Experiencing God through United Prayer

Have you ever experienced the power and sweet presence of God when uniting with others in prayer? Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). We are told in the Spirit of Prophecy: “The promise is made on condition that the UNITED prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the UNITY of the members and their love for God and for one another.” --Letter 32, 1903, p. 5.

ASAP has had the privilege of helping run Prayer Rooms at a number of different conferences and camp meetings. The experiences of those who have come through the Prayer Room have been amazing. This is what people are saying:

   “I’ve never had an experience like I had at the Prayer Room. Wow!”  -- Robert Villegas

   “Never before have I experienced the power of prayer like I have here…”  -- Calvin Wold

   “What a humbling, breaking, life-shattering kind of spectacular blessing to be in the Prayer Room…”  -- Florencia Tuaumu-Vaili

   “I thank Him for the POWERHOUSE OF PRAYER!!”  -- Joyce Mulligan

   “I want a relationship with Jesus Christ and through this Prayer Room I experienced a taste of it.”  -- Lawrence Thompson

For their complete testimonies, please read below.

For those of you who live near Berrien Springs, we invite you to join us at the ASAP office for our Daily Prayer Fellowship (105 S Cass St, Berrien Springs, MI, 12:15-12:45 pm Mon-Fri ET).
 


 

Testimonies from the Prayer Room at ARME Bible Camp, Leoni Meadows, CA:

Allison Kielhorn

(Paradise, CA; junior in high school)
The Prayer Room was the most amazing experience. I was raised a Seventh-day Adventist and have always attended meetings and Bible camps. I grew up knowing our doctrines and professing to have a relationship with God. However something was always missing, it was never real for me. After coming to the Prayer Room I realized why I had no power in my life. I was missing prayer; I was missing a genuine and powerful prayer life. After experiencing this in the Prayer Room, it made me want MORE. I went from a 5-minute prayer life one day to a one-hour prayer life the next day to an 8-hour prayer life the day after that. I was so inspired by it that I decided to email my youth pastor and tell him what I had experienced. Now I am starting not one but two prayer groups in my area. I love the Prayer Room because there I am able to experience what I have lacked for so many years and being there encourages me to make this a daily part of my life.

Here is the email I (Allison) sent my youth leader:
Hello, I am here at Leoni for a conference and it has been VERY inspiring. As I think you are aware for a very long time I have been striving to make my Christian life real. It keeps seeming like I make progress, but then I fall back again. For the longest time I have been searching for something to make my Christian experience real, meaningful, and powerful. After spending the last 4 hours in prayer I believe that is what is missing in so many people's experience:  a real, meaningful prayer life. God says if we ask, we shall receive; the problem is we're not asking. And so, I would like to start a small prayer group where we can engage in meaningful, united prayer. For it is then that we shall find power. All my evenings are free so I would have it whenever would work best for the people interested. I would like to come to the youth room whenever [it] works out best and ask the youth if they would be interested. I have lots of ideas!!! God is good!!!

Allison L. Kielhorn


Robert Villegas

(Sunnyvale, CA)
I’ve never had an experience like I had at the Prayer Room.  Wow!  God be praised.  You’re together with other prayer warriors, coming together before the King of the Universe.  I’ve always wondered how Jesus could have prayed for so long when he was on earth.  Not anymore, the time passes quickly.  There is such a special unity of bonding, of hearts just praising, requesting and pleading for the miracles of God.  Also praying over other people’s requests, and feeling and understanding what others are going through.  You really sense that you are not alone in your battles.  God’s heart must ache so much for his children who are hurting.  This has been such an encouragement for my life.  I will never, ever be the same.  Prayer has made such a major impact on my life.  I just want to praise God!


