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The Prophetic Intercessor (book review)

(Following is a review of James Goll’s book, The Prophetic Intercessor.  I know many of you are looking for information right now on prophetic intercession, and I write a lot on this subject myself.  Please take a look at the Series Topics in the right side bar for a wealth of posts on prophetic intercession.  You may also be interested in my book, The Intercessor Manual.) 

Recently I read James Goll’s The Prophetic Intercessor.  It’s a wonderful book, and I learned so much.

Here are a few of the concepts taught by Mr. Goll:

About “groaning in the spirit” (Romans 8:26, 27): “Those who are self-satisfied will have difficulty groaning; those who are desperate will have great difficulty not groaning.”

Intercessors not only build a wall or hedge of protection about others to keep out satanic attack.  They also build a wall to stave off God’s judgment by crying out for mercy for an individual or a people.

James Goll Prophetic IntercessorWorship and intercession must go hand in hand.

“Tenacity and endurance are required when the result seems to be delayed.  Even when the breakthrough begins, it takes eyes of discernment to see it.”

There is a relationship between responsibility and authority. If we have a God-given responsibility, we are granted authority through prayer.

“Discernment must be stewarded carefully.  We will either turn it into private intercession or gossip and slander.”

Anna, who prayed night and day in the temple (Luke 2:36, 37), was called a “prophetess” by God, yet she did not have a public ministry.  She ministered to the Lord in the secret place of intercession.

One of the most helpful chapters for me was the one on wisdom issues.  It dealt with protecting ourselves when doing spiritual warfare.  Mr. Goll talked a lot about keeping our focus on Jesus, rather than having our eyes on the devil or what the devil is trying to accomplish.  He commented that often the enemy brings problems to the forefront of our lives for the sole purpose of distracting us from Jesus and to derail our pure devotion for the Lord.  We do not need to war about everything; we can pick and choose which fights are important for us to engage in.  We must let Jesus guide our use of authority, rather than wearing ourselves out fighting every battle that comes along.

I was encouraged to find out that although Mr. Goll is considered to be one of the top prophets of our day, he was not sovereignly gifted in the prophetic from birth.  He did not experience fantastic open-eyed visions from the time he was a child.  He came into it gradually, through purposefully and diligently desiring to be prophetic and through actively praying Ephesians 1:15-19.  I am not among those who have been sovereignly gifted in the prophetic, either, and I took heart and hope in reading that I can come into a high level of hearing and seeing in the Spirit by asking God to increase it in me.  (Isn’t it great that God wants to reach down and pull up those of us who are average into higher levels than we ever thought we could get to?)

I highly recommend The Prophetic Intercessor to anyone with a leaning toward prayer, from the person who is still wondering if he or she has a call to intercession, on up to the most seasoned of prayer warriors.

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Or, see Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual


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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Doris Ruscoe

The Intercession of Rees Howells, by Doris M. Ruscoe

Rees Howells

Rees Howells: Intercessor, by Norman Grubb

Rees Howells on the Holy Spirit


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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