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Just for Intercessors: What We Do (Part 3)

There are many types of intercessors.  We all have our own style and method of prayer, as well as our own area of expertise.  Some of us are “intercessors at large,” meaning that we pray about a huge variety of things, from current events spread over a wide canvas to prayer requests that have been sent out in multiple ministry newsletters.  Some of us are micro-focused on particular topics.  We could compare these two types of intercessors to the general medical practitioner (intercessor-at-large) and the doctor who specializes in one particular field of medicine.  Both types are needed.

Most intercessors start out as the general practitioner type, and God gradually moves them into a specialty all their own.  But there are seasoned prayer warriors who never become specialists, and, for them, this is as it should be.  We who are specialists are not more spiritually mature than those who are not.

The two main functions of intercession are to destroy the plans of hell and to establish the plans of God in the earth.  It’s that simple, although the details can get quite complicated.

Hell trembles when people pray.  Prayer is the vehicle God has chosen to bring about His Kingdom in the earth.  Sure, we need the evangelist, the pastors, the teachers.  We also need the prophets and the apostles.  But their ability to get their jobs done rests on the intercessors’ ability to break open the way before them, remove hindrances in their paths, and cover them with protection through our prayers.

Micah 2:13 gives us a little understanding of the intercessor’s function: One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out.  Their king will pass through before them, the LORD at their head  (NIV).

Jesus is The Breaker, of course, but He is also The Intercessor.  He gives a “breaker anointing” to those of us who pray out the things that the Holy Spirit puts on our hearts.  Notice that in this verse, the breaker is not tearing down an enemy’s fortress walls to get in; he is breaking up hindering gates to get someone out.  There are barriers that the demonic world attempts to put around the Body of Christ’s leaders to keep them from accomplishing God’s will.  People who are not yet believers are also hemmed in by satanic strongholds, and our prayers are required to “break open the way” of their spiritual prisons, so that they can understand the gospel message and see their need for salvation.

Notice also, in Micah 2:13, that it says, “the LORD at their head.”  Jesus is the Chief Intercessor.  He is the one that leads us in properly praying through these difficulties, through the Holy Spirit’s guidance in how to pray.

In addition to breaking down barriers for our leaders and others for whom we intercede, we cover them with the Lord’s protection through our prayers.  I’m not sure exactly how that works; I just know that it does.  We can claim promises in the Bible, such as in Psalms 91 and 34 for them.  There are many other Scripture passages to use, as God brings them to mind.

What do we protect them from, with our prayer covering? Spiritual attacks take the form of feelings of inadequacy, discouragement, wrong mindsets, and distracted thinking on people’s minds.  There could also be physical attacks on their health, finances, circumstances, and relationships.

The enemy often tries to block our leaders’ ability to hear God speak to them clearly, so that they cannot understand God’s strategies and thereby put them in motion.

These are the “gates” of hell that we break through with our prayers.  Most of our effectiveness in removing these barriers is probably done through praying in the Spirit (in our prayer languages), along with direct revelation that God gives us of how to pray in English.

The intercessor’s primary function is to pray.  But a secondary function is to hear things from the Lord and communicate what we have heard to our church leadership, when necessary.  This can become a problem area when not handled properly.  We will discuss it further in a coming post about pastor/intercessor relationships.

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

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More on Rees Howells

A couple of weeks ago, I did some blogging about Rees Howells.  Here are the links to those posts:

Rees Howells on the Holy Spirit          Rees Howells on Intercession

I had been reading Doris Ruscoe’s book, The Intercession of Rees Howells.  Since then I’ve also read Norman Grubb’s book, Rees Howells: Intercessor.  Mr. Grubb’s book goes into greater detail about God’s dealings with Mr. Howells, and some things in Miss Ruscoe’s book that left question marks in my mind became clearer after reading the second book.  But I felt that as far as teaching concepts, Miss Ruscoe’s book was more helpful to me.

