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 The Layman's Prayer Revival

Hell Corner, New Hampshire was a stronghold of sin. The Layman's Prayer Revival sweeping all over America invaded this wicked village and turned some hardened sinners to God. America's moral recovery was under way.

In 1858 in great cities and small towns all over America, people were assembling every night for prayer. In fact, you could travel by horse and buggy from Omaha, Nebraska to Washington, D.C. and expect to find churches packed for prayer wherever you might stop for the night. This prayer movement began in the fall of 1857 and was known as the Layman's Prayer Revival because there were businessmen (rather than ministers) who were leading.

This movement of prayer invaded even the village of Hell Corner, New Hampshire. Prayer, of course, was unheard of in this stronghold of sin. However, one day a man unleashed a volley of profanity so outrageous that even the citizens of Hell Corner were shocked. Jokingly, somebody said, "We need a prayer meeting here in Hell Corner." To everyone's amazement plans got underway for a village prayer meeting. Finding someone to lead it proved to be quite a challenge. One notorious backslider tried to lead, but he broke down while praying. So they went to a nearby town and found a deacon who came to lead a prayer meeting in this citadel of evil. God answered prayer and four hardened men became Christians. Soon prayer gave birth to a group of godly believers proving that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the fervent prayers of people who trust the Almighty.

This prayer movement had its roots in 1856 when a Methodist named William Arthur published a book of fiery sermons which closed with a prayer pleading with God to "Crown this nineteenth century with a revival of pure and undefiled religion...greater than any demonstration of the Spirit ever vouchsafed to man." His prayer was answered when the greatest revival in American history began the next year.

Before the prayer awakening there was a major spiritual decline. Churches were sliding downhill. Thousands of Americans were disillusioned with Christianity. William Miller, a New England farmer, had captured nationwide attention with his prediction that Christ would return on October 22nd, 1844. When nothing happened, many abandoned their faith.

American's moral recovery began when Jeremiah Lanphier, a concerned layman, started a noon prayer meeting for New York businessmen. Only six people came to the first prayer meeting on September 23, 1857 on the third floor of the "Consistory" of the Old Dutch Reformed Church on Fulton Street. By spring daily prayer meetings sprang up in many locations and daily attendance grew to 10,000. America's greatest spiritual awakening was underway.

During the Layman's Prayer Revival, the owner of a hardware store in New York urged businessmen at the Fulton Street prayer meeting to always set a holy example. A well-known manufacturer followed him to his store and confessed that he had cheated him for years and wanted to pay back all he had stolen.

When the news spread that there were daily prayer meetings where sinners were welcomed, prayed for, and encouraged to turn to Christ, some hardened criminals were saved. A notorious criminal nicknamed "Awful Gardiner" surprised everyone when he found Christ through the prayer meetings. He was not alone.

Hundreds of people who had always spent their nights in the gates of hell came to the prayer meetings that had begun in the evenings. Thousands forsook crime and became devoted follows of Christ. Crime and vice drastically declined. Wealthy people generously helped the poor whom they regarded as their brothers and sisters.

Ships coming into New York harbor came under the power of God's presence. On one ship a captain and thirty men were converted to Christ before the ship docked. Four sailors knelt for prayer down in the depths of the battleship North Carolina anchored in the harbor. They began to sing and their ungodly shipmates came running down to make fun, but the power of God gripped them and they humbly knelt in repentance.

"Do you have to stop business at noon and go to a prayer meeting?" A customer from Albany asked a New York City merchant. "Yes, I must. Why don't you go with me?" The customer went with him and received Christ. He returned to Albany and started prayer meetings there.

In March of 1858 a religious journal reported that "The large cities and towns from Maine to California are sharing in this great and glorious work. There is hardly a village or town to be found where 'a special divine power' does not appear displayed."

