Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Acts 6:7 “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”
Jeremiah Lanphier’s prayer movement faced challenges even apart from the economic downturn. Just as the meetings were blossoming, they faced a substantial setback in the form of an unexpected death. John Knox, a beloved and faithful pastor that was a key part of the prayer meetings, was found dead after a tragic fall. It was a sorrowful event that threatened to halt the momentum of the prayer meetings while casting a shadow over the blessings seen up to that point.
Yet, God was not through with the Prayer Revival. Knox’s death provided a solemn reminder about the fragility of human life to the entire prayer community, and his funeral brought together believers to celebrate a life that had been respectfully dedicated to the cause of Christ. Afterwards, the prayer movement exploded in New York City. Pastor Chambers described it this way: “It was not uncommon at that time for all the rooms, with the halls and stairways leading to them, to be filled to repletion.” The Spirit of God transformed their challenges into victory.
There are plenty of reasons to see societal setbacks in Twenty-First Century America as roadblocks to revival. Yet, the Spirit of God can transform these challenges into victory if we bring them to Him in prayer. He seeks to work things together for good, to reveal His glory in us, and to multiply His disciples.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO TRUST IN GOD’S POWER TO TRANSFORM OUR SITUATION FOR HIS GLORY. In order to see God’s full power in our land today, our prayer closets must be filled to repletion.
ADMIN: The Talbot Chambers quote comes from his book “The New York City Noon Prayer Meeting: A Simple Gathering That Changed The World”.
ADMIN 2: I will not be posting a PLUS devotion next Saturday, but will do so in the week to follow. Please do keep praying for our nation and our leaders!