A prayer meeting in Atlanta

17 Jan

On Monday & Tuesday of this week, I had the privilege of gathering with almost 400 other pastors from 28 states for one and only one reason: to pray.  I must admit that it was one of the most refreshing times I have experienced. The agenda really was focused on the Lord and prayer. We had well known mega-church pastors, small church pastors, and every type of pastor in between!  We had young, middle aged, and old. We had Calvinists and not-so Calvinists.  We had pastors from very traditional churches and pastors from very contemporary churches. Yet, for two days absolutely none of that was mentioned. Really, none of those issues were on our minds. We were there to pray for revival and spiritual awakening. Here’s what it looked like…

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Certainly, we had times of worship and several speakers challenged us, but every one was designed to lead into a time of focused prayer. I left that meeting refreshed, but also convicted and burdened.  I am firmly convinced that revival and spiritual awakening is the only hope for our country. God seems to be raising up people to pray for that to happen. I believe it can.  Powerful things happen when God’s people agree together in prayer.

Probably the highlight of the meeting for me was being reminded of the great preacher/theologian Jonathan Edwards’ writing on prayer for spiritual awakening. Here is the title of his work on that subject…

A Humble Attempt to Promote the Agreement and Union of God’s People Throughout the World in Extraordinary Prayer For a Revival Of Religion And The Advancement Of God’s Kingdom On Earth, According To Scriptural Promises And Prophecies Of The Last Time.

Ronnie Floyd and the other pastors who helped to put this prayer meeting together did so in that spirit. It was the only agenda on display and for that I am most grateful.  Ronnie Floyd also had the quote of the week…“I don’t know how much extraordinary prayer is, but I do know it is more than I am doing.”  To that I say a hearty, “Amen!”

Will you join us pastors in moving toward extraordinary prayer for revival?

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