Jeremiah Lanphier loved his city, but he was also concerned. The spiritual condition of the city wasn’t great. Families had moved out of the city, leaving churches struggling. Efforts at evangelism hadn’t changed things.
So he prayed. He handed out thousands of flyers inviting others to pray too. On September 23, 1857 at noon, he held the first meeting to pray for New York, but nobody showed up at first. Half an hour later, five men showed up.
Over the coming weeks, thousands gathered. It’s estimated that 50,000 eventually joined prayer meetings for New York. Over the next 18 months, a million people became followers of Jesus Christ.
For the month of February, I’ve been blogging about Toronto. I love this city. I am encouraged by the number and quality of people who love this city too, and who are working hard at planting and revitalizing churches.
Still, we need more. Toronto is one of North America’s largest cities, and also one of its least evangelized cities. We need more Christians to move back and commit to the hard but joyful work of serving God here.
We need all of this, but we need more. We need God to do his work. I’m asking you to join me in praying, regularly, for Toronto, even if you don’t live here.
- Pray that God would raise up workers for the harvest (Luke 10:2).
- Pray for pastors and church planters who are committed to serving here.
- Pray that many would respond to the challenge to move back and commit to living and serving here.
- Pray for the many communities that lack any Jesus-loving church.
- Pray for the real estate needs of churches: that we won’t lose more church properties that we can’t get back.
- Pray that God would send revival to Toronto.
Please join me in praying regularly for Toronto.