What would it take to see revival in our culture?

September 18, 2018

Union Prayer Meetings were a primary component of the 1857 to 1859 Layman’s Prayer Revival that started in downtown Manhattan at the Dutch Reformed Church in the fall of 1857. Those prayer meetings demonstrated what God can do as His people unite and seek Him in passionate, one-accord prayer on behalf of the spiritual famine in their cities and nation.

What were the Union Prayer Meetings like? They started at noon and lasted one hour. The majority of the time was spent in intercessory prayer on behalf of requests shared by those attending. Most requests were focused on the spiritual needs of the lost and those who were not in close fellowship with Christ.

The meetings were multi-denominational and crossed social, economic and ethnic lines. The meetings were filled with a deep sense of awe and stillness, unity, God’s conviction concerning sin, and a deep love for Jesus and the lost. The meetings were often attended by lost people, and many trusted Christ during the services. Other gatherings spontaneously sprang up in cities across the nation.

What did God do in response to these focused prayer gatherings? First, He revived His church. Involvement in the evangelistic mission skyrocketed as believers and churches began to obey God and emphasize outreach to the lost through door-to-door visitation, preaching services and the development of organizations devoted to world missions. Second, God sent spiritual awakening among the lost multitudes across America as nearly one million people were converted among a population of 30 million people in America.

In Jeremiah 33:3, God says to His people, “Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” The phrase “call to me” is an invitation from the Lord for His people to unite and seek Him through urgent, united and passionate prayer.

This call to united, passionate prayer comes with a two-fold promise: “I will answer you,” which demonstrates God’s willingness to act on behalf of His people; and “show you great and wondrous things, which you do not know,” which is a promise to answer their prayers with God-sized results. Thus, this invitation to seek the Lord in Jeremiah 33:3 is a call to united, passionate prayer that unleashes God’s redemptive power into a hopeless and overwhelming season of spiritual, moral and physical decline and devastation.

“…this invitation to seek the Lord in Jeremiah 33:3 is a call to united, passionate prayer that unleashes God’s redemptive power into a hopeless and overwhelming season of spiritual, moral and physical decline and devastation.”

This is the seventh year that N.C. Baptists have united in a “Pray for 30 Days” prayer emphasis during October for revival and spiritual awakening in our state, nation and world prior to our Annual Meeting in November.

The 2018 emphasis is called “Who is My Neighbor” and is based on Luke 10:29. Churches and individuals can access the resources related to this year’s call to prayer for revival and spiritual awakening by visiting prayfor30days.org or praync.org. Resources include a 30-day “Who is My Neighbor” devotional with prayer points and videos. Participants who register will receive a daily prayer prompt through text or email during October.

With 65 to 90 percent of evangelical churches in America declining or maintaining and gospel impact and engagement at a very low point, the church in America finds itself in an ever-increasing hostile, hopeless and overwhelming place as paganism, evil and lostness marches forward.

How will we respond? Will we step up and embrace God’s call to united, passionate prayer on behalf of the spiritual famine in America? What will you and your church do? Will you unite with others and pray? If there ever was a day that we needed God’s power unleashed upon and through His church in America, it is today. What will you do?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Churches can order copies of the Who is My Neighbor prayer guide at the N.C. Baptist store. They can also download a free copy at prayfor30days.org.

by Chris Schofield  
/  Office of Prayer  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

3 reasons to ‘Pray Together, Go Together’

In January of 2020, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will be offering a new resource to guide specific prayer toward lostness. The guide will provide an opportunity for North Carolina Baptists to unite for 30 days of prayer, focusing on specific people groups and...

Prepare your heart to pray for ‘God’s Great Work’

Revival is breaking out in areas such as Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Why? God is faithful and answers our prayers. More than 20 years ago, a group of young army chaplains gathered to humble themselves before the Lord and pray for revival and...

Drive prayerfully and carefully

What does it mean to drive prayerfully? Driving prayerfully is intentionally using your driving time to intercede for others wherever you may be. The goal is simply to pray for others based on what you know or observe. Of course, you will want to be sure you are also driving...

Intentional prayers for your family

One of the greatest things we can do as parents, spouses and Christ followers is to pray for our families. Psalms 127:1a says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” Below are some specific prayer points with accompanying Bible verses that you can pray...

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering helps ‘send hope’

I’m thankful for the long and rich history that Southern Baptists have enjoyed in working together to fulfill the Great Commission through local, national and global missions and ministry efforts. One of those partnerships that we enjoy is with the North American Mission Board...

Q&A with Richard Owen Roberts

Richard Owen Roberts, president and founder of International Awakening Ministries, is the keynote speaker for the annual “Awaken” prayer gathering, scheduled for March 8-9 at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church near Greensboro. The event is free, and a love offering will be received. A...

Pray for Lottie Moon, new IMB leader

During our recent Annual Meeting in Greensboro in early November, Jeff Isenhour, pastor of Arran Lake Baptist Church in Fayetteville and chairman of our Budget Committee, shared an update with messengers that highlighted the generosity of North Carolina Baptists to the missions...

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Week of prayer

Lottie Moon invested nearly 40 years of her life as a missionary in China. She focused on making disciples, and set a tremendous example for all Southern Baptists by dedicating herself to the expansion of God’s kingdom.Since 1888, the Southern Baptist Convention has been honoring...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest news and event information by signing up for the N.C. Baptist newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!