As I sit in my hotel and type this, I am in Tallinn, Estonia, to begin preparations for the global prayer gathering on the grounds of Song Festival Grounds of Tallinn. I am so excited about 2023. We have more people praying than ever before. The truth is we need it. As an organization, for our families and friends, and as Individuals. We need to tap into that lifeline with the Almighty. We have war in Ukraine, micro-conflicts in Kashmir (between India and China), a fragile peace in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, a large swath of population upset with election results in 2022, the ramp up the Japanese Self Defense Force to be able to respond by provocation and the increasing militarization of Europe.
It sounds like wars, rumors of wars, etc. In such context I am reminded of the great prayer revival of 1857. There was a bank crisis in America and Jeremiah Lamphier, began a prayer meeting on Fulton Street. He did not know if anyone would show up but he put the word out and faithfully began to pray. Well at first no one came, but 30 minutes past and then the first other person showed and then more… experts say that over the next year there were prayer meetings throughout the nation and over 1 million got saved.
Throughout the history of the United States we can see where prayer has made its effect and changed history. From Jonathan Edwards, Father Nash, Jeremiah Lamphier, and let’s not forget Samuel Mills of the Haystack prayer meeting that started the first of American Foreign Missionary societies and the predecessor of the American Bible Society. I point us to James 5 that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elijah… Well you know the story, but my favorite part after his human experience of being depressed and thinking he was the only one left is when our gracious Lord tells him there are 7,000 that have not bowed the knee to Baal. Well you are part of the 7,000. You are not alone and out of this season the church will arise with the help of its praying saints.
Join us as we humbly yet fervently pray… Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
The Prayer Council, USA