The National Prayer Accord
From the Prayer First Team…
The National Prayer Accord is a movement of prayer embraced by the Prayer First team – as a rhythm of prayer that can be implemented in any church. With its roots in the First Great Awakening, this call to prayer is simple:
- Weekly: one-half- to one-hour private or small group prayer
- Monthly: one- to two-hour individual church prayer gatherings
- Quarterly: one- to two-hour local, multiple church prayer gatherings
- Annually: The National Day of Prayer (the first Thursday of May), Global Day of Prayer (Pentecost Sunday), Cry Out America prayer gatherings (September 11), etc.
Last month’s Prayer First newsletter described the history of the National Prayer Accord, which you can read here. But what are we praying toward? If we are praying for the revival of the Church, what might that look like?
How to Recognize Revival
Here are some commonly held indicators of revival in the Church:
- Increasing testimony of the manifest presence of God.
- Increased conversions and baptisms.
- Amplified participation in corporate as well as individual prayer, fasting, and other spiritual disciplines leading to more effective discipleship.
- A decrease in divorces and renewed commitment to marriage between a man and a woman in covenant relationship as God intends.
- Imparting faith to children and youth as parents are equipped by the church to become primary disciplers of their children.
- Among churches, a passionate pursuit for the well-being of their cities through the planting of new congregations, benevolent ministries, practical service, and focused evangelism.
- Commitment to radical generosity as evidenced by compassion ministries and global missions.
- Improved health among ministers as evidenced by their joy, decreased resignations, and healthy loving relationships within their families. Also an increased response among young people called to the ministry.
- Christians involved in bold witness accompanied by miracles, dramatic conversions, and Holy Spirit-empowered victories over evil.
- Heightened expressions of love and unity among all believers, as demonstrated by the unity of pastors and leaders.
How to Recognize Spiritual Awakening
In addition, here are indicators of a spiritual awakening in the culture:
- Breakdowns of racial, social, and status barriers as Christ’s Church celebrates together – Jesus!
- A restoration of morality, ethical foundations, and accountability among leaders of church and government, business and politics.
- A transformation of society through restoration of Christ’s influence in the arts, media, and communications.
- Increased care for the hungry, homeless, the most vulnerable and needy.
- Young adults, students, and children embracing the claims and lifestyle of Christ through the witness of peers who live and love as Jesus.
- Community and national leaders seeking out the church as an answer to society’s problems.
- Increased care for children as “gifts from the Lord” as the gospel addresses abortion, adoption, foster care, and child well-being.
- Righteous relations between men and women: decrease in divorce rates, cohabitation, same-sex relations, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, out of wedlock children, and STDs.
- An awakening to the “fear of the Lord” rather than the approval of people, thus restoring integrity and credibility.
- Neighborhood transformation and an accompanying decrease of social ills through increased expressions of “loving your neighbor” in service, compassion, and unity.
God has responded to the prayers of His people with Great Awakenings in the past. We believe it is worth the investment of heart and prayer to invite the Lord to do it again! It may be our greatest need for today.