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Concert of Prayer
by Monty Watson, senior pastor on October 18th, 2011

THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 5:30-7:00PM in the Worship Center

Over last few months, God has refreshed a vision in us as leaders. And we hope that through our On Mission campaign, He has refreshed a vision in you as well. And that vision is nothing less than a revival of personal evangelism in The Church at Canyon Creek.

Yes, evangelism can be scary and intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. Evangelism is the Christian’s highest calling, greatest privilege, and most thrilling adventure. Evangelism is telling people what Jesus has done for us and how much we love Him. And it’s how we impact eternity. There’s no greater endeavor on the planet than living on mission – everyone, everyday, everywhere.

But we can’t do it alone. We need God’s help. That means we must pray. So, I encourage you to attend a special time of prayer this Sunday evening called a Concert of Prayer.

The concept of a “concert of prayer” goes back to 1744 in Scotland. Just like us, those believers were praying for people to come to Christ. Their movement was called “The Concert of Prayer for the Conversion of the World.” That prayer movement lasted several years and a book was even written about it. That book made its way to America and into the hands of Jonathan Edwards. Edwards became convinced that “God will do nothing but in answer to prayer.”

The First and Second Great Awakenings were birthed from prayer movements like the concert of prayer. In 1857, businessman Jeremiah Lanphier advertised a noonday prayer meeting every Wednesday in a New York City church. The first week 6 people showed up. The second week 40 people showed up to pray. Within six months, 10,000 people were meeting all over New York City at noon to pray. It is estimated that 2 million people came to Christ that year in New England.

The best way to understand a “concert of prayer” is to think of an orchestra. An orchestra blends the distinct sounds of different instruments to create a unified, beautiful symphony that is pleasing to the ear and which touches the human heart. A concert of prayer is also a blending together, a blending of distinct prayers offered by different people to create a unified, beautiful petition to God. This Sunday night, we want to offer our prayer symphony to God and hope that it will be pleasing to His ear and touch His heart. And by touching His heart, we anticipate His blessing and His answer to our prayers.

The Concert of Prayer is our bold request for a revival of personal evangelism in our church.

After Peter and John were released from prison for preaching the gospel, they returned to their friends, and the Bible says, “When they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). We’re asking God to shake us, to shake our hearts for lost people. We’re asking God to fill us with the Holy Spirit so that we might share our faith with boldness.

So, for the sake of living on mission – everyone, everyday, everywhere, I ask you to join me and many others for this special night of prayer.

Monty


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