- "The Prayer
Call of 1784"
- John Sutcliff
- Upon a motion being made to the ministers
and messengers of the associate Baptist churches assembled at
Nottingham, respecting meetings for prayer, to bewail the low
estate of religion, and earnestly implore a revival of our churches,
and of the general cause of our Redeemer, and for that end to
wrestle with God for the effusion of his Holy Spirit, which alone
can produce the blessed effect, it was unanimously RESOLVED,
to recommend to all our churches and congregations, the spending
of one hour in this important exercise, on the first Monday in
every calendar month.
- We hereby solemnly exhort all the churches
in our connection, to engage heartily and perseveringly in the
prosecution of this plan. And as it may be well to endeavour
to keep the same hour, as a token of our unity herein, it is
supposed the following scheme may suit many congregations, viz.
to meet on the first Monday evening in May, June, and July, from
8 to 9. In August from 7-8. Sept. and Oct. from 6 to 7. Dec.
Jan. and Feb. from 5 to 6. March, from 6 to 7; and April, from
7 to 8. Nevertheless if this hour, or even the particular evening,
should not suit in particular places, we wish our brethren to
fix on one more convenient to themselves.
- We hope also, that as many of our brethren
who live at a distance from our places of worship may not be
able to attend there, that as many as are conveniently situated
in a village or neighbourhood, will unite in small societies
at the same time. And if any single individual should be so situated
as not to be able to attend to this duty in society with others,
let him retire at the appointed hour, to unite the breath of
prayer in private with those who are thus engaged in a more public
- The grand object of prayer is to be that
the Holy Spirit may be poured down on our ministers and churches,
that sinners may be converted, the saints edified, the interest
of religion revived, and the name of God glorified. At the same
time, remember, we trust you will not confine your requests to
your own societies (i.e. churches); or to your own immediate
connection (i.e. denomination); let the whole interest of the
Redeemer be affectionately remembered, and the spread of the
gospel to the most distant parts of the habitable globe be the
object of your most fervent requests. We shall rejoice if any
other Christian societies of our own or other denominations
will unite with us, and do now invite them most cordially
to join heart and hand in the attempt.
- Who can tell what the consequences of
such an united effort in prayer may be! Let us plead with God
the many gracious promises of His Word, which relate to the future
success of His gospel. He has said, "I will yet for this
be enquired of by the House of Israel to do it for them, I will
increase them with men like a flock." Ezek. xxxvi37. Surely
we have love enough for Zion to set apart one hour at
a time, twelve times in a year, to seek her welfare.
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- by George Whitefield
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