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Day Thirty-Seven: The Herrnhut Factor

Posted by John Soper , in 40 Days of Prayer 07 June 2013 · 2035 views

Read: Acts 25
Pray: That God would very clearly reveal who the next President of the C&MA should be and who the right members are for C&MA Board of Directors.

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I sat spellbound recently as a pastor began to tell me the stories of just a few of the hundreds of men and women who have come to faith in the church that he helps to lead. Finally, unable to contain either my excitement or my curiosity any longer I asked the inevitable question: "To what do you attribute this remarkable movement of God?" His answer was immediate. "It's the prayer. Two years ago we started to pray in shifts of people. Twenty-four hours a day—every day—and we are still doing it. That's the explanation."

Immediately, I understood. It's the "Herrnhut Factor." In 1722, Count Zinzendorf, a remarkable Christian layman, founded a tiny Moravian community called Herrnhutt ("the Lord's watch"). A few years later, in 1727, after experiencing a remarkable season of the Lord's presence, the members began a prayer meeting that went 24 hours a day, seven days a week—and lasted until 1847! That community, undergirded by this remarkable prayer initiative, birthed one of the most effective missionary movements in modern history, sending hundreds of men and women around the globe to tell the story of Jesus.

The Bible makes it very clear that only the Holy Spirit of God can change the heart and mind of an unbeliever. The miracle of the new birth can be brought about only by His divine power. We have the responsibility of sharing the gospel both by our lives and by our word, but only God can bring another person to conviction of sin and faith in the Redeemer. So we must pray. And there is something very special that happens when God's people pray together. Whenever "two or three" (or ten or a hundred) gather together in His name to pray, God promises to hear and to answer those prayers!

Prayer
Lord help us be renewed in our passion to pray for the lost in our families, neighborhoods, and for specific people groups throughout the world. Don't let the enemy lull us to sleep or distract us from this important ministry we have in praying for people to come to Christ and to join the Kingdom of God! Amen.

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