Prayer Summary for July 18


The following excerpt is taken from Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb.

We read the acts afresh and found we were reading, not the acts of the apostles, but the acts of the Holy Ghost. The bodies of Peter and the others had become His temples. The Holy Ghost as a divine Person lived in the bodies of the apostles, even as the Savior had lived His earthly life in the body that was born in Bethlehem. And all that the Holy Spirit asked of us was our wills and our bodies.

“ ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice . . .’ (Rom.12:1). It seemed as though we had never seen that Scripture before. He made it clear that He was not asking for service, but for a sacrifice. ‘Our God is a consuming fire’; and if God the Holy Ghost took possession of these bodies, then His life was going to consume all that there was of ours.

“We had often sung ‘I want to be like Jesus,’ but when we had the offer from a Person who is just like the Savior to come and live that life daily and hourly in us, we found how unreal we had been. How much there was in us that still wanted to live our own lives—that shrank from this ‘sentence of death’! We now began to see the meaning of the Savior’s words in Luke 9:24, ‘For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.’

“Why had He manifested Himself to us in this way? He made that quite clear. It was because there was a work to be done in the world today that only He could do (John 16:8). No wonder the Master told His disciples not to move from Jerusalem until they had received ‘the promise of the Father.’ But when He had come, they would be His witnesses ‘in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.’

“Many of us on the previous March 29 had put our all on the altar for the sake of giving the gospel to every creature. We had become willing to be any cog in the machinery that God needed to put that through in our generation. But now the Holy Ghost said, as Jehovah had said to Moses, ‘I am come down to do it.’ And we knew that He was as almighty as He was holy.

“As those days of visitation went on, we were just prostrate at His feet. We had thought that there was some virtue in our surrender: that we, with thousands of others, would be the people to evangelize the world in this generation. But now He had come, and we were out of it—except in so far as our bodies would become the temples in which He would dwell and through which He would work. He said, ‘I have not come to give you joy, or peace, or victory. I have not come to give you any blessing at all. You will find all that you need in Jesus. But I have come to put you to the cross, so that I may live in your body for the sake of a lost world’ (Col. 3:3; 2 Cor. 4:10; Gal. 2:20).

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We thank You, Father, for the beauty of Your presence
For leading, guiding, and empowering us to do Your will
We speak alignment and cooperation today with Your Spirit
Thank You, Father, for helping us to make the decision to go further and do more by Your Spirit
Watching over every atmosphere there
Declaring it, setting it right
Wisdom, wisdom, wisdom; Your wisdom, Father
Covered by the blood; speaking by the blood
We thank You, Father, for the power of the Holy Ghost working behind the scene
Reveal, open, and expose those wrong plans; hidden things uncovered and moved away!
Watching over every step, command, and position
Father, we thank You for protection through the blood of the Lamb
Breaking that hold, calling it down, busting it up, and busting it away in Jesus’ name!
Every number contending!
We thank You, Father, for a stepping up into a greater level of authority in Jesus’ name
See it—seize it!
Father, we ask that Your body would sense the seriousness of the time we are in
Thank You, Father, that it is only through You that change occurs; we rest in Your ability
You are supreme, and You will bring it to pass!
We hear in our spirits a different note—a sound of victory!
Thank You, Father, that You know the beginning all the way to the end; You know all things
We go forth in Your strength alone!
Thank You, Father, that it is Your plan, and You lead us out as Your army

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