James reported:

We had been assembled seven hours without taking food, and the interest of the occasion was such that no one appeared to be faint or weary.

God heard the united prayers of His afflicted people, and His Spirit came down upon them. Mrs. White shared largely in this blessed refreshing, and was soon in vision, in which she had messages of comfort for the desponding and afflicted, and of correction for the wayward and erring (RH, Aug. 20, 1861).

In the vision she was shown, among other things, "in regard to church order, and the struggle of our nation, and its effect upon the cause" (ibid., Aug. 27, 1861).