ANSWERS TO PRAYER FROM ITS HISTORY, RECORDS AND CORRESPONDENCE.
The following Incidents of Prayer and the remarkable Answers, have been obtained from the records of the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting in New York City. They include both facts which have been related by speakers in their daily meetings, or furnished from the letters of those who have solicited Prayer and received the Answer to their Faith.
They are of the utmost diversity of subjects, literally including the |all things| of the Bible, and temporal as well as spiritual interests.
Numerous as the incidents are, which we here give, still they cover only one-sixtieth part of the whole Record of the Blessed Meeting.
History can never tell of the wonders done in Answer to the Prayers of these trusting ones; but Faith can rejoice, for here is fulfilled daily those cheerful Promises of the Lord: |If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.| |Ask and receive, that your joy may be full.|
SAVED FROM A LIFE OF DEGRADATION.
|Your prayers for my husband have been answered; on the very day I wished your prayers for him, and before the hour of prayer had expired| he came into the house, and said, 'I am going to do better.' He had not been home before for several weeks. He was a profane, hard-drinking man. He has since joined the church. 'All hail the power of Jesus' name.'|
RECOVERY OF AN INVALID.
|One year ago, the prayers of this meeting were asked for an invalid who had years of intense suffering before her, unless soon relieved. Prayers were offered for her. Now we would like to acknowledge the loving-kindness and tender mercy of our God, for, since that time, she has slowly but steadily improved, even under most trying and unfavorable circumstances, and-has now recovered comparative strength.|
RELIEF IN BUSINESS.
|None of those who trust in Him shall be made desolate.|
|Some three weeks ago, I wrote you, stating that my business had been a failure, and asked your prayers that God, in His mercy, would point out a way for me to provide for my family. The clouds grew thicker and blacker, but the more earnest were my prayers. Last Saturday the Lord came to my rescue, and provided me with the necessities of life, and to-day I wish you to join with me in thanksgiving to Almighty God for these favors; -- 'For He is good; His mercy endureth forever.'|
A DAUGHTER SAVED FROM MARRIAGE WITH A CORRUPT MAN.
|I pray you give God praise and thanks for His merciful deliverance of my dear daughter from the evil influence of the man to whom she had given her love and promise of marriage. THE LORD gave her strength and courage to break her engagement, in answer to our earnest prayers. Oh, implore Him to keep that man out of her path, for he is constantly lying in wait to meet her when she goes out. He wanted her to read bad books, but told her that they were not wrong. He constantly laid temptation in alluring forms before her. To HIM alone be the thanks for this step she has taken.|
A SKEPTIC OVERPOWERED.
|More and more God is pouring out His Spirit, gloriously answering your prayers and ours. I have been constantly asking your prayers, and though, for a while, the vision tarried, yet it has come. The young man, from a neighborhood where there was not one Christian, and he himself scarcely less than a skeptic, is now sitting, in his right mind, at Jesus' feet.|
SAVED FROM DEATH.
|My brother, that lay apparently at the point of death, has been restored to comparative health.|
AN INTEMPERATE YOUNG MAN RECLAIMED.
|Rejoice with me, and thank God for his gracious answer to prayer. The intemperate young man for whom I requested prayer some months ago, has turned away from his cups, and is earnestly striving to overcome his appetite for strong drink. He is competent to be the means of doing so much good.|
THE CONVERSION OF INTIMATE FRIENDS.
|Some time since, I sent request for prayer for the conversion of friends. Since then three have united with the church.|
RAISED UP FROM DEATH'S DOOR.
|Our former pastor was raised up from death's door, in answer to your prayer. The doctor gave him up. He says the Lord alone saved him, in answer to prayer. Praise His name.|
THE DESIRE OF THE HEART FULFILLED.
|A few weeks since I sent a request for prayer in my behalf, asking you to pray God very earnestly that He would grant me the desire of my heart, for which I was praying almost unceasingly. On the evening of the same day on which I supposed you would receive my request, the answer came, lifting a great burden from my heart. I send this in acknowledgment of God's loving-kindness to me, and to encourage' every burdened, praying one, to trust Him more.|
A POOR OLD SICK LADY RESTORED.
