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Victor Landry marked it as to-read Feb 04, Jen marked it as to-read Jul 24, Lynn Revard marked it as to-read Mar 04, Jane Gohl marked it as to-read Mar 31, Cannot we follow their example and in obedience to our heavenly Master go out into the world, and preach the Gospel to the heathen? That missionary zeal began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Hitherto we had been the leaders and helpers. When the Spirit came prayer precedes Pentecost. The disgruntled community at Herrnhut early in was deeply divided and critical of one another.

Heated controversies threatened to disrupt the community.

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Had the excitement of the Resurrection turned to boredom as the waiting days went by? Error rating book. Be willing to listen for the "gentle whisper" of the Spirit that Elijah heard 1 Kings And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high. Years ago Andrew Murray wrote a devotional book called Waiting on God. This does not refer to salvation as the disciples were already regenerated by the Holy Spirit and had received the peace of the forgiveness of sins. I would go out and visit, and find that I made no saving impression.

The majority were from the ancient Moravian Church of the Brethren. Other believers attracted to Herrnhut included Lutherans, Reformed, and Baptists. They argued about predestination, holiness, and baptism.

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The young German nobleman, Count Zinzendorf, pleaded for unity, love and repentance. He actively established prayer groups as a teenager, and on leaving the college at Halle at sixteen he gave the famous Professor Francke a list of seven praying societies he had established.

After he finished university his education was furthered by travel to foreign countries. Everywhere he went, his passion for Jesus controlled him. In the Dusseldorf Gallery of paintings he was deeply moved by a painting of the crucifixion over which were the words: Hoc feci pro te; Quid facis pro me? This have I done for thee; What hast thou done for me? At Herrnhut, Zinzendorf visited all the adult members of the deeply divided community. On May 12, , they all signed an agreement to dedicate their lives, as he dedicated his, to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Moravian revival of was thus preceded and then sustained by extraordinary praying. A spirit of grace, unity and supplications grew among them. On July 16 the count poured out his soul in a prayer accompanied with a flood of tears. This prayer produced an extraordinary effect. The whole community began praying as never before.

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On the 22nd of July many of the community covenanted together, on their own accord, to meet often to pour out their hearts in prayer and hymns. On August 5 the count spent the whole night in prayer with about twelve or fourteen others following a large meeting for prayer at midnight where great emotion prevailed. On Sunday, August 10, Pastor Rothe, while leading the service at Herrnhut, was overwhelmed by the power of the Lord about noon.

He sank down into the dust before God.

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So did the whole congregation. They continued till midnight in prayer and singing, weeping and praying. On Wednesday, August 13, , the Holy Spirit was poured out on them all. Many of them decided to set aside certain times for continued earnest prayer. On August 26, twenty-four men and twenty-four women covenanted together to continue praying in intervals of one hour each, day and night, each hour allocated by lots to different people. On August 27, this new regulation began. Others joined the intercessors and the number involved increased to seventy-seven. They all carefully observed the hour that had been appointed for them.

The intercessors had a weekly meeting where prayer needs were given to them. The children, also touched powerfully by God, began a similar plan among themselves. Those who heard their infant supplications were deeply moved. That astonishing prayer meeting beginning in went on for one hundred years. It was unique.

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Known as the Hourly Intercession, it involved relays of men and women in prayer without ceasing made to God. That prayer also led to action, especially evangelism. More than one hundred missionaries left that village community in the next twenty-five years, all constantly supported in prayer. One result of their baptism in the Holy Spirit was a joyful assurance of their pardon and salvation.

This made a strong impact on people in many countries, including the Wesleys. A company of Moravian immigrants was also on the vessel. During a terrible storm they all faced the danger of shipwreck. I had long before observed the great seriousness of their behavior.

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If they were pushed, struck or thrown down, they rose again and went away; but no complaint was found in their mouth. Here was now an opportunity of trying whether they were delivered from the spirit of fear, as well as from that of pride, anger and revenge. In the midst of the Psalm wherewith their service began, the sea broke over, split the mainsail in pieces, covered the ship and poured in between the decks, as if the great deep had already swallowed us up.

A terrible screaming began among the English. The Germans calmly sung on. Back in England in the Wesley brothers became intimately acquainted with the Moravians, especially Peter Boehler who later became a leading Moravian bishop. How can you preach to others who have not faith yourself? The first person to whom I offered salvation by faith alone, was a prisoner under sentence of death.

Eventually John Wesley came to assurance of salvation. His own testimony reads:. My brother had a long and particular conversation with Peter Boehler. Wednesday, May About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change that God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed.

I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me, that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death. Friday, May My soul continued in peace, but yet in heaviness, because of manifold temptations. I asked Mr. Telchig, the Moravian, what to do. The Methodists and Moravians often met together then for Bible study and prayer.

When Peter Boehler, nine years his junior, left England for America after several months, Wesley recorded in his journal: Peter Boehler left London to embark for Carolina. Oh what a work hath God begun since his coming into England! Such an one as shall never come to an end, till Heaven and earth pass away! Everywhere the Moravians went they spoke of their Lord, sang of him, and witnessed naturally. The Holy Spirit had filled them, as in the early church, with great love for their Lord.

Their Bishop Spangenberg, for example, told how Johannes, an Indian chief who had been a very wicked man, was converted. The chief said that once a preacher came to their tribe and proved to them that there was a God. They informed him that they were not ignorant of that and told him to go away. Another preacher came and told them not to steal, drink too much, or lie. They regarded him as a fool because they already knew that, and they sent him off to preach to his own people who were worse than the Indians in those vices. Then fatigued from his journey, Christian Henry lay down and slept, unafraid of the chief.

He dreamt of the cross.