knock. I accept Your promise that when I knock You will answer!
      *    Pray for Greg Hamilton as he prepares his Camp Meeting workshop, A Clash of Kingdoms: Love, Power & Betrayal in the Upper Room; The World Peace Threat to Religious Freedom; Islam & America’s Christian Nation Debate.
      *    Pray for the playground at Camp Meeting, that the children will be safe with no accidents and that they will have good Christian fun!





Sunday,  July 5, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 29

Understanding Prayer
For many people prayer is like a fire escape – nice to have available in an emergency, but otherwise forgotten and never used.  Experiences of people in the Bible reveal prayer to be so much more – a working relationship between humans and God.  The ninth chapter of Daniel contains one of the most beautiful prayers in the Bible.  Daniel says he plead with God in prayer and petition and confession - verses 3,4.  While Daniel was still praying, the angel Gabriel came to Daniel and said, “As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you…”  Then Gabriel gave Daniel the marvelous Seventy Week prophecy that revealed the exact time of Jesus ministry on this earth. It appears that heaven was waiting for Daniel’s readiness in prayer before God acted in giving that marvelous prophecy.

In chapter ten, Daniel tells how some years later he fasted and prayed for three weeks – Daniel 10:2,3.  At the end of that time of seeking God, a heavenly Being come to Daniel and said, “Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come in response to them.”  (Verse 12)  Then the heavenly Messenger told Daniel the reason it had him taken three weeks to respond.  He had been battling with the prince of Persia for those three weeks and had not been able to come until Michael came to relieve him! And after speaking to Daniel he said he must go back to do battle with the Persian prince. (Verses 13, 20) 

Could it be that God is ready to give answers and blessings, but waiting for us to invest time in prayer for preparation to receive them?  Ellen White gives the key for our working together with God.  “Not a pause for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him, - this is our need.  Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God.  They are in too great haste.  With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel.  They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher.  With their burdens they return to their work.” (Signs of the Times, July 6, 1904)
Let’s spend the necessary time in prayer asking God to open our hearts and the hearts of others to the blessings He wants to pour out at camp meeting.  

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Lord, teach me to pray – to take time to “press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence…and wait for counsel.”
      *    Pray for Camp Meeting Locations as they prepare for the crowds that will soon line up for their assigned camp sites. 
      *    Pray for the Exhibit Tent displays and all the ministries that are represented there that strive to reach the world with the gospel. Our support enables them to accomplish unique ways of spreading the Gospel.

 



Sabbath,  July 4, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 28

Happy Independence Day! Thank God, we have the privilege of living in the “land of the free!” Happy Sabbath! Praise God, we can declare independence from the snares of the evil one because of Jesus’ precious gift of salvation!

A theme that has been developing throughout our conference these past few years is that of being “Called by God – Members in Ministry.” This year at Camp Meeting we continue that theme by focusing on the idea that we are “Called to Love…” As you can see that is not a finished thought because love is only possible as we experience God’s love first of all. And ministry without that component is missing both motivation and effectiveness. So join me in opening your heart to the beautiful and energizing reason for being “Called to Love…” – Jesus.

“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other” (1 John 4:12).

Today’s Call 2 Pray
      *    Pray for the General Conference Session that continues today. Pray that the speakers will be especially empowered by God and the Holy Spirit poured out as in the days of Pentecost.
      *    Pray for Alice Busch, workshop presenter. Her topic is, The Coming Earthquake; Getting Ready for the Big One.
      *    Pray for Bob and Audrey Folkenberg and James Rafferty as they prepare the Sabbath School Lesson for the Main Pavilion of Camp Meeting.

 




Friday,  July 3, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 27

Restored and Adorned with Grace (continued from day 26 - Kintsukuroi, broken pottery repaired with a lacquer resin that’s been mixed with gold or silver powder.)
Every Christian is a work of art adorned with grace, and when people see our lives, they should think only of God. But that is not the end, the Bible tells us the best is yet to come. One day, Christ will repair our world the same way he repaired our hearts.  One day, he will make all things new.  

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’" Revelation 21:1-4 

Today’s Call 2 Pray:
      *    Pray for God’s grace to repair our hearts and make all things new!
      *    Pray for the General Conference Session July 2-11 in San Antonio Texas. Pray for the delegates who have come together from around the world, that God will give unity of mind and purpose as major decisions are made that will affect the future of our church.
      *    Pray that the weather on the Camp Meeting grounds will cool a bit to make the work of setting up camp manageable. I watched Tuesday as the trusses were raised into place for the tent of the Main Pavilion! The Big Top should be completed now. Pray that the workers on the grounds will not suffer because of the heat.




Thursday,  July 2, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 26

Restored and Adorned with Grace
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10). 