|The poor, sick old lady for whom I requested your prayers some time since, wishes to return thanks to Almighty God, for restoring her health, and sending friends. It is wonderful how your and our requests are answered.|
A NEW BIRTH.
|Give thanks with me. Since I wrote you last, our son has given himself to Jesus.|
A CHURCH SAVED FROM STRIFE.
|It is with heartfelt gratitude to God that I write you of answer to your prayer. Last Spring, I asked your prayers in behalf of our church. It was almost destroyed by a man trying to get into our Conference without proper papers, and could not. He then broke up a Presbyterian church, and formed another. He gathered a number of our members with him, and tried hard to take our parsonage, but did not succeed. Thank God! though we are few, and have had a hard struggle, we still hold our property, our circuit has doubled, God is reviving His work, and is now answering your prayers|
|Last March, I requested you to pray for a dear friend in Massachusetts, who was deprived of her reason through sickness and great trouble. Give thanks unto God, she is fully restored.|
|Arise And Walk.|
|It will be just one year since Jesus came and took me by the hand, and I arose from what was supposed to be my death-bed, and walked to the astonishment of all. I have not claimed the fullness of the promise, but feel that I may. I prayed God not to heal my body wholly, until I was more patient under my cross.|
THE APPETITE FOR STRONG DRINK TAKEN AWAY.
|Sometime ago I wrote to you for my husband. He was a victim to strong drink at that time, but blessed be God, he has not drank one drop for five months.|
|I feel your prayers; I think I know the day and the hour, for I felt strengthened with strength in my soul.|
HEALING OF SOUL AND BODY.
|I have reason to rejoice that I have been greatly blessed in answer to your prayers. Two young lady friends of mine have been enabled to claim the blessed promise of full salvation, not only to the healing of the soul, but the body also.
My own experience helped them: On the 16th of January, last, in answer to constant prayer offered by myself and friends, I arose from what all thought to be my death-bed, and walked all over the house; also many miles on the streets during the next few months. I did not claim the full extent of the promise as I craved only relief from such terrible pain, as was then my portion to bear. I think God in his goodness would have granted full restoration to health, as I was so anxious to work for Him, but I pleaded with Him not to heal my body until my mind had had the discipline I felt it needed.|
AN INTEMPERATE HUSBAND SAVED BY PRAYER.
|Some three weeks since, I asked you for my intemperate husband, that you would pray that he might be willing to be saved. He has been made willing to give up the intoxicating cup, and says he has not any desire for it. To God be all the praise.|
RELIGION LOST, RELIGION REGAINED.
|I wrote you two months since, asking an interest in your prayers for a young man that experienced religion a year ago, but failed to confess Christ by uniting with the church. Your prayers have been answered. Last night my heart was made to rejoice by seeing him confess Christ, before the world. He is now happy in the love of Jesus, and will he useful and active in the church.|
|Return thanks to God for two men signing the pledge, about one month ago, who have been enabled to keep it through great temptation. They were drunkards for over twenty years. Their reformation was in answer to a praying mother's prayers, and to the prayers for them at your meeting.|
A HOPELESS CASE.
|A little less than a year ago, prayers were desired at the Fulton street prayer-meeting for a man whose case seemed wholly hopeless. Shortly after he gave up drink, and became a Christian; is now a happy man, and has a happy family.
|Please carry this thank offering to God, that he has given us such a Savior, and such a way to escape from temptation.|
A HARVEST OF CONVERSIONS.
|Last Fall, I wrote you to pray for us. You did pray. The result was a wonderful increase of spiritual life -- fifty conversions.|
A FAMILY MADE HAPPY.
|Two years ago, I wrote asking your prayers for a dear sister, brothers and nieces. Since then, one brother, about sixty, and my two nieces have been converted, and are now rejoicing in a Savior's love.|
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
|About two years ago we requested your prayers for the Holy Spirit upon a revival work then in progress in our church.| The Lord answered us by giving us over four score souls.|
HEARTS MADE GLAD.
|We return most hearty thanks for the answer to prayer given. I wrote more than a year ago last August of our low state. Last Winter twenty young persons were converted, and continue to work faithfully.|
GIVEN UP BY MAN, BUT RESCUED BY THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.
