The Prayer Meeting Revival 1857-1858

I’m going to keep this link here for a while to help new people get around. GETTING STARTED

Let me summarize a portion of David Scott’s presentation at the family conference I wrote about in The Call

Jeremiah Calvin Lanphier was hired by the Old North Church as a city (NYC) missionary. He saw little success, but came to realize his work needed to be “buoyed by prayer”—his words. He decided to start a mid-day prayer meeting, sending out pamphlet advertisements/invitations. This was for businessmen and started September 23, 1857, a Wednesday, noon to 1 pm. “It will continue for one hour; but it is designed for those who find it inconvenient to remain more than 5 or 10 minutes, as well as for those who can spare a whole hour.”

Thus, my pattern for calling women to a similar one, but, with this computer age, trying to reach around the world.

But why women? Because Acts records women praying near the river, and…

Acts 16:13-14 “On the Sabbath day we (Paul & company) went outside the gate by the river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, listened to us. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to the things which were spoken by Paul.” ULB-EN

Notice that they were at a place of prayer and God opened Lydia’s heart. Lydia is the first recorded believer in Europe.

So, let us women pray. THE CALL

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