[Calvary Chapel] 2016-09-01 - Prayer Chain

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1 Thessalonians 5:17 (AMP) be unceasing and persistent in prayer;

I read a recent story that I feel is so fitting for our day. It is about an utterly amazing prayer chain that started in August of 1727. Twenty four men and twenty four women made a sacred promise to spend an hour in prayer every day on a schedule that covered the hours of each day. With this plan at least one person was interceding in prayer consistently. There is a bit more to it, but the chain was unbroken for over a century.

There were times when they got together to read letters from other groups and to encourage each other. Like Esther asking for intercessory prayer for the exiled nation of Israel these people stood in the court of Heaven raising the praise and concerns to the Father.

Abraham interceded with God (Gen 18) asking that Sodom would be spared if there were a number of people that were righteous living there. He bargained with God in prayer to save Lot and his family!

In places the world is walking away from Christianity, and in other areas it is running as fast as it can. At the same time there are earthquakes, wild fires and floods, crime and crisis that seem to be unending. The world warriors who spend time with their hearts bowed in prayer every day for groans and struggles against these issues.

It is hard for some to find the time in this overbooked, hectic world. We become choked by the weeds of too many distractions. We need tune our hearts and minds to see past the headlines and give priority to a slice of time for prayer. Put it on your calendar like any other event.

Make an appointment to meet with God. It may be that we are here for such a time as this. (Ether 4:14)

If you want more details an Internet search using the word Herrnhut will probably turn up what your looking to find.

Ether 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

Grace & Peace,

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All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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