An American Love Story - Praying For Revival

A HISTORICAL STORY OF AN AWAKENING IN AMERICA...

GOD'S PLAN FOR "THE GREATEST AWAKENING EVER KNOWN TO MAN"...

READ ON AND SEE HOW WE CAN SEE THE GREATEST AWAKENING THE USA AND THE NATIONS HAVE EVER SEEN...

You can be a part of this and are INVITED TO JOIN US IN ONE HOUR OF PRAYER EACH WEDNESDAY AT NOON TIME...

OR WHATEVER HOUR EACH WEDNESDAY THAT YOU WILL BE PRAYING FOR REVIVAL WHEN YOU FINISH READING THIS REVIVAL LOVE STORY (BELOW)...

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!

Love & Blessings,

Joan Ann

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Part I HISTORY

REVIVAL FIRE

One narrator of Christian biography has termed Charles G. Finney’s memoirs “perhaps the most remarkable account of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power since apostolic days.  It is crowded with accounts of spiritual outpourings which remind one of the Day of Pentecost.”  One of Finney’s closest friends, who was also his stenographer for some years, said of Finney, “The intensity and constancy of his ardour were surprising.  The sacred fire seemed never to burn low.”

By 1832 Finney’s revival movement had added several hundred thousand to the churches.  His campaign in Rochester, New York, in 1842 seemed to prepare the way for the extensive revival of 1843-44.

The revivals of Finney’s earlier ministry tended to occur in small-town churches and then spread to other nearby towns.  Later in life, Finney directed his ministry to city churches or tabernacles.  These revivals spread and blessed churches nearby and throughout the city.  Almost always the revivals that began in a local church soon became community wide and brought in many invitations from nearby places.

In August 1825, Finney journeyed to Oneida County in central New York.  He preached at Western on a Thursday night, and the Lord brought some church leaders there to brokenness and repentance.  God gave a prayer burden to Finney on Friday, and on Sunday, God came in power at the church services.  Revival had begun, and Finney prevailed in prayer and spoke in several parts of the town.

FINNEY’S VISION OF CHRIST

In the summer of 1826, Finney was invited to Auburn, New York.  Some of the professors at the Auburn seminary were opposed to the revival and to his preaching since he had not been theologically trained.  God gave Finney a vision, showing him that he would face opposition from the church but assuring him that God would triumph.

In this vision Christ drew so near to Finney while he was praying that his whole body trembled from head to foot.  Finney had never been so awed and humbled before God.  “Instead of feeling like fleeing, I seemed drawn nearer and nearer to God − seemed to draw nearer and nearer to that Presence that filled me with such unutterable awe and trembling.”  Then God lifted Finney up and assured him that He would be with him and no opposition would prevail against him.

Finney felt he must leave everything to God.  God helped him become perfectly trustful, perfectly calm, and to have nothing but the most perfectly kindly feelings toward all the brethren that were misled and were arraying themselves against him.

The Finneys were invited to Wilmington, Delaware, and arrived in December 1827.  God sent revival blessings, and soon Finney began to commute two days each week to Philadelphia, forty miles away by riverboat.  In 1828 he moved to Philadelphia and preached first in all of the churches.  Then as crowds became too large, he held his meetings in the largest church in the city, which seated about three thousand.  For about one year he preached in Philadelphia and experienced continual blessings.

In the spring of 1828 the revival spread from Philadelphia up the Delaware River toward northern Pennsylvania.

PART II ALL REVIVALS BEGAN WITH PRAYER

PRAYER WARRIORS

A tremendous spirit of prayer pervaded the city.  A minister, deeply convicted of his own sin, wept aloud as he walked down the street.  This man was powerfully converted and became a prayer partner with Finney during these meetings.  God gave the minister great faith that a mighty revival would take place.  Other people slipped away from the services in order to pray.

Some of the Rochester Christians wrote letters to their friends in several other states, telling how God was mightily working in the revival.  God used these testimonies to bring revivals to these other places.

While continuing to lead the Rochester revival, Finney traveled briefly to surrounding towns.  “Wherever I went the Word of God took immediate effect; and it seemed only necessary to present the law of God and the claims of Christ in such relations and proportions as were calculated to secure the conversion of men, and they would be converted by scores.”

PART III HISTORY OF REVIVAL PROVES IT TAKES MORE THAN ONE MAN OR TWO

PERSONAL EVANGELISM TEAMS

Finney preached every evening for twenty days, and revival began immediately.  Over five hundred were converted.  Finney was too weak to continue to preach very night.  There were so many converts that they started a daughter church.  Finney taught his members to go two by two in bold personal evangelism.  They traveled from house to house and waited at the entrances to theaters and drinking places to invite people to the services.  Some members even picked up drunkards, took them to church, won them to Christ, and then returned them home sober and saved to the astonishment of their families.

