New York 1906

From the Edwin Orr Files:


In September of 1857 the small congregation of the Old Dutch North Church on Fulton Street in the heart of the lower New York City area, hired 49 year old Jeremiah Lamphier, a merchant with no experience in church visitation. He was to head up the effort to recruit prayer partners for this 88 year-old church, which had all but shut its doors because of little attendance. Giving up his trade position, Lamphier took up a $1,000 dollar a year job and began knocking on doors. For months Lanphier made appeals and met regularly with a small hand full of believers. Then the Spirit of the Lord moved on Jeremiah Lanphier to reach out to business men like him and invite them to pray. Six believing business men came on the first invitation. One was a Methodist, another member of the Dutch Reform Church, another Presybeterian, a Baptist, and also a Congregationalist. Twenty men attended the second meeting and 41 the 3rd . Then on Wednesday, October 14, 1857, the nation was staggered by the worst financial panic in its history. Banks closed, men were without work, and families went hungry. Lawyers, physicians, merchants, brokers, bankers, mechanics, and even messenger boys began to come to the prayer meeting, and within a short period of time the meeting swelled to over 3,000. Then as the panic drew to a close, critics assumed that the crowds would die down and all would return to normal. But like lightning the Spirit of the Lord began to move, and prayer meetings began to break out all over New York City. Within 6 months out of a population of 800,000, over 10,000 business men were meeting daily for prayer. The Spirit of the Lord would then begin to invade Philadelphia, Boston, Ontario, and within a year the Holy Spirit would sweep down the coast all the way into the South to churches of all kinds. Especially to the community of African American believers, who despite the tyranny of slavery, diligently prayed for God to shake the South with His salvation power. For example at one church, the Baptist church of Beaufort in South Carolina, they saw over 400 souls come to Christ in a matter of days. The revival ran in the headlines of every major newspaper for over a year, and in one year over 1 million people were added to the Kingdom. Another example, the Methodist received 135, 517 new members in that one year, also the Baptist received 92,243. Literally 1/30 of the United States population came to the Lord in that one year. It all happened because the Lord drew to Himself a few people who were faithful to seek His face.

...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." ***