Thursday, December 26, 2013
In 1784 John Sutcliff, along with the Baptist churches assembled at Nottingham, called on churches to pray regularly for the reviving of religion in their day. They asked ministers and their congregations to spend one hour in prayer, on the first Monday of every month, to pray “that the Holy Spirit may be poured down on our ministers and churches, that sinners may be converted, the saints edified, the interest of religion revived, and the name of God glorified.” The call went out, no matter of denomination, and many answered the call. God answered their prayers and much was accomplished for the glory of God.
Next year will be the 230th anniversary of that call and I believe that our nation is in need of such a prayer call today. Therefore, I am seeking men and women to commit to praying “that the Holy Spirit may be poured down on our ministers and churches, that sinners may be converted, the saints edified, the interest of religion revived, and the name of God glorified.” What hour you decide to pray is up to you. If you would like to rise early or stay up late both are fine. If you would like to gather your family, invite a friend, meet together with fellow ministers in your town, or just pray by yourself all would be great.
John Sutcliff concluded the call by stating, “Who can tell what the consequences of such an united effort in prayer may be! Let us plead with God the many gracious promises of His Word, which relate to the future success of His gospel. He has said, "I will yet for this be enquired of by the House of Israel to do it for them, I will increase them with men like a flock." Ezek. 36:37. Surely we have love enough for Zion to set apart one hour at a time, twelve times in a year, to seek her welfare.” May we too have such a love for Zion.
If you are willing to commit to praying for 1 hour on the first Monday of every month in 2014 please fill out the form below. Only fill out the email address if you would like a reminder.