Eighteen months ago a group of us got together right before the State Conventions’ December Summit in Nashville to pray for a movement of new groups here in America. As we prayed and then attended the meeting, we discovered other people that were also praying for a movement of new groups.
On Thursday, May 2 (the National Day of Prayer), we are joining together to pray for a movement of new groups. Instead of meeting together in one location, instead we are all meeting together at the same time but in different locations – each of us will be on our knees in our favorite place of prayer to seek God’s direction and wisdom.
Why a New Groups Movement?
The first and second Great Awakenings were built around powerful biblical preachers like George Whitefield, Gilbert Tennant and Jonathan Edwards who preached the Gospel to thousands in large meetings. The 1857-58 Prayer Revival was a lay-led awakening that began with Jeremiah Lanphier starting a small prayer group in New York City.
God can move in any fashion He chooses. As we look at our culture today, it appears that a small groups movement could be used by God to bring sweeping spiritual transformation to our nation. Small groups can be started anywhere. The cost can be almost nothing. Small groups are led by lay leaders. They can meet anytime, virtually anywhere, and in any number of formats. Gospel-centered small groups focus on Bible study/discipleship, evangelism, community, and being on mission to impact lostness and start more groups.
On his blog, my friend Darryl Wilson references Ed Stetzer and LifeWay Research; every new group will reach three lost people. Friends, my prayer is that we could see an explosion of a million or more new groups in our nation over the next few years.
I want to encourage you to join us as we pray for a moving of God’s Spirit through our land. Here is the simple plan:
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 am (EST)
As we gather in our own unique places to pray before God, let’s pray:
For the Gospel to be shared with every person in America;
For the Lord of the harvest to raise up leaders for new groups;
For our leaders; pastors, Sunday School directors, education ministers, and denominational servants to be humble and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and open to the possibilities that new groups offer to engage people with the Gospel and the Christian community;
That we will see spiritual transformation among ourselves and across our nation;
For partnership and cooperation;
For spiritual wisdom and insight;
Let’s be sure to listen to leading of the Holy Spirit as we pray.
This Thursday at 7:30 (EST), I am going to read Ezekiel 37:1-14 and pray for God to “breath in us so that we may come to life
and know that He is Lord.”
I hope you can join us wherever you are this Thursday, and pray for a movement of new groups. It can start anytime, so why not now? It can start anywhere, so why not with you?
Praying for a new groups movement…