Serious intercessors can learn a lot from Rees Howells’ life.  However, some of the ideas that he had I would not agree with.  For instance, he felt that God at times asked him, in praying for sick people, to be willing to take their sickness upon himself.  Rees Howells commented that God would never ask an intercessor to take someone else’s sin upon himself.  He stated that only Jesus could do that, and that He did it as a finished work on the cross.  My firm belief is that Jesus did a finished work for our forgiveness, healing, and deliverance.  God would never ask an intercessor to take someone else’s demons upon himself so that the demonized person could be free.  We would think that was a ridiculous idea.  It is just as ridiculous to say that God would want an intercessor to take someone else’s sickness upon himself.

Rees Howells recounted an incident where he disobeyed God about fasting.  He said he cried out for forgiveness for a long time, and finally heard God tell him that he was forgiven, but that God was going to punish him by making him pray for three hours with his hands raised the entire time.  This smacks of penance and works-oriented atoning for our own sin.

Whenever we run across teaching that isn’t quite right, we need to leave the bad and embrace what is good, still esteeming men or women of God for who they are in Christ.  Rees Howells didn’t always hear God perfectly, but he was still a phenomenal intercessor, who knew the Lord at a deeper level than many of us will ever get to.

Here are some of the concepts he taught:

“Before God will use you in intercession, it will cost you.”

Unless your death to self is real, you will not prevail to deliver others.

God told him, “The meaning of prayer is answer — and of all that I give you, see that you lose nothing.”

God showed him that the central place of his intercession was to come out of abiding in the Lord and getting his victories from that abiding position (John 15:7).  Abiding means letting the Holy Spirit live through us the life Jesus would have lived if He were in our shoes.

He spent much time waiting on God to find out how to pray about a matter, before beginning.  The Holy Spirit usually spoke to him through a Scripture verse, as he waited and read the Bible.  An important part of this waiting was letting the Holy Spirit reveal areas that he needed to repent of, especially in his motives and attitudes.

There are degrees and stages of abiding.  New positions of spiritual authority are gained as we deepen in our oneness with Jesus.

When God has spoken, and we are certain it is His voice we have been hearing, when  doubtful thoughts later assault us, this is not necessarily our doubt.  It is the enemy attacking.  The point is not to give in and not to agree with the doubtful thoughts.

There were many other wonderful concepts that I learned as I read about Rees Howells’ life.  I would encourage anyone who is committed to intercessory prayer to read both of these books, but particularly the Doris Ruscoe account.

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The Intercession of Rees Howells, by Doris M. Ruscoe

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Rees Howells: Intercessor, by Norman Grubb


Rees Howells on Intercession

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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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Rees Howells on the Holy Spirit

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I’ve been reading The Intercession of Rees Howells, by Doris M. Ruscoe, and it has been unlocking some doors for me as a prayer warrior.

Rees Howells was a prophetic intercessor who was part of the Welsh Revival of 1906.  He was also an evangelist, missionary to Africa, and founder of a Bible college in Wales at various stages of his life.  He is best known for what he accomplished in prayer, for he and the students and staff at his college were instrumental in  turning the course of World War 2 through their intercessions.  His story is amazing.  Miss Ruscoe was one of his staff for many years, and wrote from a personal knowledge of who Mr. Howells was.

Today, I’d like to quote some of his teaching about the Holy Spirit. Some of us have seen Jesus in vision.  Few have seen the Holy Spirit, as Rees Howells did.  Here is what he said about the infilling and indwelling of the Holy Spirit:

“I never once sought a blessing after He came in; I had the Blesser Himself.”

“When you have the Holy Spirit, you do not need to make a show.  He will reveal Himself without your effort.”

“You cannot play with Him.  Those who have no fear of the Holy Spirit have never seen Him.  I had far more fear of Him than I had of my old schoolmaster when I was a boy in school.  He will never take second place to self or the devil, and He will not dispute with you.”

“As the Holy Spirit deals with you, He takes all the unbelief out of you.”

“When you have given up your life entirely to the Holy Spirit, you have no right to take it back or to resent what He does with it.  … You accept everything from Him, whether it seems to be for you or against you. … When He comes in, He shows you yourself as He sees you, and He deals with the old nature, its thoughts and motives.  Human reasoning and understanding belong to the old nature, which God tells us not to trust (Proverbs 3:5).  You must be quiet before God for Him to show you these things.”

About what it is like when the Holy Spirit fills you entirely:

“You will have more fellowship with Him than with anyone else.  Just live with Him and come to know Him.”

“When you are ‘in God,’ your position with Him is a million times greater than anything He does through you.”

“Once the Holy Spirit has taken you into the Presence of God, you have more fellowship on ‘the other side’ than down here.”

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Mighty Prevailing Prayer

DuewelI am reading Wesley Duewel’s Mighty Prevailing Prayer again.  This is my fourth time through it in about six years.  If you are an intercessor, in my opinion, this is THE book on prayer.  Every time I read it, I underline more things.  It’s always fresh, always inspiring, always encouraging.

My first encounter with Mighty Prevailing Prayer was when it was required reading for the intercessor group at our church.  I must admit, I had a bad attitude about it at the time.  “Why,” I thought, “must I read about prayer?  Why don’t we just do it, and stop talking about it?”  I was wrong.  God used Wesley Duewel to change my life.  I was shocked to find out that Mr. Duewel knew all the innermost secrets of what had been happening to me in prayer — the deep emotional involvement, the physical exhaustion, the obsession and preoccupation with getting my answers so great at times that eating and sleeping became temporarily inconsequential.   I had thought I was off the deep end. (So did my family.)  Mr. Duewel assured me I was normal!  I found out I was doing what I was supposed to.  I found freedom to move into the calling God had for me, without thinking I was a blooming nut!

There are days when I get really tired of being an intercessor.  It is hard labor, and results aren’t always immediate or visible.  Sometimes it would be easier to toss prayer out the window and go jellify my brain watching Gilligan’s Island or F Troop. But when I get a little discouraged, I refire by reading Mighty Prevailing Prayer.  It isn’t the kind of book you read thirty pages of at a time.  Every word counts, so a few pages at one sitting are enough to chew on.

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Here are just a few quotes:

[The prayer of faith] is a prayer willing to believe and prevail for God’s answer in a situation that is utterly impossible. Regardless of the difficulty of the situation, you require no external confirmation but believe God in spite of appearance. Your eyes are on God, not on the situation.

The Spirit does not lead you to pray for useless goals.

God delights in your holy boldness that will not take no for an answer.  God counts it “great faith,” and He then counts you His friend, for you understand His heart.

Prayers prayed in the Spirit never die until they accomplish God’s intended purpose. His answer may not be what we expected, or when we expected it, but God often provides much more abundantly than we could think or ask. He interprets our intent and either answers or stores up our prayers. Sincere prayers are never lost. Energy, time, love, and longing can be endowments that will never be wasted or go unrewarded.  (This is from  his  earlier book,  Touch the World through Prayer.)

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I appreciated Mr. Duewel’s balanced biblical approach, his detailed explanations of how prayer works and why, and his down-to-earth tips for a better prayer life. The stories of miracles that have taken place in his own and other people’s lives through answered prayer aren’t half bad either!  (How would you like to pray for thirteen hours for an unsaved dead person, and have him rise up, totally healed, and give his heart to Jesus — all because you had a promise from God for the man’s salvation that you wouldn’t let go of?  So he died — so what?)

If you have an intercessor calling on your life, don’t deprive yourself of Mighty Prevailing Prayer.  It will give you keys to greater prayer effectiveness, and it will spur you on to deeper levels of knowing the Lord than you have yet attained to.

I love this book.  Thank you, Mr. Duewel.  I will meet you in heaven and tell you how much you’ve done for me.

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