Welsh Revival
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“O’ GOD, BEND ME!”

 

At the turn of the 20th Century one of the greatest outpourings since the 2nd Great Awakening broke forth, impacting much of the world. Leading up to this great outpouring known as the Welsh Revival of 1904, there was a rumbling of prayer going forth in the land. Prayer was not just isolated to Wales, but the believers in the area were being stirred up to see a revival and started what they called ‘Prayer Circles’.

Pastors were being convicted, prayer meetings were filled through the night and into the early morning hours and the youth were being struck by the presence of the Lord. The Spirit was moving upon the darkness and chaos that filled Wales during that period of time; as alcoholism, gambling, prostitution, and other serious crimes were running rampant. In the midst of these stirrings the Lord moved in a dramatic way upon a young man named Evan Roberts.

Evan Roberts was born June 8, 1878 in Loughor, Wales. By the age of 9 he was helping his dad in the coal mines, due to his dad breaking his leg. He continued in the mines and also learned the trade of a blacksmith, but it was during these younger years that he acquired his hunger for Scripture, prayer, and revival. The deacon at his church, William Davies told Evan to never miss a prayer meeting in case the Holy Spirit would come and he would be missing. Evan faithfully attended a prayer meeting or bible class nearly 6 days a week for over 10 years! Evan had very little education but his pastor encouraged him to pursue the ministry. At the age of 26 in 1904 he left the mines behind and entered into a preparatory college. Evan never did go on to finish his education, as the Lord had much greater plans for the young man.

Evan started having intense encounters with the Lord during the year of 1904 in his quiet times. Often he would be woken up at 1 am and would spend time with the Lord until 5am and then would go back to sleep. It was during a prayer meeting that year, held at the college where an evangelist named Seth Joshua was praying, “O’ God, bend us”. This prayer caused Evan Roberts to come forth in great agony of spirit saying, “O’ God, bend me!” He received a great burden for lost souls and felt like he was going to burst.
After this Evan knew he could no longer pursue his education as he felt the Spirit was telling him to go speak at his home church. It was at this prayer meeting at his home church, Moriah Chapel, where he was impressed to share in front of the 17 young adults that stayed to listen. He shared these four tenets that were key points through out the entire revival.

‘You must confess any known sin to God and put any wrong done to others right.

Second, you must put away any doubtful habit.

Third, you must obey the Spirit promptly.

Finally, you must confess your faith in Christ publicly.’ – (source pg. 7)

By November 1904 upon Evans return, the fire from heaven consumed him and his band of friends during their prayer meetings. Evan had prophesied that a great revival was coming to Wales. The reports spread like wildfire as more people were being drawn to these meetings. Eventually the newspapers caught on and started reporting on this miraculous move. The meetings were spontaneous and would break out in prayer and song (one of their favorites). There was very little preaching or leading in the traditional sense. The youth were being filled and led by the spirit in great and marvelous ways. Dave Matthews an eye-witness of the revival said,

“Even the little children between nine and twelve years of age prayed with wisdom and fluency that sounded uncanny.” (source)

Can you imagine turning on the T.V. on a Sunday afternoon to watch a NFL football game only to hear the announcer’s state that ALL the players were absent because they were in revival meetings?! Pubs were closed, jails were empty, police men were jobless, coal mines were filled with prayer and praise and churches were packed out.  They say that crime was cut in half and that many denominational churches were flourishing. People from all over the globe were coming to taste and see and to bring the fire back home. There was a holiness and obedience to God throughout the revival.

Many were being convicted and true conversions were multiplying by the day. Some said that it looked like there was no order, but there was never any confusion! Through the next year, thousands were saved and the entire regions of Wales and beyond were transformed. Evan Roberts was an obvious leader that the Lord had marked during this revival, but Evan was very humble and always pointed to Jesus. The revival in all its fervency is said to have lasted between two and three years, but the impact in Wales and around the world lasted much longer.

We can learn a lot from historic revivals, good and bad; there is a lot to glean from how the Lord has poured out His Spirit in the past and how His people have been steward’s of it.  But what can we do now?  Pray!  Pray for another outpouring of the Spirit, personally, corporately and globally.  What kind of spiritual atmosphere will we be leaving for our children and grandchildren? I am not against growth strategies, evangelistic outreach, bible studies, added church functions, weekly services or anything that involves the coming together of His people.  Most of the Kingdom work is done daily through the small and often tedious steps of life.  But I want to see the church alive.  I want to see the Spirit poured out on His people.  I want to see a city transformed!  Is the Spirit stirring you up to see revival in your city?  Press into Jesus and ask Him what He wants to do in you and through you!

 

“Before the Spirit can flow through you, He must work in you” Evan Roberts

 

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Intercession

 

Good morning friends,

Here is a quick 5 minute video breakdown on the simplicity and power of intercession. Corey Russell has been in the place of prayer at IHOP-KC for 14 years and is sharing from his personal journey. He recently came out with a book called, Prayer: Why Our Words to God Matter, that goes deep into the importance of intercession for every believer. I would encourage you to get a copy if you can.  In the meantime enjoy this video as I hope it will bless you and your prayer life in Christ.

For past Message Monday Posts, click HERE

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A Practical Plan to Grow in Prayer

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Message Monday: A Practical Plan to Grow in Prayer

Well it is Monday morning again and as promised, here is a very encouraging and practical message on prayer!  My heart in sharing is to challenge you to have a prayer life in Jesus Christ.  I have been feeding on messages like this and I know it is NOT enough to just listen to a good message. I am still growing in this process but I have found that the points shared in this message to be of great value as they have helped me grow in my own personal prayer time.

When it comes to scheduling my prayer time, I have learned that I am NOT a morning person and have realized that I am more likely to pray early when it is in a corporate setting.  Knowing that there are other hungry people willing to sacrifice their time to pray early in the morning motivates me to jump out of bed to join in. For my personal prayer time I have scheduled it at 9:30 pm after everyone has gone to bed.  I am a night owl and I have found that ending my night in prayer helps remove the distractions that keep my mind from wandering all over the place.

 

Click this link below for the audio message:

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Click this link below for notes:

NOTES: A Practical Plan to Grow in Prayer

 

Check out some past Message Monday posts:

1. History of Night and Day Prayer – Jono Hall (Video Teaching)

2. Hear Him– Stephen Venable (Audio Teaching)

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Hear Him

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“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:2-3
 

Hello Friends,

As I stated earlier [LINK] I will be posting more on prayer. My hope is to make Monday, “Message Monday”, with the main topic being prayer.  I have been part of a small prayer group that meets Monday mornings from 6:30am to 7:30am in my home town of Tuolumne and it has connected my heart to Jesus in a greater way over these last three years.  I actually look forward to Monday mornings!  It refreshes me and pulls me into a conversation, into a relationship, with my Maker.  Be planted by the streams of water!

With that being said, I hope that this message from Stephen Venable, a leader at the ACTS School in Colorado Springs, CO.  will bless you as it has greatly blessed me.  Stephen addresses the GREAT need to BEHOLD HIM and to HEAR HIM. Click below for message.

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Link with notes

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The Call: Berkeley 2014

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Hello Friends,

I want to get the word out and let you know about TheCall Berkeley that is coming up, Saturday October 4th, 2014. This will be an historic event that I believe will shape and shift the culture of the Berkeley college campus. Not only that but I believe it will be a critical moment for the Body of Christ in California as the sound of the trumpet is going forth calling us to assemble and repent for the sins of our state that have greatly affected our Nation. My last post, Fire and Water, addressed this Joel 2 principle that is so important for the Body of Christ to take hold of. I want to encourage you to watch this 2:00 minute video (below), then check out TheCall website that gives more detail about this solemn assembly and the 40 day fast that will be starting August 26th.

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My History with TheCall and Lou Engle:

Lou Engle, the founder of TheCall, shares a powerful dream that he had in 2000 where Luke 1:17 was given to him and he felt like the Lord was saying

 “What I am pouring out in America is stronger than the rebellion.”  

