Daniel Whittle reports how God works even when we think it’s hopeless – for how much more hopeless can things get than a 2 week old newspaper?
“I had another acquaintance who was also greatly distressed. With a wife and family to care for, and all his means gone, and no prospect of employment, he was in trouble indeed. We induced him to present his case for prayer here, as it would encourage him to have others pray for him.
Then we inserted an advertisement in one of the daily papers, offering his services, hoping the Lord would bless the means used and answer prayer. Day by day passed, but no response came.
Some two weeks after the advertisement was inserted, a merchant picked up an old paper, and noticing the advertisement, showed it to his partner, remarking, ‘Why, this is just the man we need.’ Observing the old date on the paper, his partner said he thought it would be too late to respond; but the trial was made.
The man was requested to call, and proved to be just what these merchants had been wishing for, and was very quickly engaged. He feels that the Heavenly Father who cares for the sparrows, undoubtedly met his need, and that all the circumstances connected with the case were providential.”
Daniel Whittle brings another answered prayer (and a bonus) from the Prayer meeting revival!
At the Fulton Street prayer-meeting a number of remarkable cases were related of real answers to prayer for recovery to health, and obtaining of positions.
“I must tell you how God has been answering prayer, for his glory and for your encouragement. Your prayers were asked for a sick wife. She was thought by the doctors to be beyond recovery, but in response to prayer God spared her life, and she and her husband returned their heartfelt thanks to Him. But there was another trouble. The husband had long needed employment, and was in great pecuniary distress. He had been praying for help, beseeching the Lord to open up a way for him. But help did not come, and the cloud seemed darker, and the poor man got discouraged. Friends begged him to hope on, and not to give up his trust in that God who, in answer to prayer, had raised his sick wife to health. He continued to pray, and on the long, dark night, morning at last dawned. He is now in a good position, and sends a request to friends to thank God with him for this two-fold goodness of the Lord.
Daniel Whittle shares another account from the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting. Often we hear of people bargaining with God. Some like Louis Zamperini bargained with God (as recorded in the book and film, “Unbroken”) but eventually followed thru. Others, well… let’s pick up with Daniel Whittle’s account:
A remarkable instance of how God keeps his promises and is faithful, and how man often forgets to keep his, and at last receives deserved punishment for his thanklessness to God, was recently related in the Fulton Street prayer-meeting.
A very urgent case was presented by a friend. He said: “A friend of mine is seeking Jesus. A little while ago his only child lay near death. He prayed God to restore her to health, promising to serve the Lord for the rest of his life if the child’s life was spared. His daughter recovered, but the man forgot the promise he had made and sought not after God. In a very little while the child was suddenly taken sick again, and almost as suddenly died. The father remembered his vows, and feels that this is God’s solemn warning to him to seek the Savior.”
While there were many blessed events at the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting, prayers did not have to ‘arrive’ at the meeting to be answered. The Prayer Meeting was not how some people treat the Western Wall – as a place of ‘special’ power. Rather, it is the one prayed to not the prayer itself or the means of the prayer. Prayers do not need to be verbal – they can even be written if that helps you concentrate! Here’s an account of a written prayer from Daniel Whittle:
An incident was related at one of the meetings by a clergyman who had written a telegram asking for prayers. God heard it before it was sent.
“When we were in Switzerland, my daughter was taken very ill, so that the doctor despaired of her life. I felt the need of sympathy and help and prayer, and I made up my mind that I would send a telegraphic dispatch to this meeting, where I had so often united with you in prayer. I wrote the dispatch and was prepared to send it, when all at once there was poured out such a joyful faith and confidence in God on me as I never felt before in all my life, and I fell on my knees in devout thanksgiving for the assurance that God gave me that he had heard and answered our prayers, for we had prayed for that dear daughter’s life. There lay the telegram ready to be sent. There I was waiting and praying. In less than half an hour my wife came into the room and said, ‘There is a change for the better in our daughter,’ and the telegram was never sent, though I believe the writing of it was the prayer that God answered.”
Another round of praises from the 1857 Prayer Revival from the records of Daniel Whittle:
A GRATEFUL TRIBUTE.
“For a long time I have been the subject of personal affliction, caused by two internal tumors of the worst type. Speedy death seemed inevitable; yet there was a little hope that a surgical operation might possibly remove the difficulty and prolong my day. To this hope I clung, submitted to the operation, and it was a success. To the earnest prayers of Christian people is due this grateful acknowledgment.”
WAS A PERFECT SLAVE TO LIQUOR.
“Please return thanks to our kind Heavenly Father for this answer to prayer. All last Winter requests were sent in for a gentleman, a perfect slave to liquor. Those prayers were answered, and he is attending church regularly, striving to do what is right to please his Heavenly Master.”
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 9Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: 10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica….
2 Timothy 4:8-10
So many that can be used in fruitful ministry are turned aside into distractions. Are you praying for those who need encouragement to stay on the path of following Christ?
Daniel Whittle brings us another prayer request from the Prayer Meeting Revival:
“I sent a request to you for a young man, who was called, and eminently fitted for the ministry, but was tempted, by ambition, not to listen to the divine call, and obstacles had hedged his way somewhat. After I requested your prayers in his behalf, this temptation was removed, and nearly one hundred persons were converted in the church which was under his care.”
Some websites offer seemingly magical “powerful prayers for job opportunities” – yet God just wants to hear from you! God has much to say in his word about finding work:
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
I Timothy 5:8
God wants you to have a job, and to work, and to provide for your family! If you don’t – you shouldn’t eat – and not eating isn’t a long-term survival plan. How can you get a job?
Daniel Whittle shares more prayer requests from the Prayer Meeting Revival how requests for employment were answered!
PRAYER ANSWERED FOR EMPLOYMENT.
“A foreigner without means and friendless tried in vain for ten months to succeed in finding some employment. He requested your prayers to God, and God answered. In less than eighteen hours a splendid position was offered to him. He and his wife give thanks, and pray that they may devote their lives usefully to the cause of God who has been so good to them.”
“God has answered our united prayers, and given employment to his child.”
Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
1 Kings 8:28
Daniel Whittle continues sharing accounts from the 1857 Prayer Meeting Revival. This revival continued for many years – and as people continued praying, God continued answering!
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
“About two years ago we requested your prayers for the Holy Spirit upon a revival work then in progress in our church.” The Lord answered us by giving us over four score souls.”
HEARTS MADE GLAD.
“We return most hearty thanks for the answer to prayer given. I wrote more than a year ago last August of our low state. Last Winter twenty young persons were converted, and continue to work faithfully.”
GIVEN UP BY MAN, BUT RESCUED BY THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.
“The writer was himself raised up by prayer, from the gates of death, offered by the heart and lips of one who is now a sufferer. Two of the most skillful physicians in the land had given me up.”
Daniel Whittle shares us more results from prayer requests offered during the Fulton Street Revival in 1857 in New York.
A HOPELESS CASE.
“A little less than a year ago, prayers were desired at the Fulton street prayer-meeting for a man whose case seemed wholly hopeless. Shortly after he gave up drink, and became a Christian; is now a happy man, and has a happy family.
“Please carry this thank offering to God, that he has given us such a Savior, and such a way to escape from temptation.”
A HARVEST OF CONVERSIONS.
“Last Fall, I wrote you to pray for us. You did pray. The result was a wonderful increase of spiritual life–fifty conversions.”
A FAMILY MADE HAPPY.
“Two years ago, I wrote asking your prayers for a dear sister, brothers and nieces. Since then, one brother, about sixty, and my two nieces have been converted, and are now rejoicing in a Savior’s love.”
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