[anzac] PRAYER MTG. that SHOOK the WORLD

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:25:44 -0700
The PRAYER MEETING that SHOOK the WORLD
-by Michael Edds.

A small group of people in 1898 met on Saturday evenings from 9 
to 10 to pray. They met at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to 
cry our for an awakening. Within a short time, the group grew to 
300 passionate intercessors. A few members remained to 
agonize and intercede into the early hours of the Sabbath morning. 
R. A. Torrey joined this small group to pray for a world - wide 
revival. During that intense intercession, Torrey asked God to send 
him around the world. Within a weeks of the close of the prayer 
meeting, two strangers approached Torrey and asked him to come 
to Melbourne, Australia to preach.

These two men had left Australia months before in search of a 
man that they believed God would use to bring revival to their 
nation. Upon meeting Torrey, they felt they had found God's man. 
The result of that Chicago prayer meeting was an invitation for 
Torrey to come to Australia. Torrey arrived in Australia in 1902. 
15,000 tried to pack themselves into a building that could only 
seat 8,000. 8,000 conversions took place in that one meeting. For 
six months, Torrey and Charles M. Alexander traveled from town 
to town preaching. Revival swept the nation. Torrey believed that 
the key to the awakening was prayer.

A lady in Melbourne read his book on Prayer. She was so moved 
by his teaching on the subject, that she organized her friends into 
prayer circles. The groups grew to 1,700 bands meeting regularly 
to pray for revival. This move of God spread into Britain, Ireland 
and into other countries. By 1904 30,000 of God's people were 
enrolled in daily prayer groups. Their prayer was "Revive thy work,
Oh Lord." These prayers resulted in the outpouring of the Holy 
Spirit in 1905 in Wales, Britain, America, in India and China! 
Wales was rocked by a mighty awakening. London experienced a 
five month long revival. A mighty choir of 4,000 made Londoners 
wonder what music must be like in Heaven!

It is estimated that Torrey and his partner Alexander led over 
100,000 souls into the Kingdom of God. All this had its beginning 
in Chicago with a small group of people praying, "Revive thy work, 
Oh Lord!" May God raise up such prayer warriors in our day who 
will daily cry out, " REVIVE THEY WORK, OH LORD!"