NOTE: "Some members" picked up people who were lost and won them to Christ - Today winning the lost is not just in a church - going into the highways & byways is where the sinners are... 

Believers from todays churches need to go into these places and win the lost to Jesus Christ...

Next they need to bring them to a good Full Gospel Holy Ghost On Fire Church...

A church that will not be ashamed of the Holy Spirit and the FIRE of God in their church services with signs & wonders following...

Churches that will not sing "one him & one her" pat you on the back and say, "See you next week"...

While Finney was returning from his six-month sea voyage to regain his health, God gave him a day on the ship of tremendous blessing, renewal, and guidance.

Pastors ANS ALL GOD'S CHILDREN need to be full of Holy Spirit's Fire &  need to have an awesome Love for Jesus AS ALL LIVE lives pleasing to God as His Word tells ALL to be doing if they live in obedience to God and are HOLY MEN & WOMEN OF GOD...

LEADERS & all God's people must hear the Voice of God and this happens as one SPENDS TIME WITH GOD & become more & more anointed to hear what the Spirit of God is saying...

A real need in the Church are ANOINTED LEADERS WHO will change their plan(s) for the church and obey Holy Spirits...

Those who will allow the FIRE OF GOD in church services of theirs for the people who need change in their lives to get "Set-free" and get the BOLDNESS OF JESUS AND GO WIN THE LOSTare those called, "The called of God's"...

Finney spent most of one day in agonizing prayer, kneeling in a stateroom and walking the decks.  He was so crushed by his prayer burden that he wrung his hands in agony.  Finney had often experienced prayer burden but never so intense and so prolonged as on this day.

Upon Finney’s arrival back in New York, the editor of a faltering publication, “The Evangelist,” asked Finney to write a series of articles on revival.  Finney prayed for a day or two and then promised to give a series of lectures on revival once a week.  The editor was free to send a reporter to observe and write the articles.  The lectures were reported in somewhat condensed form and later published in a book, Finney’s Lectures on Revivals.

Finney’s book Lectures on Revivals was born out of fasting, prayer, and his own rich experiences in revival ministry.  The book influenced more Christians to pray for revival and expect spiritual outpourings than any book ever written.

Aointed children of God's hear Holy Spirit and see Jesus' heart longing for the LOST TO BE FOUND and come to Him...

These saints have a Fire of God in them to ACT on what they hear from the Lord so America (The Nations) will be SAVED and the man (below) did just that...

In the year 2000 I longed for souls to be saved and to see UNITY IN THE CHURCH and PRAYER for Revival (A great Awakening) in America...

The Ramada Hotel near us had rooms one could rent for an hour or more so I rented a meeting room once a week for  people from the churches in my area to come to pray for revival...

After some months I became discouraged because no one came each week nor did they say they were praying at home with us in UNITY for Revival www.jawministries.com 'MISSIONS PAGE" has this hearts desire of mine since my website came on the internet in the year 2000...

UNITY & AWAKENING IN AMERICA BURNED IN MY HEART but it seemed I was a freak for my passion to please Jesus and pray so souls would be saved and a revival come to our nation so I gave up on the meetings - people did not get it then but I am glad today it is begining after some years of prayer to come to this place today...

No one encouraged me to keep on with the meetings and the devil did all he could to discourage me...

But that fire never went away and I had to guard my heart to not judge others for not wanting revival as I did do till this day....

I am in it today and will share more later - please read on and I pray you catch the Fire of God as you continue reading the history of the previous revivals.  

A quiet, zealous forty-six-year-old businessman in New York was appointed on July 1, 1857, as a missionary in downtown New York at the Dutch Church.  Jeremiah Lamphier had been converted in 1842 in Broadway Tabernacle, Finney’s church that was built in 1836.

Lamphier felt led by God to start a noon-time weekly prayer meeting in which business people could meet for prayer.  Anyone could attend, for a few minutes or for the entire hour.

Newspapers began to report on the meetings and the unusual spirit of prayer that was evident.  Within three months similar meetings had sprung up across America.

Soon there were 150 united prayer meetings each day across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Meetings began in February in Philadelphia.  Soon Jayne’s Hall was overfilled, and meetings were held at noon each day in public halls, concert halls, fire stations, houses, and tents.  The whole city exuded a spirit of prayer.

America had entered a new period of faith and prayer.  Educated and uneducated, rich and poor, business leaders and common workmen