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A Call to Join Together in Prayer

Jonathan Edwards believed that God’s promises of revival depended on the prayers of his people. What are we waiting for?
In 1747, Jonathan Edwards wrote a short treatise encouraging the partnership in prayer of God’s people for a specific move of God.

A “shortened” title of this treatise is as follows: “An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, Pursuant to Scripture Promises and Prophecies Concerning the Last Time.”

There is not time in this blog post to inspect the deeply biblical and theological concepts in almost every single word in this shortened title. (But here’s a podcast on the topic.) What seems reasonably clear is that Edwards was convinced something powerful happens when the people of God come together united in prayer for what God has already promised. I hope you see the irony of this. He is asking people to pray together for what God has already said would happen. He says,

That which God abundantly makes the subject of his promises, God’s people should abundantly make the subject of their prayers. It also affords them the strongest assurance that their prayers shall be successful. With that confidence may we go before God, and pray for that of which we have so many exceeding precious and glorious promises to plead!

I am convinced this sort of unity in prayer is as much needed today as it was in Edwards time. I believe the church needs to come together in a visible way to pray specifically for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom on earth. I believe the people of God need to gather together to ask Christ to do what he has said he would do when he uttered those five powerful words: “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18).

Because of this, I invite you to join others doing exactly what Edwards wrote about in his treatise. In May 2020, about 3,000 people and 20 churches came together for a week to pray for Jesus to continue building his church. As thousands prayed together for church planting in North America, I envision seeds were planted of what will become a movement of prayer.

This year, our EveryEthne team has set a monster-sized goal. We are hopeful to see 30,000 people and more than 100 churches commit to pray together on May 23–29, 2021. This is a strategic week of the church calendar as May 23 is the Day of Pentecost. It is the day we celebrate the birth of the church. There is no better time for thousands of Christ's followers to come together, as Edwards would say, in Explicit Agreement and Visible Union in Extraordinary Prayer for the Advancement of Christ’s kingdom.

I am excited to see what the Lord is going to do as a result of thousands of people praying together for church planting in the United Stated and Canada. To help keep this before us, in the coming weeks, I am going to share several reasons why we should join in prayer together for this cause. Most of this is influenced from the pen of Edwards, but I believe we should pray together because:

  1. We are divided
  2. We are weak
  3. We need the Spirit
  4. We have an ultimate vision

The greatest revivals in the history of the church have happened when people pray.


Will You Join the Movement?

For more information, please visit EveryEthne.church/WeekofPrayer.

About the Author

Dr. Thad Bergmeier served for over 18 years in pastoral ministry in three different states in the Midwest. In 2016, Thad joined EveryEthne as a regional director because of their commitment to helping local church plant churches. Thad and his wife Monique currently live east of Cleveland, Ohio. Support their ministry.

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