|The writer was himself raised up by prayer, from the gates of death, offered by the heart and lips of one who is now a sufferer. Two of the most skillful physicians in the land had given me up.|
THE STORY OF A WAYWARD LIFE, SAVED BY PRAYER.
|In the last fourteen years I have stood beside the deathbeds of eight who were near and dear to me, and the last words that each spoke to me as they were leaving the world were, |Will you not meet me in Heaven?| I have been a wayward child. Eight years ago I became addicted to strong drink. I became a drunkard, which brought my dear old father down to an untimely grave. I made a promise on his death-bed that I would not drink any more, and for six long years I kept that promise, but at last I broke it. I again became a drunkard, which began to tell on my wife. I promised her that I would not drink, but that promise was broken time after time. Within this year, in the week of prayer, I attended the prayer-meetings, asked prayers for me, and on the night following, I erected the family altar, which had for four years been neglected, and, thank God, it is there yet. I am now trusting in the promise that He will not let his children be tempted beyond what they are able to endure.|
A WONDERFUL CURE.
An earnest Christian woman who believed the Lord greater than any earthly physician, cries, |O, praise the Lord. He hath delivered me in six troubles, and in the seventh he hath not forsaken me.| |And the seventh was the worst. By the help of eight physicians, and in answer to prayer, partly of this meeting, a fearful tumor has been taken from me weighing twelve pounds, with three gallons of water in the sack. O, praise the Lord, for He is good, and his mercy endureth forever.|
This case was one of extraordinary risk and apparently impossible achievement; but the Lord gave faith to try, and skill to win the victory. No earthly power could have dared the venture.
|Our pastor, after four months' sickness, preached to us last evening the most solemn sermon I ever heard, and says he was raised up in answer to prayer. The physicians gave him up several times, and say they have never known such an instance of recovery.|
CHAINS BROKEN AT LAST.
|Long months, week by week, I have asked you to pray that my husband might be saved from the eternal doom of a drunkard. God has mercifully given him strength to break the fetters that bound him fast.|
BETTER THAN WE EXPECTED.
|We asked your prayers; they have been answered. They were answered more and better than we had hoped or dreamed they could be.|
PRAYER ANSWERED FOR EMPLOYMENT.
|A foreigner without means and friendless tried in vain for ten months to succeed in finding some employment. He requested your prayers to God, and God answered. In less than eighteen hours a splendid position was offered to him. He and his wife give thanks, and pray that they may devote their lives usefully to the cause of God who has been so good to them.|
|God has answered our united prayers, and given employment to his child.|
AN OLD LADY SAVED FROM LITTLE ANNOYANCES.
|Your prayers have been heard and answered in mercy. The old lady has not been quite so much annoyed. Thank God for some peace for the aged one, not able to bear what younger people can, that go out into the world and can find relief. I thank my heavenly Father for his loving- kindness and tender mercy for those that cry to him in trouble.|
|I sent a petition months ago, for prayers for an insane husband. Your prayers have been answered. He has rapidly recovered.|
|I must ask you to return thanks with me that your prayers have been answered. An intemperate brother has been reclaimed.|
RESTORED TO HEALTH.
|One month since, I requested prayer specially for my own family. My oldest son, who was then sick, has been restored to his usual health. 'The prayer of faith hath indeed saved the sick.'|
|Some months ago I asked your prayers for a son in college, amid great temptations. I desire to give thanks that those temptations have been removed.|
THE HEART OF A CLERGYMAN TURNED FROM THOUGHTS OF AMBITION.
|I sent a request to you for a young man, who was called, and eminently fitted for the ministry, but was tempted, by ambition, not to listen to the divine call, and obstacles had hedged his way somewhat. After I requested your prayers in his behalf, this temptation was removed, and nearly one hundred persons were converted in the church which was under his care.|
A GRATEFUL TRIBUTE.
|For a long time I have been the subject of personal affliction, caused by two internal tumors of the worst type. Speedy death seemed inevitable; yet there was a little hope that a surgical operation might possibly remove the difficulty and prolong my day. To this hope I clung, submitted to the operation, and it was a success. To the earnest prayers of Christian people is due this grateful acknowledgment.|
WAS A PERFECT SLAVE TO LIQUOR.
