Thursday, August 16, 2007
The past few weeks here at Parkview have been great. People are friendly and kind to my family. To say I have enjoyed my first month here would be an understatement. Being a new pastor means lots of work! People to meet, committees to work with, sermons to write and staff to lead. Yet, there is a very real danger hidden behind all that good and necessary work. It is far too easy to put off or forget to spend much time alone with God in prayer. One of my staff members gave me a paper to read that describes the Fulton Street prayer revival that rocked New York city in 1857, and ultimately the world. There was no slick publicity, no famous speaker, no ultra talented singing sensation. There was only Jeremiah Lanphier and his burden to get business men together to pray during their lunch hour. At first there were only a few men, but as time went on, hundreds, then thousands met in churches all over the nation to pray. At the peak of the revival 50,000 persons a week were being converted! What would happen today if the pastor, the staff, and the membership of Parkview Baptist Church were to embrace Lanphier's burden for prayer? There would be revival! We need to be constantly reminded that busyness, even the busyness of church does not bring revival - only prayer!
Let us pray!