Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 11: Ruffled Feathers

Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing…”  

   One day a bird landed near and I noticed that its feathers were
really ruffled. The expression, which my grandpa used frequently,
immediately came to life: “Don’t get your feathers all ruffled.” That
is, do not worry or be anxious about the matter at hand. Jeremiah
Lanphier probably needed to hear those words on September 23,
1857, as he knelt alone in prayer. He was the only participant in a
newly established prayer meeting that he had started. Lanphier
had handed out hundreds of handbills entitled “How often shall we
pray?” to try and recruit people to be a part of the prayer meetings.
He was addressing a major problem in the church of his day –
   History records that God eventually did bring people to pray
that day – six the first week, 20 the second week and in six months,
50,000 people were praying in New York City. Because of Lanphier’s
courage and determination to call God’s people to prayer, the
Layman’s Prayer Revival of 1857-1858 was used mightily of God
to revive the church, convert millions and foster world missions
during the middle of the 19th century. So, whenever something
seems hopeless or you are discouraged, don’t let your feathers get
ruffled. Pray!

Prayer Points
   • Pray for the Lord to raise up a faithful group of passionate prayer
mobilizers in churches across North America
   • Pray toward personal faithfulness in prayer

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