A little known fact
Did you know there has been a prayer meeting for Christian leaders in South Wales, focused specifically on revival, on a regular basis for the last 48 years?
Back in the 1960s two pastors in the Swansea area (Luther Rees and I.B. Davies) found counsel and support in the company of an older man – George Griffiths of Cwmtwrch. More than 40 years earlier, as a young pastor George Griffiths had invited Stephen Jeffreys to take some special services at Christmas time. What started as a long-weekend preaching convention ignited and continued for seven whole weeks without a break. People were converted night after night.
Stirred by the possibilities held out to them, the younger men sought to initiate a prayer meeting of Christian leaders with the sole aim of saying to God, ‘O Lord, do it again’. These meetings have been running continuously ever since.
What they have been praying for?
‘[Revival is] a work of God in which the church is both beautified and empowered because the normal operations of the Holy Spirit are intensified . . . It is an outpouring of the Spirit on and within the congregation, so that the presence of God among his people becomes evident and palpable.
‘At such times people who think they know the gospel are brought to see that they really do not know it. Many nominal Christians realize they are not converted and cross over in to living faith, and many sleepy Christians wake up to why they have been living in anxiety, envy, anger, and boredom. The church stops “basing its justification on its sanctification” and there is an enormous release of energy. The non-churched are then attracted and drawn in by the transformed life of the Christian community, which finally becomes a sign of the kingdom, a beautiful alternative to human society without Christ.’ – Tim Keller
But why a prayer meeting?
‘To kindle every revival the Holy Spirit uses what Jonathan Edwards called “extraordinary prayer” – united, kingdom-centred, prevailing prayer.
‘Sometimes it begins with a single person or a small group of people praying for God’s glory in the community. What is important is not the number of people praying but the nature of the praying. [It must be prayer] for grace to confess sins and to humble ourselves, [for] compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church and the reaching of the lost [and for] a yearning to know God, to see his face, to glimpse his glory’ – Tim Keller
- Are you a Christian leader or a leader in training?
- Would you be willing to come together in gospel partnership to voice the simple prayer ‘O Lord, do it again’?
- Do you think your church would be glad to see you setting aside time to pray like this?
- Do you believe it would be a good thing to see a movement of prayer spreading among us?
- If you cannot get to Bridgend would you be willing to gather a group in your own location to the same end?