DAY 2 WHAT A NATIONAL QUICKENING LOOKS LIKE
Prayerfully read Acts 3
We join with millions around the globe and across our nation in asking God to revive us again! This is how a national quickening began a little more than a century ago in the days of William Seymour—
During his time in Houston, Texas, Charles Parham was impressed to open a short-term Bible school on January 1, 1906. The most important person to be touched by Parham at this school was a son of slaves, a black Holiness preacher named William Joseph Seymour (1870-1922).
After the school, Seymour left Houston to accept a call to pastor a newly formed Holiness congregation on Sante Fe Street in Los Angeles. His first sermon was from Acts 2:4, which earned for him a padlocked door on the meeting place.
From there Seymour accepted hospitality at the home of Richard and Ruth Asberry at 214 Bonnie Brae Street, where Seymour gave himself to prayer. Soon the Holy Spirit was poured out. Carl Brumback described the event:
“As though hit by a bolt of lightning, the entire company was knocked from their chairs to the floor. Seven began to speak in tongues and magnify God….Soon it was noised over the city that God was pouring out His Spirit”.
Soon large crowds gathered at the Asberry home. Only after part of the floor collapsed were the meetings moved to an abandoned A.M.E. Church building at 312 Azusa Street in mid-April of 1906. Vinson Synan calls the meetings at Azusa Street among “the most far-reaching religious meetings of the twentieth century.” Synan continues: “No sooner had Seymour began preaching in the Azusa location than a monumental revival began. Scores of people began to ‘fall under the power’ and arise speaking in other tongues.” Services continued daily for 1000 days.
The great San Francisco earthquake in which nearly 10,000 lost their lives, hit at the very same time – in mid-April, 1906, and contributed to the mystique of the hour. Hundreds and then thousands began to flock to Azusa Street by the trainloads, from all across the United States and Canada and even from around the world. As they drew near to the building, people would fall down under the power of God, blocks away. Angels were seen, and fire was seen consuming the building just like the burning bush in Exodus. In the meetings there was complete integration of the races; “the color line was washed away in the blood.”
John G. Lake described William Seymour in these grand words: “God had put such a hunger in that man’s heart that when the fire of God came it glorified him. I do not believe any other man in modern times had a more wonderful deluge of God in his life…and the glory and power of a real Pentecost swept the world….”
O Father, do it again! Pour out your Pentecostal power upon your Church, that the overflow might renew a parched and desolate land! In Jesus’ awesome Name! Amen.
William J. Seymour 214 Bonnie Brae Street Azusa Street
P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Pray for churches throughout this area and nation. “Lord, awaken Your people!”
• Pray for each of our pastors to be “aflame” with passion for revival.
• Pray for our elected officials to receive the “fear of the Lord” as they lead.
By Pastor Charles Schmitt