Jonathan Edwards on Prayer
As for me, I will call upon God,
And the LORD shall save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55.16, 17
An Humble Attempt
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“The greatest effusion of the Spirit that ever yet has been, even that which was in the primitive times of the Christian church, which began in Jerusalem, on the day of Pentecost, was in answer to extraordinary prayer…according to Christ’s direction, after his ascension, they returned to Jerusalem, and continued in united fervent prayer and supplication…till the Spirit came down in a wonderful manner upon them…”
Edwards, remember, is insisting that we must invest “explicit agreement and visible union of all God’s people in extraordinary prayer for the revival of religion” if we are going to realize what God so earnestly desires for us to know. As J. Edwin Orr points out in his extraordinary and concise overview of modern revivals, great outpourings of God’s Spirit have always begun with people uniting to pray. This means getting together with a single focus, praying at unusual times, and praying fervently, even for extended seasons – all pleading with the Lord and “giving Him no rest” until He pours out His Spirit on us anew, not for salvation, but for revival. This movement has begun again in our day. Won’t you devote a portion of your time to being part of it?
What is preventing you from joining or beginning such a prayer effort in your own church? What will it require of you to do so?
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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.