Rev. Dwight Sullivan
Sept. 23 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fulton Street Prayer Revival, an amazing religious event in
This massive wave of prayer swept across the nation - changing lives for Jesus Christ and reviving entire denominations.
Almost 150 years later, might this be the time for another mighty movement erupting from prayer?
Jeremiah C. Lamphier, a layman, started the revolution because he was helping his declining church near Wall Street in
Finally someone joined him. Before the hour was over, six had attended. It was an ordinary prayer meeting, fervent but unspectacular. Meeting the next week, 20 attended. When 40 appeared the following week, they decided to go daily.
On Oct. 14, 1857, Wall Street experienced the Panic of 1857, one of the worst financial crises in American history. By the month’s end, another 100 people were participating in the daily prayer meeting.
Newspaper accounts of a November spiritual revival in
The fervency for prayer swept into
Churches gained attendance.
Amazingly, it began by a layperson leading a small, obscure prayer group. It swelled into a tidal wave of prayer washing the nation, changing lives and reviving declining churches. It sounds like a plot in some cheesy Christian film, but it really happened!
Power of prayer
Many citizens believe the
The power of the 1857 revival came from prayer. Its spark was ignited by fervent laity. Its strength came from people from many churches and backgrounds praying with one another.
Isn’t this something that “ordinary” people can do today? It doesn’t take much money to pray. You can convene prayer in your church. Anyone can invite others. You don’t have to be a bishop or have a Ph.D. to pray sincerely.
In late May, pastors in
Held at the
After the spirited, moving and bonding time together, we decided to have another community prayer on Sept. 25, around the 150th anniversary of the Fulton Street Prayer Revival. In a non-sectarian spirit, a local
Will you pray with us?
What if churches all over this land were to convene with other churches to pray for God’s conviction and grace through Jesus Christ in our land?
Unfortunately, too many communities have weak or nonexistent ministerial fellowship organizations. Too often our churches are isolated, acting like an island unto themselves.
What would happen if churches laid aside denominational differences to unite in prayer for each other and our nation? The Fulton Street Prayer Revival gives us a glimpse!
From our church to your church, will you pray with us? From our community to yours, will you take the challenge to pray for your community and our nation this Sept. 23, the 150th anniversary of the Fulton Street Prayer Revival?
Sullivan is pastor of Whittier (