The Second Great Awakening

The following is from the files of the late Dr. J. Edwin Orr. Not many people realize that in the wake of the American Revolution in 1781 there was a moral slump throughout the states. Drunkenness became epidemic. Out of a population of 5 million, 300,000 were confirmed drunkards. They were burying 15,000 of them each year. Profanity was of the most shocking kind and for the first time in the history of the American settlement, women were afraid to go out at night for fear of assault. Bank robberies were a daily occurrence. What about the churches? The Methodists were losing more members then they were gaining. The Baptists called it their most wintry season. The Presbyterians and General Assembly deplored the nations ungodliness. In a typical congregational church in Massachusetts in 16 years had not taken one young person into fellowship. The Lutherans were so languishing that they dicussed uniting with the Episcopalians who were even worse off. The Protestant/Episcopal Bishop of New York, Bishop Samuel Provost quit functioning. He had confirmed no one for so long that he decided he was out of work. The Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall wrote to the Bishop of Virgina, James Madison that the the church was too far gone ever to be redeemed. Voltaire declared and Thomas Paine echoed that Christianity would be forgotten in 30 years. A poll taken at Harvard had discovered not one believer in the whole student body and a poll at Princeton, a much more evangelical place only found two believers in the entire student body. Students rioted, they held mock communion at William's College, and they put on anti-Christian plays at Dartmouth. They burned down the Nassau Hall at Princeton. They forced the resignation of the President of Harvard. They took a Bible out of a local Presbyterian church in New Jersey and they burned it in a public bonfire. Christians were very few on the campus in the 1790s. As the demoralization of a nation intensified so did the hunger and the hearts of the people of God. They began to pray intensely, the Spirit of the Lord began to move, and the

hearts of the people were changed. Revival after revival hit the colonies, sweeping hundreds of thousands into the kingdom. It was the 2nd Great Awakening, and it happened when God's people became desperate and earnestly prayed.


...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." ***