My first ‘Call’, was April of 2003 in San Francisco at Candlestick Park Stadium. I was in full rebellion. A few parents from my dad’s church went and brought (dragged) a few of the kids with them. I had no idea what TheCall was. I was a sophomore in high school and had made up my mind to live how I wanted to live and do what I wanted to do. I was heavily into smoking marijuana almost daily and drinking on the weekends. To be very honest I did not engage with anything that was happening on the stage or with the people around me. A few of us left the stadium for a little bit and then came back to explore the stadium. I remember a man came up to us at the top of the bleachers and prophesied over us. Then when I did find my way back to our group they were repenting and praying; that’s when I got wrangled into a prayer circle. I was resisting the whole thing. My flesh was shutting down the feelings, as my personal sin was so fresh that I didn’t want to confess that what I was doing was wrong. All though I continued on my path of rebellion for another two years and in that moment I could say that this gathering did not influence me I can look back and see how the Lord used it. And to add a very fun note, my future wife Aimee was at this call and dragged me to my next Jesus encounter or should a say Jesus Culture event, three years later.

After the 2006 Jesus Culture conference where I encountered the Holy Spirit and Cindy Jacobs prayed over me to break off the addiction of ‘recreational drugs’, I was set free from that rebellion. Aimee spoke an amazing prophetic word over me about being set free as well. By the time we were engaged in 2007 we went to our first OneThing Conference in December which TheCall had merged with. Lou Engle spoke of the House of Prayer that contends with every other house and how we need to shift from a ‘prayer meeting’ mentality to a ‘prayer culture’. We got married August 16, 2008 and that November is when several of us went down to TheCall San Diego to fast and pray and contend for the sanctity of marriage. As newlyweds it was a great time to be together to seek the Lord on this issue and stand with thousands of others in agreement. At the very end of 2009 Aimee and I went to another Onething Conference and stayed afterwards for a leadership advance. It was here in January of 2010 where we heard Lou Engle speak about raising up a family and going against the perfect ‘American Dream’ of having 1.2 kids so that we can contend with every other house of prayer. It struck a chord with us as we were not planning on having kids any time soon. In September of 2010 Aimee was 8 months pregnant when we attended TheCall Sacramento. It was a time to rededicate our lives to the Lord as we had just come out of a very powerful 3 1/2 year (late 2006 to mid-2010) season of weekly worship and prayer in our small community that ended on a sour note. We were able to reflect, repent, and renew our dedication to the Lord. (Past blog on TheCall Sacramento link)

Now, Aimee and I are ready to engage and contend at TheCall Berkeley with both of our daughters, Liberty and Adessa. Our nation is in a desperate place and we need the hearts of the fathers to turn back to the children and the children to the fathers. We are now responsible for the spiritual climate that we raise our children up in. I am praying that this call will release a great revival in California and the nation and I am praying that my two girls will get marked and set on the path as the daughters of God that they are called to be, to set the captives free and to bring the now promise to their generation.

 

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you there!

 

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Fire and Water

It has been 11 months since the Rim Fire, the third largest wildfire in California history, devastated our Sierra Nevada forest and pasture lands. This year is already predicted to be another severe fire season for the whole of California. It has also been four years running that the state has experienced a water drought, this year being the worst. Some research says that it has actually been going on since the year 2000. Where does this leave the State of California, desperate and dumbfounded? Is this a crisis that man can fix? How many trillions of dollars is this costing our already debt stricken state? The headlines are correct in declaring California in a ‘State of Emergency’. I would love to share more facts (go ahead and Google it or read the headlines) on these two major issues, but you get the picture; the wildfires cost millions if not billions of dollars to fight each year, while damaging homes and grazing lands and the drought is causing livestock to be sold off, farms and orchards to shut down, and invested businesses and landscapes to dry out.

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To give an example of where the public opinion currently resides with the drought, my dad recently shared at a public meeting that was addressing our water crises and his very honest and open comments were posted in our local newspaper. Of course his comments stating that, ‘we need to pray to God’, were immediately criticized in a Letter to the Editor, saying he “has no business expressing his religious beliefs in public.” I realize that we are from an extremely small town and my dad’s comments did receive some praise as well. But if this type of thing was said in L.A. or San Francisco for example, I cannot imagine the backlash. The public opinion in California and the rest of the nation is simply put, “Keep God out of the public!” Sadly, this belief has been successful for the last 60 or so years.

Is there a remedy to our crisis?

Ever since the Rim Fire I have had Joel 1 and 2 burning on my heart. This is the remedy to the crisis in California and the nation! I want to highlight just a few verses from these two chapters.

Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes—joy and gladness from the house of our God? The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up. How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering. To you, Lord, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness. Joel 1:16-20

This clearly addresses the crisis that California is in! So what do we do?

