The Conditions of Prevailing Prayer

By George Mueller

1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only ground of any claim of blessing. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do” (John 14:13,14).

2. Separation from all known sin. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).

3. Faith in God’s Word of promise as confirmed by His oath. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is…a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly. “Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3).

5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him?” (Luke 18:7).

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From The Inside Out…

Spiritual and Church growth happens from the inside out.

In the last few months we have put an increased emphasis on prayer at FCC and almost immediately the spiritual atmosphere of the Church was changed. We have a small group that’s get together on Sunday morning and prays for the service. The effect of them getting together and praying for the service produced an increased level of anointing during the services.

On Fridays which was supposed to be our prayer service we spent more time teaching and talking about prayer than actually praying. So this month we decided to change the direction to focusing on praying and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us on when to hit on teaching points. More prayer produced more power during our services.

So I would say in general that our services have become less scripted and since we are praying corporately more and more the anointing level has increased dramatically. There has also be an increase in the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit.

The Conditions of Prevailing Prayer

By George Mueller

1. Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only ground of any claim of blessing. “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do” (John 14:13,14).

2. Separation from all known sin. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).

3. Faith in God’s Word of promise as confirmed by His oath. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is…a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly. “Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3).

5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him?” (Luke 18:7).

The Noonday Prayer Revival Part 3

And This is The Record:

By the time of the Noonday Prayer Revival America was old enough to have a sense of history. James Smithson had bequeath an endowment to start collecting the antiques of US history in the Capital. Church leaders were aware that this event was an awakening, and they were diligent enough to chronicle the event. Even the secular newspapers provided many reports that still exist today on microfilm.

One eyewitness report was made by Rev. Dr. Talbot W. Chambers, one of the pastors at the Reformed North Dutch Church on Fulton Street in New York City. He was commissioned by the church board to write any authentic information about the origin and history of “The Noon Prayer Meeting.” It was completed November 4, 1858.

Samuel Irenaeus Prime was the chief editor of the daily New York Observer. He was one of the first to report the revival. He published twenty-five revival sermons by the city’s most prominent preachers with the title: The New York Pulpit in the Revival of 1858. In 1859 he summarized the events in The Power of Prayer, Illustrated in the Wonderful Displays of Divine Grace at the Fulton Street and Other Meetings.

Another contemporary writer was William C. Conant, who detailed the events at the height of the revival. His Narratives of Remarkable Conversions and Revival Incidents was published at the end of April in 1858.

James Gordon Bennett, a pioneer of yellow press journalism and the head of the New York Herald, began exploiting the revival news in February of 1858. His rival Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, began competing for the awakening news, too. In April Greeley devoted one entire special issue to the movement He even had reporters race on horseback from meeting to meeting for attendance totals. Because of development of the telegraph, the rotary press, and the new unified reporting of the Associated Press in the 1840’s newspapers had the ability to report the news nationwide. Most newspapers printed notices of the meetings and the results. Even the telegraph companies allowed “saints” to send free telegrams to their “sinner” friends urging them to be converted. Although the secular press preferred to report the YMCA activities rather than the church news, the nation knew about this “Great Revival.”

Every church denominations had publications that listed the revival news town-by-town and meeting-by-meeting. Even lists of the names of the converts were written in the secular and religious circulation’s. Many individuals kept a record of the happening, and even Jeremiah Lanphier had a personal journal of his experiences.


The Noonday Prayer Revival Part 2

by Paul R Dienstberger

II. Panic of 1857:

In the Fall of 1857 the boom period ended with the third panic in American history. After the railroad construction, the land speculation, the manufacturing growth, and the Western wheat growth, a banking panic shocked the public and converged on the New York City financial institutions.

On August 30th the bubble burst with the failure of the Ohio Life Insurance Co. and their branch bank in New York City. Other banks called in loans and suspended credit. When the New Haven Railroad failed, fear spread throughout the City. By mid-September twenty-nine banks had failed in New York City alone. Interest rates rose to five-percent per month. With money tight factories closed and 10,000 NYC workers lost manufacturing jobs.