Recently I came across a Japanese pottery technique called "Kintsukuroi," which roughly translates to mean "Golden Repair." As its name suggests, the procedure has more to do with fixing pottery than creating it. In Kintsukuroi, broken pottery is repaired with a lacquer resin that’s been mixed with gold or silver powder. Once the object has been properly cleaned and dried, its cracks are highlighted by thin veins of metal running throughout its form. To the Japanese, the breakage and repair become part of the object’s history, transforming it from something old into a new creation. One sculptor put it like this, "The art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken."

After reading this description I was struck by how wonderfully it captures the message of the Gospel. God created us to be holy and sanctified reflections of Himself, but because of sin, we became a group of broken and malformed prodigals. Yet instead of throwing us out, God picks up the pieces and restores us, transforming us into something new and beautiful. The memory of our sins may remain, but now they have been filled with the precious love of Jesus Christ.
(To be continued tomorrow)

Today’s Call 2 Pray:
      *    Praise You, O God, You pick up the pieces and restore us! Transform us today into something useful, and may Your Holy Spirit shine through the cracks in my gospel armor today.
      *    Pray for Rico Hill, workshop presenter for Evangelism Training for Churches (ETC). His continued series, Community Health Advocate Training (CHAT), endeavors to study the life of Christ to learn to mingle as He did, sharing His love with everyone with love, grace and tact. This is a strategic method of outreach for the 21st century designed to empower, equip and engage every member.
      *    Pray for Children’s programming – Explore! Examine! Experiment! Discover! Imagine God’s Universe! Kids will search for God’s amazing plan for the Universe and for us —past, present and future!
      *    Pray for the General Conference Session which begins today.





Wednesday,  July 1, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 25

There are only 15 days until Spanish Camp Meeting begins! And English Camp Meeting begins the Tuesday evening following! Remember yesterday’s challenge to share your memories of Camp Meeting? “Just click “comment” beneath this post and type away! Like, share and invite your friends to add their comments. Then come to Camp Meeting and continue making memories.”

Thank you for your continued prayers for Camp Meeting. “The greatest blessing that God can give to man is the spirit of earnest prayer.  All heaven is open before the man (and woman) of prayer . . . The ambassadors of Christ will have power with the people after they have, with earnest supplication, come before God” (Prayer p. 83). That is why our prayers are so necessary for our speakers and also for a God bathed personal experience at Camp Meeting. Consider these scriptures:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9, 10). 
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8).
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (Jas 4:10). 
"Come! Everyone who is thirsty, Come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1).

We can never give another thirsty person what we have found, but we can cause him to have a desire for it. Let’s seek God with our whole hearts so we will be prepared for the blessing God wants to surprise us with at Camp Meeting. And then ask God to open our eyes to opportunities to share it!

Today’s Call 2 Prayer

      *    Lord God, You have promised, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you,” so here we are, humbly asking for an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit during each day of Camp Meeting. Come Holy Spirit, we need You!
      *    Pray for Steve Emory as he prepares for his financial planning workshop, Reverse Mortgages—Myths, reality, and what’s new for 2015
      *    Pray for Terry Bolton, featured speaker for the Junior Pavilion and for the ministry team as they present their theme, Launched to Love.

 


Tuesday,  June 30, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 24

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ And now here we are, standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem” Psalm 122:1, 2.

May I offer a broad paraphrase of these verses? “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let’s go to Camp Meeting!’ And now here we are, standing inside your gates, O Gladstone Camp Meeting Grounds.”

What memories come to mind when you think of Gladstone Camp Meeting? Some of my fondest childhood memories are of singing choruses at the top of my lungs with friends in the old log Junior building; padding barefoot with dust puffing up between my toes on my way to get ice at the Happy Rock Store; listening on the edge of my seat to missionary stories by Eric B Hare, Uncle Arthur and Josephine Cunninton Edwards. Best of all, I remember times when God spoke to my heart and the commitments I made to dedicate my life to His service.

I could continue, but instead I am asking you to share your memories of Camp Meeting! Just click “comment” beneath this post and type away! Like, share and invite your friends to add their comments. Then come to Camp Meeting and continue making memories.

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:

  • Pray that others will decide to come to Camp Meeting and make good memories of connecting with God there.
  • Pray for Dave Schwinghammer as he prepares his workshop, Empowered Living, God’s call to a more abundant life.
  • Pray for the Earliteens who will attend Camp Meeting that the Holy Spirit will penetrate their hearts and transform their lives for eternity. Pray for the Earliteen team and Steve Haley who are speaking on the theme, Called to Love.





Monday,  June 29, 2015 
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 23


Prayer is not just talking to God, but also, listening for Him to talk to us. Praise, confession, intercession, requests, thanks—these are all part of prayer, but take time today to listen for God’s voice to you. Make room for the Holy Spirit to take up residence in your heart and mind, your inner being. This cannot happen with just a quick prayer in the morning. The filling of the Holy Spirit takes earnest seeking and spiritual discipline. Find the pathway to a personal connection with God – consistently, daily seeking Him, coming into His presence, letting Him into the inner being of your heart and mind.

