Jonathan Edwards on Prayer
Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. Acts 6.7
An Humble Attempt
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“Thus after the inhabitants of many cities of Israel, or of God’s professing people, have taken up and pursued a joint resolution, to go and pray before the Lord, and seek the Lord of hosts, others shall be drawn to worship and serve him with them; till at length many people and strong nations shall join themselves to them; and there shall, in process of time, be a vast accession to the church, so that it shall be ten times as large as it was before…”
The church in Jerusalem appears to have been slipping into a bit of complacency, or at least, lethargy, in caring for its needy. The church in Jerusalem was poised to break apart in any number of ways. But the apostles and the people together renewed their love for the Lord and one another in such a dramatic and visible way, that the Word of the Lord kept increasing beyond the church, and many of its most ardent detractors became obedient to the faith. The hearts of the people were revived, congregational life was renewed, and awakening occurred in Jerusalem, even among some of those least likely to believe. And all this began as the leaders of the church committed themselves to prayer. When God revives His Church and renews His people in His love, the effect of that will necessarily impact everyone and everything in their lives. Revival, in short, leads to renewal, and renewal leads to awakening. But if we want any of this, we must pray.
How do you, in your preaching and teaching, seek to cast a vision for revival, renewal, and awakening in your church and community?
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An Humble Attempt
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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.