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    The WELSH REVIVALS - Millions Transformed

    by PrayInTongues


    Wales has had two great Revivals--1858-60, and 1904-5

    --interspersed with many local revivals.


    Both began with a massive amount of in-depth prayer.


    Both Revivals saw approximately 100,000 converts out of the world

    --about a tenth of the population. Dr Edwin Orr, however, puts the

    1904 Revival figure at approximately 225,000. A quarter of the

    population of Wales became truly born-again Christians.


    He arrived at this figure by estimating the number of nominal

    Christians who attended dead churches but became truly born-

    again during the Revival.


    Imagine a quarter of a whole country becoming genuine Christians

    in the space of a few months!


    The whole character of a nation was vastly changed. In some

    areas crime simply ceased. Judges had no cases to try. Pubs

    went bankrupt. Drinkers were back home with their families.

    Strikes were settled. Families were healed. Income was spent

    on food and necessities, not beer, which was what Wales was

    formerly notorious for: a nation of beer-drinkers. Bookshops ran

    out of Bibles to sell. Homes ran prayer meetings and Bible

    studies. If ever there was a truly Christian nation, Wales was,

    in 1905. On Sundays, just about everybody was in church, and

    the churches were full of life.


    How did it begin? In one word, PRAYER. Of the 1904 Revival,

    Jonathan Goforth in his classic "By My Spirit" wrote:


    "In the South of Wales, shortly before the great outpouring of the

    Spirit there in the early years of this century [1904] 300 extra

    prayer groups were formed. Wales, in fact, became like one

    great prayer meeting" ("By My Spirit," p.134.)


    If you want your country to be healed, pray that it will be turned

    into "one great prayer meeting."


    America, it has happened before in your nation--in 1857. Jeremiah

    Lanphier's tiny prayer meeting became the fuse to "The Prayer

    Revival" that saw a million genuinely born-again Christians added

    to the Church in America then jumped the Atlantic to see another

    million added to the churches of Britain between 1857-60.


    It can happen again! God still answers prayer!
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