In Chicago 2,000 men met at noon for prayer in Metropolitan Hall. In Jayne's Hall in Philadelphia 4,000 were meeting. An elderly philanthropist named John Crozer wrote in his diary, "I have never, I think, been present at a more stirring and edifying prayer meeting, the room quite full, and a divine influence seemed manifest. Many hearts melted, many souls devoutly engaged."

In December of 1857 in Utica, New York attendance at a weekly union prayer meeting increased so rapidly that by the third meeting the main floor and the balcony of the First Presbyterian Church were filled with deeply burdened people. Then daily prayer meetings were started each morning.

One night when Dr. John L. Giradeaux dismissed the prayer meeting for spiritual awakening at Anson Street Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, no one left. The congregation stayed until midnight while the Lord powerfully worked. Eight weeks of nightly meetings followed reaching crowds numbering from 1,500 to 2,000. Many turned to the Lord.

The New York Observer published a report from Waco, Texas of a mighty moving of God. "Day and night the church has been crowded during the meeting... Never before in Texas have we seen a whole community so effectually under a religious influence ... thoroughly regenerated."

The power of prayer touched every aspect of business. There had never been a higher tone of honor. The Bible became the standard. Any business that injured the community was regarded as wrong. People in every kind of business began to be more honest, truthful and conscientious.

At least three thousand came to Christ in Newark, New Jersey. In many smaller towns scarcely any unconverted people remained. In Haverhill, Mass., the Spirit deeply moved the crowded daily prayer meeting. Sometimes half of the assembly silently wept. One pastor found at least one person in every home in his congregation deeply concerned about their relationship with God.

An unsaved man went to the prayer meetings on Fulton Street in New York hoping someone would help him. But none did. Then one day he heard a mother's request for her son's salvation. He discovered that note was from HIS OWN mother! Soon afterwards he found Christ. In Kalamazoo, Michigan a woman turned in a request for her husband's salvation. One man responded, "Pray for me. I'm that man." Four more men did likewise. A wealthy young New Yorker was born again at a noon prayer meeting. Upon returning home he read from the Bible and knelt to pour out a fervent prayer for his wife and sister. His wife and his sister knelt beside him and wept as they also received Christ. One man disowned his daughter when she confessed Christ. However, when he fell deathly sick, he sent for her and asked her forgiveness. She shared Christ with him. Within three days her father, mother, two brothers, and a sister entered the family of God.

March of 1858 the voice of prayer and praise to God was heard beginning at 8:30 every morning in the halls of the New York state capitol. Six people began a prayer meeting for the Legislature. By the fifth day two rooms were filled and interest was growing.

In 1858 in Louisville, Kentucky 1,000 attended the daily union prayer. One writer exclaimed, "The Spirit of God seems to be brooding over our city, and to have produced an unusual degree of tenderness and solemnity in all classes." An amazing work of grace was changing the city.

Some of the leading business men of Boston were attending prayer meetings. An unusual number of people who had lived wicked lives also came. One writer said, "'Publicans and sinners' are awakened, and are entering the prayer meetings of their own accord. Some of them manifest signs of sincere repentance."

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 Fulton Street Revival

[b]Revival Born In A Prayer Meeting[/b]

It was exactly 12 noon on September 23, 1857—a
little more than 100 years ago. A tall, middle-aged
former businessman climbed creaking stairs to the
third story of an old church building in the heart of
lower New York City.

He entered an empty room, pulled out his pocket
watch and sat down to wait. The placard outside
read: “Prayer Meeting from 12 to 1 o’clock—Stop 5,
10, or 20 minutes, or the whole hour, as your time
admits.” It looked like no one had the time. As the
minutes ticked by, the solitary waiter wondered if it
were all a mistake.

For some three months he had been visiting
boarding houses, shops, and offices, inviting people
to the eighty-eight-year-old Old Dutch North
Church at Fulton and Williams streets. The church
had fallen on slim days. Old families had moved
away. The business neighborhood was teeming with
a floating population of immigrants and laborers.
Other churches had gotten out. Many thought
that Old Dutch should throw in the towel. But the
trustees determined on a last ditch stand. They decided
to hire a lay missionary to conduct a visitation
program.

