17th March 2019

     Here’s another break. enjoy this day. Do something you would like.

 

How about phoning someone who you know is using the 40 Days and asking  them how it’s going? Encourage each other to keep going.

 

Have a think. Is God answering any of your prayers?

 

The week has been about purposes. Is  there something you have discovered that  you could put into practice?

 

    

Ideas!

 

Do something cheerful:

 

*    Say thank you to the supermarket staff  at the checkout or the person who collects up the trolleys.

*    Make someone laugh.

 

    

New York 1857-1860

 

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 twenty-three 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 baptize that they went down to the river, cut a big hole in the ice, and baptized them in the cold water. When Baptists do that they are really on fire!

 

Taken from The role of Prayer in Spiritual awakening - J. Edwin orr


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