[anzac] SECRET OF the 1857 REVIVAL!

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Wed, 07 May 2014 21:11:47 +1200
-Compiled by David Smithers 

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, 
throughout 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."