Jonathan Edwards on Prayer
I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting… 1 Timothy 2.8
An Humble Attempt
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“We may observe who they are, that shall be united in thus seeking the Lord of hosts: the inhabitants of many cities, and of many countries, yea, many people, and strong nations, great multitudes in different parts of the world shall conspire in this business…There shall be given much of a spirit of prayer to God’s people, in many places, disposing them to an express agreement, unitedly to pray to God in an extraordinary manner, that he would appear for the help of his church, and in mercy to mankind, and pour out his Spirit, revive his work, and advance his spiritual kingdom in the world, as he has promised.”
What Edwards envisioned was more than an insertion of prayer for revival into the existing prayer routines of the people of God. He called for special seasons of prayer, times set apart to unite by explicit agreement to seek the Lord for revival, with this as the sole focus. Past seasons of revival and awakening have been preceded by such special gatherings, as people united and persevered in prayer, believing and insisting that God would fulfill His promise. As J. Edwin Orr has shown in his many excellent books on the history of revival, God has often worked in the past to revive His Church and awaken the lost, as He raised up men to join in special seasons of prayer, to seek the Lord for revival. May He be pleased to do so again in our day. And may you be one of those men.
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.All quotations are from Jonathan Edwards, An Humble Attempt, &c. in Edward Hickman, ed. The Works of Jonathan Edwards(Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1834, 1995), Vol. Two, pp. 278ff.