Revivals of the Past

The Welsh Revival of the early 20th century was the start of the great Pentecostal Movement throughout Wales and into the United States. Throughout the revival, there was a rise in the manifestation of the baptism by the Holy Spirit and the revival saw a transformation in the lives of many individuals and families. Men of God were used in mighty ways to lead prayer groups and fasting, which lead to changes that can still be felt in Pentecostal churches today.

• Young people and especially young women were instrumental in the revival
• There was much prayer in prayer groups and in family groups
• Prayer and repentance were the focus, leading to a great outpouring of the Spirit

Background to the Revival

The Welsh Revival was in the making from earlier revivals since 1735 with the baptism of the noted Howell Harris. There were influences in the Christian faith throughout the remainder of the 18th century and into the 19th century. Men of note during those times included such influential presences as that of Christmas Evans, John Elias, Thomas Charles and David Morgan.

• Repentance and prayer were always strong forces throughout the revival across Wales
• Towards the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century, there was spiritual decline
• Fervent prayer and fasting among the young people lead to spiritual revival

The Start of the Revival

There was a meeting held by Joseph Jenkins on December 31st, 1903 and January 1st, 1904, which was dubbed “Deeper Spiritual Life Convention,” during which Jenkins shared an experience with his church that had a deep impact on those present. This continued a series of prayer meetings until the Sunday Service of February 14th when Florrie Evans, a member of the church, confessed in a testimony, “I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart.” These words seemed to invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit, in young people especially, as they convened after-church meetings to seek the presence and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and they were rewarded.

• Mainly teenage girls and early adult females felt the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
• The fire of this baptism quickly spread throughout the other young people
• This began in the Cardiganshire area
• Evan Roberts became a driving force in the revival in September 1904

Evan Roberts

Prayer and fasting played a pivotal role in the start, duration, and success of the Welsh Revival. Joseph Jenkins used constant prayer and fasting for a spiritual awakening of the Welsh people. The Forward Movement Evangelist Seth Joshua also conducted much prayer and fasting in requesting from God a young man to lead a spiritual revival while Even Roberts spent 11 years in prayer for the revival of the Christian church.

• Evan Roberts became the answer to a prayer when he joined the revival
• His burnt Bible became a symbol of the engulfing fire of the Holy Spirit
• Prayer groups, repentance, and fasting were pivotal influences on the success



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