When people are needy for God they will go to great lengths to hear about Him.
As Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. Luke 5:1
By 1741 a hunger for real Christianity affected every strata of society. Nathan Cole, a Connecticut farmer, describes what happened when news came to his farm that George Whitefield would be speaking nearby.
“I brought my horse home and soon mounted and took my wife up and went as fast as I thought the horse could bear . . .We went along as if we were fleeing for our lives, all the while fearing we should be too late, for we had twelve miles to ride double in little more than an hour.
“And when we came within about half a mile, I heard a noise like a low rumbling thunder and found it was the noise of horses coming down the road. A cloud of dust arose into the air over the tops of the hills and trees. No one spoke a word but every one pressed forward in great haste. Three or four thousand people assembled. I turned and looked towards the great river and saw the ferry boats bringing loads of people; the land and banks over the river looked black with people.
“Mr. Whitefield come upon the scaffold clothed with authority from the Great God. Hearing him preach gave me a heart wound. . . I saw that my righteousness would not save me.”(24)
Prayer: Almighty God, fill us with a hunger that will cause us to forsake all other work and run to you.