Prayer Clock and Revival

All it takes is one person to truly get on God’s agenda through prayer to open the heavenly portals and pave the way for revival. Count Zinzendorf was such a person. Zinzendorf was a wealthy man who decided to get on God’s agenda and live radically for God.  But it was his commitment to prayer that allowed God to use him. Zinzendorf dedicated his property for the building of a Christian community whose very life flow would be prayer, with an aim to change the world. The community that was founded there was called the Moravian community, as its members had come from a region called Moravia. First Count Zinzendorf covenanted with a few others to pray for revival in their own lives. Zinzendorf realized that God would have to deal with them first. On May 12, 1727, revival came and Zinzendorf commented that : “The whole place represented truly and visibly the habitation of God among men.” Zinzendorf had stumbled upon the true house of prayer. He was soon to discover that it would fulfill Christ’s passion that it be a house of prayer for all nations. On August 27, 1727, twenty-four men and twenty-four women covenanted to pray one hour each day to assure nonstop prayer around the clock.  It was a prayer clock movement of continual, 24-7 prayer that would last for over one hundred years. It is well documented that the Moravians sent out missionaries to the most difficult mission fields of their time, reaching the Virgin Islands, Greenland, Surinam, the Gold Coast, North America and South Africa – only 13 years after their prayer covenant. Their compassion and sacrificial commitment to evangelization are unparalleled in the history of missions.

Wherever God’s kingdom is advancing in a significant way, there is certain to be  a group of believers who have discovered the house of prayer, with its 24-7 prayer clock. One example close to home is Cuba. God’s move began with an unknown pastor named Juan who was agonizing in prayer and fasting in his little church building. Again, God only needs one believer on His agenda to open heaven’s gates. Juan was pounding at heaven’s doors for revival in that nation. God’s response came on a Tuesday morning in 1987.  As Juan prayed, God began to reveal to him a map of Cuba with a cross passing over it, back and forth, inscribing into the land the words: “¡CUBA PARA CRISTO!”  “Cuba for Christ!” Pastor Juan was so excited about the vision that he began to share it with his friends and congregation. Soon they organized to pray 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the fulfillment of the vision. Then pastor Juan travelled across the nation sharing the vision and the call to prayer. By the end of 1988, the 24-7 prayer had spread to 100,000 Christians in local churches across the nation. It crossed all denominational boundaries. The body of Christ in Cuba had responded to the Master’s call to restore the house of prayer. Their lives were know being directed by his divine schedule and clock.

In 1988, after almost a year of continuous prayer, revival broke out. It began in a little local rural town called Madruga, just outside of the capital city of Havana.  People were lining up at two in the morning to get into the prayer meetings.  As soon as people entered the building, they would begin to weep in response to the powerful presence of holiness. God’s glory was there.  It was not long until the first miracles and instant healings took place. After the main services, the pastoral staff often counselled over 300 people for conversion.  In six months more than 100,000 people passed through the doors of the sanctuary that normally sat 300. Soon the news spread that God had also shown up in another church and then another, of every denomination.  The signs were the same: a powerful sense of holiness, repentance, conversions, healings and miracles.  The greatest sign, however, was the desire to pray. The sanctuaries would fill hours before the services as people came and knelt and prayed. The overflow of praying carried onto the streets. By the end of 1991, the revival had generated more than 2400 house churches. The house church movement accounts for the majority of Cuban believers that meet to worship Christ today.  One estimate calculates that there are at least 10,000 house churches across Cuba.

However, as one Cuban pastor recently lamented: “With the growth and organization, we forgot something, the most important thing – prayer.” Another Christian leader said: “Somewhere along the way, the pre-service prayer, the sense of holiness as the congregations prepared to meet God on their knees, was replaced by pre-service social time and conversation.  However, as both of these men reflected on the Scriptural revelation concerning the divine prayer clock, their response was the same. “This is what we had forgotten!”

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