A Developing Vision
This is how we presently see Call the Nation to Prayer.
CTNTP is for all who will pray for the Nation and for all who will call others to pray. It is not an organization as such, but simply a Directive we believe from the Lord to obey Him and to take this message to all who will listen, to every town and to every city – to the church and to the unchurched.
However, we feel that in responding to the vision, Call the Nation to Prayer is likely to have a number of roles. You can read some of Peter Hill’s initial thoughts on these after his second visit to England here.
Currently there are probably two main emphasis for CTNTP:
- To seek to serve, encourage and bless what is already happening.
- To join together with the other calls for prayer, to help link up the many centres of prayer particularly connecting where little or no connection exists at present.
There are currently many excellent prayer movements in the UK, or, as Ian Cole at the World Prayer Centre in Birmingham said, “We see that what is happening in the nation is no longer a number of prayer movements, but a movement of prayer sweeping the nation.”
We couldn’t agree more, as the Lord we believe clearly gave this word to ‘Call The Nation To Prayer’, He alone knows the full reason why!
- King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. Judah was threatened by foreign powers – King Jehoshaphat’s response:
- Sought the Lord for help
- The Nation was called to fast and pray
- The Nation came together to seek help from the Lord, indeed they came from every town in Judah to seek the Lord.
- Prayer for the Nation led by Jehoshaphat, followed by prophetic direction and encouragement
- Worship, obedience and courage to obey the word of the Lord
- Result – Fear of the Lord and Impact on all the Nations.
- Jonah – Book of Jonah – went to Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire and called the Nation to Repentance
- King George VI – called The Nation To Prayer several times during World War II
Perhaps most significantly on 26th May 1940, as close to defeat, the entire British Army was trapped at Dunkirk. A miraculous rescue then took place.
- Awareness of the urgency of the times and to pray and seek the Lord
- Asking the Lord for help
- Fasting and praying
- Coming together in Unity to seek help from the Lord
- Prayers from the heart, including prophetic declaration