United in Prayer
In 1857, a 46-year-old businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier felt led to start a weekly, noon-time prayer meeting in New York City. Lanphier’s hope was to offer a time and place where business people could meet for prayer. On the first day, Lanphier prayed alone for the first 30 minutes but by the end of the hour, six men had joined him. 20 came the next week and 40 the week after. After a few weeks, the prayer gathering swelled to over 100 people.
The prayer gathering was contagious and sparked a movement. Pastors who came started morning prayer meetings in their own churches as well. Eventually, similar meetings were being held all over America and within 6 months there were over 10,000 people meeting daily in New York City alone. This was the start of what is now referred to as “The Great Awakening” in North America. It is estimated that in a 2-year period, 2 million people were led to Christ.
In Acts 1:12-14, we see a band of disciples, about 120 men and women, engaging in devoted and persistent prayer. In chapters that follow, we see that the Lord prepared these followers for the work ahead and brought about great revival. In his commentary, Ajith Fernando says “no great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer—Christians persistently praying together, with one accord and praying for revival.” Jeremiah Lanphier was an ordinary man who felt the need to pray. What started out as a simple idea to pray led to great change in people’s lives and in the nation. Our prayer is that God will use our church and the prayers of his people to bring great revival and glory to His name!
We are excited to announce a new prayer ministry to be offered after Sunday worship service via Zoom. This will be a time to be prayed for, either individually or as a family. A willing and godly team of prayer warriors are ready to pray for each of you! Information will be emailed on Sunday morning, announced during worship service and posted on our website.
We encourage you to join these ongoing prayer gatherings as well:
Tuesday Morning (8:30-9:30am)
Wednesday Evening (7:00-8:00pm)