The man they picked was Jeremiah C. Lanphier,
a merchant who had no experience whatsoever in
church visitation work. At forty-nine Lanphier gave
up his trade position to knock on doors for a salary
of less than $1,000 a year.

The going was slow. A few families came. But often
Lanphier returned to his room in the church
consistory weary and discouraged. At such time he
“spread out his sorrows before the Lord.” And he
never failed to draw new strength from his time of
prayer.

While going his rounds of visitation, the idea occurred
to him that businessmen might
like to get away for a short period of prayer once a
week while offices were closed at noon. With permission
of church officials Lanphier passed out
handbills and put up the placard. When the day of
the first meeting came, he was the only one on hand
for it.

[b][i]Six Come to Pray[/i][/b]

He waited ten minutes, then ten more. The minute
hand of his watch pointed to 12:30 when at last he
heard a step on the stairs. One man came in, then
another and another until there were six. After a
few minutes of prayer the meeting was dismissed
with the decision that another meeting would be
held the following Wednesday.

That small meeting was in no way extraordinary.
There was no great outpouring of the Spirit of God.
Lanphier had no way of knowing that it was the
beginning of a great national revival which would
sweep an estimated one million persons into the
kingdom of God.

Looking back, historians can see that conditions
were ripe for revival. The Revival of 1800 began a
golden age of religious interest. But by 1843 a nation
intent upon getting and spending had lost interest in
religion. The West had opened up. Gold was discovered
in California. Railroad building was a craze.
The slavery issue was hot. Fortunes ballooned. Faith
diminished.

Lanphier did not know much about such things.
All he knew was that men stood in need of prayer.
Twenty men came to his second noon-hour meeting.
The following Wednesday, forty. Lanphier decided
to make the meeting a daily event in a larger
room.

That very week—on Wednesday, October 14—
the nation was staggered by the worst financial
panic in its history. Banks closed, men were out of
work, families went hungry.

The crash no doubt had something to do with the
astonishing growth of Lanphier’s noon meeting (by
now called “the Fulton Street prayer meeting”). In a
short time the Fulton Street meeting had taken over
the whole building with crowds of more than 3,000.

Lawyers and physicians, merchants and clerks,
bankers and brokers, manufacturers and mechanics,
porters and messenger boys —all came. Draymen
would drive up to the curb, tie up their horses and
come in for a few minutes.

Rules were drawn up. Signs were posted. One
read: “Brethren are earnestly requested to adhere to
the 5-minute rule.” Another: “Prayers and Exhortations
Not to exceed 5 minutes, in order to give all an
opportunity.”

It seemed that the Fulton Street meeting had
touched a nerve. The revival-prayer impulse flashed
from coast to coast.

On November 5, 1857, a New York newspaper
carried the story of a revival in Hamilton, Ont.,
Canada, in which 300 to 400 people were converted
in a few days. Accounts of local revivals began to
appear in religious papers in November. And in December
a three-day Presbyterian convention was
held at Pittsburgh to consider the necessity for a general
revival. Shortly thereafter a similar one was
called in Cincinnati.

[b][i]New York Bows in Prayer[/i][/b]

Within six months 10,000 businessmen (out of a
population of 800,000) were gathering daily in
New York City for prayer. In January 1858 there
were at least twenty other prayer meetings going
full tilt in the city. Many of them were sparked by
the Young Men’s Christian Association. Other cities
had them too.

By January of 1858 newspapers were sending reporters
to cover the meetings. “The Progress of the
Revival” became a standing news head. Remarkable
cases of awakening were detailed at length. And
there were many.

