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CONVERSION OF A SISTER.—A young man came into the Old South Morning Prayer meeting, and there God blessed him, and led him to inquire what he should do to save souls. He had a sister about sixteen years old, who lived in the country, about forty miles from the city, and he wrote to his mother to let her (the sister) come to the city for a few days. He felt as if Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, and that if she were here she might find him. She came, and went to meeting with her brother, and in a few days began to feel that she was a great sinner. One evening she went forward for prayers, and returned home in great distress. She took off her bonnet and threw herself on the bed, and cried aloud
The lady of the house came in, and talked and prayed with her, but her distress increased. She read the Bible with her, and prayed again, but relief did not come. She (the sister) said, “I cannot live until morning unless I find peace. almost midnight, and when the lady asked her if she should call her brother, she said,
The brother came into the chamber, and there poured out his heart to God, that He would have mercy on her ; and in the stillness of the night Jesus spoke peace and pardon to her soul. She gave her heart to God that night, and the next morning she was happy, trusting in Jesus.
The brother sent a letter home to his mother, informing her that his sister had become a new creature in Christ. Her friends came to see her mother, and to hear what God had done for her daughter. They were all struck with astonishment. Some wept, some rejoiced, and others prayed. Soon after the young lady went home, her friends went to see her, and she told them that Jesus had forgiven all
her sins, and she was happy, trusting in Him. The news went far and near. They had no minister, but they had meetings at her mother's house. Soon the rooms of the house were too small, and they went to the vestry. God poured out His Spirit, and many inquired what they should do to be saved. Others were rejoicing in the hope of eternal life. The work spread all round, and there were in that church, and in other churches near, more than one hundred and twenty brought into the fold of Christ. Thus we see what God can do through the influence of His Spirit. The young man is now studying for the ministry.
Rev. Phineas Stowe, who was mainly instrumental in originating the meeting in Globe Hall
, stated, in the Old South Chapel, that he had no doubt that the movement had been commenced in answer to the prayers offered up in the chapel. Eternity alone will shew how many meetings have been commenced, how many conversions have occurred, and how many revivals have progressed, which may be traced, either directly or indirectly, to this morning meeting
Tammany Hall, an adjunct of the National Theatre, another place where vile persons had been accustomed to assemble, was also opened for religious meetings. Shortly after this, the National Theatre was secured, under the auspicies of the Young Men's Christian Association, for Sunday evening lectures. Rev. Messrs. Eddy, Kirk, Dadman, and others, have there preached the Gospel to many who heard the news of salvation by Christ for the first time.
A COMPLETE SURRENDER !-At the close of a noon-day prayer-meeting, when the house was nearly emptied, a brother requested the writer to pause for an introduction to a gentleman whom he had often seen at this meeting, and who, by his sober countenance, he supposed was a professor of religion. On receiving a negative to that question, he was asked relating to his condition. "I have been to these meetings,” he replied, “ three or four months, hardly missing a day, and I desire to be a Chris
Has it ever occurred to you that desire is not choice? Has not the Saviour sought you every day, and offered pardon and salvation ? Have you not as often withheld your heart, thus refusing to accept the mercy so dearly bought ?"
A new thought entered his mind. It flashed upon him that he had only desired what he should have chosen, and thus his will was antagonistic to God's method of saving souls, and thus every day he was defeating the Divine plan whereby his soul might be recovered from sin to the better life. He saw the truth, and admitted it, he saw his inconsistency. He was then asked, “Do you now accept of Christ as your Saviour, and rely solely upon Him, renouncing all dependence upon self, and trust wholly in His righteousness ?”
“ Yes, I do,” he promptly replied. “Then,” I said, " you wish us to understand that,
” without waiting longer for something to come to you, you do, by an act of faith, accept Jesus Christ as your Sanctifier, Saviour, and Redeeiner; and, casting yourself upon Him, you do appropriate Him by faith as such, and trust yourself for time and eternity in His hands ?”
“ Yes, I do,” was the reply.
Will you now consecrate yourself to Him for ever, and commit yourself to His service, whatever may betide you,-and shall we witness to it?"
Several prayers were then offered, one of which was from his own lips, confirming all the above.
He has since made declaration in public meeting of the Saviour's grace in his behalf.
young man, residing at Chelsea, rose for prayer at the noon-day meeting (Monday, about the 10th March 1859), in response to an invitation. He was conversed with after meeting. Said he had been anxious a week. He was directed as in the case above. He expressed himself willing to remain and be prayed for, and to pray for himself. He did so; three brethren tarried, and on the spot he consecrated himself to Christ, as he confessed to many, a few days after. He has been frequently present at the meetings, and with joy depicted on his countenance.
It is worthy of remark, that in nearly every instance, when persons have arisen to request prayer for themselves, they have found the Saviour, and often afterwards have risen in the same place to give in their testimony to the saving and pardoning grace of our God.
The incidents connected with the Old South Chapel Prayer-meeting might be greatly multiplied; but the foregoing must suffice. The editor is indebted to the Puritan Recorder, Congregationalist, Watchman and Reflector, and many private individuals, for valuable facts which have been inserted.