This resolution of Daily United Prayer is based on An Humble Attempt, originally put forward by Jonathan Edwards in 1748. Its design is to encourage God's people in the duty of united extraordinary prayer; setting aside some time every day to pray for the revival of His church and the advancement of Christ's kingdom in our homes, in our churches, in our nation, and in the world.
I received a note from one of our praying participants that encouraged me:
Just was meditating on the Lord and wanted to share some thoughts.
If God doesnâ€™t revive as He has in the past, Iâ€™ve been so thankful that He has revived my own heart in a way that is all of Him. I think that can be said of many on the united prayer call.
Iâ€™m reading in Joshua and 1 Corinthians and was so struck at how all God requires of us is to be strong and courageous, obedient to His will, even when it doesnâ€™t seem to make sense. He does the impossible. Walking around a fortified, seemingly invincible city for 7 days? Yet He brought the walls down flat. Does He not speak a word and creation is brought into existence? Bringing down Jericho is nothing for the Lord.
Our battles in life are conquered when the view of who God is makes us realize how great He is and gives us the strength and courage to continue on.
Then reading in 1 Corinthians 15, death is conquered as well. In life and in death, we have nothing to fear and are victorious through our God and saviour the Lord Jesus Christ.
â€śTherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as Ye know that your labour is not in vain IN THE LORD.â€ť
So thankful for what God has begun in the United Prayer time.
This made me think about Joshua again and how he declared that, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Josh 24:15. There's a spirit of independence, and even defiance, in those words. It doesn't matter what anybody else does or doesn't do, as for me and all those whom I have any influence over, we will serve the Lord. We will follow the Lord. We will pursue after the Lord. This is the pursuit of personal revival and it may be a very lonely road. But let us take up the spirit of Joshua and say with him, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Tho' some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim is higher ground.
Tozer has a wonderful quote along these lines:
You can have a revival whether anybody else ever gets one or not. There is no reason why you personally cannot set your face like flint and determine to go wherever Jesus takes you. When you find Him, you will find the floodgates of mercy. You will find fresh oil. You will find a wonderful new revival life for yourself.
The need for an outpouring of God's Spirit on the church and on the nation is as great as ever. But it would be a sad case indeed if the Lord were to send a revival fire into the church while we ourselves, personally, remain cold and lethargic. A personal revival is what we need and it's what I'm praying for. May we not grow discouraged if no one else desires it or understands it. But restore unto ME the joy of Thy salvation. For it's only THEN that "sinners shall be converted unto thee." Psalm 51:12-13. It is only when we enjoy a personal revival that our witness and work becomes effective. Lord, revive my heart.
Friends, let's not lose sight of this in our prayer times together. Whatever else may be occupying our minds (rightly), let us not settle for anything less than God's own presence. We can be "cumbered about much serving" as was the case of Martha. Occupied with good things, legitimate things, necessary things. But only one thing is needful. And we, like Mary, need to choose that good part (Luke 10:40-42). We should say, like Moses, "If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence." Ex 33:15. We need the Lord's presence. Let us "give Him no rest" (Isa 62:7) until we receive the promised Holy Spirit in greater measure.
We invite you to join our dedicated and earnest group of praying participants of all ages from around the world that meet every day over Zoom to pray. At the start of each prayer call, a different individual will bring a brief Scriptural meditation. Here's the most recent: