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To get a feel for WIND, we have included two chapters from the book on this page.
Chapter 1 -- America and God
Chapter 4 -- Chuck
(This account was paraphrased largely from a book edited by Garth M. Rosell and Richard A.G.Dupuis, The Memoirs of Charles G. Finney. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House (1989) pp. 13ff.)
Those simple, insignificant, little prayer meetings—what can they possibly amount to?
Nothing would ever come of those prayer meetings. At least that’s what most people in Adams (New York) thought. Not that many people attended the meetings in the first place. Even the pastor of the church, the Rev. Gale, did not have much confidence in them—he didn’t attend them either.
Yet, that little band of intercessors remained undaunted. They kept meeting for prayer, week after week, and month after month. They stayed on their faces before God, seeking for revival in their little town.
When they approached Chuck, their young choir director (who also served as the town’s practicing attorney) to invite him to their prayer meetings, he just laughed at them.
"How long have you been praying for revival?" Chuck asked.
"Oh, I think it’s been a year. . . . Perhaps more for some of us," replied one of the devout.
"And do you have revival?" Chuck queried, in a lawyerly fashion.
"Not yet," was the reply.
"Then why should I pray with you? It is obvious that God does not answer your prayers. You are wasting your time. Why should I waste mine?" Chuck retorted.
Nevertheless, that little group of intercessors persisted. They continued to pray for revival. And they prayed specifically for Chuck, who, even while serving as choir director, had come to be known as a "very wicked man."
Then, after nearly another year had passed, God answered the prayers of the intercessors. He sent powerful Holy Spirit conviction upon Chuck. The young man became so miserable because of his sin that he began to hate life itself.
Finally, after resisting as long as he could, Chuck ran out into a secluded forest, promising himself that he would either die there in the woods, or he would be forgiven of his sins.
Nearly a day later Chuck emerged from the forest, cleansed from head to toe. He was a new man. He was "born again."
The funny thing about it was that the intercessors at that humble little church would not believe him. They thought he was putting them on. The pastor wouldn’t believe him either. Rev. Gale was convinced that Chuck would remain a pagan forever.
Chuck, however, knew he was sincere. He asked permission to address the entire congregation during the following Sunday service. Rev. Gale reluctantly agreed. Not knowing what to expect, the pastor sat on the edge of his seat, ready to show Chuck his seat, should the situation get out of hand. Chuck did address the congregation that Sunday, and the entire congregation (the Rev. Gale included) was awestruck.
And so began the ministry of Charles (Chuck) Grandison Finney, the most powerful revivalist of the Second Great American Awakening.
Charles Finney is living evidence that there is something special and powerful about intercessory prayer meetings. There is a dynamic in them that defies explanation.
Leaders, don’t concern yourselves about what people will think. Don’t worry whether anyone will come or not. Just open up your churches for weekly, congregational prayer meetings. It is best to have them in the evenings (preferably Fridays), so working people can participate.
And don’t give up right away. If there seems to be a lack of interest and success, just remember—God is looking for obedience, not results. After all, only He can answer prayer anyway.
It’s simple—you supply the obedience, He supplies the results.
If you just do this simple, little thing, God will awaken and purify His people. He will send revival to you.
Always remember, while programs and performances may be acceptable evangelistic tools, only prayer meetings facilitate revival.
Perhaps there is another Charles Finney sitting in your congregation. Perhaps you are that second Charles Finney.
Seek God’s face. If you do, He will reveal to you exactly what your role will be in the upcoming revival.
Accept the challenge—pray for national revival, now!