The Prayers of the Saints

(Revelation 8:4-5)

The second outpouring of the holy spirit came in the year 1917. As on the day of Pentecost, the holy spirit was poured out after the prayers of the saints ascended to God. This was described in Revelation 8: “Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer, and much incense was given to him so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints.”1Rev 8:3

The angel who intercedes for us is Christ, the Angel who continually appears throughout the Book of Revelation.

At the end of the 19th century, the saints were praying for the gift of the holy spirit, and many believed that they had attained it. In 1896, more than 100 Protestants prayed earnestly at the Shearer Schoolhouse Revival. After much prayer, it was said that “a number were speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”2Like a Mighty Army: A History of the Church of God, 1886-1995, Charles W. Conn, pg 25

On the last day of 1900, Charles Parham asked the students at his Bible College to pray for the gift of the holy spirit. The next day, Agnes Ozman, who knew only English, began to speak in Chinese. Witnesses said that a halo surrounded her face and her head as she began to speak and write in Chinese. Other students also began to speak in tongues, and they believed they also received the gift of the holy spirit.

By 1906, the Pentecostal experience had reached the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles, where 13,000 people spoke in tongues. In 1908, the Apostolic Faith Mission sailed to China, where Bernt Berntsen preached to Zhang Lingsheng and Paul Wei, and they also spoke in other tongues.

In 1917, Paul Wei received the instruction of Christ to be baptized with the baptism of Jesus, in the same manner as Jesus was baptized. Then he received the gift of the holy spirit, as evidenced by the tongue emitting sound. This was completely unlike the speaking in other tongues in the Western churches, which was characterized by the movement of the lips in a type of prayer language.