Look at Amos 4:13: “He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, (Wow! God wants to reveal His thoughts to me!) He who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth, the Lord God Almighty is His name.”

The Lord Almighty wants to reveal His thoughts to you! Are you listening? Do you recognize His voice?

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:
      *     Pray as you ponder God’s Word, the scriptures, and Listen to His voice speaking to you and guiding throughout your day. He promises to reveal His thoughts to you!
      *     Pray for camp meeting presenter, Loretta Bacchiocchi. Her three CREATION Health workshops are about whole-person health—mind, body and spirit.
      *     Pray for the Youth meetings and Aaron Payne, the main speaker, as he shares the reality that a relationship with God is a dangerous engagement because it’s a dynamic experience; one that may take you down unexpected roads.



Sunday,  June 28, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 22

Affecting the Outcome
The general commands a great view of the valley from the promontory where he stands. He can easily determine which side is winning in the crucial battle being fought below. All that the army knows it that sometimes they can push the enemy back and sometimes they find themselves in full retreat mode. Yet they don’t really understand why. Then God made it clear to Moses there on the mountain that his role had a major effect on the outcome. When Moses raises his hands in intercession, Joshua and the army forged ahead. If Moses lost his focus—or his energy—the good guys started to lose. Intercession—victory. Intercession goes away—defeat.

The thing I find most interesting in this story in Exodus 17 is that those on the field of battle were not really aware of the supernatural resources that were being unleashed on their behalf. They had not yet figured out that when someone was interceding for them they had victory. No intercession—no victory. God wanted to make sure they got the message, so He speaks directly to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered … and make sure that Joshua hears it” (verse 14). 

Then He had it archived in Scripture because He wanted us to hear it, too. He knew it would drive our prayer list. He knew it would give energy to our intercession. He knew it would help us grasp how important we are to each other in this eternal battle for our hearts. Samuel urges, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord be failing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12”23).

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:
*    Oh, Lord, I need the prayers of those I love—and evidentially they need mine. Show me who should be on my prayer list, and ratchet up my intensity to pray for them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
*    Pray for Young Adult featured speaker, David Solomon Hall. He says, “Using the book of Hosea as our backdrop, we will leave this camp meeting knowing that we have been Called to Love!” Also pray for the Young Adult’s Truth Booth.
*    Pray for Lee Venden, evening speaker at the Main Pavilion, The Revelation of Whom? Lee says, “We will look into the last book of the Bible with the intent of finding Jesus as the heart, core, center, and pivotal theme.”





Saturday,  June 27, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 21

What God Wants!
The Bible commands us to pray over 250 times and it speaks of prayer, prayers and praying another 280 more times. That’s over 500 times the concept of prayer is addressed. So we can see that it is an important part of our walk with God. It is also true that the more time we spend in prayer the more we come to understand that prayer is not so much about getting things as it is about getting to know God. We find it is true that the more we know Him the more we love him. God tells us in Hosea 6:6 His real desire for us. “I don't want your sacrifices, I want your love, I don't want your offerings, I want you to know me.”

Wesley Deuwel in his book Mighty Prevailing Prayer reminds us that “Prayer is not a casual or trivial act, but instead is an amazing privilege.” Every time we pray we need to remember that we are coming to the great omnipotent creator of everything that is or ever was or ever will be, the one who flung the stars into space and draped the Northern Lights across the midnight skies, the God who striped the zebra and spotted the leopard. This is the creator God who fashioned the fur on the fox, and put the meow in every cat from backyard alleys to lions roaming the savannahs. He made flowers in every color, every design, and every scent so each of us could have our favorite. And this God, this magnificent creator, wants you to know him so you will love him. He has everything in the universe and yet He wants your love.

That’s why he loves it when you come to Him in prayer.

Today’s Call 2 Prayer: 
      *   God, please take control of my schedule and give me daily time with you.
      *   Pray for revival in our Oregon Conference churches.
      *   Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Camp Meeting.



 

Friday - June 26, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 20

UNITED IN MISSION FOR ETERNITY

A recent Gallup poll found that for couples who pray together daily, only  one out of 1,153 marriages ends in divorce!  That’s 0.09 percent, compared to 5 percent of marriages where the couples do not pray together daily.  The authors of Prayer Saturated Kids conclude, “Prayer builds unity and intimacy.  We become intimate to whom we pray, for whom we pray, and with whom we pray.”  Praying together can bring unbreakable unity to our relationships.

We all can agree, this is not easy.  We seldom feel like praying with the one we are at odds with.  Yet, I’ve found it true that this truly does break down barriers and cool down tempers. 

Clearly, what Ellen White wrote more than 100 years ago is extremely relevant for finding unity in 2015:  “Prayer unites us with one another and with God.  Prayer brings Jesus to our side, and gives to the fainting, perplexed soul new strength to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan”  (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 250)  Can we say AMEN!!