|Please return thanks to our kind Heavenly Father for this answer to prayer. All last Winter requests were sent in for a gentleman, a perfect slave to liquor. Those prayers were answered, and he is attending church regularly, striving to do what is right to please his Heavenly Master.|
|Several times in years past I have asked for the prayers of this meeting, and always found them answered.|
CURED OF EPILEPSY.
|I wrote you to aid me by your prayers, that my afflicted son, who was troubled with epilepsy, might be cured. Thanks be to the Heavenly Father, he is better.|
|Your prayers and mine for my son have been answered. He was almost lost, on the downward road of intemperance. He has now reformed.|
A SITUATION OBTAINED BY PRAYER.
|Yesterday I sent a request that God would give me sustaining grace and abiding faith, and in his own good time give me a situation where I might be able to support my family. In that very afternoon, I made a contract of [USD]1,200 a year. Praise the Lord.|
A BOUNTIFUL BLESSING.
|Some time ago I solicited your prayers for a blessing on my services, and never, in all my life before have I been blessed as since that time. 'Tis truly wonderful; it has seemed as if I must have become some one else, and that it could not longer be me speaking with such boldness, and apparent success. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.|
SAVED FROM THE COMPANY OF A BAD LOVER.
|A week ago I begged you to pray for my daughter, who had given her heart to an unworthy man, praying that God might guide her to see him as he is, and turn her love from him. She is a child of God. In answer, God has caused a rupture between them.|
AWAY FROM HOME, BUT NOT AWAY FROM GOD.
|Some weeks since I sent in a request for prayer for my sons who had fallen victims to intemperance and vice. My heart rejoices to-day in the hope that it has.
|Two who left home, and had gone to distant cities to seek employment, have written me to pray that they may be able to forsake sin in all its forms, and come to Christ and be Christians. One of them was skeptical when he left home. The one remaining at home has resolved to quit drinking.|
GOD ALWAYS ANSWERS BELIEVING PRAYER.
|Your prayers asked on several occasions have all been graciously answered. Return thanks unto the Lord that sendeth mercy.|
THE HARDEST HEART YIELDS AT LAST.
|Several years since your prayers were solicited in behalf of one who seemed given over to hardness of heart and reprobacy of mind. Since that time there has been some reform in his life. God only knows how far those prayers have been answered in restraining grace. Last week he said to the friend who had solicited your prayers for him, 'I wish you would ask Fulton Street prayer-meeting to pray again for me. I believe it did me good.'|
UP FROM THE LOWEST DEPTHS.
|One year ago I wrote you respecting prayer for my husband. He has since been reclaimed from the lowest depths of a drunkard's life, and is now a member of the Christian church. Thanks be to God, the giver of all good.|
SAVED AND HONORED.
|Almost three years ago I asked you to pray for a young man that was wandering from God. Thank God, your and my prayers were answered. He is now an active Christian, a superintendent of the Sabbath school, and a most zealous member of the Young Men's Christian Association of this place.|
|Some weeks since I requested prayer for a member of this Institution who was 'almost persuaded' to be a Christian. Thanks to our Father, and to those who have offered prayer in her behalf, she has been altogether persuaded, and has united with the Lord's people.|
ANSWERED THE SAME DAY.
|You received a letter yesterday. My husband rose for prayers the same night.|
OH, HOW PRECIOUS.
|I wrote five months since for prayers for myself, and I now write to say that I have found my Savior very precious to my soul.|
PRAYING FOR A PASTOR.
|Several months ago I wrote asking you to pray for a feeble church in need of a pastor. Since then I am happy to say that this church has been blessed and we now have a pastor.|
A TELEGRAM OF PRAYER.
