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Importuning the Lord

This is hardly a word to describe our prayers.

Jonathan Edwards on Prayer

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the L
ORD, 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

An Humble Attempt
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“I know of no place in the Bible, where so strange an expression is made use of to signify importunity in prayer as is used in Isaiah lxii.6, 7, where the people of God are called upon to be importunate for this mercy…How strong is the phrase! And how loud is this call to the church of God, to be fervent and incessant in their cries to him for this great mercy!”

I doubt that many of us would use the word, “importunate,” concerning our prayers, at least, our prayers for revival. But that is the thrust of this passage in Isaiah. God longs to establish His Church as a praise in the earth. Increasingly, we are more of a byword among the lost. But God has other plans, and He will fulfill them in His way and time. Will He fulfill them in our day? Our prayers may be the deciding factor. We entertain a vision and desire for prayer to be going up to God for revival from groups of watchmen all over the world, until every hour of every week, every week of every year, is taken up with men who are determined to “give Him no rest” until revival breaks out again. Do you want God to set you as one of those watchmen? And if not, why not? Brethren, let us make it our practice to seek the Lord earnestly in prayer for revival.

What would it look like if your church were characterized by importunity in praying for revival?

An Humble Attempt

If you have not read Edwards’ book on praying for revival, I urge you to do so. We’ll send it to you in a free PDF which you can print or download to your e-reader. Just email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and request Jonathan Edwards’ An Humble Attempt.

Learn to Pray for Revival – and Pray!
We currently conduct three meetings to pray for revival, enlisting participants from around the country to come together in our online prayer room once a month – or once a week – to seek the Lord for revival. We use selected psalms to guide our time together, and spend around 30 minutes in prayer together. Join us. We’d like to begin a second weekly group, convening at 4:00 Eastern time each Thursday, to seek the Lord for revival. If you’d like to be part of this group, or if you would like to join an existing revival prayer group, send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Fellowship of Ailbe is supported through the generous and faithful gifts of those who benefit from and believe in our work. Does the Lord want to use you in this way? Please look to Him in prayer over this question. You can contribute to The Fellowship of Ailbe by using the Contribute button at our website, or by sending your gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe, 19 Tyler Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Thank you.

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.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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