Prayer is a powerful key to unity because it connects us with the only true source of love!  After all, we only truly love because of the love He has given us (1 John 4:19).  Let’s pray for unity in love that Christ alone can bring!

Father, we are facing big challenges individually and as a church.  The enemy is seeking to divide us.  Help us to remember that we will only find unity as we spend time in Your Word and in praying together.  Help us to humbly and lovingly come together in prayer, laying down our personal agendas and seeking Yours alone.  Please pour out Your Spirit upon us.  Now, more than ever, we need this gift in our families, communities, and churches.  Thank you for so lavishly loving us so that we can love others in return.  Amen

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:
  *   What are the big challenges facing your church today? Name them and pray for them
  *   Pray for your pastor as he serves your church and as he serves at camp meeting.
  *   Pray for those staying in tents during camp meeting, that they will mix well with those in neighboring tents and will encourage each other spiritually. 
  *   Pray for weather that makes tenting comfortable.

 




Thursday - June 25, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 19

The practical Implications of Prayer in Soul Winning

During Camp Meeting you will hear offering appeal after offering appeal on one theme: Evangelism! There are several reasons for that--We believe in preaching our distinct message in the Oregon Conference. We believe that God gave us a prophetic understanding that the world needs to hear. We believe that God directs us to share our message through “the foolishness of preaching.” We believe that when the gospel of the kingdom is preached throughout the world, Jesus will come. We believe that the times we live in demand a level of prayer that God’s church has rarely engaged in. We believe that God has all the resources we need to finish the work. We believe that “prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence” SC 93. Your prayers are vital to help us reach our offering goal so that Oregon Conference can continue to be a growing movement for our soon coming Lord.

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:

    *   Pray that God will touch the hearts of our 2015 Camp Meeting attendees to respond to the offering needs for evangelism in Oregon
 
    *   Pray that God will raise up powerful workers among the young people who are involved in Youth Rush, one of the beneficiaries of the Camp Meeting Evangelism Offering
 
    *   Pray that God will multiply the Camp Meeting offering like the loaves and fishes, that the funds may do more good than anyone of us could ever expect or plan for.

 



Wednesday - June 24, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 18

How does prayer impact Evangelism in Oregon?

When we think of evangelism, certain images come to mind – powerful speakers, prophetic images on screens, new faces coming into our churches, excitement, exhaustion, and last but not least, baptisms. We think of all the visits and set-up and advertising that go into a series of meetings. If we’re not careful, though, we may forget the most essential aspect of our evangelistic efforts – prayer.  2 Corinthians 9:6 says that if we sow much we’ll reap much, and that’s true with prayer; when we pray much we’ll reap even more! A successful evangelistic series is one that’s bathed in prayer, for the speaker and the evangelistic activities surrounding the meetings, but also for those who will attend the meetings.  Intercessory prayer is absolutely vital to our outreach efforts. When we pray for specific people to respond to an evangelistic invitation, God can do specific miracles that may not happen otherwise. We have the privilege to stand in the gap for lost souls so that God can work His heart-changing miracles in their lives.

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:

*   Pray for any evangelistic meetings that you know are scheduled, whether in your church or others; Pray for the speakers and church members who are doing the hard work to bring these meetings to our communities
*   Pray for those who joined our church through evangelism and are now attending their first Camp Meeting—may they see Christ in each of us!
*   Pray specifically for people that you want to see attend these meetings and give their lives to Christ


 

Tuesday - June 23, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 17

The Real Deal of the Meal
Our prayer life is the main course of our journey. Not the centerpiece. Not the garnish. Not the dessert. The main course. We can survive without the trimmings, but it’s the main course that nourishes everything else. What did you have for dinner? Not stuffed celery. Not lemon pie. I had Special K casserole—my wife’s forte. The other stuff was nice, but the real deal of the meal was that casserole.

Every other part of our spiritual journey grows out of the intimate time we spend with Him. Praying is not how we prepare for His assignment; praying is the assignment; all else grows out of that. It is in His presence that He teaches us to look at others through His eyes and see in every person a candidate for immortal honors.

It is in His presence that our hearts finally cry out, “nurture within me a desire for holiness.” It is in His presence that we begin to grasp the deep lessons of forgiveness—our own and those who have wronged us. It is in His presence, as nowhere else, that we come to understand how truly trustable He is.

“Jesus … called to him those he wanted … that they might be with him” (Mark 3:13,14)
Dear God, I want to ask for a new baptism today—of my calendar, my clock, my priorities. For the glory of Your name. Amen.

Today’s Call 2 Pray:
*    Pray that God will show you how to take more time in your schedule to spend with Him in prayer.
*    Continue praying for the 5 or more names of people on your list who you’d like to see attending camp meeting.
*    Pray for Jon Paulien, 9:00 a.m. morning speaker and Sabbath morning camp meeting speaker. Pray that God will saturate his preparation time with the presence of the Holy  Spirit so that his messages will change lives for eternity.





