WHAT IS UNITED PRAYER?
UNITED PRAYER is a bible-based and Spirit-inspired response to the crucial times we live in. When the nation is in crisis, when the loving purposes of God seem to have been frustrated, when all hope seems lost, God’s Word has given His people a heavenly strategy of hope and victory. Two key passages from the Bible frame the emphasis of UNITED PRAYER:
Joel 2:15-16 says, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
The heart of UNITED PRAYER is to gather churches and, specifically, two generations of God’s people (the elders and the youth) to sacred assemblies – catalytic gatherings marked by prayer and fasting that, as shown in Scripture and history, have the power to shape the destiny of nations.
THE PURPOSE OF UNITED PRAYER
This is not a preaching event or a Christian concert. UNITED PRAYER is an event where we - God's people - align ourselves with the biblical requirements as outlined in Joel 2:15 and 2 Chronicles 7:14. Our core conviction is founded on the thrust of the Lord's Prayer, "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven (Matt. 6:10)." God wants to saturate the earth with Heaven's glorious realities, and He is simply waiting for an invitation from His people united together in worship and prayer.
"History belongs to the intercessors. Intercessory prayer is spiritual defiance of what is in the way of what God has promised." (Walter Wink)
THE VALUES OF UNITED PRAYER
UNITED PRAYER is patterned after biblical examples of solemn assemblies. In times of national crisis, God called Israel to corporate gatherings of prayer, fasting, and repentance. These solemn assemblies were pivotal to the deliverance and victory of Israel over invading armies, disasters, and plagues. Solemn assemblies also highlighted the power of unity in releasing the purposes of God. The unity of God's people, especially expressed in prayer, is close to God's heart and irresistible to His conditions for Revival. (Some examples of solemn assemblies: 2 Chron. 20; Joel 2; Acts 4:23-31)
UNITED PRAYER seeks to call the Youth into their destiny as Revivalists. In Psalm 110:3, the Bible describes a movement of Youth that will extend the gracious reign of Christ even over those who oppose Him, "Your troops will be willing on Your day of battle; Arrayed in holy splendour, Your youth will come to you like dew from the morning's womb." We believe that UNITED PRAYER serves as a catalyst to release a new breed of Revivalists in our nation.
UNITED PRAYER seeks to glorify Christ, not men. Speakers and musicians at UNITED PRAYER will not be publicized and will join the event out of a volunteer-spirit. We recognize that God exalts people and churches to places of great prominence, but at UNITED PRAYER our heart is to keep the attention on God and His purposes.
UNITED PRAYER is a call to reverse the impact of fatherlessness in this generation. Luke 1:17 describes a supernatural dynamic - that when the hearts of fathers turn to the children, Heaven responds by turning the hearts of a disobedient generation towards righteousness. This movement towards righteousness at a national level is historically referred to as spiritual awakenings.
UNITED PRAYER is founded on the finished work of Christ. Our place of authority is not in how loud we scream or how eloquently we pray; it is established in the Cross of Christ and who we have become in relation to the Cross.
United Prayer is spearheaded by Maroondah City Church (Warranwood, VIC). For more info and to register your church's involvement, please contact Ps. Paul Magno by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.