STAYING THE COURSE

Then the angel of the LORD ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the LORD.

1 CHRONICLES 21:18-19

In 1857, an American businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier was sent out by his local church to begin a noonday prayer meeting on Fulton Street, right around the corner from Wall Street, in New York City. His simple prayer, willing heart and act of obedience resulted in transformation throughout the United States.
 
At the very first meeting, no one showed up in the first 35 minutes. Jeremiah waited. Then six people wandered into the room. Six months later, 10,000 people were meeting for prayer throughout New York City. This led to one of the greatest spiritual renewals in United States history.
 
In a small, darkened room, in the back of one of New York City’s lesser churches, a man prayed alone. His request of God was simple, but earth-shattering: “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” He was a man approaching midlife, without a wife or family, but he had financial means. He had made a decision to reject the “success syndrome” that drove the city’s businessmen and bankers. God used this businessman to turn New York City’s commercial empire on its head. He began a businessmen’s prayer meeting on September 23, 1857.
 
The meetings began slowly, but within a few months 20 noonday meetings were convening daily throughout the city.
Thousands met to pray because one man stepped out. This was an extraordinary move of God through one man.47
 
What would have happened if Lanphier had decided to abandon the idea after 30 minutes? It only takes one willing and obedient man or woman to impact a workplace, city or even an entire nation. Simple obedience to the small assignments can lead to things you cannot imagine.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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