During the WW2 bombing raids on London, Major Wellesley Tudor Pole, King George IV, & Winston Churchill called for every British citizen to pray each night at nine. Known as the Silent Minute, an estimated two million people prayed during the nine o’clock chimes of Big Ben. After the war, a high Nazi official told an interrogating British Intelligence officer, “During the war you had a secret weapon for which we could find no counter measure and which we did not understand, but it was very powerful. It was associated with the striking of Big Ben at 9 PM each evening. I believe you called it the ‘Silent Minute’.”
Prayer = Change. Prayer unleashes the power of God to accomplish things we cannot. In this blog series, I’ve covered six simple prayers that effect powerful change in our personal lives. Today, I wish to talk about change on a broader scale. Our world needs change. Our world needs healing. Our world has problems only God can solve. So how do we pray for that?
Prayer Should Be Simple
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heart because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” ~Matthew 6:7
God is not impressed with our words. He is not impressed by how articulate we are when we pray. He is not impressed when we ramble on with flowery speech in our prayers. In fact, God loathes prayers that try to be impressive. Such prayers are prideful, assuming that by mastering a complex prayer style we can somehow manipulate God’s response. “God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” Over and over again, God responds to people who simply and humbly cry out for help. God doesn’t respond to the formula of our words, but to the sincere expression of our hearts, even if it is just for one minute at 9 PM.
God is Present When We Pray Together
“For where two or three gather in my name, there I (Jesus) am with them.” ~Matthew 18:20
Praying together is more effective than praying alone. While God listens to all prayers, He is present and gives His authority to the requests of believers who pray together. The power of the Silent Minute wasn’t that it happened at 9 PM, the power was that it joined millions of people from around the country in prayer.
Praying God’s Word is Powerful & Effective
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~Hebrews 4:12
The Lord declares, “my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ~Isaiah 55:11
God’s word is more powerful than our own. The whole universe was created by God’s word, and therefore responds to God’s word. His word is always effective. When we pray God’s word, we pray God’s will, which is always accomplished.
Prayer Always Precedes Revival
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves & pray & seek my face & turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin & will heal their land.”
~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
Revival, those rare moments when God powerfully moves to save and heal people and nations, seems mysterious. But it’s not. Revival actually follows a very predictable pattern. It always starts with God’s people getting desperate. Desperate enough to humble ourselves, realizing the problem isn’t just with outsiders, but with also with us. We’ve gotten to independent of God, and too cozy with sin. When God’s people repent, & cry out to God for healing, He answers. When we cry out to God as individuals, God answers us individually. When we cry out to God as a nation, God answers us nationally. When we cry out to God as a world, God answers us globally.
Our World Needs Revival
Revival is a powerful outpouring of God’s Spirit where thousands, often millions of people are awakened to the love and salvation offered through Jesus Christ. As people are reconciled to Jesus, His healing power spreads. It spreads through families, communities, and even governments. Believers in the revived Church become a formidable force for justice in the world. Reforms in education, health care, prisons, labor laws, financial practices, and government often follow.
Doing Our Part
I believe our world is in desperate need of the healing that revival brings. I believe that God’s Spirit is moving and preparing the nations for revival. Reports of revival are already pouring in from China, Iran and refugee camps across the Middle East and Europe. I believe God is looking for humble men & women to help spark that revival here. And big or small, I want to play my part.
Of the prayers covered in this series, the one I’ve prayed the most often this past year is “Lord, remove from me all false burdens.” This prayer has given me courage to step away from busyness, and move toward the dreams God has placed on my heart. Probably the biggest dream God’s given me is to start a prayer ministry that will spark revival. And so, I’m launching Pray2Revive.
Pray2Revive seeks to unite one million Christians in praying daily for personal and worldwide revival. Through the use of app and email technology, a short prayer is sent to believers each day. The prayer is taken from God’s Word. People simply read the prayer for that day, thus joining other believers in praying the power of God’s Word into their lives and world. It’s quick, simple, and hugely effective. Why? Because it harnesses the grass roots of revival: 1) believers humbly praying together & 2) unleashing God’s Word into our lives and world.
Here’s two sample daily prayers:
From Matthew 20:25-28; 22:37-40:
I pray that whoever wants to become great among us will be our servant, just as Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. I pray that we will love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all our minds. And that we will love our neighbor as ourselves.
From Matthew 24:42-51; 25:34-40; 28:19-20:
I pray that we will be faithful & wise servants. May we minister to you Lord, by feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, looking after the sick, & visiting those in prison. May we go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Your Son has commanded us. Thank you for being with us always, to the very end of the age.
Can you imagine the impact of millions of Christians praying that together! I can! Lives, families, communities and eventually governments would be changed. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out a website and app for Pray2Revive. If you would like to receive updates about Pray2Revive, or receive the daily prayer by email or app, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s join together in calling on God to do what only He can!