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“Without me,' said the Saviour, ‘ye can do nothing effectually.
5. “Lest anything be permitted to transpire which may “grieve the Holy Spirit.'
6. “It is easier, apparently, in a time of revival, to embrace the Gospel, than in a time of declension in religion, as is obvious to every one; for ' now and blessed be God for it!—' is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.'
“ March 18th, 1858.”
During periods of religious interest, written requests for prayer have been sent in, sometimes in large numbers. Some of the cases presented have been exceedingly interesting, and have called forth agonising prayers. We give below a few specimens of these notes :
“Prayers are requested for a husband who is a stranger to Christ."
“A mother requests prayer for two sons, the subjects of many prayers, that they may be speedily converted."
"Prayers are requested for a church in that the Holy Spirit may be poured out, and a general revival prevail in the place.'
“ A father requests prayers for a son at sea, that he may, while on the deep, give his heart to Christ."
“Prayers are requested for three brothers in the meridian of life, who are still out of the ark of safety, that they may be brought into the fold of the Great Shepherd."
“ Your prayers are earnestly requested for a young man of fine talents, who was dedictated to God in his infancy. His mother, now in heaven, prayed often and urgently for him. He now seems fast approaching a drunkard's grave. Nothing but the grace of God can save him. Pray for him, while his anxious father pleads with and prays for him.
A BELIEVER IN PRAYER." “Strangers from a town in Maine, whose hearts have long yearned towards these meetings, are here this week, and earnestly request your prayers for that place, where there has been no revival for more than twenty years, that God would now have mercy upon us, and pour out His Spirit in great measure, and gather in a great harvest of souls, who shall be to His praise and glory. Will it be too much to ask that this request may be remembered during the remainder of this week ?"
“A wife and mother begs your prayers for a husband and eight children, only one of whom gives evidence of piety.”
“Special prayer is requested in behalf of a widow's son who is now taking the early steps in drunkenness, that he may be converted to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“A lieutenant in the navy, at the Fulton Street Prayer-meeting, about to sail, requests prayers for himself and crew.”
* Prayers are desired for the head of a family, who is sceptical upon the subject of religion, that he may be led to the cross. · Pray for a young man who has gone home to
to die. He has no hope in Christ.” “Your prayers are earnestly desired for a young woman who knows the way, but is yet careless and unconcerned.”
There is every reason to believe that many of the prayers offered up in the Old South Chapel have been answered in a special, and in some instances in a remarkable manner. Persons who have sent in requests have risen, afterwards, and said they wished, in that public manner, to acknowledge God's goodness in answering the prayers which had been offered ap in the chapel. One man said that all his children, four in number, had been converted, in answer to prayers of the meeting. Another said, “Brethren, some little time ago, I asked you to pray for my son, that he might be converted. I received a letter from him yesterday, with the joyful news that he had given his heart to Christ.” There have been many cases like this—cases which have been so marked that no one could doubt that prayer had been heard and answered.
THE REVIVAL OF 1858.
BOUT the time the revival of 1858 com
menced, there was an increased spirit of prayer among the attendants at the Old
South Chapel. The faith of God's people seemed to be growing stronger every week. They carried the entire city to the throne of grace. Without regard to denominations, they wrestled with God, and seemed continually burdened with souls. The ministry was prayed for nearly or quite every morning. Soon a cloud no bigger than a man's hand was
For seven years, every morning, prayer had been sent up to the Most High for the salvation of souls, and now the blessing seemed to be at hand. The meetings began to fill up. Young converts began to rise and tell what God had done for their souls. Persons rose for prayers. Christians felt encouraged. They not only prayed, but they laboured. It was not long before the chapel was filled to overflowing, including the pulpit, gallery, both aisles, and all the passageways. The room below was opened, and both were filled to their utmost capacity. The meetings were intensely interesting. Sometimes the whole audience would be bathed in tears. The place seemed filled with the blessed influences of the Holy Ghost. The crowd was so great that it was found necessary to provide further accommodations. A committee was appointed to secure, if possible, other rooms where meetings for prayer might be held. In a few
days, the Central Church (Orthodox Congregational), the Bromfield Street (Methodist), the Rowe Street (Baptist), and afterwards the Trinity Church Chapel (Episcopal), were opened every morning. The rooms of the Christian Association were also opened at five o'clock and nine o'clock, P.M., the young men doing the most efficient service in gathering clerks and others into the place of prayer. A noon meeting was also commenced in North Street, under the direction of Father Mason. These last two have continued up to the present time, and, in connection with them, large numbers have been converted. The place in North Street was so much crowded, that the Seamen's Bethel (Father Taylor's) was also opened. Sinners flocked to these meetings as doves to their windows; and yet, notwithstanding the multiplication of places for prayer, the number at the Old South Chapel scarcely diminished. An inquiry meeting was held in the basement of the chapel, every morning, for some time, at the close of the regular meeting. Clergymen who chanced to be present were invited to meet with the inquirers, and about twenty or thirty were hopefully converted before they left the room.
THE BUSINESS MEN'S MEETING. On the 8th of March, a noon business men's prayer-meeting was commenced at the chapel. For a day or two previous, placards were posted about the streets notifying the public that such a meeting would be held at twelve o'clock, and would continue for one hour. The very first meeting was crowded, and it has been held on every secular day, without interruption, since that time, including all