Daniel Whittle shares another account from the 1857 Prayer Meeting Revival:
“It is with heartfelt gratitude to God that I write you of answer to your prayer. Last Spring, I asked your prayers in behalf of our church. It was almost destroyed by a man trying to get into our Conference without proper papers, and could not. He then broke up a Presbyterian church, and formed another. He gathered a number of our members with him, and tried hard to take our parsonage, but did not succeed. Thank God! though we are few, and have had a hard struggle, we still hold our property, our circuit has doubled, God is reviving His work, and is now answering your prayers”
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
Daniel Whittle shares some more first hand accounts from the 1857 Fulton Street prayer meeting, begun by Jeremy Lanphier.
“The poor, sick old lady for whom I requested your prayers some time since, wishes to return thanks to Almighty God, for restoring her health, and sending friends. It is wonderful how your and our requests are answered.”
“Give thanks with me. Since I wrote you last, our son has given himself to Jesus.”
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Sometimes in church prayer meetings they ask for a show of hands for who has an ‘unspoken’ prayer request – something that we feel unable to share in public, but is a burden on our heart. We know the Spirit intercedes with us:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
But is it worthwhile to share even ‘unspoken’ prayer requests with a group? Daniel Whittle addresses this with another record from the 1857 Prayer Meeting Revival:
“A few weeks since I sent a request for prayer in my behalf, asking you to pray God very earnestly that He would grant me the desire of my heart, for which I was praying almost unceasingly. On the evening of the same day on which I supposed you would receive my request, the answer came,lifting a great burden from my heart. I send this in acknowledgment of God’s loving-kindness to me, and to encourage’ every burdened, praying one, to trust Him more.”
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
We’re on day 4 of our look at prayer by meditation, and today we’ll look at how we can meditate with Timothy!
 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
1 Timothy 4
Paul is instructing young Timothy to be an example (v.12), be diligent (v.13), be focused (v. 14), and be meditating! (v.15).
Meditate on what? v.13 shows that we need to meditate on the reading, exhortation, and doctrine – of the Word of God! Just like the Psalmist and Isaac, we can mediate, ruminate, and chew upon the Word of God. But how do we know our thoughts are going the right direction? Is not the heart deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9)?
James 1:5 reminds us to ask of God for wisdom! Proverbs 2:6 reminds us that God gives us wisdom. By seeking wisdom from God we can find it (Proverbs 8:17). Take time to pray and seek wisdom from God to guide your meditation on His Word!
We’re on day 3 of the focus on meditation. No we’re not doing yoga with the gurus – we’re chewing on Scripture!
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
Isaac is the forgotten patriarch – we admire Abraham, we’re skeptical of Jacob, we are amazed by Joseph, but Isaac gets forgotten, even though he’s in the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:20).
Genesis 22:9, Isaac was the willing sacrifice
Genesis 25:21 he’s the prayerful supplicant
Genesis 26:12 he’s abundantly blessed
Genesis 26:25 he’s the obedient worshipper
Genesis 24:63 he’s meditating on things of God.
Ellicott notes: (63) To meditate.–Many Jewish commentators translate to pray, and derive one of the three Jewish forms of prayer from this act of Isaac. But though the verb is rare, the substantive is used in Psalm 104:34 of religious meditation; and this sense well agrees with the whole character of the calm, peaceful Isaac, already marked out as the type of the Lamb dumb before His slayers (Genesis 22:7).
Like Isaac – we too are living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). Let’s take time and meditate like Isaac on what it means to be sacrificed to God, to have a purpose in His Kingdom, to be used by Him, to reflect on His Word, to seek His Will, to be led in His Way.
As we continue on our journey thru the hour of prayer, we’re looking at how to meditate. We saw God told Joshua to meditate on it day and night. Today the Psalmist begins the book with this call to meditation:
 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The blessing goes to the man who “does not” and who “does.” He does not take in ungodly counsel, the sinner’s way, or fellowship with scorners. He does not meditate on those things.
What does he meditate on? He delights in the Law, and meditates day and night!
Meditating is a choice – what to NOT meditate on, as well as what TO meditate on.
Interesting that in Joshua, he is promised success, while in Psalms he is promised prosperity.
There’s an organization, Americans for Prosperity, that advocates policies that they say will lead to economic success for Americans. But if we want to be truly successful and prosperous (btw – not just economically but spiritually) – we need to meditate on Scripture.
We’re on the 10th segment of the hour of prayer – and let’s look at Meditation.
Did you know? There’s only one verse in the entire Bible that uses the word ‘success’ – and it gives the secret for success!
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
How do we meditate on Scripture? Even harder – how do we meditate day and night?
Living in the “Information Age” we can quickly parse the words back into Hebrew with a free online interlinear Bible such as BibleHub:
When we click on the Hebrew word transliterated We-ha-gi-ta, it takes us to the Englishman’s Concordance that shows us where this is used elsewhere in the Bible:
We see this form of the word is used once, but Strong’s has the root “hagah” used throughout the Old Testament. Click the “25 Occurrences” to see where this concept is used:
The same Hebrew root word is translated “utter,” “imagine,” “speak,” “meditate,” “study,” “mutter,” “mourn,” and “roar.”
Can we study, meditate, imagine, and mourn over the Bible? Do we utter, speak, mutter, and roar over it?
David Guzik notes that the Word is in his lips, mind, and hand (Joshua 1:8).
Matthew Poole notes: Meditate therein, i.e. diligently study, and frequently and upon all occasions consider what is God’s will and thy duty. The greatness of thy place and employments shall not hinder thee from this work, because this is the only rule of all thy private actions and public administrations.
Whedon notes: Shall meditate — The Hebrew word הגה, sometimes means to mutter, speak aloud, but “we are not to think of this meditation as a learned study, nor as a ‘reading aloud,’ as Bunsen explains it, but rather as a mature reflection upon the law, by which Joshua should penetrate more deeply into its meaning.” — Fay. Happy is the nation of Bible readers ruled by one who receives the law at the mouth of God!
Keil & Delitzch: “. . . [Meditation] does not mean theoretical speculation about the law, such as the Pharisees indulged in, but a practical study of the law, for the purpose of observing it in thought and action, or carrying it out with the heart, the mouth, and the hand. Such a mode of employing it would be sure to be followed by blessings.”
Let’s pray and ask God to help us ponder, study, observe, mutter, reflect, penetrate, consider His Word!
Another testimony from the 1857 Fulton Street Prayer Meeting Revival as recorded by Daniel Whittle:
I pray you give God praise and thanks for His merciful deliverance of my dear daughter from the evil influence of the man to whom she had given her love and promise of marriage. THE LORD gave her strength and courage to break her engagement, in answer to our earnest prayers. Oh, implore Him to keep that man out of her path, for he is constantly lying in wait to meet her when she goes out. He wanted her to read bad books, but told her that they were not wrong. He constantly laid temptation in alluring forms before her. To HIM alone be the thanks for this step she has taken.
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.