Vonette Bright
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Charles Finney was one of the greatest preachers of all time.  Thousands came to Christ as a result of his ministry.

 

But most of us have never heard the name of Lydia Andrews. The faithful woman who undergirded his ministry with prayer.

 

Lydia Began praying for Charles long before he became a Christian.  Finney, a lawyer by profession, was cynical about the church, but Lydia prayed for his salvation.

 

Several years after his conversion, they married.  She continued to support his ministry with prayer.  In fact, prayer was the hallmark of Finney’s outreach.  Lydia organized ten prayer groups who met every day in Rochester, New York, solely to pray for the hand of God in Finney’s preaching ministry.

 

These prayer meetings were huge!  Crowds of up to a thousand people would gather to pray.  Those who couldn’t get into the packed church building would kneel in the snow outside!  It was a marvelous movement of prayer in the 1800s.

 

The result?  Countless thousands came to know Christ, and generations have been impacted by the ministry of Charles Finney.

 

I fear, at times, that Christians appeal to prayer as a last resort, hoping to change God’s mind at the last minute.  But when you pray, you are not choosing the last resort!  You are choosing the only resort!

 

My friend, I urge you to pray.  Pray for big things:  that God will teach nations with His Word, that walls would fall, and that truth will prevail.  But as you pray for the nations, never fail to pray for individuals, for the hearts of men and women who need the Savior.

 

Wherever you are in developing your prayer life, I want to challenge you to take the next step on your knees.  You may never be a great preacher like Charles Finney, but you can be a great pray-er like Lydia Andrews.

 

“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”  -Acts 1:14

 

By Vonette Bright

 

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