One time a man wandered into the Fulton Street
meeting who intended to murder a woman and
then commit suicide. He listened as someone was
delivering a fervent exhortation and urging the duty
of repentance. Suddenly the would-be murderer
startled everyone by crying out, “Oh! What shall I
do to be saved!” Just then another man arose, and
with tears streaming down his cheeks asked the
meeting to sing the hymn, “Rock of Ages, Cleft for
Me.” At the conclusion of the service both men
were converted.

Another time an aged pastor got up to pray for
the son of another clergyman. Unknown to him, his
own son was sitting some distance behind him. The
young man, knowing himself to be a sinner, was so
impressed at hearing his father pray for another
man’s son that he made himself known to the meeting
and said he wanted to submit to God. He became
a regular attender at the prayer meeting.

A prize fighter nicknamed “Awful Gardiner”
was a prayer-meeting convert. He visited his old
friends at Sing Sing Penitentiary and gave his testimony.
Among those who were converted was a
noted river thief, Jerry McAuley, who later founded
the Water Street Mission. It was one of the first missions
for down-and-outs.

On March 17, Burton’s Theater, on Chambers
Street, was thrown open for noonday prayer meeting.
Half an hour before the first service was to begin,
the theater was packed from the pit to the roof.

By the summer of 1858, news of the prayer meeting
had crossed the Atlantic. In August two Presbyterian
ministers from Ireland came to see what it
was all about. “We have connected with our synod
500 churches and congregations,” they said. “And
we have a strong desire that the same gracious
dispensation which has blessed you here be bestowed
upon all our churches at home.” They asked
for the prayers of the Fulton Street prayer meeting.

[b][i]Eyewitness Describes Meeting[/i][/b]

The Fulton Street prayer meeting may well be the
model for effective prayer meetings today. How was
the early meeting conducted? Why did it have such
power?

Fortunately, an eyewitness account, published in
1858, has come down to us. You feel that you too
are there as you read:

We take our seat in the middle room, ten minutes
before 12 o’clock noon. A few ladies are seated in one
corner, and a few businessmen are scattered here and
there through the room. Five minutes to 12 the room
begins to fill up rapidly. Two minutes to 12, the leader
passes in, and takes his seat in the desk or pulpit. At
12 noon, punctual to the moment, at the first stroke of
the clock the leader arises and commences the
meeting by reading two or three verses of the hymn,

[i]Salvation, oh the joyful sound,
’Tis pleasure to our ears;
A sovereign balm for every wound,
A cordial for our fears.[/i]

Each person finds a hymnbook in his seat; all sing
with heart and voice. The leader offers a prayer—
short, pointed, to the purpose. Then reads a brief
portion of Scripture. Ten minutes are now gone.
Meantime, requests in sealed envelopes have been
going up to the desk for prayer.

A deep, solemn silence settles down upon our
meeting. It is holy ground. The leader stands with
slips of paper in his hand.

He says: “This meeting is now open for prayer.
Brethren from a distance are specially invited to take
part. All will observe the rules.”

All is now breathless attention. A tender solicitude
spreads over all those upturned faces.

The chairman reads: “A son in North Carolina
desires the fervent, effectual prayers of the righteous of
this congregation for the immediate conversion of his
mother in Connecticut.”

In an instant a father rises: “I wish to ask the
prayers of this meeting for two sons and a daughter.”
And he sits down and bursts into tears, and lays his
head down on the railing of the seat before him, and
sobs like a broken-hearted child.

A few remarks follow—very brief. The chairman
rises with slips of paper in his hand, and reads: “A
praying sister requests prayers for two unconverted
brothers in the city of Detroit; that they be converted,
and become the true followers of the Lord Jesus
Christ.”

Another, “Prayers are requested of the people of
God for a young man, once a professor of religion, but
now a wanderer, and going astray....”

Two prayers in succession followed these
requests—very fervent, very earnest. And others who
rose to pray at the same time, sat down again when
they found themselves preceded by the voices already
engaged in prayer. Then arose from all hearts that
beautiful hymn, sung with touching pathos, so
appropriate too, just in this stage of this meeting with
all these cases full before us,

[i]There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.[/i]

Then followed prayer by one who prays earnestly for
all who have been prayed for, for all sinners present,
for the perishing thousands in this city, for the spread
of revivals all over the land and world.

