Well folks this is what we have all been waiting for! Thanks for the patience to all my faithful followers. Here are the past posts if you missed any: MORAVIAN MOVE SERIES.
August 13, 1727 was a day not to be forgotten to those who lived in the community at Hernhut. Now as you know from the previous post, this community of Christian believers had held a variety of doctrines and beliefs when it came to their faith. There were many persecuted denominations represented including the Moravian Brethren (Unity of Brethren), Lutherans, Reformist, Schwenkfelders, Calvanists, separatists, and Baptists. A few months prior to that day, the community was in turmoil due to bickering and quarreling over their religious differences.
Count Zinzendorf, the owner and visionary of the land was grieved over the disunity of the Christian community. And during the month of May 1727, he and his family came to permanently live in Hernhut. He gave his life to see this home of refugees be a place filled with the presence of God. His passion to see this come to pass drove him to a deeper level of prayer for the people at Hernut. He taught fiercely on the unity of Christians found in the Bible, the importance of prayer, and he also had the members sign a “Brotherly Agreement.”
He called all of them, “to seek out and emphasize the points in which they agreed”
This dedicated approach from Zinzendorf blew open the doors of grace for a great level of repentance, prayer, and unity! After this raising of a new standard, passionate prayer groups started up and new hymns flowed forth giving praise to the Savior. God’s presence, unity and intercession increased through out the summer and much travail went out from Hernhut for even more of His presence.
It was August the thirteenth when Zinzendorf called the congregation for a special communion early that Wednesday morning. Then it happened; the whole community felt the tangible outpouring of the Holy Spirit! This was a moment that was unexplainable to many but was said to be much like the day of Pentecost recorded in the book of Acts 2.
Rev John Greenfield a Moravian historian said, “They hardly knew if they had been on earth or in heaven.” in his book Power from on High.
James Montgomery a Moravian Hymn writer, wrote this piece later on describing the event:
“They walked with God in peace and love, But failed with one another; While sternly for the Faith they strove, Brother fell out with brother; But He in whom they put their trust, Who knew their frames that they were dust, Pitied and healed their weakness. He found them in His House of Prayer, With one accord assembled; And so revealed His presence there, They wept with joy and trembled: One cup they drank, one bread they brake, One baptism shared, one language spake, Forgiving and forgiven. Then forth they went with tongues aflame In one blest theme delighting; The love of Jesus and His name, God’s children all uniting; That love our theme and watchword still, Thy law of love may we fulfill, And love as we are loved.”
It was a glorious day for the Moravians that launched a deeper passion for God’s Word, prayer, Hymns, and eventually missions. From this day forth they held meetings three times a day (4am 9am and 9pm) to pray and give thanks to God.
They also established 24-7 prayer! They started with 24 men and 24 women, each being assigned to one hour of the day to pray and they dubbed it Hourly Intercession. Yes, it is true that this 24-7 prayer model lasted 100 years! This developed what they called Daily Watchwords resulting in one of the oldest and most popular daily devotionals.
Out of their prayer meetings they received a great zeal for missions. They ended up sending out many missionaries’ abroad being among the first to reach out to slaves. The Moravian missionary’s even made it to the United States and received a burden to spread the gospel to the Native Americans.
The missionaries going out from Hernhut were fearless unto death for the sake of Christ. This Moravian mission movement was the first successful wide spread surge from the protestant reformation. Zinzendorf and the Moravians helped lay a foundation for the great mission move that followed in the 18th century with men like William Carey.
The Hernhut community was modeled and duplicated near and far while small renewal groups broke out all across Europe.
Does this inspire you at all??? It has definitely impacted me. Last year I got caught up in the “quarreling” of doctrine and theology and nothing was accomplished. I have seen how ugly and immature it can get. The end result of being in it and watching it from a distance caused me to realize that I need to be in His Word, prayer, and fellowship.
The Moravians were not perfect (who is but Christ) but I admire Count Zinzendorf for his bold leadership and convictions that lead him to find the good and common ground that each member had. I personally think the Body of Christ needs to come back to this reality. There are even more denominations and church splits in this day and age than ever before, let’s face it we probably will never fully agree on everything! So let us move forward in our love for Christ and our love for one another…isn’t that what He called us too?
I am hungry for this type of outpouring on the Church again. I do not believe that the outpouring of Holy Spirit was a one time thing, I do believe that He wants to pour out His Spirit at an even greater measure today! We saw it in the book of Acts and you can see it displayed through this Moravian Move and with other historical revivals. The believers started in fellowship and prayer and the result was a great outpouring which lead to even greater prayer and fellowship PLUS souls saved for Christ!!!
What are your thoughts?