This was seen last month where he reinstated the observation of a National Day of Prayer, to be held annually in America. Although a commendable step towards a more ‘Christian’ nation, the idea of holding a National Day of Prayer is not new. On 26th May 1940, King George VI urged men and women up and down the country to pray for the deliverance of the British Army that was trapped in France.
Hundreds of thousands of people headed to churches and chapels, with the purpose of praying for the soldiers who were trapped at Dunkirk. The original estimation was that the Royal Navy would be able to get 20-30,000 men off the beaches, but after the evacuation was complete, that number stood at more than 300,000.
The National Day of Prayer, one of the largest demonstrations of corporate prayer that we have ever seen, was heard by God.
But that was over 70 years ago, and prayer meetings up and down the country are getting smaller, but are they more important than we give them credit for?
When Paul was in prison, writing to the Philippians he said, “I know that through your prayers and the help of the spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance” (Phil 1 v 19).
But Paul was not just talking of an individual’s prayers in their private time, but also of the prayers of the church for Paul, about the interceding prayers of the Philippians. This leads to the question that we must ask ourselves, can we insert the name of this church into the sentence: “I know that through the prayers of Wigmore Free Church” God will act?
I urge you to join us on Tuesday nights here, at the church, between 7.30-9pm, to join together with your brothers and sisters in prayer and to study God’s word further.