Christian revivals are typically characterised by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, mass conviction of sin, genuine repentance, churches filled to overflowing, social transformation and national rebirth in all spheres. A spiritual revival does not leave any aspect of socio-economic, political and cultural life unchanged. No stone is left unturned. A true revival is always a transformational experience for any nation.
The Welsh Revival of 1904 is a historical landmark in this regard. Historian of revivals J. Edwin Orr records not only the extraordinary nature of the spiritual awakening that swept Wales at the beginning of the previous century, but also notes that its dramatic impact went far beyond the immediate theatre of mass conversion to faraway places such as the United States, India and Africa.
“The movement kept the churches of Wales filled for many years to come, seats being placed in the aisles in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Swansea for twenty years or so, for example. Meanwhile, the Awakening swept the rest of Britain, Scandinavia, parts of Europe, North America, the mission fields of India and the Orient, Africa and Latin America”, according to Orr.
This is why heads are turning with keen interest, following the expressed and sustained burden of Pastor Agu Irukwu who leads the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the United Kingdom (UK) and also serves as Pentecostal President of the Churches Together in England (CTE), alongside five other CTE Presidents including the Archbishop of Canterbury Rt Reverend Justin Welby.
To God’s glory, many who also dare to believe for spiritual reform in the UK are stepping forward to be counted. This, in itself, is a good sign. Unity in the Body of Christ is always a precursor for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. One platform for the demonstration of such interdenominational unity is the Holy Ghost Festival of Life, popularly known as the Festival of Life (FOL), begun in London in April 1996 by RCCG General Overseer Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye.
Revival historian J. Edwin Orr’s persuasion that every great Christian revival has been preceded by fervent prayer is not lost on Pastor Agu, as he is fondly referred to by many in Christendom. His vision and passion to help birth revival in the UK is thus being laid on a solid foundation of fervent prayer. In 2017, he was pivotal to the launch of ‘Pray 75’, a 75-day prayer sprint which saw hundreds of people set aside 75 minutes each day to intercede for the UK for 75 days.
Announcing Pray75, Pastor Agu said: “We are living in unprecedented times in the UK today. The future of the nation hangs in the balance as we face a myriad of challenges that do not seem to have straightforward and natural solutions. It is therefore imperative that as God’s representatives on earth and particularly here in the UK, we should turn to Him in prayers for answers and solutions. We are believing God to raise such a ground-swell of prayer that something will certainly shift spiritually in this nation.”
For more information about Pray75, please visit www.pray75.church