Day 21 - Revival Birthed By Prayer!


We have been apprehended by Christ Jesus, lets us apprehend (eagerly pursue) Holy Spirit. Let us awake from slumber, arise out of dead works and Christ will shine His light on us!

Yesterday, we heard the call to become aware of the state of affairs in our world; to go past our contentment and step outside to bless the world around us. Another call went forth to covenant with one another in prayer for revival in our communities. 

Apprehended By Christ,

Revival Birthed By Prayer!

The Fourth Wave

Marks of the Fourth Wave or the Third Great Awakening

Three notable ones were

  • Lay-led Movement

  • Teams (husband & wives) were used mightily in this awakening. Booths (Salvation Army) & Palmers who were American evangelist.

  • Prayer sparked a fire that fanned the flame of revival around the world.

Jesus is calling us to awake and arise from our current state of contentment and He will give us light.
Therefore He says: "Awake, sleeper, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light. - Ephesians 5:14

Jesus gave His followers three commands…

  • When you fast

  • When you give

  • When you pray

Press Onward to the High Calling
Php 3:12-14  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high (upward) calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

    • Apprehend G2638 to take eagerly, that is, seizepossess.


Revival Born In A Prayer Meeting

It started with a man called Lanphier who was hired to go door to door and encourage people to come to church. For some three months he had been visiting boarding houses, shops, and offices, inviting people to the 88 yr. old Old Dutch North Church at Fulton and Williams streets, New York City.

While making his rounds of visitation, the idea occurred to him that businessmen might like to get away for a short period of prayer once a week while offices were closed at noon. So, he decided to start a noon day prayer meeting right in the downtown of New York.

On 21 September 1857 Jeremiah Lanphier, a businessman, began a series of prayer meetings in New York. By the beginning of 1858 the congregation was crowded, often with a majority of businessmen. Newspapers reported that over 6,000 were attending various prayer meetings in New York, and 6,000 in Pittsburgh. Daily prayer meetings were held in Washington, D.C. at 5 different times to accommodate the crowds. Other cities followed the pattern. Soon, a common mid-day sign on business premises read, "We will re-open at the close of the prayer meeting". By May, 50,000 of New York's 800,000 people were new converts.

Finney wrote of this revival, "This winter of 1857–58 will be remembered as the time when a great revival prevailed. It swept across the land with such power that at the time it was estimated that not less than 50,000 conversions occurred weekly.

The news spread and similar meetings began elsewhere. It would spark a seed in Ulster, Northern Ireland where a man started praying. That broke out into the Second Awakening in Britain.

Millions would come to the Lord. It started with prayer and blossomed into a massive burden for souls. It crossed denominations and was built upon a love for Jesus and for souls. People found in Him rest for their souls.

Many looked at politics for change but the real change came from heaven. The impact was beyond the church.  It impacted the way of life for everyone. It brought social change that was needed. 

Out of it came 

1. Inner city missions: Cause for youth was championed along with the poor and the oppressed.

2. International missions: Missions were launched to Africa by David Livingston after his death in 1875 Mary Slessor went to Africa.

3. Woman’s rights

4. Child labor laws & Desire for education: Thomas Barnardo, opened an orphanage in the East End of London to care for and educate children of the area left orphaned and destitute by a cholera outbreak. His ministry still is alive some 150 yrs. later.

5. Anti slavery movements (the end of racism today)

Looking back, historians can see that conditions were ripe for revival. The Revival of 1800 began a golden age of religious interest. But by 1843 a nation intent upon getting and spending had lost interest in religion. The West had opened up. Gold was discovered in California. Railroad building was a craze. The slavery issue was hot. Fortunes ballooned. Faith diminished.

Apprehend Us Oh, Lord

May we become eager to pray, may we seize the day, may we possess a hunger for souls and in doing so see a revival, an awakening in our day like surpasses the great awakenings of yesteryear.

Effectual Fervent Prayer

James 5:16-20 AMP

16Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]17 Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. [1Ki 17:1] 18 And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]. [1Ki 18:42-45] 19 [My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God], 20 Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one's] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert].

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

  • Effectual G1754 energeō to be activeefficient: - do, (be) effectual (fervent), be mighty in, shew forth self, work (effectually in).

  • Prayer G1162 a seeking, asking, entreating, to desire, long for, the thing asked for, to pray.

  • Avails G2480  to have (or exercise) force (literally or figuratively):to have power as shown by extraordinary deeds, to have strength to overcome.

  • Much G4183 to a great extent; a great deal


  • Read: Psalms 119: 145-152 (revive us, Oh Lord)  also Forth Wave of Awakening below - do it again, Lord!

  • Cry Out for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!

  • Ask Holy Spirit to apprehend you for the high calling of Christ.

  • Set your heart to obey the commands of Jesus. Become a people who fast, give and pray

  • Ask Holy Spirit for a fresh anointing to travail - bring to birth His awakening, revival, reformation.

  • Call forth revival, awakening in our day!

  • Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven…apprehend the Spirit, apprehend men with the gospel of the kingdom.

Hear my voice according to Your steadfast love; O Lord, quicken me and give me life according to Your [righteous] decrees. - Psalms 119:149 


The Fourth Wave of 1857 Onwards…1857 to 1865 (8 yrs.)

This Great Awakening (often called the 3rd) was the greatest to date in its extent, effects and lasting impact. It began slowly in Canada, when 21 were saved, and grew steadily until between 25 and forty were converted each day. Slowly reports of small awakenings began to emerge from various states in America. Then, in September 1857 Jeremiah Lanphier, a businessman and convert of Finney's (a decade before), began a noon day prayer meeting on Wednesdays in a New York church. The small but growing numbers decided to meet daily in early October. Within six months over 10,000 business men were meeting in similar meetings across America; confessing sins, being converted and praying for revival. It was a lay-led movement that harvested a million souls in two years. In 1858, from February to June, around 50,000 people a week were added to the church - in a nation whose population was only 30,000,000.

Across the Atlantic another million were won to Christ by 1865. This was in Britain's population of 27,000,000. Ulster saw 100,000 converted, Scotland 30,000, Wales 100,000 and England 500,000.

Evangelistic, missionary and philanthropic enterprises blossomed on every hand. Moody and Sankey enjoyed their greatest success. William and Catherine Booth, converted under the ministry of James Caughey, launched the Salvation Army and attracted great crowds to Christ. Walter and Phoebe Palmer, the American evangelists, saw a remarkable work of the Spirit attend their ministry. Charles Haddon Spurgeon preached to capacity crowds each week, filling the largest halls in London. Hudson Taylor began the China Inland Mission. Gawin Kirkham started the Open Air Mission. Lord Shaftsbury championed for the cause of the young, the poor and the oppressed. Barnardo founded his famous orphanages. David Livingstone and Mary Slessor propagated missionary work in Africa. Such was the impact of this fourth great awakening.

The revival also swept around the world. Rapid growth was reported in continental Europe, western Russia, Australia, The South Seas, South Africa and India.

OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! - Isaiah 64:1-2