Read Matthew 6:1-24. Read the following:
Life in the big city brought a hectic schedule. Although a time of economic prosperity and the “good life,” the specter of war loomed on the horizon. One man saw the city from a different perspective. Amidst the hustle and bustle, the laughter and the parties, this man saw the deep, spiritual needs of the people. Jeremiah felt God call him be an instrument of change in this metropolitan city. Sensing a burden for prayer, Jeremiah took out a full-page ad in the paper advertising a weekly prayer meeting at noon, inviting all who
could to come. The first prayer meeting was held on September 23, and for the first 30 minutes, he prayed alone. Then there were footsteps; the closing moments of this historic prayer meeting, six men knelt to pray for New York.
On the next Wednesday, they met again as planned, and the number grew to 20. When they met during the first week of October, the men felt they should begin to meet daily for prayer; and so they did. The Fulton Street prayer meetings were underway. What had started as a group of seven men on September 23, 1857, grew to over 10,000 meeting daily for prayer by February of 1858. A wave of revival spread from New York through the Ohio River Valley and on to the West. Thousands met for prayer in cities such as Cincinnati and Chicago. During the next two years, it is estimated that well
over 1,000,000 converts were brought into the Kingdom, just before the beginning of the tragic Civil War. Although many were called to be a part of this prayer movement, one man, Jeremiah C. Lanphier, was used by God to begin the Fulton Street prayer meetings.
1. Do I pray with any consistency?
2. Are my prayers usually . . .
____Meaningful ____Empty Words ____Vain Repetitions
3. How much time do I spend in genuine heart-felt prayer every day?
____5 . Min. ____10 Min. ____15 Min. ____30 Min. or More
4. Am I satisfied with my daily prayer life?
Do you need to confess as sin your lack of time in genuine prayer? Spend time thanking God for the privilege of prayer and for what He did for you on the cross to make prayer possible.