Jonathan Brownson

READ : Isaiah 61

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. (v. 1)

The first verse of the first hymn in the Fulton Street Hymnbook reads as follows: “In Thy Great Name O Lord we come, / To Worship at Thy Feet / O Pour Thy Holy Spirit Down, / On all that now shall meet.”

Jeremiah Lanphier explained the emphasis of the hymn in an interview from 1878:

But let me first say that no two meetings can be started or carried on exactly alike. Many noonday meetings for prayer have been started throughout the country since the beginning of this one, and in many cases copied after it, but wherever they were successful they developed some characteristics that were peculiar to themselves. Of course our work here may move others to do something and may suggest methods for carrying on this kind of work. But it must never be forgotten that the first condition of success is the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The Fulton Street Prayer Movement believed in the importance of being “anointed” by the presence of the Holy Spirit. They, like Jesus, knew that the most important person in any prayer meeting is the person of the Holy Spirit.

How about you? Do you invite the Holy Spirit to anoint you when you pray?


Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us.