September 8: Deliverance from Alcohol

Alcohol is tolerated by many today, even in the church. Yet it is powerful, and addicting. I heard a preacher I respected use this following quote, but I wasn’t sure the statistic was accurate so I had to look it up myself. Official numbers from the US Department of Health & Human Services confirm it:

1 out of every 3 people who have ever drank alcohol will be drunk this month

https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016/NSDUH-DetTabs-2016.htm#tab2-6A

Paul takes this issue very seriously:

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a….drunkard….with such an one no not to eat.

1 Corinthians 5:11

So is there any hope for the one enslaved to alcohol?

Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

Daniel Whittle shares another account from the 1857 Prayer Meeting Revival, deliverance from alcohol.

“Sometime ago I wrote to you for my husband. He was a victim to strong drink at that time, but blessed be God, he has not drank one drop for five months.”

September 7: Answered prayer for restored reason

Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

Yet another answered prayer from the 1857 Revival from the writings of Daniel Whittle:

“Last March, I requested you to pray for a dear friend in Massachusetts, who was deprived of her reason through sickness and great trouble. Give thanks unto God, she is fully restored.”

[15] Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
[18] And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
[19] Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
[20] And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
[21] Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 17

September 6: Church Unity thru prayer!

Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

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.

1 Corinthians 12:25

September 5: The old healed, the young saved

Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

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;

Romans 12:12

September 4: Does God answer ‘unspoken’ prayer requests?

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.

Romans 8:26
Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

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.

1 Peter 5:7

August 29: Fulton Street Prayers for Friends

Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

Daniel Whittle shares a short item today from the records of the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting:

“Some time since, I sent request for prayer for the conversion of friends. Since then three have united with the church.”

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Let’s be praying for the salvation of our friends as well!

August 28: Fulton Street deliverance of a daughter

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.

1 Corinthians 15:33

August 27: Answered prayers from the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting

The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Psalm 34:22
Daniel W. Whittle
Daniel W. Whittle

Daniel Whittle records many answers to prayer from the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting Revival. In 1857, following Jeremiah Lanphier’s invitation to pray, thousands packed the churches of New York City and many cities across the nation for noon-time prayer meetings. Here’s what person wrote:

“Some three weeks ago, I wrote you, stating that my business had been a failure, and asked your prayers that God, in His mercy, would point out a way for me to provide for my family. The clouds grew thicker and blacker, but the more earnest were my prayers. Last Saturday the Lord came to my rescue, and provided me with the necessities of life, and to-day I wish you to join with me in thanksgiving to Almighty God for these favors;–‘For He is good; His mercy endureth forever.'”

July 25: Jesus Keeps Me from Drinking

From Daniel Whittle:

A young man arose in the Fulton Street prayer-meeting one day, and detailed his struggles and triumphs with his appetites. He was a perfect drunkard, helpless, poor; his friends’ best efforts to reclaim him were of no avail. The most solemn vows that he had ever taken, still were unable to hold him up. At last he gave himself up for lost. There seemed no hope for him, and in his despair he wandered away to the ocean shore.

He met a young man who showed him a good many favors, and to whom he offered a drink from his flask of liquor.

‘No’ said he, ‘I never drink intoxicating drink, and I ask the Lord Jesus to help me never to touch it.’

I looked at him with surprise, and inquired, ‘Are you a Christian ? ‘

‘ Yes, I trust I am,’ he answered. ‘

‘ And does Jesus keep you from drinking intoxicating liquor ? ‘

‘ He does, and I never wish to touch it’

That short answer set me to thinking. In it was revealed a new power. I went home that night and said to myself, as I went,

‘How do I know but Christ would keep me from drinking if I would ask him?’

When I got to my room, I thought over my whole case, and then I knelt down and told Jesus what a poor, miserable wretch I was ; how I had struggled against my appetite, and had always been overcome by it.

I told Him if he would take the appetite away I would give myself up to Him to be his forever, and I would forever love and serve Him. I told Him that I felt assured that He could help me, and that He would.

Now I stand here, and I tell you all most solemnly, that Jesus took me at my word. He did take away my appetite then and there, so that, from that sacred moment of casting myself on his help, I have not tasted a drop of liquor, nor desired to taste it. The old appetite is gone. The last two weeks have been rich experience of Divine goodness and grace.