The scenario was repeated in other eastern cities like Philadelphia and Boston. Without credit the crop harvests of the West could not be shipped. Financial ruin spread throughout the nation’s business sector. Only the South’s cotton industry survived and even prospered since cotton was over one-half of the nation’s exports. Their success further antagonized the Northern animosity toward slavery.

By mid-October unemployment was 40,000 in New York. The number were high in Philadelphia and Boston, too. On Oct 14th the nation’s banking system collapsed. The Bank of New York, the city’s oldest and strongest bank, failed with 17 other leading banks. The other banks in New York City closed for two months from mid-October to mid-December.

The mayor of New York began relief measures by purchasing flour and selling it at cost. He hoped that public works projects like grading the streets, the Central Park, and the Reservoir would stimulate the economy. With winter approaching despair set in. Businessmen committed suicide. The middle-class began moving into tenement sections, and the hungry mobs marched on Wall Street to demand that they circulate the millions of dollars they were hoarding their vaults.

In December the economic experts were saying that the panic was totally unjustified. The banks had enough money on hand to meet any withdrawal run on their deposits. The Secretary of the US Treasury stated that New York banks had never been sounder. Then, what caused the mass hysteria? Why the money crisis? Had rumors lead to ruin?

Historians and economic analysts always like the boom-to-bust cycle for an explanation. Naturally, over-speculation is another popular accusation to blame. Another cause is the unsound banking practices which had little federal monitoring. Tariffs and limits on money and credit are always criteria for depressions, too. Even the lack of opportunity for the poor is used as a justifiable reason.

However, our forefathers in earlier generations and not just church leaders had an opinion that the panic had a Divine Hand of retribution because of the idolatry of money. Samuel I. Prime, editor of the New York Observer, wrote that the panic was “a judgment.” He, along with other contemporaries, found the cause in a lust for mammon accompanying the Gold Rush and the rapid industrialization. Twenty year later C. L. Thompson wrote “We were becoming a people without God in the world. In His providence the greed of gain was preparing its own remedy. A financial crash that shook all the monetary centers fell upon us.” In J. Edwin Orr’s posthumous book The Event of the Century, he boldly argued that the panic was not a cause of the prayer revival. The strongest argument to refute the “bank-panic revival” title was the timetable of events. On the day of the crash Oct 14th only about 100 participated in the prayer meeting. There was no dramatic increase in attendance during the crisis which ended on December 15th. But it must be noted that there was a vast multiplication of the Fulton Street meetings during the two month crisis. In January, 1858 excitement had spread across the nation and the press began reporting a “Businessman’s Revival.”

HOW TO ASCERTAIN THE WILL OF GOD

 Muller

by George Mueller

Compiled by
A. E. C. Brooks

  • 1. I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the LORD's will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
  • 2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
  • 3. I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
  • 4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God's Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
  • 5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.
  • 6. Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.

My Dancing Day…

One year ago today I was sitting in a baby delivery room waiting for my fifth child to enter this world.

But he was facing the wrong way in my wife’s womb and wasn’t able to come out. My wife was in a lot of pain and I could hear his heart rate on the monitor going down. They said if he didn’t come out really soon they would have to do C section.

I was sitting there right next to the bed and I just felt so helpless. I tried get quiet and hear from God, but my mind deserted me…I was in shock.

The woman I loved was a few feet away from me screaming in pain and I could hear my sons hear heart rate getting slower and slower.

I just put my head in my hands and prayed softly in the spirit. That’s all I could think of to do.

So I prayed and prayed, until I hit a gusher…the joy of the Lord filled my heart. I got up, walked into the bathroom and dance like a mad man. Then I calmly walked back out and sat down in my chair.

Everyone but one nurse had left the room and it looked like that they were getting ready to do the C section. My wife suggested to the nurse that she try and push just one more time.

So she did and Robert James Mancha started to come forth in a mighty way. The nurse screamed for me to go get help, so I got up and ran out to the nurses station to get help.

James is my grace baby. I was in the best place of my life spiritually when he was born and I think his calm demeanor reflects that fact.

This morning when he walked into my office I just picked him up and thanked God for him one more time.

Happy birthday Robert James, your daddy danced on the day you were born.