So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord… Acts 4.24
Ministers of Scotland: Lectures on Revival VI
The Rev. Alexander Cumming, Minister of Dunbarney Parish
“...believers when praying to Christ, though severed by distance, have sweet fellowship when they all invoke specific blessings at the same stated time: though insulated from each other by local residence, there is a glorious bond of union formed between them and the Sun of Righteousness, and God will honour those applications which reflect glory on his only-begotten Son as the centre of their union.”
The first Christians united their voices in prayer by appealing to Psalm 146 and Psalm 2. The psalms were a reliable to guide in prayer for the first Christians, and have been throughout the ages, so when one began to pray a psalm, the others could join. In the passage in Acts 4, someone probably began to pray these verses, and all the others chimed in, groaning and murmuring and calling out to the Lord, either with the words of those psalms or according to the sentiments expressed in them. Many of the psalms have a revival focus. In our Revival Prayer Groups, we have found this an excellent way to keep focused on the theme of revival in Jesus Christ. We let a psalm guide us, and, after each one prays, we join our voices to pray Psalm 80.19. God inspired these psalms to declare His mind and will, and to lead His people in seeking His will and Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. These psalms are God’s words, conveying God’s promises, and revealing God’s will, and they are to be used by God’s people in assaulting God’s throne. Here is help for our prayers, when we unite our voices in the psalms.
Can you think of other ways to organize your people to pray God’s Word together for revival?
Pray for Revival
All quotations in this series are taken from Ministers of Scotland, Lectures on Revival, Richard Owen Roberts, ed. (Wheaton: Richard Owen Roberts, Publishers, 1980). Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.