I have always been fascinated by the stories of great moves of God throughout history. I am a student of great spiritual revivals. One of my favorite histories is that of the Moravians of Hernhut, Germany.
A young man by the name Nicolaus Zinzendorf committed himself to the care of Christian refugees fleeing religious persecution in Europe during the 1720s. He gave a large portion of his estate to provide a place of refuge for the displaced families who were seeking rest.
The community, made up of people from different backgrounds and religious views, soon found it very difficult to do life together. They debated and argued over doctrinal differences such as baptism, holiness, and even end times theology (much of what consumes the Church today).
But Zinzendorf was committed to reconciliation. He urged the people to make amends and to live in peace with each other. Over time, the people of the community began to lay down their differences of opinion and turn their focus to Jesus. Zinzendorf led the people to repent and to repair relations. This process of reconciliation culminated in a united communion service in 1727. What happened next changed the course of history.
A Moravian historian writes of the encounter:
"The Holy Ghost came upon us and in those days great signs and wonders took place in our midst. From that time scarcely a day passed but what we beheld His almighty workings amongst us. A great hunger after the Word of God took possession of us so that we had to have three services every day, 5:00 and 7:30 A. M. and 9:00 P.M. Everyone desired above everything else that the Holy Spirit might have full control. Self-love and self-will as well as all disobedience disappeared and an overwhelming flood of grace swept us all out into the great ocean of Divine Love."
What followed this powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit is known as the birth of the modern missions movement, as many Moravians gave their lives to take Christ to the nations of the world. The fuel for this movement was a prayer meeting that lasted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 100 years!
It has been said that prayer is the key to revival. But prayer alone is not the key. The kind of prayer that brings heaven down is united prayer. And there is no united prayer without reconciliation.
What would happen if we would lay down our differences in the body of Christ and cry out to God in fervent, united prayer? Maybe the next great awakening would sweep through our cities. Maybe the next wave of missions would cover the earth with the glory of God.
I long to be a voice of reconciliation in my city for the name, Jesus. How about you?
"Urged by love, to every nation Of the fallen human race
We will publish Christ's salvation, And declare His blood-bought grace;
To display Him, and portray Him, In His dying form and beauty,
Be our aim and joyful duty."-- Nicolaus Zinzendorf