Here is another picture of our “5 Days of Prayer” in action. One of my strongest “axioms” as a Pastor is that “A church family that is healthy and blessed by God prays together, and the more they pray together the healthier they will be”. A similar “Axiom” is “The only way we will come close to accomplishing our part of the Great Commission is by the participation of most of the church in regular corporate prayer”. I push this probably more than any other of my “axioms”, although “read your Bible everyday, everyday” is a close second. As hard as I push, preach, announce, and nag there are still many who very rarely participate in the corporate prayer life of our church. When you talk about Jefferson Baptist Church, and who we are and what we do, corporate prayer would be at the top of the list, “We are the praying church”, at least that is my desire and vision as the pastor, but in reality we aren’t even close to what I believe we ought to be if we truly want to fulfill our part of the “Great Commission”. Every great revival was ushered in by major participation in Corporate Prayer, that is the most obvious common denominator of the revivals of the past that brought thousands of people into the family of God. Why is it so hard to get people to participate? One of the stories of Jesus that illustrates this is Jesus in the garden right before His betrayal and death in Matthew 26:38-41 “Then He said to them, ‘My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.’ And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?” It is a mystery to me why people are so reluctant to pray with their church family, but even Jesus had problems persuading His disciples to pray with Him. I believe very strongly that it is critically important if we are going to reach people so I will keep persuading the best that I can.