Joshua Supit

(Weimar Academy)
I honestly had little interest to attend the Prayer Room because I was kind of REALLY hungry. Hahaha. But once I got there (even though I was late), my hunger for food instantly went away and was replaced with the hunger for more prayer.  I just wanted to say, I have NEVER cried in a public prayer before this day. (:


Tijan Tuitasi

(San Leandro, CA; Medical Biller)
This is my first time at ARME Bible camp, and it’s been so empowering. I listened this morning as I received tips on how to pray and seek GOD for answers. I’ve been in many prayer groups, however I was always ashamed to speak out my prayer requests or my thanks giving to the Lord. Today I felt empowered by the holy spirit and I Let Go and Let GOD! My faith level was boosted higher than it’s ever been.


Marshall Zellitti

(senior at Weimar Academy)
At ARME the staff really encouraged you to visit the Prayer Room to pray for a revival in your life and in the lives of others around you.  Before I went, I thought that an hour of prayer was crazy but once I entered I could feel that there was something different inside that room. When I came into the room, I was heavy burdened with the worries of my life, but once I walked out of the room, I felt my burdens lifted away.  I pray that each one of you will chose to visit this place where the Holy Angels dwell.


 

Testimonies from the Prayer Room at Soquel Camp Meeting, Soquel, CA:

Lawrence Thompson

(Sacramento, CA;  just released from jail, former gang member)
First off, I thank Brother and Sister Kim for inviting me to the Prayer Room.  I have never experienced prayer like this before, it was so powerful.  Words can’t describe the presence of Jesus Christ dwelling in the midst of our humble cries and thanks to our heavenly Father. I want a relationship with Jesus Christ and through this Prayer Room, I experienced a taste of it.


Florencia Tuaumu-Vaili

(Berkeley, CA; student and Copy Editor)
Prayer truly is power. If you doubt that the Holy Spirit is real, if you are in a lull, if you don’t know what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit so near to your heart… come to the Prayer Room.  I was born and raised in the church and sometimes church felt routine; but PRAYER oh how prayer has changed my life. What a humbling, breaking, life-shattering kind of spectacular blessing to be in the Prayer Room with like-minded brethren growing and crying and breathing earnest pleas to God. I love this place. God is in this place. I believe EVERY church should have a Prayer Room that is in constant prayer, arming the believers with words of empowerment. Thank you Lord for this experience today… you are more than good… you are indescribably awesome and I’m humbled you allowed me to have this blessing. Go Prayer!


Calvin Wold

(Fresno, CA; Juvenile Correctional Officer)
Never before have I experienced the power of prayer like I have here at Soquel Camp Meeting this year.  Praying in a new format, praising and confessing unto the Lord before laying my requests and petitions on the altar has been something that has opened my heart in a new way.  Many years worth of bitterness and anger, along with blame had put layers of hardness over my heart, but God is breaking up the soil of my soul and producing fertile ground again!  Praise God!!  I am expectantly waiting to see where He is leading me after this awesome experience.  Many thanks and praises to Our Heavenly Father for the prayer leaders and warriors that have made this possible.


Joyce Mulligan

(Modesto, CA; pastor’s wife and church Prayer Ministries leader)
I have been active with the CCC prayer team in our conference for 14 years.  This year’s Camp Meeting  has been a little different in having the Prayer Room opened 15 hrs. a day.  God has blessed tremendously as I have seen the HS being poured out to so many people as they have been healed both spiritually and physically. I personally have been blessed in praying with Melissa, Martin and Liana and others. I praise God for showing me areas in my life that needed to change. What an awesome God we serve and I thank Him for the POWERHOUSE OF PRAYER!!


Carol Richardson

(Carlton, OR; MD)
I came across the Prayer Room while in Canby, OR.  During the ARME Bible camp, I frequented the room whenever I could.  I was so blessed that I could not refrain from returning back again and again.  I felt the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit every time.  I felt my heart softened by the Spirit of God.  In addition, the Lord delivered me from the spirit of bitterness during the camp meeting in Soquel where the group was conducting a Prayer Room.  Immediately after sharing my request before the group, I felt the seeds of bitterness being pulled out of my heart. Tears of joy were streaming down my face as the Lord lifted me from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh.  Praise God for prayer and victory through the prayer of brothers and sisters of like faith.

-Martin Kim