The National Movement of God
On September 7th and 8th, 2012 people from across America and around the world joined in a concerted effort of prayer and fasting for national revival. As I have studied revivals of the past, it is evident to me that America is a prime candidate for a true, sweeping, Holy Ghost revival. I am not talking about emotional frenzies and excitation, but a true movement of God.
The year was 1857. The place was New York City. The man was Jeremiah Lanphier. The times were similar to what we see today. Unemployment was widespread. The spiritual temperature was ice cold. It was in this setting that Mr. Lamphier was led of God to start a prayer meeting focusing on the business men of New York City.
The first noonday meeting was attended only by Mr. Lamphier for the first half hour. but he was faithful and after a while he was joined by six others. On September 23, 1857 the attendance had increased to the point of forcing a relocation to the Fulton Street Church. At this point the meetings were held daily.
It wasn't long until the church was filled with praying individuals. The media of the day spurred other groups and other churches to do the same. Shortly thereafter it was common for businesses to close over the lunch hour allowing workers to attend the prayer meeting. This was unheard of then as much as it is today.
Soon the movement spread from city to city. It has been estimated that over 10,000 people attended the services each day and that tens of thousands were converted each week. Its impact was felt across America for the next 50 years.
That was then, but this is now. Some of the many from across the country who gave themselves to prayer and fasting this past September 7th and 8th made their way to Lamar, PA. The Great American Fast was under way. Hours were given to prayer as we fasted from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Five men of God preached no nonsense messages. This was not business as usual. This was a time of 'thus saith the Lord". The only hope America has is to repent and return.
America is still so far away from her God, but I do see a change in the national spiritual fabric. The Great American Fast is only one of many prayer groups that have sprung up over the past two or three years. there are pockets of pray-ers popping up all over the country and just as in 1857, God is calling His people to prayer. Just as in 1857, God's people slowly, a little at a time are responding. Are you? Join us at www.thegreatamericanfast.org. Be a part of the Battle for this great nation before you become a casualty of this great nation.
If God could do it then, give me one reason why He cannot do it now. Let your faith stretch to see the possibilities. Do not just read this verse, but internalize it, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Claim the power of a God of the impossible to believe that God can - no, that God will be true to His Word.
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