Posted by: stpowen | April 7, 2012

Concert of Prayer

Joel 2:15-16.  ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders!’

2 Chron 20:12.  “For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

Readers of this blog will know that Martin Marprelate has been longing to see Bible-believing churches coming together in repentant prayer for the nation (1).  There have been one or two attempts to organize something, but they have been arranged by the ‘broad’ wing of the evangelical church and appear to have come to nothing.  Indeed, Martin was beginning to think that nothing would ever happen.  However, it does appear that things are beginning to stir.

Apparently, Christians all over England have been attending quarterly prayer meetings to call on God to deliver the nation from the dreadful moral situation that has come upon it.  Beginning in Yorkshire, they have now spread to Durham, lancashire, Suffolk, hampshire, Sussex and Kent.  The next ‘Concert of Prayer will be on April 21st from 10am until Noon.  A church on the borders of Devon, Somerset and Dorset will be hosting one meeting and Martin will be attending.  The church is a fine, godly one and not at all inclined to be involved in anything unworthy.

Apparently 525 people gathered for prayer nationwide at the last date in February.  We should not put any faith in numbers and think that God is bound to be impressed.  What will impress God will be our earnestness, our repentance and our dependence upon Him.   It would be hard to overstate the desperate need for revival in Britain.  True Christianity has all but disappeared from the land.  Yet with God all things are possible.

An internet search for Concert of Prayer produced loads of links to American sites but nothing for Britain.  I am therefore unable to advise where these meetings are taking place.  If you are living in one of the counties mentioned above, why not find out where the meetings are and go along.  Better yet, why not get together with other like-minded Christians and start your own?

‘Then the LORD will be zealous for His land and pity His people.  The LORD will answer and say to His people, “……….I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations………Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done marvellous things!’ (Joel 2:18-19, 21).

Note.

1. See for example https://marprelate.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/only-by-prayer-and-fasting/

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Responses

  1. Dear Martin,

    This is good news and could be the means of uniting Christians in true Christian action above and beyond denominational bounderies. It is also good for a Yorkshire-born man to hear that there is still a spiritual presence in the county of his childhood. However, the dry rot is not merely an English problem, we are infested with it here, too, in Germany, as in the world in general. Carey always looked to the international power of Spirit-guided prayer. May we all join in world-wide by praying in chorus for our decadent world! Please keep us all in touch with developments.

    Yours in grace,

    George

  2. There are some other churches who are holding a quarterly prayer meeting this Friday (13th April):
    http://a-lewis.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/prayer-for-church-and-nation.html

  3. That is excellent news. I apologize for not having responded before. Please tell us how the meeting went yesteday and pray for us next Saturday.

  4. Thank you for posting my comment so promptly, even without an immediate response.

    We were joined by friends from two other churches and by a family from further afield on holiday in our area, and had a good time of prayer.

    I shall indeed be praying for the meetings next Saturday; thank you for drawing attention to them as I was unaware of them. I am sure there is much earnest prayer along these lines in weekly church prayer meetings, and by individuals in private, but I think the exceptionally bad spiritual state of our nation does warrant these kinds of special prayer meetings.

  5. Details of the Yorkshire meetings:

    http://www.affinity.org.uk/news/news-stories/post/56-concert-for-prayer—saturday-21-april/

  6. It was a most blessed time. There were about 20 of us at the venue I attended. We prayed solidly for about 2 hours and it seemed like about 20 minutes. There were prayers of confession for the sins of the nation and for the sins and failings of the churches. There were prayers of thanks for God’s longsuffering and mercy and, above all, prayers for revival.

    O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival, start the work in me!’
    J. Edwin Orr.

    The next Concert of Prayer will be on July 14th. I would encourage every British reader to attend an event in your area. If there isn’t one, why not start one yourself?

    ‘You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth’ (Isaiah 62:6-7).


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