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  • 320 Pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: November 1991
  • ISBN: SPRIMESAPOWEROFPRAYERTHENEWY9780851517582

The Power of Prayer: The New York Revival of 1858

Prime, Samuel


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The Autumn of 1857 saw New York in the midst of financial failure which ruined many of its one million people. J.W. Alexander, returning there from Europe, found ‘a pall of mourning over every house’. But, unlike other times of national disaster this era was accompanied by a renewed spirit of prayer to be followed by a manifestation of the ‘marvellous lovingkindness’ of God as thousands were brought from worldly sorrow to the possession of lasting riches.

Samuel Prime’s work, written with the aid of other ministers, gives a first hand record of the year which saw America’s last national awakening- a revival which, noiseless and unexpected, was in striking contrast with the idea that evangelism is primarily a case of human effort. In 1858 the great truths ‘made exceedingly prominent’ were ‘the influence of the Holy Spirit and free salvation through the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ’.

This is largely the human story of people into whose lives God came. But the main lesson is abiding. The Spirit of God, Prime believed, intended the revival to be a lasting example to the church of the relationship between His work and believing prayer. This rare title was the last which Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones urged for republication before his death. Few books can be more relevant for the church today.

About the Author

Samuel Irenaeus Prime was born at Ballston, New York in 1812 and studied at William’s College and Princeton Theological Seminary before becoming a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 1834. The ill-health which accompanied his pastoral labours led him to concentrate upon a written ministry and from 1840 until his death in 1885 he was the Editor of the influential New York Observer.

The Power of Prayer: The New York Revival of 1858 (reprinted by the Trust) was his most popular book.

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The Autumn of 1857 saw New York in the midst of financial failure which ruined many of its one million people. J.W. Alexander, returning there from Europe, found ‘a pall of mourning over every house’. But, unlike other times of national disaster this era was accompanied by a renewed spirit of prayer to be followed by a manifestation of the ‘marvellous lovingkindness’ of God as thousands were brought from worldly sorrow to the possession of lasting riches.

Samuel Prime’s work, written with the aid of other ministers, gives a first hand record of the year which saw America’s last national awakening- a revival which, noiseless and unexpected, was in striking contrast with the idea that evangelism is primarily a case of human effort. In 1858 the great truths ‘made exceedingly prominent’ were ‘the influence of the Holy Spirit and free salvation through the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ’.

This is largely the human story of people into whose lives God came. But the main lesson is abiding. The Spirit of God, Prime believed, intended the revival to be a lasting example to the church of the relationship between His work and believing prayer. This rare title was the last which Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones urged for republication before his death. Few books can be more relevant for the church today.

About the Author

Samuel Irenaeus Prime was born at Ballston, New York in 1812 and studied at William’s College and Princeton Theological Seminary before becoming a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 1834. The ill-health which accompanied his pastoral labours led him to concentrate upon a written ministry and from 1840 until his death in 1885 he was the Editor of the influential New York Observer.

The Power of Prayer: The New York Revival of 1858 (reprinted by the Trust) was his most popular book.

  • Cover Type:
  • 320 Pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • Publication Date: November 1991
  • ISBN: SPRIMESAPOWEROFPRAYERTHENEWY9780851517582