A good word from over 150 years ago:
The autumn of 1857 was signalized by a sudden and fearful convulsion in the commercial world. That calamity was so speedily followed by reports of revivals of religion and remarkable displays of divine grace, that it has been a widely received opinion, that the two events stand related to one another, as cause and effect. In the day of adversity, men consider. When the hand of God is suddenly laid upon city and country, the sources of prosperity dried up, fortunes taking themselves wings; houses, venerable for years, integrity, and success, tumbling into ruins; and names, never tarnished by suspicion, becoming less than nothing in general bankruptcy, it is natural to believe that men will look away from themselves, and say, “Verily there is a God, who reigns.” As in the time of an earthquake, or wreck at sea, men’s hearts failing them for fear, they will cry to him who rides upon the whirlwind, so it was believed that the financial storm had driven men to pray.