Uneducated and Ordinary

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Acts 4:5-13

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. (v. 13)

Jeremiah Lanphier was born in Coxsackie, Greene County, New York, on September 3, 1809. Jeremiah’s early education was in schools that were, by his own admission, “not so well equipped.”

At the age of 16, Lanphier went to Albany to learn the tailor’s trade and became an apprentice. He moved to New York City to work in a clothing business located near the Old North Dutch Church. Consistory members of that church asked him to become a missionary to the neighborhood. So, in June of 1857, he left his clothing business and on July 1 began his work with the Old North Dutch Church on the corner of Fulton and William in downtown Manhattan.

How does a tailor by trade who attends schools which are not so well equipped become one of the greatest prayer leaders in American church history?

Are you waiting until you think you are a better public speaker or have what you consider to be the right education before you pray? Maybe all you need is a desire to be with Jesus.


Lord, forgive us for thinking prayer takes a Ph.D. Free us to enter the kingdom of God and the King of King’s throne room like your children. Amen.