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Thursday, January 5, 2017

#80 Examples from Christian History

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: William Carey and a small praying band in Kettering, England, prayed monthly for nearly eight years before mighty revival came.

   John Livingstone and a group from his church in Shotts, Scotland, spent all of Saturday night in prayer, and the next day five hundred were saved as a result of his sermon. (Praying in church-Google image)

(S. B. Shaw, Touching Incidents and Remarkable Answers to Prayer [Chicago: S. B. Saw], n.d.) p. 153

   Jonathan Edwards had a group of his members at Enfield, Massachusetts, who were deeply burdened that God not pass them by while He was sending revival to other places.

   They became so burdened that they met one Saturday evening and spent the whole night in prayer. The same night Jonathan Edwards was so burdened that he spent the whole night in prayer.

   The next day his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" was greatly anointed by the Holy Spirit. God gripped some so strongly that they grabbed the pillars of the church, feeling that their feet were slipping into hell.

   Edwards then issued a call for Christians to join in meetings of united prayer across New England until God visited them with revival. God sent revival.

   George Whitefield, so mightily used of God in the early 1700s, called for people to join in united meetings of prevailing prayer. 

   Spurgeon led a prayer meeting every Monday night, which usually had at least 1,000 to 1,200 in attendance.

   Charles Finney repeatedly spent one or more days in fasting and prayer. He was used by God mightily in Boston in 1856 and in various New England cities in 1857-58.

   Noon united prayer meetings usually without preaching, began in Boston and spread across the country in almost every major city and in many smaller cites. Over a million were won to Christ and joined local churches in two years' time.
   During D. L. Moody's  campaigns in Oxford and Cambridge, he was apposed by such lawless rowdyism of the university students that it was impossible to hear the gospel singing of Sankey or the messages of Moody.

   Moody gathered three hundred godly women of Cambridge in Alexander Hall for a time of nothing but prevailing prayer. One after another pleaded with tears for "some mother's son."

   That night the tide turned, as a hush from God came upon the service. Scores of students humbled themselves before God, confessed their sins, and found salvation. Moody referred to this as the greatest victory of his life.

J. Edwin Orr, historian of revival worldwide, stated,
   "No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in 
    the world apart from united prayer Christians 
    persistently praying for revival." (Sanders, Prayer 
    Power Unlimited, 120.

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana  (With Jean's impressions added)

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
#80 Examples from Christian History

by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 133 - 135) Zondervan
Let's pray-
Praying hands
   Father, as we've seen here, prominent church
leaders realized the importance of prayer.
May this dawn upon us too, as we make
every effort to pray for Your will to 
be done where we are.
Knowing that Charles Finney was used
by You mightily because of his
personal fasting and praying, 
enable us to do the same.
We ask this in Jesus' name.

Today's Bible verse-

(Isaiah 8:13) "Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread."

(Isaiah 35:3, 4 KJV) "Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. (v 4) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, our God will come with vengeance, even God with a recommence; he will come and save you."

(Hebrews 12:1 New Living Translation) "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."

Today's quote-

"Why fast?  Firstly, David 'humbled his soul with fasting' to appeal for help (Psalm 69:10): his fasting was a clear statement that all his strength, all his knowledge, all his resources was insufficient to save himself from this troubling situation.  This great shepherd-king who killed the lion, the bear and great Goliath, who lead an army of mighty men that put fear in the hearts of his greatest enemies, this great David abstained from food and wine to shamelessly declare “I cannot save myself” – “my prayer is to you, O Lord!”, “Save me!”, “Deliver me!” (Verses 13, 1, 14). In his fasting he displayed his trust in God, saying “God alone can save!”

During a fast one shuts down all other impulses that tug at the heart and deny all the cravings of the flesh. This time of consecration therefore serves as both a reminder that God alone satisfies the desires of the soul, and an opportunity to grow in holiness and love for God." (from Slow Down, You Need to Fast,) [an excellent post!]

Today's popular post-

Oathout: I have some 
questions for us to consider.
   We may claim to be Christian, but do we believe that Christ can help us with our daily living?
   Do we have a godly and positive effect on others? Would they even know we're "Christian" ?

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7th- Saturday's post by Lisa Buffaloe

#81 The Prayer of Agreement
10th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#82 The Power in Prayer of Agreement
12th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Locked Into Love
14th- Saturday's post by Jean Oathout

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