Could You Not Pray One Hour?
“All of these with their minds in full agreement devoted themselves steadfastly to prayer.” Acts 1:14
Born to Austrian nobility, Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was indeed a rich young ruler. After a year at court, he became burdened for the oneness of all Christians and bought the estate of Berthelsdorf from his grandmother with the intention of forming a Christian community. By May 1725, 90 Moravians fleeing persecution had sought refuge on his estate, naming their community Herrnhut, “the Lord’s watch.”
On August 13 of 1727, after a season of division and dissention, the Moravians at Herrnhut received a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit with great signs and wonders. The congregation was young, Zinzendorf himself was only 27, which was about the average age of the group. This outpouring was preceded by much prayer. On August 5, Zinzendorf had spent the whole night in prayer. Out of that visitation of God, 24 men and women covenanted together to continue in day and night prayer, each praying one hour a day. That prayer was sustained by the Moravians for nearly 120 years!
At the end of his life, Zinzendorf was heard to say, “Who would have believed that the prayer of Christ, ‘that they may be one,’ could have been so strikingly fulfilled among us?” History also records that on May 24, 1738, John Wesley was converted in the prayer meeting of Moravian Brethern at Aldersgate. Because one young man loved Jesus with all of his heart and obeyed God’s burden upon him for prayer, all of England was changed and a Reformation began. The Moravians sent missionaries around the world, often becoming slaves themselves in order to reach slaves.
Jesus asked His disciples, “Could you not pray one hour?” What would happen if believers today would be willing to pray just one hour a day?