Francis Asbury was born in England, and at age 16 began to preach, speaking up to five times per week, walking several miles to get to each appointment. Meanwhile, help was needed desperately in America. So in 1771 when John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement challenged, “Who will go?” 26-year-old Asbury stepped forward.
He spent the rest of his life in America and promoted the circuit rider system in America, personally traveling more than 100,000 miles to spread the Gospel, and enduring many hardships. At the time of his death, Methodism in America had grown from 5,000 members in 1776 to 214,000 in 1816. Asbury is regarded as the moving force behind American Methodism.
Acts 2:17 tells us: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
Young men and women with the Spirit of God upon them led many past revivals. Lord, continue to raise up a new generation of sons and daughters who will prophesy and see visions from God in our generation. And Lord, raise up an older generation of spiritual fathers and mothers who will release, empower, and protect these young firebrands.
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