Heating Up (Part 2)

28 12 2006

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:20,21)

In India, an estimated 15,000 new believers are being baptized every week, 80 percent of whom are responding to Christ because of supernatural out-of-the-box encounters. In China, 25,000 are coming to Christ every day. Thirty-six percent of the population of the Commonwealth of Independent States (formerly the Soviet Union) are believers in Christ. In the great African continent, 20,000 are now coming to Christ every day. The evangelical church in Latin America is growing three times faster than the population. And more Muslims have come to Christ in the past decade than in the previous one thousand years.* Clearly, world evangelism is heating up.

And yet…

The church worldwide is facing increased persecution. In the 1980s, 270,000 died every year as Christian martyrs. It is currently estimated that as many as 500,000 people are martyred every year.** We can say that spiritual zeal is heating up.

Fred Hartley III
Prayer On Fire, p136

*David Bryant, The Hope At Hand, pp219-229
**“Martyrdom, The Most Potent Factor In World Evangelism“, Pulse Magazine, July 7, 1989, p5





Heating Up (Part 1)

28 12 2006

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations and then the end will come.”
(Matthew 24:14)

Leading demographer David Barrett reports that 170 million Christians worldwide are currently praying daily for a spiritual awakening and global evangelism. George Otis, Jr. observes, “About seventy percent of all prayer toward completing the Great Commission has taken place since 1900. Of that, seventy percent has occurred since World War II. And seventy percent of that has come about in the 1990s alone!” In other words, prayer and missions are heating up.

Fred Hartley III
Prayer On Fire, pp135-136





Ignited!

27 12 2006

“He presented another parable to them saying, “The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field.”
(Matthew 13:31)

On May 13, 1727, the Holy Spirit visited a band of Christians in Herrnhut, Germany. “The whole place was indeed a veritable dwelling of God with man,” wrote their godly pastor, Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf.

At six years of age, Zinzendorf had thrown love letters to Jesus from the window of his castle. As a youth, he was trained in Franke’s school in Halle, where he founded the Order of the Mustard Seed, a missionary prayer band, among his peers. From there he studied at zinzendorf-and-moravians.JPGWittenberg, where he led all-night prayer meetings. “I have but one passion—’tis He and He only,” he would say. As an adult, Zinzendorf invested his resources in building a community for three hundred Moravian believers with whom he shared a common passion. Together they formed Herrnhut, or “the Lord’s Watch,” a praying fellowship with a mission to reach a lost world through a revived church.

After weeks of concerted prayer, on May 13 they received their “baptism with the Holy Spirit.” Love, obedience, fellowship and prayer abounded. Prejudice, secret estrangement and misunderstandings were exposed and put away. “Signs and wonders were seen among us, and there was great grace on the whole neighborhood.” The entire congregation bowed under a sense of God’s presence and continued in prayer until midnight. Children were changed. By August 22, the community established an around-the-clock prayer meeting, appointing a man and a woman to be “in the Lord’s Watch” at all times. Each person would serve at their watch one hour each week.

Soon people in neighboring communities learned of the move of God’s Spirit and likewise came under profound conviction and repentance. The ripples spread as far as Turkey, Morocco and Greenland. Within five years the community sent out their first missionaries. Over the subsequent years, they sent out six hundred teams of missionaries.

J.R. Mott and others attribute this Herrnhut Pentecost as the birthplace of the modern missionary movement. This means that the hundreds of thousands of missionaries who have been sent out over the years owe a little of their thrust to this 24/7 prayer meeting that lasted one hundred years.

Fred Hartley III, Prayer On Fire, pp134-135
Source: Andrew Murray, Key To The Missionary Problem, pp47-65





Flashpoint

24 12 2006

“And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.'”
(1 Samuel 3:10)

On February 3, 1970 in Wilmore, Kentucky, Asbury College experienced a fire-visitation of God. The college dean had dedicated that day’s chapel service to student testimonies. Soon it was obvious that God was calling the students to a fresh encounter. One after another, students confessed sin with gut-wrenching honesty, transparency and rock-bottom repentance. When the bell had sounded to dismiss for class, no one left the building. Not for class, not for lunch, dinner or bedtime. God was in the room and time stood still. Nearly every seat in the 1,550 seat auditorium was full for 144 hours of heaven on earth.

Fred Hartley III, Prayer on Fire, pp133-134
Source: Robert Coleman, One Divine Moment, pp74-80





Emblazoned

20 12 2006

“They said to one another, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?'”
(Luke 24:32)

In 1858, the Washington National Intelligence, a leading newspaper, reported daily prayer meetings were held in 150 towns in Massachusetts, 200 in New York, 60 in New Jersey, 65 in Pennsylvania and 2oo in Ohio. It is estimated that, of the United States population of thirty million, nearly two million were born again during this remarkable move of God’s Holy Spirit.*

In 1859, the landscape of Northern Ireland was ablaze with God’s presence. This movement started in First Presbyterian Church. The pastor reported, “The meeting fell still as a grave; the stillness was fearful. Those present will never forget it. At length the silence was broken by unearthly cries, uttered simultaneously by several in different parts of the church…[People] lay in mental agony and absolute bodily prostration.” Out of this deep conviction and repentance came a robust movement of emblazoned God-seekers. At seven o’clock every evening in the town of Derry, a public prayer meeting was held at Corn Market. Between five hundred and five thousand would gather for three hours each night.**

–Fred Hartley, Prayer On Fire, pp132-3

*J. Edwin Orr, The Fervent Prayer, p18
**Ian R. K. Paisley, The “Fifty-Nine” Revival, pp101-102





Kindled

16 12 2006

“…I saw the Lord sitting on a Throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the Temple…Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts!”
(Isaiah 6:1,5)

Off the northwest coast of Scotland, the rugged Hebrides Islands received a remarkable outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit in 1828. “Oh, God, I seem to be gazing through an open door. I see the Lamb in the midst of the Throne,” one fifteen-year old youth cried in public prayer. “Oh, God, there is power there, let it loose!”

power_of_prayer_hahlbohm2.jpgThat’s all it took. The floodgates of heaven suddenly opened. People were sobbing, lying on the floor, begging for mercy.

As the revival spread, prayer meetings lasted twenty-four hours. Hundreds of people in various villages begged to be saved. At times the presence of God was so tangible at the close of a worship service that the organists were literally unable to move their hands over the keyboards.

–Source: Duncan Campbell by Andrew Woolsey, pp115-135
Quoted from Prayer On Fire, by Fred Hartley III





Ablaze

15 12 2006

“These men who have upset the world have come here also…”
(Acts 17:6)

New York state was ablaze with God’s presence in August 1825. When Charles Finney walked into a large cotton mill outside of Utica, a girl working a loom looked into his eyes and began trembling. Her shaking fingers snapped the thread and operations halted. The girl next to her looked up to seecharlesfinney.jpg what had happened. As she saw Finney’s face, she was also affected. In one person after another, conviction of sin spread throughout, and the looms all stopped. By the time the owner arrived to investigate, the entire workforce was in tears. He wisely ordered work to cease and gave his employees opportunity to respond to Christ. Up until that moment, Finney had not said a word.

Fred Hartley III
Prayer On Fire, pp131-2
Quoted from Wesley Duewel, Revival Fire