Monday - June 22, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 16

There is power in intercessory prayer – asking God to intervene in the lives of others.  So, make a list of five or ten people you would like to see come to camp meeting.  Ask God to bring to mind those who should be on that list. Then begin praying daily that God will call them to Himself by whatever means He chooses – including coming to camp meeting. Pray that they will come and that their hearts will be ready to respond to God’s message. Pray for the right time to invite them to camp meeting. Then watch for what God will do – and don’t be surprised at His miracles. But also don’t stop praying even if they don’t come to camp meeting this year. Leave the timing to God. Just make sure you keep praying no matter how long it takes.

James offers this encouragement: “The prayer of a righteous man [person] is powerful and effective.”  (James 5:16

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:

*    Pray for God to guide you in listing the 5 to 10 people you would like to see come to camp meeting. Pray that that they will come and respond to God’s message to their hearts.
*    Pray earnestly, daily and watch God work.
*    Pray that our presenters have the direct touch of the Holy Spirit in their own sense of calling and the messages that they will present.
 



Sunday - June 21, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 15

Who would you like to see at camp meeting? Folks who’ve not been at church or camp meeting for years? Children who have drifted from the church? Non-Adventist family or friends? Neighbors or co-workers? Only God knows what it would it take to get them to camp meeting – so we should be asking God to do whatever it takes to get them there.

It is a principle of Scripture that God often waits for His people to pray before He acts.  I Kings 17:1 says Elijah suddenly appeared in King Ahab’s court to announce a prolonged drought. But James 5:17 says Elijah “prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” Before God acted, Elijah was praying.

Jesus put it simply, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). On the other hand, James states, “You do not have, because you do not ask God” (James 4:2). (To be continued tomorrow)

Today’s Call 2 Prayer:

*  Pray for friends, family and church members you wish would come to camp meeting and that the Holy Spirit will open the door to the right time for you to invite them to come.
*  Pray for Called2Pray ministry during camp meeting at the Garden of Prayer and Prayer Tent. Pray that the camp meeting grounds will be saturated with prayer and Holy Spirit Power.
*  Pray for Carla Gober Park, the 7:00 a.m. devotional speaker every morning of camp meeting. Pray for those who attend that their hearts will be transformed by Jesus’ love. 


Saturday - June 20, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 14

Growing Mustard Seed Faith

We find the disciples in a great dilemma in Matthew 17. While they had performed many miracles successfully, when it came to setting free a young boy who was demon possessed, they had no power. Jesus, on the other hand, simply rebuked the demon, he was gone, and the boy was healed.

Later the disciples came to Jesus privately. “Why couldn’t we cast out the demon?” they asked. Jesus told them, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

Today’s Call 2 Prayer

*   Lord, remove every mountain that may prevent me and my family from going to camp meeting this year. You have said in Matthew 17:20, “Nothing is impossible.”
*   Lord, give me the faith to believe Your dream for camp meeting and show me how I fit into your plan. Make me a blessing to others.
*   Pray that the “Called to Love … Members in Ministry” theme of camp meeting will be inspired and motivated by the Holy Spirit in the minds, hearts and ministries of many members as they prepare for camp meeting and attend camp meeting this year.




Friday - June 19, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 13

CHRIST’S PRAYER FOR US TODAY ---continued

John 17:21  “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

Jesus wasn’t just praying that His disciples would be united in action for a particular cause.  Rather, He prayed that they would be one in the truth—God’s truth.  John 17:17  Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. This is still our great need today.  Can you imagine what could be possible if we were truly one in Christ.  “If Christians were to act in concert, moving forward as one, under the direction of one Power, for the accomplishment of one purpose, they would move the world” (Christian Service, p. 75).  Let this be our aim!

“When Christ’s prayer is fully believed, when its instruction is brought into the daily life of God’s people, unity of action will be seen in our ranks.  Brother will be bound to brother by the golden bonds of the love of Christ.”  Counsels for the Church, p, 45

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for how You patiently strive to grow and change all of us into Your likeness.  We want to be one, just as You and Your Son are one.  We don’t know how to accomplish this, but You do.  So we humbly ask for Your guidance.  Thank You for hearing this prayer, and thank You for working on our behalf.  We love You!  Amen

Today’s Call 2 Prayer 
*  Pray for unity in your home and that you will always reflect the character of Jesus and that God will prepare you now for the blessing He wants to give you at camp meeting.
*  Pray that the weather will be comfortable during camp meeting. 
*  Pray God will bless the cafeteria crew as they plan and prepare for the meals during camp meeting.




Thursday - June 18, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 12

CHRIST’S PRAYER FOR US TODAY!               
When Jesus lived on the Earth, He prayed a powerful prayer for His disciples and for all those who would in the future believe in Him (you and me today).  We can find this famous prayer in John 17:14-26.  While He prayed many things in this prayer, one plea He repeated over and over; in fact, He repeated it five times.  What was it?  That we would be one, even as He and His Father are one.  Evidently, this was pretty important to Jesus. 


