In the early 1800s the Primitive Methodists developed prayer meetings which had a transforming effect on young Christian believers and led to many conversions in the neighbouring localities of Kidsgrove, in North Staffordshire, and Congleton in Cheshire. Here is one description of their prayer gatherings:
The providential manner in which these prayer meetings originated, the way in which timid, inexperienced Christians were led to become energetic workers for Christ, and the marvellous converting power which rested upon them, …in these prayer meetings the new converts learned to travail in birth for souls. They learned that the trial of their faith is more precious than gold, and they learned to offer the effectual, fervent, prevailing prayer.
In other words, new converts quickly learned how to pray and they rapidly became zealous evangelists and “conversation preachers”. They learned how to preach the gospel in everyday conversation.
Surely one of the first requirements for new believers in our day and generation should be to teach them to pray, effectively and fervently!
Quote from “The Life of the Venerable Hugh Bourne", by Jesse Ashworth, 1888, p14