People ask where we must start in order to get a revival across this land of ours. My answer is to look to the past.
Just over 150 years ago in September of 1857, a business man by the name of Jeremiah Lamphier had decided to set his lunch time aside each Wednesday for one hour of prayer. He posted signs earlier that week asking, “How often should I pray?” For the first thirty minutes he was alone and prayed, but by the end of that hour, six men had joined him. Each week, the numbers increased from twenty to forty, and by this time, they were attending daily prayer meetings. In following weeks one hundred people were praying with him.
Revival had started. As word spread, newspapers began to cover the story and men were running the streets of New York City at lunch to get a church to pray. These men were of all races, ages, and denominations. New York City was on its knees. In three month’s time, you could find meetings from New York to St. Louis and from Chicago to New Orleans. America was now on her knees. This was not something caused by preaching, but by the power of earnest and powerful prayer.
In the midst of this revival, people began accepting Christ and the numbers started to appear in newspapers across the nation. The newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky reported 17,000 conversions to Christianity in a three week period in March. By May the numbers were estimated at 50,000. By June the number jumped to 100,000. By the time America entered into the Civil War, over one million people had been saved. This revival not only stretched throughout America, but overseas to Ireland and the British Isles as well.
It took one man on his knees, humbly praying to great and powerful God for revival to break out in America. Where we must start, you ask, is on our knees, humbled before a mighty and awesome God.
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)
Written by Jonathan Parrish
Edited by Jamie Calhoun