It is now a quarter to one o’clock. Time has fled on
silver wings ....

... There arose a sailor, now one no more, by reason
of ill-health, but daily laboring for sailors. He was
converted on board a man-of-war, and he knew how
hard it was for the converted sailor to stand up firm
against the storm of jeers, and reproaches, and taunts
of a ship’s crew. “Now I am here,” he said, “to
represent one who has requested me to ask your
prayers for a converted sailor this day gone to sea. I
parted from him a little time ago, and his fear is, his
great fear, that he may dishonor the cause of the
blessed Redeemer. Will you pray for this sailor?”
Prayer was offered for his keeping and guidance.

Then came the closing hymn, the benediction, and
the parting for twenty-three hours.

[b][i]Revival Hits Front Pages[/i][/b]

For the first time modern means of communication
spread revival news. Prayer meetings exchanged
telegraph messages. Newspaper coverage and
printed propaganda made it impossible for anyone
not to know about the revival. One man who came
to the Fulton Street meeting said he had been given
a handbill advertising the meeting six months before
while standing on the west bank of the Mississippi
River, 1,000 miles away.

But mostly, the revival spread by means of people
with changed lives.

One of the six at the first Fulton Street meeting
was a twenty-one-year-old Philadelphian. “Why not
a prayer meeting in Philadelphia?” he thought. He
and some of his fellow members of the YMCA asked
for permission to hold a meeting in the Methodist
Episcopal Union Church.

The start was dismal. Only about forty came. The
meeting was moved to another building more centrally
located. Still the crowd stayed around sixty.

But suddenly there was a change. On March 8,
1858, 300 people were present. On Wednesday,
March 10, 2,500 people jammed into a larger auditorium.
Seats were set up on the stage. After that,
not less than 3,000 people attended the meeting every
dad. In May a tent was put up. Within four
months 150,000 people had prayed in the tent.

Meetings sprang up in other parts of the city. It is
estimated that there were 10,000 conversions in
Philadelphia in 1858. One denomination received
3,000 new members.

In Boston, where Evangelist Charles G. Finney
was preaching, a prayer meeting was held in historic
Old South Church and in Park Street Church. At
least 150 Massachusetts towns were moved by the
revival, with 5,000 conversions before the end of
March. The Boston correspondent of a Washington
newspaper wrote that religion was the chief concern
in many cities and towns of New England.

Newspapers everywhere thought the revival was
front page news. Headlines similar to these might
have told the story:

New Haven, Conn.—City’s Biggest Church Packed
Twice Daily for Prayer.

Bethel, Conn.—Business Shuts Down for Hour Each
Day; Everybody Prays.

Albany, N. Y.—State Legislators Get
Down on Knees.

Schenectady, N. Y.—Ice on the Mohawk
Broken for Baptisms.

Newark, N. Y.—Firemen’s Meeting Attracts 2,000.

Washington, D. C.—Five Prayer Meetings Go Round
the Clock.

New Haven, Conn.—Revival Sweeps Yale.

Early in 1858 the revival power poured over the Appalachian
Mountains and into the West. Every major
town fell before it—Cleveland, Cincinnati,
Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Chicago, St.
Louis, Omaha —and on to the Pacific Coast.

[b][i]Chicago Stirred[/i][/b]

In Chicago, where 2,000 showed up for prayer in
the Metropolitan Theater, a newspaper commented:

[i]So far as the effects of the present religious movement
are concerned, they are apparent to all. They are to be
seen in every walk of life, to be felt in every phase of
society. The merchant, the farmer, the mechanic—all
who have been within their influence—have been
incited to better things; to a more orderly and honest
way of life. All have been more or less influenced by
this excitement.[/i]

And everywhere, it was a revival of prayer. There
was no hysteria, no unusual disturbances. Just
prayer.

