2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
1 Peter 2:9 NIV – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
William Wilberforce is known for his work in the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the abolition of slavery in 1833, but what could be overlooked is how he was part of a people of God called by his name, during his time and for his generation.
God was moving and making supernatural history through his church. Right before Wilberforce’s time, there was the Moravian prayer movement that began in 1722 and had later established Moravian societies in England. Then, there was the Great Awakening revival from 1730 to 1740’s led by Charles and John Wesley and George Whitefield in Britain, who influenced the likes of John Newton. Wilberforce’s faith was greatly influenced by John Newton, his Aunt Hannah and Isaac Milner (an old school master). And later, he received great encouragement from his fellowship with the Clapham sect.
Prayer: “Thank you Father for calling me out of darkness into your wonderful light. Thank you that you have called me to be a part of your church and of what you are doing through your church. May we declare your praises more and more to all those around us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Let’s worship to “We Praise You” by Matt Redman (click here).