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Transformation Through Prayer

Imagine if your city was transformed in the span of a few weeks. Imagine if the crime rate decreased so much that police had little else to do but help lost tourists, if the streets on a Friday night were not filled with drunk party-goers, but families enjoying an evening out together. When I first heard this, it sounded too good to be true, but the Welsh Revival at the start of the 1900’s saw dramatic changes like these taking place! Preachers had their churches filled to capacity and as more and more people turned to God, pubs were emptied and crime in some towns dropped to almost zero.

Will we be men and women who so desire God to move in this world that we will faithfully pray for God to transform our cities?

In the third week of the Transformation School, we learnt about the role of prayer in bringing such change into our communities. We looked at examples from around the world of how the persistent, passionate prayers of a small group of committed people resulted in extraordinary transformation in their cities and nations. Christians across Wales had been praying for revival to occur, sometimes for years, before Evan Roberts preached at the meeting in October 1904 that is said to have sparked the revival.

In James 5:16, we are told that ‘the fervent prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective’. Will we be men and women who so desire God to move in this world that we will faithfully pray for God to transform our cities?