Finney said:

[i]There is such a general confidence in the prevalence
of prayer, that the people very extensively seemed to
prefer meeting for prayer to meeting for preaching.[/i]

The general impression seemed to be, ‘We have had
instruction until we are hardened; it is time for us to
pray.’

In a church in the Midwest twenty-five women got
together once a week to pray for their unconverted
husbands. The pastor traveled to the Fulton Street
meeting to testify that on the Sunday he had left the
last of the twenty-five husbands had been received
into the church.

At the very first union prayer meeting held in
Kalamazoo, Michigan, someone put in this request:
“A praying wife requests the prayers of this meeting
for her unconverted husband, that he may be converted
and made an humble disciple of the Lord
Jesus.”

At once a stout, burly man arose and said, “I am
that man. I have a pious, praying wife, and this request
must be for me. I want you to pray for me.”

As soon as he sat down, another man got up
and said, “I am that man. I have a praying wife.
She prays for me. And now she asked you to pray
for me. I am sure I am that man, and I want you to
pray for me.”

Three, four or five or more arose and said, “We
want you to pray for us too.” That started a revival
that brought at least 500 conversions.

Requests for prayer came to the Fulton Street
meeting from all parts of the country and Europe.
Some were addressed to New York’s mayor, who
forwarded them to the meeting. A ledger was filled
with the requests. Requests such as this:

[i]For pity’s sake, lend me your prayers for a first-born
son. He curses me, his widowed mother; and, with a
demon scowl, has turned his back on me for life... For
God’s sake, pray for Willie that he may be a minister
of Christ. For this I dedicated him before his eyes
opened on this sinful world.[/i]

And this:

[i]The prayers of the Christians of the Fulton Street
meeting are earnestly implored by a young lady who
has been once a backslider from God, and who, in the
midst of peculiarly harassing temptations, is now
endeavoring to return fully to her former rest. Do not—
do not forget her.[/i]

And this:

[i]I am a little girl, and scarcely know how to write to a
perfect stranger on so important a subject. But oh! I
want to be a Christian so much; and I have been
asking God for a long time to make me one, but He has
not answered my prayer yet... I am afraid that I have
not asked Him in the right way.[/i]

[b][i]Prayer Requests Flood In[/i][/b]

These earnest requests weighed deeply on those
who attended the Fulton Street meeting. Some
feared that “a kind of superstitious feeling might be
encouraged in those who send these communications
and a sense of self-complacency be engendered
in those who received them.”

They feared that the meeting would become the
meeting, the panacea for all spiritual troubles. However,
it was decided that no request could be refused.
All they could do was to pray in humility. A
flood of letters proved that many of their prayers
were answered.

The revival rolled on into 1859 and 1860. There is
no telling how long it might have lasted if the Civil
War had not broken out. Some writers say that it
carried right through the war. It was maintained
that 150,000 Confederate soldiers were converted
and that at war’s end more than one-third of the officers
and soldiers of the Confederate Army were
professing Christians.

There is disagreement on how far the revival penetrated
the South. A Methodist bishop reported that
the Southern Methodists gained 43,388 members as
a result of the revival.

When the revival was at high tide through the
nation, it was judged that 50,000 persons a week
were converted. And the number who joined the
churches in 1858 amounted to almost 10 percent of
the country’s total church membership! If the estimate
of one million converts is correct (some say the
number is closer to 300,000), that accounts for onethirtieth
of the total United States population of that
time—and almost all in one year! The revival also
had repercussions in the awakening which swept
the British Isles.

Statistically, the greatest gainers were the Methodist
churches. In 1858 the northern churches received
135,517 new members. Between them, the
northern and southern wings of Methodism garnered
12 percent of their membership from the revival.

The second largest denominational group, the
Baptists, gained 92,243 members in 1858 —10 percent
of their total membership. The Presbyterians,
the Congregationalists, the Episcopalians also
jumped.

