One of the most powerful revivals of the early 20th century occurred in Wales, led by a ministerial student named Evan Roberts (1878–1950). He prayed fervently for his own brokenness and consecration to God with the words, “Plygni, O Arglwydd!”— “Bend us, O Lord!”—in the Calvinistic Methodist Church he was attending. Within six months, 100,000 souls had been saved from that plea and his consistent call to those whom he reached with his message that it was time for all people everywhere to obey God.
Roberts gave the Welsh Revival these Four Points:
Put away any unconfessed sin.
Put away any doubtful habit.
Obey the Holy Spirit promptly.
Confess Christ publicly.
When the people obeyed God, a wave of revival swept not only the church but also the community through the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905. Roberts was also in communication with the leaders of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles, as the Holy Spirit swept across continents.
Wales Transformed By Revival (1904-1905)
“The social impact was astounding. For example, judges were presented with white gloves, not a case to try; no robberies, no burglaries, no rapes, no murders, and no embezzlements, nothing. . . . ‘But how does that affect the police?’ He was told, ‘We have seventeen police in our station, but we have three quartets, and if any church wants a quartet to sing, they simply call the police station.’
“As the revival swept Wales, drunkenness was cut in half. There was a wave of bankruptcies, but nearly all taverns. There was even a slowdown in the mines, for so many Welsh coal miners were converted and stopped using bad language that the horses that dragged the coal trucks in the mines could not understand what was being said to them.
“That revival also affected sexual moral standards. I had discovered through the figures given by British government experts that in Radnorshire and Merionethshire the illegitimate birth rate had dropped 44% within a year of the beginning of the revival.
“The revival swept Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, North America, Australasia, Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Chile. As always, it began through a movement of prayer.”—J. Edwin Orr, “Prayer and Revival”
Crime stopped. No robberies, burglaries, rapes, murders, embezzlements. No cases to try.
Policemen were idled. Formed quartets and sang at prayer meetings.
Alcoholism was gone. Taverns went bankrupt.
Cursing ceased. Slowdowns in the mines—horses didn’t understand commands without curse words.
Moral standards were restored. Illegitimate births dropped 44 percent.
Churches grew. People started returning to the churches.
How about you? Are you the next Evan Roberts for your country or community? Could you cry out to God, “Bend me!” until a nation fell at Jesus’ feet?
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