March 28: Prayer Revival in New York City

For a few days we’ll be sharing some of the contemporaneous newspaper accounts of the Prayer Meeting Revival in New York City. This article is from the February after the Prayer Meeting Revival started on September 23rd, 1857.

The Washington Union. (D.C.), February 21, 1858, Page 3. On the Revival in New York City
The Washington Union. (D.C.), February 21, 1858, Page 3. On the Revival in New York City

March 27: The Prayer Revival hits the Wire Services

At noon on September 23rd, 1857, Jeremiah Lanphier put out a sign advertising a prayer meeting. We introduced the “Prayer Meeting Revival” yesterday – for the next few days we’ll share some newspaper stories from the time. This article was syndicated across several newspapers.

Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) November 10, 1857, Page 1 - The Noon-Day Prayer Meeting
Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) November 10, 1857, Page 1 – The Noon-Day Prayer Meeting

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

James 5:13

March 26: The Prayer Revival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jlAxXa4Shk

The King’s College recently acquired a statue of Jeremiah Lanphier, produced by the American Bible Society for the 150th anniversary of the Prayer Meeting Revival.

Jeremiah Lanphier statue, photo from The King's College
Jeremiah Lanphier statue, photo from The King’s College

The King’s College tells the story behind this statute:

Lanphier was a New York City businessman living during a tumultuous time in the history of New York City and the United States. Economic depression and political division over the issue of slavery marked America’s public life. In New York City, whose population was 800,000, 30,000 men lingered idle and drunk in the streets, and unemployment plagued the city.

Lanphier’s church had relocated north from the corner of Fulton and William Streets, and knocking on doors and sharing the gospel had made little difference in Lanphier’s mission efforts. Eventually, he realized the need for prayer, and began distributing thousands of flyers advertising a prayer meeting at noon in a church on Fulton Street, to be held on September 23, 1857.

For the first half hour of the meeting, no one came. Then five people arrived, and they prayed together. From Jeremiah’s flyers and by word of mouth, the invitation spread.

In a matter of weeks, thousands were gathering to pray in New York each week. From there, prayer meetings spread across the United States, and eventually, as many as 10,000 people per week were professing faith in Christ in New York City alone.

https://www.tkc.edu/stories/new-york-city-landmark-sculpture-relocates-to-kings-lobby/