Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call
Greetings to everyone around the world from Australia in the Name of Jesus! Take a few minutes now to read this introduction to the Prayer Guide for this call.
We thank you for your commitment to join with us for these 40 days of prayer, fasting and repentance from Tuesday 6 August to Saturday 14 September 2013 which is an International Day of Repentance. This is also Yom Kippur (Leviticus 23:27) which is the Jewish holy day of repentance and atonement.
The good news is that Jesus Christ is our atoning sacrifice and we can join with him in his ministry of prayer. He is the spotless Lamb of God “who always lives to intercede” for us (Hebrews 7:25).
Jesus Christ is our example when it comes to prayer. Jesus began his ministry with 40 days of prayer and fasting. The writer of Hebrews also says, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears” (Hebrews 5:7). Then in the Gospel of Luke, we read that “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). So we too encourage you to persist in prayer and follow in His prayerful footsteps.
The foundational verse for this call to prayer is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“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 Hebrew word used for humble is ‘kana’ which is found in 1 Kings 21:29 where God says when describing Ahab’s fasting, “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because He has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day”.
So inherent in the meaning of 2 Chronicles 7:14 is the idea of fasting.
As one Australian pastor says, “Fasting is aggressive humility.” God does great things when people pray. God does even greater things when people pray and fast. The story of Esther fasting to save her people is a prime example of this (see Esther 4:16). A great man once said, “Prayer and fasting shifts nations.” That is exactly what we want to do as intercessors over these 40 days in partnership with God. Jesus says in Luke 12:32,
“Your Father delights to give you the kingdom.”
All we are asking is that you commit to pray and that you also engage in some level of fasting over these 40 days. It might be missing one meal a day, fasting one day a week or doing a Daniel Fast which is essentially to go vegetarian (Daniel 10:2). Decide now what you will commit yourself to.
Outside of these parameters always seek medical advice. Always be wise. Whatever you do decide, give it to God. He will guide you. This is not about works, this is about grace. God looks on the heart and He will hear your prayers.
Please find below our four main prayer points over these 40 days of prayer, fasting and repentance. We invite you to pray them with us as you are led by the Holy Spirit.
- Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
- Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord.
- Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
- Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
As we were in the planning stages of this Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call, the Lord led us to consider the story of the Prophet Jonah and his 40-day call for repentance given to the people of the great city of Nineveh (Jonah 3:1-5). Repentance is key to the success of this Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call. Repentance must always start with us.
It is our conviction that we should take heart from Jonah’s success as we together intercede for the nations of the world to come back to God in a spirit of repentance. Jesus likened his own life to the story of Jonah (Matt 12:40). The good news is that the one who is greater than Jonah (Matt 12:41) is in us and He has paid the price for our sin and the sins of the world. As Jesus said in John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Many Bible scholars see this as the greatest verse in the Bible. We would agree with them. This is God’s heart. God loves souls (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why we are praying for a billion souls to find Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. We are also believing and praying for a million people to join with us in this prayer call. Hence the catch-cry:
‘…..a million for a billion!’
We thank you again as we partner together to pray through these daily devotions. You can download the whole document and print it as a folded A5-booklet or continue to receive them as daily blogs and then share them with your friends. Register on the website or like us, follow us, join our event and share it with others on the Facebook page. There you can also post your own comments and prayers. Invite your friends to join you on this journey.
We especially welcome your testimonies during the 40 days as to how God has spoken to you or answered your prayers. Use the comments box to do this.
Together we can make a difference.
Warwick Marsh & David and Marilyn Rowsome
for the Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call Team