Luke 11:1, 8-10 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples … I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Esther 4:14b “and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
The weekend after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision was released this past June, GraceWay Baptist Church (https://gracewaydc.com/) met as they always do to pray for our nation on Saturday evening. While their normal spot was blocked by security fencing and the entire area was abuzz with thousands of protestors, these prayer warriors found a nearby spot to pray. As they did so, there were many who jeered and some who cheered. One assumption was made by most of the crowd – that these people who were praying were there as a result of that week’s Supreme Court decision. Those who asked were surprised by the answer – “not exactly”.
Yes, the members of GraceWay had been praying for the Dobbs decision, and they praised God for the results of the ruling in that case. But they had also been praying for the Carson decision and for the Coach Kennedy decision, and many others that would impact our nation. And, while the temporary crowds would be gone soon, these importune prayer warriors would be there praying next week, and next month, and next year.
They would be praying faithfully for the President, and for the Congress, and for the Supreme Court. They would be praying fervently for our nation and for our leaders. They would be praying with importunity for revival in our land!
The power of consistent faithfulness and importunity was stunning as compared to the fickle crowds that were there on that rowdy evening. On the cold, dark winter Saturday nights that would follow when the calendar changed from summer to fall to winter, members of GraceWay would still be praying when no one was around. It wasn’t about the crowds, nor the weather, nor the exact circumstances. It was about faithfulness and importunity that God would work a miracle in our land that would bring about widespread revival.
AMERICAN CHRISTIANS, PLEASE PRAY WITH IMPORTUNITY FOR REVIVAL IN OUR LAND. God promises us that we shall see results as a result of doing so.
For related thoughts from previous PLUS posts, please see the following: