Prayer is like oxygen for our soul. Without prayer in its proper place we starve for spiritual air and vitality. When Christians, Christian families, and Churches pray its like we are hooking into heavenly oxygen tanks and breathing in life giving celestial air from Heaven on high. When we pray we breath the same air God breaths! How intimate and how close we are to God when we pray.
God uses prayer! God uses prayer to move things in mighty ways. The late revival historian, J. Edwin Orr, tells of some of the great movements of God in history. These prayer initiated movements are commonly called “Great Awakenings.” One such awakening was the Fulton Street Revival around 1858-1860 (a.k.a the Layman’s Revival, or the Lanphier Revival.) Prayer was key to that great move of God. Orr’s article, “A Typical Prayer Meeting” highlights the prayer meetings used during that revival. (It’s found under “Articles” here at the J. Edwin Orr website. The formula used in those prayer meetings works well for church prayer meetings today.) God used their prayers greatly! During that revival, businesses in several major cities shut down during the lunch hour so people could go to the prayer meetings. Thousands came to Christ.
That revival began only as a small businessman’s prayer meeting in September 1857 which grew to fill every church and public hall in down town New York….People began to be converted, ten thousand a week in New York City alone. This spread across the great cities, and across the Atlantic. That information is from an article, “Prayer and Revival.” Read the article here: “Prayer and Revival (The Role of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening).” (opens as a .pdf). It contains a good summary of that Lanphier Revival under the 1858-1860 heading. Orr has great information on past great movements of God throughout his website. You’ll find, in learning the history of past movements of God, that every time God moved in mighty ways, prayer was key .
We must reclaim prayer as the vital breath that calls down God’s power to pervade heavenly pursuits! Yet, its one thing to talk and read about prayer, its another thing to do it. This reminds me of John 15:7-8 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” NKJV. Read about how to abide in Christ here.
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