An incident was related at one of the meetings by a clergyman who had written a telegram asking for prayers. God heard it before it was sent.
|When we were in Switzerland, my daughter was taken very ill, so that the doctor despaired of her life. I felt the need of sympathy and help and prayer, and I made up my mind that I would send a telegraphic dispatch to this meeting, where I had so often united with you in prayer. I wrote the dispatch and was prepared to send it, when all at once there was poured out such a joyful faith and confidence in God on me as I never felt before in all my life, and I fell on my knees in devout thanksgiving for the assurance that God gave me that he had heard and answered our prayers, for we had prayed for that dear daughter's life. There lay the telegram ready to be sent. There I was waiting and praying. In less than half an hour my wife came into the room and said, 'There is a change for the better in our daughter,' and the telegram was never sent, though I believe the writing of it was the prayer that God answered.|
HE DID NOT KEEP HIS PROMISE, BUT GOD DID.
A remarkable instance of how God keeps his promises and is faithful, and how man often forgets to keep his, and at last receives deserved punishment for his thanklessness to God, was recently related in the Fulton Street prayer-meeting.
A very urgent case was presented by a friend. He said: |A friend of mine is seeking Jesus. A little while ago his only child lay near death. He prayed God to restore her to health, promising to serve the Lord for the rest of his life if the child's life was spared. His daughter recovered, but the man forgot the promise he had made and sought not after God. In a very little while the child was suddenly taken sick again, and almost as suddenly died. The father remembered his vows, and feels that this is God's solemn warning to him to seek the Savior.|
A DOUBLE PRAYER ANSWERED.
At the Fulton Street prayer-meeting a number of remarkable cases were related of real answers to prayer for recovery to health, and obtaining of positions.
|I must tell you how God has been answering prayer, for his glory and for your encouragement. Your prayers were asked for a sick wife. She was thought by the doctors to be beyond recovery, but in response to prayer God spared her life, and she and her husband returned their heartfelt thanks to Him. But there was another trouble. The husband had long needed employment, and was in great pecuniary distress. He had been praying for help, beseeching the Lord to open up a way for him. But help did not come, and the cloud seemed darker, and the poor man got discouraged. Friends begged him to hope on, and not to give up his trust in that God who, in answer to prayer, had raised his sick wife to health. He continued to pray, and on the long, dark night, morning at last dawned. He is now in a good position, and sends a request to friends to thank God with him for this two-fold goodness of the Lord.
HOW THE LORD BLESSED AN OLD ADVERTISEMENT.
|I had another acquaintance who was also greatly distressed. With a wife and family to care for, and all his means gone, and no prospect of employment, he was in trouble indeed. We induced him to present his case for prayer here, as it would encourage him to have others pray for him. Then we inserted an advertisement in one of the daily papers, offering his services, hoping the Lord would bless the means used and answer prayer. Day by day passed, but no response came. Some two weeks after the advertisement was inserted, a merchant picked up an old paper, and noticing the advertisement, showed it to his partner, remarking, 'Why, this is just the man we need.' Observing the old date on the paper, his partner said he thought it would be too late to respond; but the trial was made. The man was requested to call, and proved to be just what these merchants had been wishing for, and was very quickly engaged. He feels that the Heavenly Father who cares for the sparrows, undoubtedly met his need, and that all the circumstances connected with the case were providential.|
HATING THE ACCURSED DRINK.
A brother rose in the meeting and said, |I believe it is God's will that I should tell you how He saved me, about two years since. I came into the meeting when it was held in the old church, and was at the time under the influence of liquor. The missionary took me into the gallery and talked with me, and prayed with me, and God heard prayer and saved me. I became a new man in Christ, and have lost all appetite for drink; I hate the accursed stuff.|
A DRUNKARD FOR THIRTY YEARS.
Another told a remarkable story of his life: |I was a drunkard for thirty years, and I tried all kinds of means to get free, but all failed. I pledged myself over and over again, and swore off many a time. At last, Jesus met me at the mission meeting, and he saved me. He took away the appetite for drink from me. I am a different man; I am tempted in various ways at times, but when tempted I think of Jesus and look to Him, and He saves me.|
THE HOPELESS ONE BROUGHT HOME.
