After his 1796 arrival in Kentucky, James M’Gready presented to his small congregations at Red River, Gaspar River and Muddy River the following prayer covenant for their consideration and approval. To signify their desire to join in a covenant to pray, James M’Gready and the members of his churches affixed their signatures to the document, agreeing to pray in the manner set forth in the document:
“When we consider the word and promises of a compassionate God to the poor lost family of Adam, we find the strongest encouragement for Christians to pray in faith–to ask in the name of Jesus for the conversion of their fellow-men. None ever went to Christ when on earth, with the case of their friends, that were denied, and, although the days of his humiliation are ended, yet, for the encouragement of his people, he has left it on record, that where two or three agree upon earth to ask in prayer, believing, it shall be done. Again, whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. With these promises before us, we feel encouraged to unite our supplications to a prayer-hearing God for the outpouring of his Spirit, that his people may be quickened and comforted, and that our children, and sinners generally, may be converted. Therefore, we bind ourselves to observe the third Saturday of each month, for one year, as a day of fasting and prayer for the conversion of sinners in Logan county, and throughout the world. We also engage to spend one half hour every Saturday evening, beginning at the setting of the sun, and one half hour every Sabbath morning, from the rising of the sun, pleading with God to revive his work.”
Over 200 years have passed since M’Gready and his three small churches first prayed and then witnessed the revival of their faith and the beginning of a work through which God brought millions of souls into His kingdom. 200 years later let us again covenant to pray for the outpouring of God’s Spirit that His people may be quickened and sinners may be converted. Affix your signature to a copy of this document and keep it as a reminder of the covenant we are making to pray for revival in your home church and area.