It was 1857. New York was filled with despair, riddled with poverty and crime. There were widespread financial problems. Banks were failing and many were unemployed. Then a remarkable change took place–not through action by any politician or any economic stimulus, but through prayer.
Desperate for God to bring change to his city businessman Jeremiah Lanphier asked others to set aside their daily lunch hours for a time of prayer.
Though it started with only six men Lanphier persisted and within six months ten thousand businessmen were gathering daily in desperate prayer across the city. This resulted in the Fulton Street Revival, a movement of God that swept the city. Thousands cried out to God for salvation.
Famines, earthquakes, pestilence, uprisings, and wars, not too mention an economy that is globally unstable. It’s as if Luke 21 is happening before our very eyes yet reading further in Luke 21 we are encouraged to let these times be an occasion for our testimony!
Prayer is a wonderful privilege God has given us. We have His invitation–and command–to pray and to seek Him.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Chronicles 7:14
When God finds someone with courage to pray and live a life of holiness and compassion
He can literally change the face of a nation. Prayer can change the world, influence the lives of your friends and family, and bring revival to your own life.
True revival happens when we humble ourselves in genuine repentance and worship and acknowledge that our only hope lies in the power of God. Ask Him to show you anything that may be a hindrance in your own life and for Him to help you with it. Effective prayer and experience can bring lasting change in our personal lives, our cities, our nation, and our world if we first surrender ourselves to God by addressing any compromise in our own lives that may have hindered us.
There is a price to pay and sacrifices to be made when one chooses to live a life of conviction and character amidst antagonistic oppositions. Courageous voices will arise with a genuine passion for God that allows no room for mediocrity or compromise.
Are you willing to do what it takes to see changes?
If God could answer the cries of the faithful ones in 1857 and in that city, can He not do the same for us today?
Please pray for your neighborhood, your city/town, for rain and the healing of this country.