Prayers, Petitions, and Princesses

After I rid myself of “Silver-tongue” the abuser , I found myself alone with my children.  I took stock of my changed life and looked around me.  Who could I trust?  I now walked a different path from the one that led me to ruin.  I needed to find friends who were walking the same road, or find my way alone. 

“White Flower” had also asked the King to teach her His paths.  She lived just down the street and became a close friend.  It seemed natural to get together over coffee and pray, while our kids played together.

We hadn’t a clue how to pray together though, or what to pray.  The Lord told me to “pray the Word”.  I took it to mean find appropriate scriptures and then pray them in the context of the situation.  The King would speak a verse, and off we’d go to find it.  Back then, I did not have Bible software or a concordance.  My Bible got very well thumbed.  I wore out two paperback Bibles in six years, the first was the ‘Good News’ and the second was the ‘NIV’ translation.

We would come back to him with our petitions, speaking His word.

For example I prayed the Word in Psalm 25;

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.  Psalm 25:4-7

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I found that praying the word is a great way to go to the Lord, using His own words.  The King honours His word.

My book is full of me talking to the King – which is praying to Him using the Word.  The faithful King responded in kind.  If you read my book you will see His replies and revelations have come true in real life.

Intercession

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My husband said I’d better explain what intercession is.

Intercession is a prayer to God on behalf of others.  All Christians are called to intercede.

That’s how God, our Father in Heaven gets his will done on Earth.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us the words to pray when there are no words.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-34

At times a Christian may be asked to “stand in the gap” for somebody.  This is a special type of intercession where we stand in the other person’s shoes and plead for them.  I was asked to do this for “Kate.”

Kate shows up in my book when she came to me for help after getting tangled up in the web of Silver-tongue, the narcissist.  What happened to me was happening with her so I was certainly able to stand in her shoes.

I certainly had no words for what he was doing – only expletives, so I had to let God do the praying.

It’s interesting but I’d named the place of intercession in the story as “Clearwater”.

Years later I met my second husband, and through him a wonderful American woman named Eleanor, his Grandmother.  Grandma is a very strong Christian.  We travelled over to the States to meet her in 2008.  She is well into her 80’s, can’t move around very much but is an active intercessor.  My husband said “never underestimate God’s power working through a praying Grandmother.”  Her prayers brought him into the Kingdom, even though she lives half way round the world.

His Grandma lived at a place called Clearwater.


After note:

Oswald Chambers, an early twentieth-century Scottish evangelist and teacher said “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Spirit carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.”

Battles in the spiritual realm

world-war-ii-world-war-2-magazine-recent-cover3When I was a child, Sundays were spent having a midday roast and watching WW2 war movies on our only TV station.  My father was a 4th generation New Zealander of mixed German and English descent (half and half), so I’d ask him which half was winning.  He didn’t think it was funny.  No-one of his generation with German blood did after WW1 or WW2. 

Not all Australians or Kiwis are descended from the British, and there were ANZAC soldiers who fought against their own relatives.  It was a bad time under the Nazi jackboots where the devil rampaged through Hitler, and Christians in Europe were swept up in the conflict.  Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12.

The war movies never showed us the battles that went on behind the scenes in the Kingdom of God.  The King raised up intercessors in that time to carry out His will and fight against the enemy in the spirit realm.

One of the intercessors was a man called Rees Howell, a convert from Wales. He was caught up in the power of the Welsh revival that swept throughout Wales in 1904, transforming communities as thousands joined the body of Christ. The powers of darkness were forced back as the Kingdom of God advanced forcefully.  He realised there was a great need to be able to intercede for the new converts to be true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Rees and his wife Elizabeth Howells were commissioned to build and sustain the largest Bible College in Wales by prayer and faith alone. At that time, the founders had only two shillings, (NZ 20 cents).

During World War II, he would lead his Bible College in intercession to defeat the Nazis.   He and 120 intercessors vowed to give their lives over “to fight the battles of the Kingdom, as really as if called to fight on the Western Front.”  As the Nazis poured through Europe, the College stood daily before God.  Rees Howell said “We are going up to the battle, and I am as sure of victory as of the dawn. If you know you have faith for something, would you not go on until you got it? I would like this to ring out to the world: ‘The Lord, He is the God!'”

After Holland fell Britain stood on the brink of invasion, and the advancing German Army had trapped the British and French armies on the beaches around Dunkirk, 330,000 men, and they were a sitting target for the Germans. The beach at Dunkirk was on a shallow slope so no large boat could get near to the actual beaches where the men were. Due to war-time censorship and the desire to keep up the morale of the nation, the full extent of the unfolding “disaster” around Dunkirk was not publicised.

