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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 18, 2011 - What Our Nation Needs

By Ken Horn

In 1857, America was in turmoil and religion was in decline. Then, the New York Stock Exchange crashed and panic erupted. Clearly stimulated by the panic, a small noon prayer meeting in New York City began to grow.

It overflowed three rooms, and it was necessary for other churches to be opened. These, too, quickly filled and soon a large theater was too small to accommodate the crowds. Churches started evening prayer meetings. In short order, there were 150 interdenominational prayer meetings in Brooklyn and Manhattan alone. The fire of prayer leaped to Philadelphia where large buildings overflowed.

Before the movement was four months old, the prayer meeting fervor had spread across the nation. In the Chicago Metropolitan Theater, as many as 2,000 gathered daily. Louisville, Ky., Cleveland and St. Louis were among the cities that counted daily attendance in the thousands.

The meetings were expressly for prayer, but people began accepting Christ as their Savior. A meeting in Michigan saw 500 conversions; one in Connecticut claimed 400. The body of Christ was blended into a united front as believers stood together in corporate prayer and evangelism.

By 1859 more than 2 million Americans had been won to Christ in a movement we now call the Prayer Meeting Revival.

Lord, kindle in Your people a fire that will become another Prayer Meeting Revival.

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (



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