Partner-up and Pray
The Bible says, ‘When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action.’ Becky Smith was eighty-four years old and her sister Christine was eighty-two. The years had taken sight from the first and bent the body of the second, so they couldn’t attend church. Yet their church needed them. They lived on the Isle of Lewis off the coast of Scotland, and a spiritual darkness had settled on their village of Barvas. The congregation was losing people, and the youth were mocking the faith, speaking of conversion as a plague.
In October 1949, the Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland called upon their members to pray.
But what could two elderly, housebound sisters do?
Quite a lot, they determined. They turned their cottage into an all-night house of prayer. From 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. two nights each week, they asked God to have mercy on their city. After several months, Becky told Christine that God had spoken these words to her: ‘I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground’ (Isaiah 44:3 NKJV). She urged her pastor to conduct a revival and invite the well-known evangelist Duncan Campbell to speak. When Campbell refused to come, she insisted: ‘God says he’s coming and he’ll be here in a fortnight.’
And it happened! For five weeks Campbell preached every night to overflowing crowds at 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., midnight, and 3:00 a.m. Sinners came to know Jesus, bars closed for lack of patrons, and the Isle of Lewis tasted the presence of God – all because two women prayed in agreement.
‘When two of you get together…heaven goes into action.’ Matthew 18:19 MSG