spark revival in America’s financial center and the rest of the nation.
meets in an office building just blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, said
the current situation on Wall Street is similar to the conditions that preceded
the 1857 Fulton Street Revival led by Jeremiah Lamphier.
York City financial institution collapsed, leaving 30,000 people unemployed and
plunging the nation into a deep recession. The prayer meetings Lamphier began
in September 1857 in a rented space on Fulton Street eventually drew thousands,
spawning prayer groups in other cities and ultimately sparking a nationwide
credit the revival with helping to initiate the evangelical social movement of
the 19th century.
whose church leads noonday prayer meetings at its facility on the corner of
Fulton and William streets, the same corner where Lamphier’s prayer meetings
were held. “They also had an economic collapse when the revival was birthed in
1857. That’s when the Lord moved on Brother Jeremiah to start this prayer
meeting. And we see the same conditions.”
attendance over the last two months. “Things have been shaky on Wall Street for
a couple of months, before all this explosion,” says Smith, who is also
president of Prompt Courier Service.
are spiritually open. “When the people come in [to the noonday prayer meeting],
we can really counsel them,” he says. “We have a sign that says, ‘Come, let us
take your problems to God.’ We call it like a lunchtime special.”
posting signs that read: “John 3:16. Come, let’s pray for you,” and presenting
the gospel. “The police didn’t even stop us,” he says. “Normally you need a
when the dust begins to settle from the financial crisis. “We want them to be
consistent, especially the Christians,” Smith says. “After 9/11 people were in
prayer, then it tapered off.”
for revival. “I’m really excited about what’s happening, despite [the crisis].
“God, without our knowing it, placed us right there at Fulton and William. It
lead to economic collapse, warns Cindy Jacobs, co-founder of Generals
International. To avoid an outcome she believes could be similar to the stock
market crash on Oct. 29, 1929, Jacobs is calling Christians to convene in New
York for an emergency prayer rally Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Prayer leaders from across
the U.S. will pray at key locations throughout New York City, including Wall
Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the Mercantile Exchange, Federal Reserve
and the United Nations. —Adrienne S. Gaines