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|The 100 Year Prayer Meeting
|Niclaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
Born to an aristocratic German family Count Zinzendorf is
described as the Rich Young Ruler who said ‘Yes’. At age 6
he impressed people with his prayers. At age 20 he felt the
call do whatever Christ asked, no matter the cost. At age
22, as heir to one of Europe’s leading royal families, he
opened his property to refugees.
Starting with a group of ten that arrived in December, 1722,
Zinzendorf was hosting ninety by May of 1725, and over
300 by late 1726. The community was given the name
“Herrnhut”, meaning “The Lord’s Watch.” In little time it
grew into a small city of Christian citizenry. From here a
number of missionaries went forth to evangelise. This was
the beginning of the Moravian movement, which would later
play a part in the conversion of John Wesley.
Zinzendorf renounced his life as a nobleman and is rightly
“one of the greatest missionary statesmen of all times”.
Yet, one author speaks of his “arrogance and conceit” and
the gruesome obsession” with our Lord’s physical
sufferings which temporarily nearly wrecked this missionary
movement (From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, by Ruth Tucker).
From his pen came 2000 hymns, many of which still appear
in church hymnals, including:
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness,
my beauty are, my glorious dress.
’midst flaming worlds in these arrayed,
with joy shall I lift up my head!
The Moravian community was well organised but soon fell
into jealousy, division and discord. Zinzendorf sought to
address this and in August 1727 the community was moved
to repentance and experienced a powerful outpouring of
the Holy Spirit.
Zinzendorf died in Herrnhut on 9 May, 1760