by David Cawston

What Is Revival
David Cawston

Today churches declare revival if they are having a few exciting services, but revival is much more than that.

Let's take a look at the historical revival that happened in the country of Wales.

Report came that the whole country from the city to the mines underground were aflame with Gospel glory. The leader of this great spiritual awakening in 1904 was a young Welsh miner with coal dust in his hair and grind beneath his fingernails. He possessed no skills as an orator nor was he widely read. The only book he knew was the Bible and his heart burned with a passion for God in God's holy word. For years, Elan Roberts yearned to preach the Gospel and he cried out daily to his heavenly Father to change him and use him. When Roberts reached 25, his landlady evicted him for preaching and praying loudly in his room.

Down in the mines while friends smoked and laughed on their breaks, he sat quietly reading his Bible. One day in 1904, when Roberts was in prayer, God revealed to him that He was going to send a revival to Wales and that 100,000 unbelievers would turn to Christ. Then the Holy Spirit showed Roberts that the coming revival would spread like a prairie fire to England and to all of Europe, Africa and Asia.

Burning with this vision sought opportunity to preach but he found none. He begged his pastor to let him preach, but at first the bewildered minister said no to this overwhelming, enthusiastic coal miner. Finally after pleading, the pastor relented. "Alright Elan you can preach following the Wednesday night service," he said, "If any one chooses to stay and listen."

Seventeen curious seekers stayed behind. The young evangelist boldly proclaimed what he heard from God. His message was simple.

1. You must confess every known sin to God.

2. You must revoke every doubtful habit from your life.

3. You must obey the Holy Spirit's prompting.

4. You must go public with ...

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