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Prayer and Revival

Monday, October 1st, 2007

J. Edwin Orr begins an article on Revival and Prayer by reminding, using the words of A. T. Pierson:

There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.

He goes on to share what God has done through, using his words, concerted, united, sustained prayer.

What he shares is wonderfully exciting and inspiring. Note the following regarding one revival:

In September 1857, a man of prayer, Jeremiah Lanphier, started a businessmen’s prayer meeting in the upper room of the Dutch Reformed Church Consistory Building in Manhattan. In response to his advertisement, only six people out of a population of a million showed up. But the following week there were fourteen, and then twentythree when it was decided to meet everyday for prayer. By late winter they were filling the Dutch Reformed Church, then the Methodist Church on John Street, then Trinity Episcopal Church on Broadway at Wall Street. In February and March of 1858, every church and public hall in down town New York was filled.

Horace Greeley, the famous editor, sent a reporter with horse and buggy racing round the prayer meetings to see how many men were praying. In one hour he could get to only twelve meetings, but he counted 6,100 men attending.

Then a landslide of prayer began, which overflowed to the churches in the evenings. People began to be converted, ten thousand a week in New York City alone. The movement spread throughout New England, the church bells bringing people to prayer at eight in the morning, twelve noon, and six in the evening. The revival raced up the Hudson and down the Mohawk, where the Baptists, for example, had so many people to baptise that they went down to the river, cut a big hole in the ice, and baptised them in the cold water. When Baptists do that they are really on fire!

This all came through what Orr calls extraordinary prayer:

What do we mean by extraordinary prayer? We share ordinary prayer in regular worship services, before meals, and the like. But when people are found getting up at six in the morning to pray, or having a half night of prayer until midnight, or giving up their lunch time to pray at noonday prayer meetings, that is extraordinary prayer. It must be united and concerted.

Sometime back we all prayed for Global Rain. I know we were blessed and I was leading such meetings in Christchurch, NZ at the time, but I don’t think we obtained the results we hoped for–not fully at least, nor could such results been obtained only praying during that time–it takes more than just a week of praying.

Be inspired in reading all of Orr’s article by reading prayer and revival.

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