“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
In 1904 a young ministerial student named Evan Roberts, began to feel that God was sending an urgent message that He was going to pour out a mighty spirit of revival on Wales, which is now a part of Great Britain. Roberts began attending various revival meetings and during one he was deeply moved by the Spirit.
As he prayed at the altar he cried out to God, “Bend me o Lord!” This was a complete and total surrender of his will to God’s will. Roberts soon returned to his home church to preach the message of revival but his pastor was reluctant to allow him to speak.
In a compromise, the pastor announced that Roberts would be speaking following the regular prayer meeting and any who wished to stay were welcome.
Only 17 people stayed to hear Evan speak and most of them were teenagers and young adults.
Evan Roberts spoke in that church for nearly two hours with a simple 4 point message that he was convinced could help God bring revival:
1.Confess all known sin to God
2.Deal with and get rid of any “doubtful” area of your life
3.Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly
4.Confess Christ publicly
When Roberts was finished speaking all 17 young people were at the altar on their knees crying out to God. They prayed until 2am that night and it was the beginning of one of the greatest movements of God in all history.
By the end of the week, over 60 people were won to Christ and over the course of the next year and a half revival swept through the nation of Wales. Over 100,000 people were led to saving faith in Jesus Christ. The revival was so great that the national culture changed dramatically:
- Work at the coal mines was brought to a near standstill – The mules who pulled the wagons were so accustomed to hearing foul language from the workers that after the men were saved the mules no longer recognized their voices or commands.
- One of the few court cases that was actually brought before a judge was unusual. The defendant came into the court and admitted his guilt, the judge led the man to Christ and the jury closed the case by singing a hymn. The revival eventually made its way across the Atlantic and swept through parts of New York and New Jersey.
There was even a daily column in the Western Mail (Welsh National Newspaper) called “Today’s Converts” that listed those who were being saved.
Times seem to have totally changed and we have to admit that our world is nothing like that of 1904. I would have to agree our world is a darker and more sinister place where revival seems almost impossible.
What about God has changed from 1904 to today?
What part of the power of Christ’s resurrection has diminished from then until now?
If God could bring revival in 1904 or any other time for that matter, why can’t He do it again?
Over the next several posts I will be outlining the reasons God seems quiet today. My prayer is we hear His voice.
Keep Looking Up!
Heaven is closer than you think.
May God bless your day.
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