John 17:21  “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” 

Precious Father, Our prayer is that you will give us a willing spirit, so that You can make us one. “I surrender all…” To be like You is our deepest desire. Your prayer for unity touches our hearts deeply, Jesus. Transform us to be one with You, so that our testimony about your love will be clear to the world. (To be continued tomorrow) 

Today’s Prayer Emphasis

     •  Pray for unity in your heart and in your church.
     •  Pray for Lee Venden, the evening speaker in the Main Pavilion. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide his mind as he prepares his talks and as they are delivered at Camp Meeting.
     •  Pray for the young adult programming and for the young adults as they come, that their hearts will be softened to hear God’s voice speaking to their hearts and commit their lives to Him.


Wednesday - June 17, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 11

The Let Down
Intercessors don’t get their names in the union paper. Intercessory prayer is one of the most unselfish things God’s people do. We pour out our hearts pleading that God will do something miraculous in the hearts of others, and when He does, only He gets the credit. We believe we can poke a hole in the ceiling with our prayers.

Everyone remembers the story of the four stretcher bearers who brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus, though we don’t know their names. They tore up the roof, then carefully let their friend down into the Master’s very presence. Intercessory prayer is like that. The friend got his miracle; Jesus got the glory. They went home and went back to work. Intercession at its best.

“Evening, morning, and at noon will I pray and cry aloud, and you will hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17).

Oh, God, keep my heart on its knees. Bring to my mind those who need a special “let down” into your presence today. I have a long list; there are others You want me to add. Make me sensitive to who they are. Show me how I can be an instrument in Your hand through the simple act of praying in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer Emphasis Today:

     •  Pray for God to give you opportunities to fulfill the prayer above in your home, work, church, camp meeting or wherever you may be.
     •  Pray that the “Called to Love” (Members in Ministry) theme be inspired and motivated, by the Holy Spirit, in the minds, hearts and ministries of many members as they prepare for Camp Meeting and actually attend Camp Meeting this year.
     •  Pray for the Locations staff as they prepare all the details and camper assignments. Pray for wisdom and patience as they deal with the thousands of campers that will come on the grounds.



Tuesday - June 16, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 10 

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse man, who have been made in God’s likeness” (James 3:9). 

I am reminded here that James has a prayer life.  He believes in blessing God audibly.  He believes his readers, including me, do also.  Is he thinking that the habit of ‘blessing God” will change my hard feelings or speech toward someone who has offended me?  I can believe this.
“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (Psalm 34:12-16).
I have a wonderful gift, a body temple with a carefully designed tongue.  It was designed by Him so that He might find joy from hearing my concerns and discoveries.  It’s awesome to think this relationship has been on His heart from eternity past. (Gen.1:27)                                               
As I prepare to attend Camp Meeting I want to remember two things.  One, God loves to be blessed by me.  “Bless the Lord, O my soul….” Ps. 103:2   Two, that it is important that I pay attention to the lives and needs of those around me.  I want to reject any temptation to speak negatively, rather to lift up what I’ve seen that is good. Invite others to praise God with you.  When this happens their life on the campground and at home will be blessed. 
Prayer: “Lord, I’m made in your image.  Now may my thoughts, my tongue, have ‘similitude’ to Yours.  May my speech be seasoned with the grace of Jesus.  May my degree of health and my conversations re-echo with signs of the vital connection You and I have with each other.” 

Prayer Emphasis Today:

     •  Pray that God will give you positive thoughts so that your words and actions will always encourage others and bring glory to God.
     •  Pray for the camp grounds security guards and their helpers during camp meeting as they answer calls and give help in times of difficulty, that God will give them wisdom.
     •  Pray for the General Conference Session, that the unity God so desires will be accomplished in His church.




Monday - June 15,2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 9

This is my prayer for you.

Scripture is vital to our spiritual growth. Take time with God’s Word and prayer as you prepare for Camp Meeting. I invite you to prayerfully consider today’s selection of scripture below, taking time to contemplate each word and phrase. Invite the Holy Spirit to impress upon your heart and mind, how it could be applied to the choices in your life today. This scripture prayer may be one you could memorize and then share as an encouragement for a friend today. It may also be a prayer to prepare our hearts for Camp Meeting. Today’s scripture is Philippians 1:9-11NCB:

“This is my prayer for you:
That your love (for God) will grow more and more;
That you will have knowledge and understanding with your love;
That you will see the difference between good and bad and will choose the good.
That you will be pure and without wrong for the coming of Christ;
That you will do many good things to bring glory and praise to God.”  Amen

Prayer emphasis today:

     •  Pray the scripture above for a friend who needs God’s direction in life. Invite them to come to camp meeting with you.
     •  Pray for the children who will be at camp meeting and for those who will lead the children’s meetings.
     •  Pray that God will use camp meeting to move young adults to total commitment to Christ.



