At the end of Fulton Street, which runs across lower Manhattan, stands the 9/11 Memorial that marks the tragic events that changed America forever. Thousands of people each year travel down this street to visit the 9/11 Memorial. However, what most people do not know is that long before that tragic day when America came under attack from al-Queda terrorist, another event took place that had a life changing impact for thousands of people.
“In the middle of the 1800’s, a tailor named Jermiah Lanphier moved to Manhattan and established a clothing business. He was Christian and a sidewalk evangelist in the Wall Street district. On Wednesday, September 23, 1857, he invited people to drop by for prayer at a room on Fulton Street during their lunch hour. Six people showed up. The next week, twenty came. The next week, forty.
Soon churches across New York overflowed with daily prayer meetings. Fire departments and police stations opened their facilities for prayer, and local businesses set aside rooms for employees to pray. The movement swept over the eastern seaboard and pushed westward into the nation. Citywide awakenings struck Cincinnati, Louisville, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and innumerable smaller cities and towns.
From the United States, the revival spread to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. For two years, approximately 50,000 people a week came to Christ. “Within a year of the start of the Fulton Street Prayer Meetings, over a million converts joined America’s churches, and thousands of existing church members were born again or revived in their faith” (Exert Taken from Not Just Survival! Revival!).
The word of God says that “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (NIV).
United In Christ Love,