Hundreds of Korean Intercessors Come to Pray for America on Anniversary of Historic Billy Graham Crusade
From June 1-5, hundreds of intercessors from South Korea will be in 20 cities across America to pray for revival, and the leader of a national prayer movement is encouraging churches across the country to hold their own prayer meetings at the same time.
“They will come to cities from coast to coast and border to border to pray morning noon and night,” said P. Douglas Small, president of Project Pray, which organizes “America’s Prayer Meeting.” .
Small is encouraging churches across the country to open their doors for prayer during this time, which culminates on Pentecost Sunday, June 5.
“We ask churches to open their doors and call for prayer. To hold prayer meetings, not preaching meetings, prayer meetings to pray for this nation, for revival and spiritual awakening “, did he declare.
The 20 Intercessor Teams are associated with the World School of Prayer in Seoul, South Korea.
The intercessors are visiting on the 49th anniversary of Billy Graham’s 1973 crusade in Seoul. The historic event ran from May 30 to June 3 and attracted more than 3 million people, of whom approximately 75,000 dedicated their lives to Christ.
Korean Christians say it changed the direction of the nation.
“After the crusade, the prayer revival broke out in many different churches in South Korea. Even a revival broke out…and the churches began to grow,” said Aaron Park, executive director of the World School of Prayer. “Through prayer revival and church growth, God has blessed us, economically and spiritually.”
Now the grandchildren of that revival are coming back to give America a spiritual boost.
“We realize it’s time for us to go and repay our spiritual debt to America through prayer, so let’s go ahead and humbly serve the American church through prayer,” Park said.
On Sunday, May 29, Project Pray hosted a special entitled “America’s Prayer Meeting” from the Billy Graham Archive and Research Center on the campus of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. The center will be a place where people from all over the world can come to study the records and historical data on how God used Billy Graham and his organization to bring revival.
Dr. David Bruce, executive vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and former personal assistant to Billy Graham, said it was fitting that the brand new center was introduced to the world with prayer talk.
“Mr. Graham would have been so happy if the very first event, the first moments of this building, had to do with prayer,” Bruce said. “One of the things that characterized Mr. Graham’s life, for as long as I knew him… he himself was a man of prayer, everything began and ended in prayer.”
Dr. Tom Phillips, senior adviser to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and former director of the crusade, said Billy Graham was earnestly seeking God for revival in America.
“Mr. Graham, from 1949…until almost his death, kept saying the same thing: ‘I pray for an old-fashioned, heaven-sent, Holy Spirit revival that would sweep America form an ocean to another.’
“As we need now, and our Korean brothers and sisters to join our American brothers and sisters in praying together because our job is to go into all the world and preach the Gospel which was the calling of Billy Graham, that’s our call today, but it starts with prayer,” Phillips said.
Small said it’s no coincidence that Korean intercessors come to Seoul’s crusade anniversary. “We believe this can be a defining moment for America that not only enriches us, but changes the nation,” he said.
RESOURCES for America’s Prayer Meeting Revival:
America’s Prayer Meeting website
World School of Prayer
Billy Graham Archives and Research Center