How did this revival of 1857-58 compare with
preceding revivals? It may not have had the spiritual
depth of the Great Awakening of 1735 with its theological
overtones. It may not have had the pervading
and longlasting influence on the life of the nation
that the Revival of 1800 had. But certainly it was the
most intense and fastest-spreading of the great revivals.

Three things stand out about this spiritual awakening.

• It was a laymen’s movement—almost entirely. Except
for Finney and a few others, ministers were on
the sidelines. It began an era of lay participation in
the general work of the church, the Sunday
school, and the YMCA.

• It was nonsectarian. At the first Fulton Street
meetings, of the six persons present one was a
Baptist, one a Congregationalist, one a member of
the Dutch Reformed Church, and one a Presbyterian.
It was the same thing wherever the revival
struck. Denominational differences were forgotten
in a concern for people’s souls.

• As pointed out before, it was a revival of prayer.
Never, since that time, have Americans bowed
before the Lord so unitedly.

[b][i]Revival’s Lesson[/i][/b]

What lesson does this revival teach this generation?
Certainly it demonstrates again how God can use
one dedicated life to work out His purposes.

Jeremiah Lanphier is an inspiration to all unsung,
seemingly unappreciated church workers everywhere.
Surprisingly little has been written about
him. He was still connected with the Old Dutch
Church twenty-five years after the meeting was
founded. At that time (1882) someone wrote of him:

[i]Out of that solitary consecration to the service of
Christ, who can tell what results have come?... [He]
has been most richly blessed in personal work with
persons who have attended the service. He quickly
recognizes a stranger, and seems instinctively to know
the man whose heart is sore. Many a visitor has
wondered when he has been greeted and addressed in
words that only a tried soul could fully appreciate,
‘How do you know that I am in trouble?’... Men under
the deepest conviction have come here, and the
missionary [Lanphier] has taken them to his study,
there to pray with them, and to point them to the Lamb
of God...[/i]

Lanphier’s dedication to the work came only after a
struggle and total surrender to God. He testified:

[i]The subject was laid upon my heart, and was a matter
of constant consideration for some time. At last I
resolved to give myself to the work, and I shall never
forget with what force, at the time, those words came
home to my soul:

’Tis done, the great transaction’s done,
I am my Lord’s, and He is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on,
Charmed to confess the voice divine.[/i]

The Fulton Street prayer meeting became a permanent
institution. It meets today. In September [1957] its onehundredth
anniversary will be commemorated.

The Revival of 1857-58 was the last great national
revival. But it by no means closes the story of
revival in America. Revivals blazed before and after
this awakening. The story of these revivals—in
many respects just as significant in the history of our
nation as the nationwide revivals—must be told
through the lives of the faithful men of God who labored
throughout the nineteenth century and into
the twentieth.

[url=http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/sites/www.cslewisinstitute.org/files/webfm/knowing_doing/RevivalPrayerMeeting.pdf]Revival Born In A Prayer Meeting[/url]


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 Re: Fulton Street Revival

[b]Can you hear a sound like 100,000 saints dressing for war, the sounds of breastplates and helmets and swords, out of closets everywhere, encamped and preparing for war at daybreak?[/b] Prayer.

[u]What a timely post[/u]! Merle (from Live Sacrifice who moderates our expanded weekly prayer call on SI) asked if I would “ keep a list of all the different calls to prayer? I believe this would be a blessing and encouragement to God's people and would abound to the praise of His Glory.”

I agree. I have made note of a few in the past months and rejoiced each time I have seen one. But there is no way I will catch even a fraction of the calls as events here unfold. As I keep alert for this, saints here would be wonderful eyes and ears for statewide and local, even out of US Calls to prayer (when will the first call go out over television, the first call to prayer be published in the first newspaper).