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, and call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” Joel 2:12-17

 

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Return to the LORD!  Remember who He is!  With California’s crisis I am reminded of the One who created and controls these two elements; water and fire. The stories of Noah, Moses, and Elijah come to mind. Or how about Jesus when He calmed the storm after saying, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26). I know of a place that has a sea of glass that is mingled with fire (Revelation 15:2). Where is our faith? What are we afraid of? This is the hour to ask with fervent prayer knowing that our Lord answers. Let your faith arise!

 

“Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7

At the beginning of this year I felt like this was to be a year of posture. As we hit the half year mark I realize that more than ever! We need to be in the posture of prayer and fasting to receive what the Lord is saying and doing in this very specific hour. Again this was confirmed when Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) spoke in May at the National Day of Prayer and covered this very scripture. Please check it out and respond to the alarm as she has urged the Body of Christ to a week of prayer and fasting, the 777 Urgent Call to Prayer.

To watch the National Day of Prayer video click HERE

To join in on the 7 days of prayer click HERE

To listen to IHOPKC response and a message from Allen Hood click HERE

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History of Night and Day Prayer

Hey friends,

I am Hoping to give some more posts on PRAYER with these coming months. Check out my current series, MY WALK THROUGH REVELATION in the mean time.

Now that you are here, I thought I would start my prayer posting with a great video message from Jono Hall, A Short History of Night and Day Prayer.  I found this message very helpful and encouraging.  I do feel like God is stirring up the Church to pray in this hour.  What do you think?

 

Thanks for taking the time to watch! If you want the notes to this session, here is the link. NOTES

Stay tuned for more.

 

Blessings,

 

Patrick

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A Kingdom of Priests

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A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS

 

“And He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Rev. 1:6

 

HE HAS MADE US: Do you see the craftsmanship of Jesus here? This takes me back to the Garden of Eden, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule” (Genesis 1:26).   We must never forget that we exist for Him, ultimately to give Him glory. “Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made(Is. 43:7).

TO BE A KINGDOM: This is not a New Testament revelation; God revealed this to Moses and the Israelites in Exodus 19:6, “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Some translations use the word kings instead of the word kingdom. I prefer the translation that says kingdom, because I believe that the collective saints make up His kingdom. In the same way that heaven is God’s kingdom because He dwells there; it is true that jointly we are His kingdom because He dwells in us through His Spirit. We are a living extension of His kingdom.

To further this matter a little bit more, Peter gives us some great insight.

“You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1Pet. 2:5).

 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1Pet. 2:9).

Collectively the saint’s make up a kingdom, a spiritual house, a chosen race, a holy nation and a people for God’s own possession. Do you believe that you are chosen? Do you believe that you are holy? Do you believe that you are God’s possession? Start believing! As His Kingdom, what is our individual function? We are told to pray for His Kingdom to come and He is telling us that this will not fully come detached from our priestly calling.

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PRIESTS TO HIS GOD: Every saint is in this priesthood and this great work is not separated from Christ. We have all been joined into this, thanks to our forerunner, Jesus the High Priest. “Where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:20). This is our eternal calling; I pray that this excites you. This is not for the super saints, because there are none; this calling is for every believer today! Art Katz, a great American preacher said, ” You don’t earn priesthood, you inherit it.”

Isaiah 61:6 says, But you will be called the priests of the LORD.” This is the will of the Father and of Jesus who lives to make intercession for us forever. This great calling of a priest is glorious in its New Testament context. We don’t have to slaughter lambs, and calves, or goats. He is the perfect lamb that was slain for us! Now we can offer our spiritual sacrifices to Him, such as prayer, worship and proclaiming the Excellencies of Christ.  Let us go before God as the priests of old did, into the Holy of Holies offering up a pleasing aroma of incense with our prayers and adorations. May we find ourselves partnering with Him, to plead for man before God and plead for God before man. We must allow our hearts to be the altar that is consumed by the will of the Father.

 

May we not forget the creative order of God. He has made us to be a kingdom of holy and royal priests to rule and reign with Christ and give the Father glory and dominion in all things forever. Revelation 1:5 is what makes this reality possible, “To Him who loves us and released us from our sins, by His blood.” His love and pure blood has ushered us into being a kingdom of priests for His glory.

 

“And Thou hast made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Rev. 5:10

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