However, the grave plight of the troops led King George VI to call for an unprecedented week of prayer. Throughout the country, people prayed on 26 May for a miraculous delivery.  May 29 was the day of the evacuation of Dunkirk. Mr. Howells said, “Let us be dear in our prayer that the intercession is gained. The battle is the Holy Spirit’s. See Him outside of yourselves tonight. He is there on the battlefield with His drawn sword.

Hitler’s first mistake.

Hitler overruled his generals and his armoured columns at the very point when they could have proceeded to the British army’s annihilation.  Churchill believed this was because Hitler undoubtedly believed that his air superiority would be sufficient to prevent a large-scale evacuation by sea.

A storm of unprecedented fury broke over Flanders on Tuesday, 28 May, (1940) grounding the German Luftwaffe squadrons.  Despite the storm in Flanders, a great calm settled over the English Channel during the days which followed, and its waters became as still as a mill pond.  Dunkirk70th AnniversaryIt was this extraordinary calm which enabled a vast armada of little ships, big ships, warships, privately owned motor-cruisers from British rivers and estuaries – in fact, almost anything that would float – to ply back and forth in a desperate bid to rescue as many of the men as possible.

General Haider, Chief of the German General Staff, three days after the High Command had so proudly boasted that the British Army was about to be annihilated, recorded in his diary on 30 May that ‘Bad weather has grounded the Luftwaffe, and now we must stand by and watch countless thousands of the enemy getting away to England right under our noses.’

Hitler’s second mistake.

The next battle of intercession was over the air-raids, and the crisis of the “Battle of Britain.  Churchill tells how he visited the Operations Room of the R.A.F. On September 15.  He watched as the enemy squadrons poured over and the R.A.F went up to meet them, until the moment came when he asked the Air Marshal, “What other reserves have we?” “There are none,” he was told.  Churchill looked grave.  The Luftwaffe were about to win the battle.

Then another five minutes passed, and the Luftwaffe turned for home. The shifting of the discs on the table showed a continuous eastward movement of German bombers and fighters. No new attack appeared. In another ten minutes the action was ended.”  There seemed no reason why the Luftwaffe should have turned for home, just at the moment when victory was in their grasp. But we know why.

1941 January 28, Rees Howell’s journal stated, “Believed for the protection of the country.” This was followed by the remarkable petition: “Lord, turn the enemy down to the Mediterranean”, and thus relieve the pressure on Britain, by turning Hitler’s attention in another direction. Just over two months later, war was declared by Hitler on Yugoslavia and Greece, and this was followed by the invasion of Crete and North Africa.

Hitler’s third mistake.

The next prayer was greater still.  “Lord, bring Russia into the war and deal with Communism.”  Six weeks later, without a word of warning, Hitler swung round and invaded Russia. If anything was seen to be an intervention of God to help the Allies, it was that.   The secular papers spoke of it in the words of the pagan proverb, “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.”

The enemy had made two attempts to occupy the Bible lands, the first via Crete, which brought the prayer from the Spirit that the Nazi hordes should be turned against Russia; and the second via. North Africa, which had resulted in the divine intervention in answer to believing prayer at El Alamein.

“Unless God will intervene on behalf of Palestine,” said Mr. Howells on July 4,1942, “there will be no safety there for the Jews. These Bible Lands must be protected, because it is to these lands the Saviour will come back. If I had the choice today, I would say to God, ‘Take all I have, but preserve Palestine.’ We want to say to God today, ‘unless there is a special reason for Egypt to fall, don’t let Alexandria be taken, but give Rommel a setback.’

Between Rommel’s men and Alexandria were the remnants of a British army, fifty tanks, a few score field guns, and about 5,000 soldiers. The sides were equally matched, with the Germans holding the advantage, because of their superior 88 mm. guns, until the Afrika Korps surrendered.  1,100 men of the 90th Light Panzer Division, the elite of the Afrika Korps, came stumbling across the barren sand with their hands in the air.

Cracked and black with coagulated blood, their swollen tongues protruding from their mouths, they crazily tore water bottles from the necks of the British and poured life-giving swallows between their parched lips. The Germans had been twenty-four hours without water, when they overran the British defenses and found a 6-inch water pipe. They shot holes in it and drank deeply. Only when they had taken great gulps, did they realize that it was sea water.  The pipe had only just been laid, and the British had just started to test it. Fresh water was never used for tests on pipes, it was too precious. “The day before, it would have been empty.  Two days later it would have been full of fresh water…” (Source Major P. W. Rainer, Pipeline to Battle.)

I have extracted much of this from the book “Rees Howell Intercessor by Norman Grubb, which can be read or downloaded here: http://www.inspirationalchristians.org/biography/rees-howells/

John R. Mott, Nobel Peace Prize winner, said” The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.