Any and Every Place

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Acts 16:9-13

On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer. (v. 13)

Paul’s Macedonian call takes him to a river in Philippi. Where will prayer take us? Someone once said, “When God comes near, his people go far.”

Several mission agencies got a start or a new spurt of activity as a result of the Fulton Street prayer meetings. On the first anniversary of the meetings a missionary from Arcot, India, named Henry Scudder came to Fulton Street and offered the following prayer. Let’s pray it along with him.

O Lord Jesus Christ, thou art our King, our Prophet, our Priest and our God . . . be present with us at this hour of prayer, when we have come to meet Thee, and to ask for Thy intercession, who are seated at the right hand of our Father in Heaven . . . We thank Thee for the institution of this Meeting; we bless Thee for all the gracious results which Thou hast connected with it, and we pray Thee now to pour out upon every one of us the Spirit of grace and of supplication. And in the times that are to come, we beseech Thee that we may experience more of the convincing, the converting, the quickening and the sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit, and to Thy name shall we render the glory for ever and ever. Amen.