It was during the planning of the David Wilkerson “Pastors & Leaders’ Conference” that the organising committee first felt that the Lord would use the conference for something greater. There was a sense that it would be a watershed in the spiritual climate in the nation. What transpired from the conference was a call from the Lord for the leaders of His Church in the nation to cry out to Him corporately for this longed-for revival and visitation.
Initially, a small group of ministers began meeting monthly at Perth Christian Centre. Now, 500 ministers and leaders from all across the denominational spectrum are supporting and attending these monthly gatherings to pray for revival. The ‘nature of the job’ for ministers and pastors is such that not everyone who supports the meetings can attend every month, but there are regularly 180+ leaders of Christ’s Church coming together to cry out to Him to “hear from heaven and heal our land”. (2 Chron 7 : 14)
From a monthly meeting in Perth, there are now ‘sister’ events in Glasgow and Inverness. Anyone who has attended these meetings will testify that this is not just a ‘good idea’; nor is it an ecumenical watering down of the Gospel for the sake of man-made unity. It has been inspired of the Spirit of God, Who is desiring that His leaders of this hour call upon Him in sincerity and humility. Many ministers comment on the deep sense of the presence of God at these prayer times, as hearts are knit together in true, Godly unity – there the Lord commands the blessing (Ps 133 : 1-3).
TIMES OF REFRESHING
Although the primary purpose of these prayer luncheons is to call upon the Lord to have mercy on us and visit our land, there have been other benefits and consequences of the meetings. Being in the ministry, on the front line of the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom, can be a lonely and wearisome task. A good percentage of the ministers are greatly refreshed and encouraged at the gatherings – one described it as his “oasis” in his monthly schedule. A number of pastors who were on the verge of quitting the ministry have been so strengthened and re-envisioned by coming together with like-minded ministers that they have re-committed themselves to press on in their calling.
There are three separate “Prayer for Revival” meetings at present – the West Coast pastors meet in Glasgow on the third Tuesday of each month; the leaders from across the central belt of Scotland come together on the third Wednesday of each month in Perth; and the Highlands & Islands ministers gather in Inverness on the third Thursday of the Month. Dates may vary on different months though. It seems that across the length and breadth of the land, God is putting it in the hearts of His leaders to come together and be of one accord in crying out to Him: “Oh, that Thou would rend the heavens, that Thou would come down” (Isaiah 64 : 1). If you are involved in Christian leadership and have a heart to see revival in the nation of Scotland, you may be interested in attending these meetings. Please contact us for more information or to be added to the mailing list.
Pastors and Ministers from all over the nation have caught the vision of these gatherings – from John O’Groats in the North to Argyll and the Borders in the South; from the Western Isles such as Lewis across to Aberdeen. Scotland ‘s major cities of Glasgow , Edinburgh , Aberdeen and Dundee are all represented. Leaders from the historical capital cities of Scotland – Perth , Stirling, and Dunfermline – also attend
Church of Scotland, Free Church, Free Church (Continuing), Associated Presbyterian, United Reformed, Salvation Army, Pentecostal, Baptist, Brethren, Apostolic, Assemblies of God, Elim Pentecostal, Congregational, Episcopalian, Church of the Nazarene, Evangelical, United Free, Independent, YMCA, YWAM
The format for the meetings in Perth, Glasgow and Inverness is quite simple. Ministers start to gather around 10am for coffee and a chat. About 10.30, they move through to the meeting room for a time of open prayer. The styles of prayer vary greatly – but the hearts are united in purpose. Just before midday, the prayer time concludes and the throng moves through to the dining room for lunch. After good food and good fellowship around the dining tables, there is a time of worship, followed by a guest speaker.