EGW Prays before GC Session in 1903

    ELLEN G. WHITE    p r a y e r   to   GENERAL  CONFERENCE   S E S S I O N   i n   1 9 0 3                        

                                        Published in General Conference Bulletin   - as -  Another Earnest Prayer - April 2, 1903     

                                                                                                                       Reading of this prayer at 61st GC Session - St. Louis on June 11, 2022

   Heavenly Father, Thou hast said, “Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Heavenly Father, we need Thy Holy Spirit. We do not want to work ourselves, only as we work in unity with God. We want to be in a position where the Holy Spirit of God shall be upon us with its reviving, sanctifying power. Wilt Thou manifest Thyself unto us this very morning! Wilt Thou sweep away every mist and every cloud of darkness! { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 1 }


  We come to Thee, our compassionate Redeemer; and we ask Thee, for Christ’s sake, — for Thine own Son’s sake, my Father, that Thou wilt manifest Thy power unto Thy people here. We want wisdom; we want righteousness; we want truth; we want the Holy Spirit to be with us. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 2 }


  Thou hast presented before us a great work that must be carried forward in behalf of those that are in the truth, and in behalf of those that are in ignorance of our faith; and O Lord, as Thou hast given to every man his work, we beseech of Thee that the Holy Spirit may impress the human mind in regard to the burden of work that shall rest upon every individual soul, according to Thine appointment. We want to be proved; we want to be sanctified through and through; we want to be fitted up for the work; and here, right here in this session of the Conference, we want to see a revelation of the Holy Spirit of God. We want light, Lord, — Thou art the Light. We want truth, Lord, — Thou art the Truth. We want the right way,—Thou art the Way. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 3 }


  Lord, I beseech of Thee that we may all be wise enough to discern that we must individually open the heart to Jesus Christ, that through the Holy Spirit He may come in to mold and fashion us anew, in accordance with the divine image. O my Father, my Father! melt and subdue our hearts. We desire this morning to make an entire surrender to Thee; we desire to give up our will, our way, our course of action that has not been in harmony with the way and the will of God; we desire to accept the Lord’s way, the Lord’s will, the Lord’s counsel. Come, oh, come into the midst of us this very morning, and move upon hearts, young and old. In a special manner move upon the hearts of those who are handling gospel truths, that they may all be lighted up with the bright beams which Thou dost permit to shine upon Thy Word, in order that Thy instruction may come to the human understanding with the power and the Spirit of the living God. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 4 }


  We acknowledge before Thee that we have not honored Thy name as we should. We acknowledge before Thee that we need to be broken in heart. We desire just now to be reconverted; we desire just now to realize what Christ is to us, and what we are and can be to Him as His coworkers,—“laborers together with God.” { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 5 }


  O my Father, let every soul that is confused, every soul that can not understand and see the way, have the way presented before him so clearly that the mist will be removed, and that the cloud will pass, so that the Sun of righteousness may shine into the chambers of the mind and into the soul-temple. Wash us, and we shall be clean, Lord. Let melting mercy, mercy from Thee, come into every heart; and then, when we realize the melting mercy of a compassionate and loving Saviour, our hearts, once more united, will beat in unison, and all will stand shoulder to shoulder in advancing this great work. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 6 }


  We can not afford to be indifferent, Lord, we can not afford to work contrary to one another. We must trust in Thee; and we ask, this very morning, that Thou shalt let the Holy Spirit descend upon us. We are ready to receive the Comforter; we open the door of the heart, and invite the Saviour in. We love Thee, dear Saviour; Thou knowest that we love Thee. We see in Thee matchless charms, and we desire that every soul shall constantly look unto Thee,—Thou who art the Author and the Finisher of our faith. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 7 }


   Come, Lord Jesus, come and take us as we are, and put upon us the robe of Thy righteousness. Take away our sins. Our Saviour, Thou didst come to the earth to do this. We repent of wrong-doing; we are sorry for every departure from Thee; and we ask Thee to pardon our transgressions, that we may show to the world that we have a Saviour who is able to take away our sins, and to impute unto us His own righteousness. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 8 }


   Lord, we accept Thee now; we receive Thee now; we believe in Thee now; and we ask Thee to let Thy Holy Spirit rest upon us just now. Just now walk through this house, we pray Thee; and may the angels accompanying Thee go around to every seat, and to every heart; and may every person have a realization of what “I” should do. May every one look not to man, but to Christ, — to Him who has died to save us. We are saved by Thee, Lord; we look to Thee, Lord. Oh, let Thy power come upon us, to tell us that our sins are pardoned. Thou hast promised, “A new heart will I give thee.” We desire to have our hearts renewed, Lord; we long for this. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 9 }


   Bless our ministering brethren. Bless all those who are in office in our institutions. We do not want Thee to destroy these institutions; we do not want to see their influence wiped away. We want that Thou shouldst simply take away everything that is wrong in the heart, the life, the character, of each worker, so that Thou canst use every institution of Thine own planting to glorify Thy name. We need every one of them. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 10 }


   O my Saviour, Thou who hast shown compassion to us all, again we ask Thee to grant unto us a rich portion of Thy mercy, Thy fulness, Thy compassion, Thy everlasting love. Come, Lord Jesus, and make us partakers of Thy divine nature, that we may overcome the corruption that is in the world through lust. Oh, may the Spirit of Christ, the love of God, comfort every heart this morning! Banish darkness, turn away the deceptive powers of the enemy, and let Thy voice and Thy Spirit and Thy love come into our souls, that we may sit together in heavenly places with Christ Jesus; and Thy name shall have all the glory. Amen. { GCB April 2, 1903, Art. C, par. 11 }


History:   Ellen White gave this prayer on April 1, 1903 to delegates of General Conference Session meeting in Oakland, California. This was a difficult time in history of SDA church because in 1902 the Sanitarium in Battle Creek burned down and soon after ( same year ) the publishing house in Battle Creek also burned to the ground.


This same prayer was read to the delegates at 61st GC Session meeting at St. Louis on June 11, 2022  right before Ted Wilson gave the Sabbath message titled:  'Hold on to what you have'     

             Click to see video of this prayer and his message   

             Prayer:  3 hours 33 min  to  3 hour 49 min;    Sermon starts:  3 hours 50 minutes






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