A Devotional from Pastor Douglas
Prayer and Missions working collaboratively.
In 1727, 24 men and 24 women agreed to spend an hour each day on scheduled prayer, praying in sequence around the clock. Soon others joined the prayer chain. Days passed, then months. Unceasing prayer rose to God for 24 hours a day. It was the prayer meeting that eventually lasted 100 years.
Five years later, in August of 1732, the first two missionaries, Leonard Dober and David Nitschmann were commissioned. By 1734, 22 missionaries perished and two more were imprisoned, but others took their place. By that time William Carey became the “father of modern missions,” and over 300 Moravian missionaries had already gone to the ends of the earth.
The Moravian´s fervor sparked the conversations of John and Charles Wesley and indirectly ignited the great awakening that swept through Europe and America.
The prayer meeting lasted 100 years, but the results will last for eternity.