Is It Too Late for America

Scripture: “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

It’s easy to look at the state of our nation today and to think, “America has never sunk this low before, and there’s no way things can turn around.”

In the natural, that is absolutely true, but our hope is not in human power – not in politics or the media or the economy or the numbers of people in our churches or in any ability of man – but in the power of God. And with God, all things really are possible.

Consider the background to the great prayer revival that swept America in 1857-1858, beginning in New York City. According to the revival historian J. Edwin Orr, the churches at that time were becoming worldly and internalized, and immorality, violent crime, spiritualism, corruption, and atheism were on the rise. Does this have a familiar sound?

Jeremiah Lanphier, a retired businessman become missionary, acting in obedience to the Spirit’s prompting, began to promote a weekly “Lunch Hour Prayer Meeting” for revival. Only six attended the first meeting, and twenty the second. But within several months, tens of thousands were praying seven days a week, with businesses even shutting down at the lunch hour so their employees could pray. The revival spread from city to city, jumped across the ocean to England, Ireland, and Wales, and helped shape the history of our nation.

From 1857-1858 in America alone, it is estimated that over 1,000,000 non-church members were born again, in addition to about 1,000,000 formerly unsaved church members. At the height of the revival there were over 50,000 new births a week. As a result of this revival hitting Chicago, the 40-year ministry of D. L. Moody was born, and in England, this move of God helped birth the world-changing ministries of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, and Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission. Back in America, within a decade, slavery was legally abolished. A heaven-sent visitation brought radical change to our nation!

Who knows what could happen in our day if we turned to the Lord with all our hearts and sought His face until the answer came. And it will come!

Dr. Michael L. Brown

FIRE School of Ministry; Coalition of Conscience

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