Since 1990, the Department of Women’s Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has promoted a special day when women around the world have the opportunity to strengthen their spiritual bonds as they pray for and with each other. The International Women’s Day of Prayer is the first Sabbath of each March. In past years this special day has been celebrated in a variety of ways: prayer breakfasts, fasting and prayer, consecration services, and women preaching the sermon for church services and other special programs.
Women throughout the South Central Conference had the opportunity to celebrate this day as well. At the Maranatha SDA Church in Panama City, FL, the Women’s Ministries department used it as an opportunity to involve the entire church in corporate prayer during Divine Worship. According to Elder Marilyn Wallace, they were few in number, but the Holy Spirit was present with them. Their theme was “Something Happens When God’s People Pray.” The theme Scripture was Acts 12:1-24.
Using the story in Acts 12:1-24, the women believed that the same special dynamics that came into prayer when God’s children came together, united in faith and purpose, to seek the face of the Lord in prayer would be present. If the power of corporate prayer freed Peter from prison when the church prayed with one accord (Acts 1:14), surely God would answer their prayer. If it worked for the church then, it will work for Maranatha.
So, after the Sabbath message, the members formed groups and prayed for: 1) the out pouring of the Holy Spirit on their church and in them; 2) God to revive them and the church; and 3) God to provide funds to move a building they were acquiring for the young children […]