Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
You don’t have revival by seeking revival, but by seeking God. God says if you will pray and seek my face, I will hear and forgive and heal. If God is going to come and be with His people, He is not going to come until his people ask him.
Some times I think people feel the object of prayer is to overcome God’s reluctance. It is like God is taking a nap and doesn’t want to be bothered, but if you pray just right He might do something for you anyway. Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, prayer is confessing our need, and our desire, to be conformed to His will. God is waiting to hear His people pray and ask for revival. And until some people get on their knees, humble themselves, seek God and ask Him to come, revival will not become a reality.
In 1857, there was a 46-year-old man named Jeremiah Lamphere who lived in New York City. Jeremiah loved the Lord tremendously, but he didn’t feel that he could do much for the Lord until he began to feel a burden for the lost and accepted an invitation from his church to be an inner city missionary. So in July of 1857 he started walking up and down the streets of New York passing out tracts and talking to people about Jesus, but he wasn’t having any success. Then God put it on his heart to try prayer. So he printed up a bunch of tracts, and he passed them out to anyone and everyone met. He invited anyone who wanted to come to the 3rd floor of the Old North Dutch Reform Church on Fulton St. in New York City from 12 to 1 on Wednesday to pray. He passed out hundreds and hundreds of fliers and put up posters everywhere he could. Wednesday day came and at Noon nobody showed up. So Jeremiah got on his knees and started praying. For 30 minutes, he prayed by himself when finally five other people walked in. The next week 20 people came. The next week between 30 and 40 people came. They then decided to meet every day from 12:00 to 1:00 to pray for the city. Before long a few ministers started coming and they said, “We need to start this at our churches”. Within six months, there were over 5000 prayer groups meeting every day in N.Y. Soon the word spread all over the country. Prayer meetings began in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington D.C. In fact, President Franklin Pierce started going almost every day to a noonday prayer meeting. By 1859, some 15,000 cities in America had downtown prayer meetings every day at noon, and thousands came to Christ. The great thing about this revival is that there is not a famous preacher associated with it. It was all started by one man wanting to pray.
We can expect these moves from God today – He is still the same! He has never changed!