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.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD." Amos 8:11.
This prophecy foretells a time when the Lord will send a famine of a different sort. It's not a famine of food or water, but of the hearing of the words of the Lord. Romans 10:17 tells us that "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." So, if there's a famine of the hearing of the word of God, then there's a famine of preaching. This is the worst kind of famine you can imagine. Silence from heaven. As Christ says, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Amos goes on to say that the people will wander from sea to sea and shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. Are we not experiencing even a little of that today? For the most part, the pulpits in our land are devoid of spiritual sustenance for God's people. And no matter how hard they try, they cannot seem to find food for their souls.
It's not accident that I read this passage last night while also reading the passage in Genesis 41 in the morning where a terrible famine "was over all the face of the earth ... but in the land of Egypt there was bread." It is my conviction that we will enter into a period where there will be a terrible dearth of good preaching in all the land. And, like Joseph, I believe that preparation of The Vault will be necessary against such a day of famine. Yesterday, we took our first tangible step toward making this a reality. Please pray for us.
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: