As I said last time, I’ve been reading The Intercession of Rees Howells, by Doris Ruscoe.
Here are some notes I took on Mr. Howells’ thoughts on intercession (not direct quotes):
There are really only two intercessors — Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It is actually the Holy Spirit that intercedes through us. If the Holy Spirit is not the motivator behind our prayers, it is not true intercession.
Sometimes intercessors find themselves up against principalities and powers. We must depend upon the Holy Spirit to guide us, for He alone knows the way to break through the opposition.
Once the Holy Spirit has called an intercessor to a spiritual conflict, the intercessor must carry on to completing the task, no matter what the cost — and it will be costly.
Intercession may have to be walked through blindly, until the Holy Spirit gives the intercessor assurance of victory. The victory usually manifests itself in the natural realm sometime later on than when the actual spiritual victory was won.
Others may give up; we cannot.
The path of the intercessor is the way of the cross. It is also the way of fellowship with Jesus on a very deep level. It is a sacrifice of love. The intercessor has the sentence of death (death to self) in himself. In dying to self in order to lift someone else up, we identify with Jesus’ death.
This is a direct quote from Mr. Howells:
Anyone engaged in Christian work at any level will find it assaulted from within and from without. The enemy has many weapons in his armory, and will bring all his forces against a work of God. The one responsible must steadily persevere and hold on until victory comes in each test. The enemy will do everything possible to weaken faith, [and] to undermine relationships, but as the intercessor finds comfort and strength in the Word of God, and maintains faith in God amid all the attacks, the victory comes.
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