|A pastor related the incident of the conversion of a man who had disgraced his family, and all through drink. All the people in the village where he lived regarded him as a hopeless case. But he was prayed for, and one night in answer to an appeal to those desiring Christ to rise, he rose. He soon became a new man, and a steadfast soldier of the Cross, completely delivered from his hopeless situation, and all his appetites taken away.|
|NO MAN CAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER'S HAND.|
A brother says, |Jesus says this, and I rest just there.| |A year ago I was in Philadelphia. I had resolved not to drink any liquor that day, but my resolution was soon broken. In the evening as I wandered the streets, that voice of God, 'Turn ye, turn ye,' gave me great uneasiness. Although I tried hard not to go, yet the Spirit was at work within me, and against my will led me to the meetings of the Young Men's Christian Association. When the call came for those desiring prayers, I felt that it was my last call, and I pushed forward and rose. Friends prayed with me, and that night, as I pleaded for mercy, the burden of my sin was lifted and I was free. Christ took the appetite for drink away, and He has kept me ever since, and will keep me to the end, for He says, 'Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.' Oh! I know He won't let me go.|
ANSWER TO PRAYER IN TEMPORAL MATTERS.
A speaker said at one meeting, |God answers prayer in temporal matters. In a Western college, at a time when the last morsels of food had been eaten, and some had to go away from the table empty, four of the number retired to pray, and before they had ceased praying relief came. Provisions in large quantities were received, thus verifying the old promise, 'Before they call I will answer.'|
THE LORD PROVED TRUE.
|The Lord reigns,| another exclaimed, |I have proved that during my long life! It has looked dark very often, and I have been in difficult places, but again and again the Lord has brought me through triumphantly. I have found the promise true.| |Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.|
A LITTLE BOY'S QUESTION.
A brother related a touching incident which occurred in Brooklyn. |A little boy asked his father at the dinner table, 'Papa, why don't you read the Bible?' The father was a passionate man, and was about driving the boy out of his presence, but his anger made the little fellow weep. That brought tears to the mother's eyes, and then the father followed suit. The boy's tears moved him, and the question struck his heart; and father and mother, up to that hour unconverted, were soon on their way to the prayer-meeting, where they found Jesus.|
A LITTLE GIRL'S QUESTION.
A touching little story, with eternal results in it, was told at one of the meetings, illustrating that word of God's book, |A little child shall lead them.| |A dress-maker called on a very wealthy lady in a city not far from New York, and took with her her little girl, five years old. The lady took a fancy to the child, and showed her over the house. She expressed great admiration at all she saw, and, particularly attracted by the carpet, said to the lady: 'Why, I should think Jesus must come here very often, it is such a nice house, and such a beautiful carpet -- He must come here very often. He comes to our house, and we have no carpet; I am sure He must come here very often, doesn't He?' The lady not answering, the child repeated the question, when the reply came, with deep emotion, |I am afraid not.| The child left, but God's message was delivered. The lady related the incident to her husband in the evening, and both were led to seek the Savior.
GOD CARED FOR ME.
At a meeting a young man in broken English, said: |If any man ought to believe in prayer, I ought to. My friends turned me out of my home, because I was seeking for Christ. I was too much Christian my landlady said. I told her I wished I was all Christian. It was seven o'clock in the evening when she refused to let me come into the house. I went then to the prayer-meeting in Water Street; we had such a good meeting, that I quite forgot that I had no place to sleep. The services over, I found it was raining fast, and I had no place to which to go. I went back into the room, and kneeling at one of the benches, I begged God to give me a place to rest. I did not go home my usual way that night, but on the way I took I met an old friend, and walking with him to his house he begged me to stay the night, as he did not like to be alone. I staid there that night, though I had never told him of my condition. What was it but an answer to prayer. Many a time since has God thus provided for my wants. O friends, let your heart go out, for Him, then He will never let you want.|
THE BLIND CAN SEE.
Said another, |I came here yesterday to ask you to pray for my sister. She has been sick some time, and then she lost her sight. I did not get an opportunity to present my request because so many took part; but I thought I would just take my sister's case to Jesus, remembering that 'the prayer of faith shall save the sick.' In the afternoon I found her in sad need of sleep. I told her just to look to Jesus, because it was written of Him, 'So He giveth His beloved sleep.' We prayed together, and I left her in a profound slumber, 'This morning when I called on her she could see me.' Friends, the Lord does answer prayer.|