First Great Awakening

In 1734 in the Massachusetts village of North Hampton, a black gown congregational minister named Johnathon Edwards fell to his knees in prayer and cried out to the Lord in response to what the Lord had shown him regarding the lost souls throughout the small town of 1,100. Gone was the God fearing generation which had once settled this land. The new generation had forgotten God. Immorality, debauchery, and self-interest ruled. Few worried about the next world and none were concerned about the passionate love of the Lord. Church roles were shriveling and many Christians were living in sin. Years of heeding the voice of the Lord began to impact Edward's life as he diligently waited before the Lord in prayer, hours upon hours at a time, all the while being burdened souls of his home town. And then it happened, Edwards began to preach in a way he had never preached before. Humility was his mark, a soft spoken but well articulated message was his gift, and the truth was his torch. The compassion of the Lord filled Edward's soul as he called hundreds throughout the town to repent. Christians began to turn to the Lord and prayer began to spread throughout the colonies. People gathered in their homes to pray. Shops closed up business in order to hold public assemblies of prayer and worship. One author wrote, quote, "Tears flowed, some weeping with sorrow and distress, others with joy and love, others with concern for the souls of their neighbors." Soon the revivals spilled over into other towns and before long a hundred communities were affected. In May of 1735 the revival began to cool off, but it was only a flicker of greater things to come when 25 year old George Whitfield, a colleague of the Wesleys in England came in response to the news of praying Christians throughout New England. Where Edwards was spare and deliberate in his soft-spoken message, Whitfield hurled the words of truth like thunderbolts. Edwards logically built truth upon truth until the weight of that logic bore down on the listener, but Whitfield's delivery was simply filled with and enthusiasm he could not contain. He was not a pretentious melodrama, but a humble brokenness that was consumed with people knowing the truth about God's love. With this consuming passion for souls, Whitfield preached the gift of repentance, the cross of Calvary, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Thousands upon thousands responded, the spirit of the Lord swept through the colonies. Soon Christian leaders began to repent of their apathy. While new ones were raised up, hundreds of thousands were saved. Families were restored, people were filled with the presence of the Lord and the course of a new nation was changed. Revival after revival hit the colonies in this first Great Awakening. It all happened when one person fell to his knees in response to the drawing of the Holy Spirit. It happened when he decided that the love of Jesus was the most important thing in the world. The most important thing in life.


...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***