Fulton Street Revival 150th Anniversary

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Fulton Street Revival, also known as “the Layman’s Revival.”

The revival began with a middle-aged tradesman, Jeremiah Lanphier … At that time in 1857, 30,000 men were idle in the streets and unemployment and drunkenness were rampant … Lanphier walked the streets around his church and noticed businessmen he passed who had anxious appearances and worried expressions as the nation was standing on the brink of economic disaster …

Realizing the need for prayer, Lanphier began handing out thousands of flyers advertising the first noonday prayer meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23. He sat alone for the first half hour but was soon joined by five other men. The following weeks, the Wednesday prayer meetings saw larger crowds and within three months there were prayer meetings all over the city and more than 50,000 people in New York City alone who paused at noon to pray.

The prayer revival soon spread across the nation and in about 18 months, a million people were converted to Jesus Christ. (from The Christian Post)

Two important lessons to remember:

  1. God can do mighty things through the obedience of a single person.
  2. Never underestimate the power of prayer.

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