II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

The Prayer Revival of 1857, led by Christian businessman turned rookie missionary Jeremiah Lanphier, is the model of the PLUS ministry. Famous American evangelist R.A. Torrey described this magnificent revival with these thoughts in “The Power of Prayer”:

“The wonderful revival of 1857 and 1858 in America, which has been described as ‘the greatest revival known since the days of the apostles,’ was the result of prayer. First came the prayers of an obscure city missionary in New York, and then the prayers of those whom he succeeded in associating with him in his burden of a desire for a revival. It has been said of America, of the time immediately preceding this revival, that its moral and spiritual degradation was such that ‘the whole country was on the very verge of a volcanic eruptions of vice and political disaster.’ But prayer prevailed with God, the spirit of prayer spread, and the prayer meetings were held in New York in churches and theaters, attended by thousands.”

The Prayer Revival of 1857 was prompted by prayer. It was initiated by an obscure city missionary, and flourished in a society characterized by vice and spiritual degradation. Ultimately, it spread throughout the U.S. and around the world through maritime trade. Prayer prevailed!

In a society today characterized by vice and spiritual degradation, we need such an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And, it can be prompted by prayer, flourishing and spreading in a way that can only be attributed to Him!