[anzac] 2000 MILES of PRAYER & REVIVAL!

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Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:14:13 +1300
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Two Thousand Miles of Prayer 

The climax of the awakening came in 1857. Noonday prayer meetings 
were started in New York, Philadelphia and other cities. Then the 
movement spread with lightning-like speed throughout the land. In 
Philadelphia it is said that three thousand people attended the 
noonday prayer meetings, and in Chicago some two thousand 
were in attendance day by day. In one of Mr. Finney's meetings in 
Boston a man arose and said: I am from Omaha, in Nebraska. On 
my journey East I have found a continuous prayer meeting all the 
way. We call it two thousand miles from Omaha to Boston; and 
here was a prayer meeting about two thousand miles in extent." 
The entire country was stirred by these noonday prayer meetings. 

 Rev. John Shearer in his book on "Old Time Revivals" said: "In 
answer to the Church's united cry, ascending from all parts of the 
land, the Spirit of God in a very quiet way, and suddenly, through-
out the whole extent of the United States, renewed the Church's 
life, and awakened in the community around it a great thirst for 
God. When the Church awoke to the full consciousness of the 
miracle, it found that from east and west, and from north and south, 
the whole land was alive with daily prayer meetings. And it was in 
these daily united prayer meetings that the great majority of these 
conversions, of all ages and classes, took place. The divine fire 
appeared in the most unlikely quarters. A large number of the 
elderly were converted and gathered in. White-haired penitents 
knelt with little children at the Throne of Grace. Whole families of 
Jews were brought to their Messiah. Deaf mutes were reached by 
the glad tidings, and though their tongues were still, their faces 
so shone that they became effective messengers of the gospel. 
The most hardened infidels were melted, some being led to Christ 
by the hand of a little child." 

Continuous Prayer  

C. H. Spurgeon commenting on this great move of the Spirit said: 
"In the City of New York at this present moment, there is not, I 
believe one single hour of the day where Christians are not gathered 
together for prayer. One church opens its doors from 5 o'clock till 
six for prayer; another church opens from six to seven and summons 
its praying men to offer the sacrifice of supplication. Six o'clock is 
past, and men are gone to their labor . Another class find it then 
convenient - such as those, perhaps, who go to business at eight 
or nine - and from seven to eight there is another prayer meeting. 
From eight to nine there is another, in another part of the city, and 
what is most marvelous, at high noon, from twelve to one, in the 
midst of the city of New York, there is held a prayer meeting in a 
large room, which is crammed to the doors every day, with 
hundreds standing outside. This prayer meeting is made up of 
merchants of the city, who can spare a quarter of an hour to go in 
and say word of prayer and then leave again; and then a fresh 
company come in to fill up the ranks, so that it is supposed that 
many hundreds assemble in that one place for prayer during the 
appointed hour. This is the explanation of the revival!" 

Prayer: A Divine Attraction  

Samuel Prime in his book "The Power of Prayer" described the 
effects the revival had upon New York City, "The prayer-meeting 
became one of the institutions of the city. Christians in distant 
parts of the country heard of them. They prayed for the prayer-
meetings. When they visited the city, the prayer-meeting was the 
place to which they resorted. The museum or theatre had no such 
attractions. Returning, they set up similar meetings at home. The 
Spirit followed, and the same displays of grace were seen in other 
cities, and in the country, that were so marvelous in New York. 
So the work spread, until the year has become remarkable in the 
history of the Church. This revival is to be remembered through all 
coming ages as simply an answer to prayer."