What is an Awakening?
In 1730, there was a spiritual movement called the First Great Awakening that lasted till around 1745. At the heart of this movement was John Wesley in England, then it stretched to Scotland with Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield spread it throughout the American colonies.
Then, in the early 1800s, the Second Great Awakening started in Lexington with the Methodists again, spreading to Tennessee during the Revolutionary War. Churches multiplied four-fold.
But what is an awakening? It's when God's Spirit moves and causes amazing results that can only be attributed to God. Communities are changed through God's acts and transformed. This movement of God's spirit is contagious.
How do Awakenings Happen?
David Thomas explains in his book To Sow for a Great Awakening, that "How" is the question he spent 6 years trying to answer. In the end, the answer was simply, prayer. Well, not quite that simple.
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. - Hebrews 5:6, NLT
Thomas explains that we must pray to God for others in earnest and travail. He explains that travail is, "a kind of burdened, focused pressing—seems closer to the throbbing core of prayer in Scripture," (p. 15). He explains that scripture doesn't talk anywhere about causal prayer, but always about prayer that is a person emptying his or her heart to God of whatever emotions are there.
If we pray publicly in prayer meetings for the unchurched earnestly, it can be the most powerful witness for God's love. We need to show people that our hearts agonize over the souls that are lost.
Will you Take up The Call?
Would you be willing to take up the call to pray with earnest and travail for the unchurched? Could you let your prayers hit your heart on an emotional state? Will you express your compassion to God on their behalf?
I'm willing to take up the call if you are.
Fill out the form below if you'd like to join me on this call to pray for the unchurched.
Faith Parry serves as our Associate Pastor, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not preaching and teaching, she enjoys documentaries and TV. Read more about Faith here.