Sunday, June 14, 2015
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 8

I’ll bet you’ve got a to-do list that’s as long as mine. Longer? Maybe. Have you noticed that whatever age we are, though the to-do list changes, it never gets any shorter? Why is that? Here’s what I’ve discovered: There will probably never be a day the rest of my life, when I will go to bed, look up at the ceiling and say, Well, I got everything done.”

So we learn to clip off the bottom of the list, do the most urgent, the time-sensitive ones, those we’ll get in trouble for if we skip, the ones we most enjoy or don’t enjoy and want to get rid of. The habits. Enough already! I need to be thinking priorities. 

I’m convinced the devil is not only in the details; he’s also in the to-do list. Unless we decide to bring that list to the foot of the cross with all our other stuff. Jump up in the morning and check my emails. View the news during breakfast. Gotta run; maybe I can get my worship in right after I … Enough already! 

One of God’s favorite people once observed: “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3)

New day, new covenant, Lord. You come first. Your name is the only one on my to-do list that’s in capital letters. There’s a reason. I’ll start here every day. To bed earlier tonight so it will work. Thank You for the promise that You’ll meet me there. Amen. 

Prayer Emphasis Today:

     •  Put God at the top of your to-do list today.
     •  Pray for your church members and friends that they will be inspired by your invitations to attend camp meeting.
     •  Pray for the conference administrators and the nitty-gritty they need to attend to make programming run smoothly.
     •  Pray for conference department directors as they set up workshops and assign duties.



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Welcome to 4
0 Days of Prayer - Day 7


Today’s Scripture: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.” Ps 32:8 KJV 

About a year ago I walked into a church to attend an evangelistic meeting.  I felt guided to the next aisle and sat by a couple I had never seen before.  Karen informed me they had never attended an Adventist Church before but came because of the mailed brochure.  We formed a friendship and sat together through the rest of the series. Suddenly Karen’s husband passed away and God arranged my schedule so that I could help her with the many details she had to face. 

Originally Campmeetings were not for the believers only.  This was a place to bring guests to hear the word of the Lord. Karen accepted to attend the last Oregon Campmeeting.  She received a great blessing.  Later she was baptized. 

Prayer: “Jesus, bring me in touch with the person/persons you have picked for me to minister to today.  Give me the words and actions that will encourage them to know you better.”  He never fails.

Prayer Emphasis Today:

     •  Pray that God will place you in the right place at the right time to lift someone to Jesus. 
     •  Begin praying now about what you can give to boost the evangelism offering during camp meeting.
     •  Pray for your pastor, for his family and for His influence. Pray for his duties at camp meeting.



Friday, June 12, 2015 
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, Day 6

Today’s Scripture: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.” Ps 32:8 KJV 

About a year ago I walked into a church to attend an evangelistic meeting.  I felt guided to the next aisle and sat by a couple I had never seen before.  Karen informed me they had never attended an Adventist Church before but came because of the mailed brochure.  We formed a friendship and sat together through the rest of the series. Suddenly Karen’s husband passed away and God arranged my schedule so that I could help her with the many details she had to face. 

Originally Campmeetings were not for the believers only.  This was a place to bring guests to hear the word of the Lord. Karen accepted to attend the last Oregon Campmeeting.  She received a great blessing.  Later she was baptized. 

Prayer: “Jesus, bring me in touch with the person/persons you have picked for me to minister to today.  Give me the words and actions that will encourage them to know you better.”  He never fails.

     •  Pray that God will place you in the right place at the right time to lift someone to Jesus. 
     •  Begin praying now about what you can give to boost the evangelism offering during camp meeting.
     •  Pray for your pastor, for his family and for His influence. Pray for his duties at camp meeting.



Thursday – June 11, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer – Day 5
“Don’t worry!” Often when we say this it is because we have a plan we feel will solve the problem someone is concerned about.  Jesus also spoke these words,  “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.”* If Jesus said that, He must have had a plan. He did – prayer.  He promised, “Ask and it will be given to you … If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”** The grand old hymn reminds us, “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”***

The Apostle Paul had the same thought: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”****

John W. Peterson wrote a song, “Why worry when you can pray.”  Worry sees things through our eyes; prayer gives us the privilege of viewing things through God’s eyes. Ellen White put it this way,  “Worry is blind and cannot discern the future.  But Jesus sees the end from the beginning, and He has prepared His way to bring relief.  ‘So much to do!’ Yes; but who is the chief worker?  Jesus Christ your Lord.  He offers to lighten the loads we carry by putting Himself under the loads.”*****

Prayer is God’s alternative to worry. 

*Matthew 6:25 (NIV);  **Matthew 7:7,11 (NIV); ***John M. Scriven, What a Friend We Have In Jesus, Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, hymn 499; ****Philippians 4:6,7 (NLT);    *****Ellen G. White, Christian Leadership, p. 77



Wednesday – June 10, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer – Day 4

Why should we have 40 Days of Prayer for Camp Meeting?
As in bible times (see yesterday’s post), today also we need to designate times for prayer. There are several logical reasons. 

