Movements of people coming to Christ have been happening all over the world throughout history. What do these movements have in common? Is there a common theme? While movements around the world happen in many different ways, though varying strategies, in various people groups, backgrounds, and languages, there is one common denominator that has historically preceded any significant movement of new disciples coming to faith in Christ:
This one common thread is prayer, extraordinary prayer.
Movements have happened when Christ’s followers from different races, different denominations, and different national loyalties have put aside their differences and joined in focused, united and sustained prayer. Many of the great awakenings and revivals of the church through the ages were not born from some superior evangelistic technique or new preaching strategy; they were born when God’s people humbled themselves before God and prayed fervently.
Extraordinary prayer does not have to be difficult to define or understand. It is simply a matter of adding extra to your ordinary prayer. Do you normally pray in the mornings and evenings? Great! Perhaps extraordinary prayer means adding 15 minutes to your ordinary prayer time or perhaps a special one-hour prayer time once each week. Do you not have a normal prayer time at all? Extraordinary prayer does not have to mean going from hardly praying at all to 4 hours every day. Take a step of faith and pray an extra 15 minutes a day. This is extraordinary prayer.
Extraordinary prayer goes beyond just a personal prayer time. The great spiritual movements of the past have happened when God’s people have joined together and united in prayer. This involves getting on the same page with your fellow believers and uniting together to pray for God’s Spirit to move. Perhaps this means beginning a prayer group or joining a prayer group, committing with other Christ followers to pray weekly, or monthly.
We believe that in this hour God is raising up extraordinary prayer for this nation. Let’s join together and pray for God’s Spirit to move among the lost of this land and to advance his Kingdom in Turkey!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14