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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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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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