A young man named Evan Roberts was used as a mighty weapon of God during the Welsh Revival. But the instruments had to be broken, melted, and molded in order to be used of God. Seth Joshua told twenty-six-year-old Roberts not to miss the prayer meeting. During the spring of 1904, Roberts was awakened by the Holy Spirit at 1:00 a.m., and he communed with God for four hours. This continued steadily for approximately three months. God was desiring to bless the tiny nation of Wales, and He sought for a man who would yield himself to Him.
Not long after young Roberts heard Seth Joshua pray in a meeting, “Bend us, Lord.” He stated that as he left, “I went out and I prayed, ‘Oh, Lord, bend me.’” God broke Evan Roberts. And He gave him a vision and a broken heart for his nation. Roberts began to ask God for one hundred thousand souls.
The Spirit of God descended upon the coal-mining country of Wales. J. Edwin Orr wrote of the impact that was made of the nation, saying, “Stocks of Welsh and English Bibles were sold out. Prayer meetings were held in coal mines, in trains and trams and places of business. . . . The magistrates in several places were presented with white gloves, signifying that there were utterly no cases to try. . . . Cursing and profanity were so diminished that several slowdowns were reported in coal mines, for so many men gave up usual foul language that the pit ponies dragging the coal trucks in the mine tunnels did not understand what was being said to them and stood still, confused.”
Not only did God answer Robert’s prayer for one hundred thousand souls, but He multiplied the influence of the revival around the world. Men such as G. Campbell Morgan, Gipsy Smith, and F. B. Meyer were influenced by the revival. R. A. Torrey wrote an encouraging letter to Roberts stating his joy from hearing the reports of the movement of God. Reports of the revival spread throughout Europe, India, Asia, Australia, Africa, and North America. Evangelical Christianity entered the twentieth century with the fires of revival spreading from Wales around the world. God found a young man who refused to miss the prayer meeting and cried unto the Lord, “Bend me!”
Father God, sometimes I feel as if I have no earthly influence at all, much less influence before Your throne. But You have always chosen the most unlikely to accomplish Your purposes. Bend me, Lord, as You bent Evan Roberts, and use me as You desire for the sake of Your glory. Help me to be a person of prayer, willing to quickly obey as You lead me on a journey to reach the lost, to feed the poor, to care for widows and orphans, and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are facing injustice. In my own strength I don’t see how this is even possible, but for You…nothing is impossible! Here I am, Lord…send me!
Praise God as the giver of every good and perfect gift (Jas. 1:5, 17). Give thanks for the indescribable gift of his only Son. Confess any times when you have taken God’s gifts to you for granted. Commit yourself to searching Scripture for more knowledge of the “riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us” (Eph. 1:7-8). Ask that your heart’s thirst be quenched and your soul’s hunger be satisfied in God as with the richest of foods (Psalm 63).
Pray that your congregation may have faith that “you will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion” (2 Cor. 9:11).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.