In about a month (September 1st), all the AMI churches around the world will start “The 626 Mandate.” It is a prayer movement. We will be committing ourselves to 24/7, 40 days of non-stop, unbroken prayer chain.
This mandate comes directly from Isaiah 62:6-7 (NIV), “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” (italics mine).
The New Living Translation says, “O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray to the LORD day and night for the fulfillment of his promises. Take no rest, all you who pray. Give the LORD no rest until he makes Jerusalem the object of praise throughout the earth.” (italics mine).
The Contemporary English Version says, “Jerusalem, on your walls I have stationed guards, whose duty it is to speak out day and night, without resting. They must remind the LORD and not let him rest till he makes Jerusalem strong and famous everywhere.” (italics mine).
If there is anything worth losing sleep over, it is to pray unceasingly for God to be famous everywhere. This requires our commitment and faithfulness to prayer. Jesus reminds us that, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:4-5).
For the next 30 days, I will be talking about this regularly. It will be important for everyone to listen to the sermon that I gave about prayer this past Sunday. Please click here and listen to the sermon called, “The Night Before – Pt 1: Jesus Prays For Himself.” I gave a brief vision and strategy for The 626 Mandate. After listening to the sermon, I want to encourage you to sign up for a slot. It is my desire to see every single person in our church to sign up for a slot. Let’s do our fair share to make this movement become a reality.
I can’t wait to see what God will do in these 40 days of prayer… the story is continuing…