Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oh that our prayer meetings would look like this!

"The fact that Whitefield was again in London drew not only the Wesleys to greet him. Four other Holy Club men came also. The seven entered with intense fervor into the already ardent meetings of the Fetter Lane Society, and we feel something of their enthusiasm as we read Whitefield's report:

'Sometimes whole nights were spent in prayer. Often we have been filled as with new wine. And often have we seen them overwhelmed with the divine presence and crying out, "Will God indeed dwell with men upon the earth! How dreadful is this place! This is none other than the house of God and the gate of Heaven!'

But John Wesley had a still more striking account of their fellowship. On New Year's night, as they met with "about sixty brethren" for the Moravian Love Feast,

'About three in the morning, as we were continuing instant in prayer, the power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried out for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground. As soon as we were recovered a little from that awe and amazement at the presence of His majesty, we broke out with one voice, "We praise Thee, O God; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord!"' "

--Excerpt from George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century by Arnold A. Dallimore


Mike Snyder said...

Great quotes Aaron, just so happens im reading Whitefield Gold right now.

Aaron said...

That's a good book; I'm reading this Whitefield bio right now, it's really encouraging, especially for those who like to preach open air. He was a man mightily used of God, but his life and role in England and America in the First Great Awakening are usually ignored and overlooked by biased Arminian historians who mainly focus on Wesley. There's not too many good Whitefield bios, but the one I'm reading is one of them.