     •  It takes time to shut out the clamor of everyday living and tune into God’s voice.
     •  It takes time to bring us to a point of being willing to make changes in our own lives and do God’s bidding.
     •  New habits (such as learning to regularly seek God) are formed only by repetition over time.
     •  Time is needed for the Holy Spirit to work on the hearts of those we present to God in prayer.
     •  Presenting requests to God over a period of time reinforces the request in our own minds and shows God
        the sincerity of our requests.


We often take comfort in God’s words to Jeremiah: “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”  But we sometimes miss the key to understanding and grasping God’s plans: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you…”**

Prayer:

Father, thank you for your plans for my life, and for your plans for Oregon Camp Meeting. Help us to discern your will as we seek you during these 40 Days of Prayer. We claim your promise that you will reveal your will as we seek you.  In Jesus name, amen.

 

Prayer emphasis today:

     •  Final preparations for information to be included in the camp meeting booklet
     •  Inspiration for speakers in their preparations
     •  Impress those who need to be at camp meeting to make plans to attend
     •  That nothing will keep anyone who needs to come, from being at camp meeting

 

 **Jeremiah 29:11, 13



Tuesday – June 9, 2015

Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer – Day 3

Why 40 Days of Prayer?
Though there is no command in Scripture to pray for a given period of time, yet there are examples of setting aside a block of time for seeking God. 

     •  The most obvious is Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.  After His baptism He was led by the Holy Spirit to
         set aside a special time in preparation for His earthly ministry.*

     •  After His resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples as He prepared them for their ministry.**  
     •  Then after Jesus’ ascension, His followers “all joined together constantly in prayer” until the Holy Spirit
         was poured out upon them.***


Only after these times of spiritual dedication were the disciples in tune with God’s plans to take the Gospel to the world. Could it be that God’s work languishes in our day because of a lack of taking time to seek God’s will? 

After the authorities threatened to disrupt the preaching of the Gospel in the early church, Peter and John returned to the church folks.  Their response to the threats was, “they raised their voices together in prayer to God.... After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”****  Let’s see what God will do today as we raise our voices together in this 40 Days of Prayer.

Prayer emphasis today:

     •  Final preparations for information to be included in the camp meeting booklet
     •  Inspiration for speakers in their preparations
     •  Impress those who need to be at camp meeting to make plans to attend



*Matthew 4:1,2; Mark 1:12,13; Luke 4:1,2;  **Acts 1:3; ***Acts1:12,14; 2:1,2; ****Acts 4:24, 31



Monday – June 8, 2015


Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer – Day 2
How can you be a part of this united prayer focus for Oregon Camp Meeting 2015?  Here are some suggestions:

         •  Ask God to guide your participation in 40 Days of Prayer
         •  Place “Pray for Camp Meeting” on each day’s schedule for the next 40 days. 
         •  Set a reminder on your watch or phone to remember to pray each day.
         •  Return here to www.called2pray or to Facebook  OCCalled2Pray for a new prayer emphasis each day
            until camp meeting.

    This is your invitation to set aside some time every day for the next 40 days to join others across the Oregon Conference to ask God to prepare our hearts for the blessings He wants to give. And to ask God to do whatever He wants to do at this camp meeting.

    God’s promise to claim: 

    “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”*

    Prayer emphasis today:

         •  Final preparations for information to be included in the camp meeting booklet
         •  Inspiration for speakers in their preparations

       

      Spanish camp meeting July 16-18;  English camp meeting July 21-25; *Jeremiah 33:3 NIV



      Sunday – June 7, 2015

      Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer – Day 1

      Just 40 days until Oregon Camp Meeting begins.* Planning has been in progress for months. Preparation of the grounds has begun. Presenters are preparing. Reservations are coming in. Folks are arranging their schedules so they can attend. But there is another vital preparation – PRAYER.  

      Yes, many have been praying, but there is a special need for united prayer. That is the purpose of 40 Days of Prayer. Many things point to the urgency to seek for God’s special blessings to fall on this camp meeting: 

           •  Increasing conflicts around the world
           •  Rampant crime and wickedness in our society
           •  Persecution of Christians in many places
           •  Lukewarm conditions in the church
           •  Increasing diseases around the world and in our own families
           •  Fractured family relations in our churches

      If we ever needed a rich outpouring of God’s Spirit upon us, upon our families, upon the world – it is now! 

      Pray about how you can be a part of this united prayer emphasis in 40 Days of Prayer. And tomorrow return here to www.called2pray or to Facebook  at www.facebook.com/OCCalled2Pray for suggestions for participation.

      God’s promise to claim: 

      “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”**


      Prayer emphasis today:

        Final preparations for information to be included in the camp meeting booklet


          *Spanish camp meeting July 16-18;  English camp meeting July 21-25; **2 Chronicles 7:14