What the world needs, and what the church needs even more so, is a new movement of running towards God, seeking His face, and calling upon His name. We’re calling this movement “Prayer 2019.”
We understand that everything starts with God. And that means everything starts with a focus on God, which also means praying to God in the authority of the Name of Jesus. Prayer 2019 is nothing more, and nothing less than, a call to seek the face of God.
What is Prayer 2019?
So what is “Prayer 2019” all about? Simply this: we are obeying Scripture and following what we find in this well-known verse from the Old Testament:
“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.” (2 Chron. 7:13-15 NKJV, emphasis mine)
This is the word that God spoke to Solomon during the night following his dedication of the Temple. God always knows what is in the heart of people. He knew there would come a time when people’s laziness, lack of focus, and distractedness would lead to disease, destruction, and famine invading their land. But God is always faithful to provide a way of escape; just as He did then, so He is doing today, as well.
“Prayer 2019” is a call for us to find that place that God told Solomon about. It is the place where He would meet with His people, listen to their prayers, give heed to their humility and repentance, and heal their land.
What it’s not
People who think the place God indicates as “this place” (v.15), is the Temple in Jerusalem. But that is a fleshly view of how the relationship with God actually works. That temple was torn down and burnt to the ground in 70AD, never to be raised again, if we are to trust Jesus words (Matt. 24).
The Martyr Stephen preached this marvelous exegesis of the Old Testament. Here’s what he told the deceived, demon-possessed elders, scribes, and council in Jerusalem:
“But Solomon built Him a house. However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and Earth is my footstool. What house will you build for me?’ Says the Lord, ‘or what is the place of my rest? Has my hand not made all these things?'” (Acts 7:47-50 NKJV, emphasis mine)
Again, we are trying to learn what “this place” is in 2nd Chronicles 7, so that anyone who reads this word can go there and meet with God. Now, here are Paul’s words which he spoke before a large gathering of Greeks assembled together at the Areopagus in Athens:
“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:24-25 NKJV, emphasis mine)
So to properly set “Prayer 2019” on the foundations of 2nd Chronicles 7, we really should understand what the Father means by “this place.” The great news is, we don’t have to look any further than the passage itself. Let’s have a look.
What is “this place” (2 Chron. 7:15)?
The place God describes – the place where He will meet with us and hear our prayers (“this place”), is a place called humility, repentance, and a life of prayer. This place does not require a building (a temple) to be effective. Here are the 3 rally points of this place:
- “Prayer 2019” is built on an attitude of meekness and lowliness towards God and others.
- “Prayer 2019” is built on a zealous, energetic, consistent effort to “put off the old man, and put on the new” (Col. 3:9-10), which is what the word repentance means. And
- “Prayer 2019” means that I will consistently set apart hours of my day to praying, worshiping my God, giving thanks in everything, making intercession, and offering up supplications on behalf of kings, rulers, the church, my leaders, my family, and people everywhere.
“Prayer 2019” is not some external, flash in the pan, hyped up thing that burns up Facebook. No, “Prayer 2019” is a solid, quiet, authentic movement. It’s each and every one of us making our journey towards God, and towards each other, and towards righteousness. (What is a movement if people aren’t moving?)
“Prayer 2019” may go down in the books of church history. It will have an effect on all who silently and without fanfare pick up the challenge laid out in this article. Let’s all head towards the three rally points of this place, the place where God actually wants to meet us: hope, humility, repentance, and ceaseless prayer.
Join the movement today!