[b]If you notice one of these could you pm/email links to me[/b]. I can check them and post a simple listing that grows without comment. Date, location, link/source. Something to rejoice over as time goes along. A piece of the history of Revival in these days.

Merle sent these two.

www.brokenbeforethethrone.com
http://ourcityinrevival.wordpress.com/

Sorry, I will edit this per url after church. Can't be late.

 2008/10/12 11:45Profile
JoanM
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When I saw the SI thread “The Layman’s Prayer Revival” under “Revivals and Church history” it seemed a good place to post Call’s to prayer. I made the first post along with ideas about how to keep things tidy.

I now believe there will be too many calls to prayer to track.

[b]Can you hear a sound like 100,000 saints dressing for war, the sounds of breastplates and helmets and swords, out of closets everywhere, encamped and preparing for war at daybreak? Dressing for Prayer.[/b]

I cannot listen to all the calls I notice so maybe we should forget about forwarding them to me by pm and email and the idea of a tidy listing here by me. [u]I suggest others and I list as they come across our paths[/u]. I will list myself too. I will be dividing Calls to Prayer into two types:

[b]TYPE I[/b]. Those Calls that cross ministry boundaries, voice calls to prayer, repentance, and need for biblical revival.

[b]10/14/08[/b] Link: [url=http://www.soundthealarm.com/ ]Pastors call Pastors[/url]: Pastors calling Pastors to prayer and repentance for the Purpose of Revival. STATE WIDE IN WSHINGTON. There was an announcement on the Christian Radio stations today that evenings will be open to laymen!

[b]TYPE II[/b]. Those that are [u]Calls from preaching ministries[/u] and voiced on the airways (that do not include in-person gatherings, may not have progressed to repentance and need for biblical revival, express the need but not necessarily the urgency we speak of here).

[u]Preaching ministries calls to prayer [/u] Many ministries are interrupting their “regularly scheduled programs” to address the need for prayer [u]and sometimes repentance[/u]. This began months before the “financial crisis” was publicized.

[b]10/14/08[/b] Many Christian ministries are moving from “Look to God” (10/05/08 Charles Stanley: A Nation in need of Prayer) to an awareness of “a silent Christian community…where Godly influence….poor theology preached….God blesses repentance” (10/14/08 Family Life)

[b]09/30/08[/b]. Early in the financial crisis news Crown Ministries was the first I noticed that focused exclusively on Prayer, Repentance and Fasting. (Summary of details posted on SI: [url=http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=25406&forum=48) ]Link[/url])

[b]10/14/08[/b] [url=http://www.crown.org/media/relatedcontent/101408.aspx ]Link:[/url] [b]Listen to this man who does not frequent Sermonindex. Fasting, prayer, repentance for the nation[/b]. Begins today. If you know how to negotiate blogs related to sites you will see how many are involved.

[b]10/13/08 and 10/14/08[/b] Focus on the Family used the word REVIVAL once in reference to prayer as they re-played an old interview with past Crown Ministry director. Lacking still is the focused connection to the sin of greed in the individual heart (electing greedy legislators) and the role the Body of Christ has/is playing in situation of America.

[u]Note for prayer[/u]: Getting over-the-air ministries to talk to one another is like getting Baptists to talk to Pentecostals or Presbyterians. For example: Crown has the burden, Focus has the pre-existing structure (National Day of Prayer) and government leadership contacts.

[b]10/14/08[/b] - As I type this, J. Vernon McGee has just said on the introduction to Ephesians on the Through the Bible program, “Oh God, help us to go back to the Old Paths.” Is Chapter 1: 15-23 not our heart-cry for the Body? Calls to Prayer are everywhere.

Sorry this post is so messy. For me, future ones will be short Type I or Type II. Maybe just Type I. If Moderators think this should have a separate thread [u]please move this or tell me how to[/u].

He has heard the prayers of His children and will tonight in our time of prayer.

CONFIDENCE IN GOD
Joan

 2008/10/14 17:29Profile





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