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History

 

In 1747 Jonathan Edwards wrote a book, entitled: “A Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of All God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on earth”. Together, churches from across the UK and the United States committed to a long-term programme of extra- ordinary prayer for revival. They called it a 'Concert of Prayer'. It was hugely fruitful.

 

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In 1784, John Erskine of Edinburgh re-distributed Edward's earnest plea for revival prayer. A new 'Concert of Prayer' was initiated and denomination after denomination devoted a monthly evening to prayer, first in Britain, then in the US.

What resulted was the beginning of the 2nd great awakening. Revival broke out everywhere. The UK, Wales, every US state and every evangelical denomination was affected. A host of evangelical mission and social agencies we born, and breakthroughs were made in social reform, such as the abolition of the slave trade and prison reform.

We feel God calling us to a new 'Concert of Prayer' across the nations. Thousands and thousands of us praying, at the same time for the same things.

“From the Day of Pentecost, there has not been one great spiritual awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer, ... no such outward, upward movement has continued after such prayer meetings have declined.”

— A.T. Pierson