Praying Sisters


Peggy Smith was 84. Her sister, Christine, was 82. Peggy could barely see and Christine could hardly walk. But together, they changed Scotland. It happened in 1849 on the Scottish Island of Lewis, in the tiny village of Barvas. Their pastor longed for revival. He preached for revival. But nothing happened. Nothing, that is, until he visited Peggy and Christine and asked them to pray. Unable to attend church, they figured that was the least they could do. So Peggy and Christine began to pray for a movement of God. The sisters invited a few friends to join them for prayer. They extended their prayer gatherings to six hours, starting at 10 p.m. They prayed that evangelist Duncan Campbell would come to their little church for a one-night meeting. Campbell came for five weeks. He led four services every day, at 7 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight, and 3 a.m. The move of God was undeniable. Hundreds were converted. Saloons went out of business. Gambling ceased. Marriages were restored. And all of Scotland was changed.

It is amazing to see what happens when two sisters decide to really pray. Jesus said there is power in two or three coming together in prayer. He also said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7). If you want to be a part of something big, you need to do three things. First, find a cause bigger than you. Second, find a buddy (or sister) to join you in prayer. Third, find the God of the universe on your knees. If you pray the way Peggy and Christine prayed, heaven will be moved, your heart will be changed, and your world will be better.


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