Jeremiah C. Lanphier, a layman in New York City, longed for revival. After careful thought, he announced that a prayer service would be held September 23, 1857, at the Old Dutch Church on Fulton Street. When the hour came, Lanphier found himself alone. He sat and waited, and finally, a handful of people gathered. The next week, twenty came. Someone suggested the meetings occur daily, and soon the building was overflowing. Other churches opened their doors. The revival spread to other cities. Offices and stores are closed for prayer at noon. Newspapers reported the story, and telegraph companies set aside certain hours when businessmen could wire one another with news of the revival.
The revival–sometimes called “The Third Great Awakening”–lasted nearly two years, and perhaps a million people were converted to Christ. Out of it came the largest provisions for philanthropic and Christian causes America had yet experienced. I long to see that in my time.
Can you imagine revival in your community or our nation? Brothers and sisters in Christ passionate for the God who created them, and the Savior who redeemed them. Serving side by side hearts on fire, minds focused, and overflowing with the Spirit of God.
This will only happen with the deep and devoted prayers, of diligent and dedicated believers. Standing firm in faith, believing that our great God will answer. Jeremiah C. Lanphier was a layman. His diligence to pray led to one of greatest revival in America.
As we pray for America, and our churches, remember that God wants revival in America far more than we do.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us: 1 John 5:14