Prayer Summary for October 14

The following excerpt is taken from Reese Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb:


From the time of special dedication on March 29, 1936, when so many of the College, both staff and students, laid their lives on the altar as intercessors, the Spirit was at work in the College. The climax and consummation came in the New Year of 1937. It was the “Pentecost” of the College, from which they emerged, not a loosely-linked company of consecrated individuals, but a body in the full sense of the term, a living integrated organism, instinct with one life and one purpose. Dr. Kingsley C. Priddy, M.B., B.S., D.T.M. & H., a member of the staff and now Headmaster of the School, gives the following account of those days:

“In the Christmas vacation of 1936 much time was given to prayer. As we approached the New Year of 1937 there was an increasing consciousness of God’s presence. The first outward sign that He was working in a new way was when one of the staff broke down in prayer, confessing her sense of need and crying to the Holy Spirit to meet her. Then we heard how the Holy Ghost had so manifested Himself in the glory of His Divine Person to some of the girl students, that they wept before Him for hours – broken at the corruption of their own hearts revealed in the light of His holiness. “An awful sense of God’s nearness began to steal over the whole College. There was a solemn expectancy. We were reminded of the 120 in the Upper Room before the day of Pentecost. Like them, we only wanted to spend our time ‘in prayer and supplication’ – conscious that God’s hand was upon us – conscious that He was about to do something. God was there; yet we felt we were still waiting for Him to come. And in the days that followed, he came.

“He did not come like a rushing mighty wind. But gradually the Person of the Holy Ghost filled all our thoughts, His Presence filled all the place, and His light seemed to penetrate all the hidden recesses of our hearts. He was speaking through the Director in every meeting, but it was in the quiet of our own rooms that He revealed Himself to many of us. We felt the Holy Spirit had been a real Person to us before; as far as we knew we had received Him; and some of us had known much of His operations in and through our lives. But now the revelation of His Person was so tremendous that all our previous experiences seemed as nothing. There was no visible apparition, but He made Himself so real to our spiritual eyes that it was a ‘face to face’ experience. And when we saw Him, we knew we had never really seen Him before. We said like Job, ‘I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee’; and like him we cried, ‘Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.’

“In the light of His purity, it was not so much sin we saw as self. We saw pride and self-motives underlying everything we had ever done. Lust and self-pity were discovered in places where we had never suspected them. And we had to confess we knew nothing of the Holy Ghost as an indwelling Person. That our bodies were meant to be the temples of the Holy Ghost we knew, but when He pressed the question, ‘Who is living in your body?’ we could not say that HE was. We would have done so once, but now we had seen Him. In His nature He was just like Jesus — He would never live for self, but always for others. We were people who had left all to follow the Saviour, and had forsaken all we had of this world’s goods to enter a life of faith, and as far as we knew we had surrendered our lives entirely to the One who died for us. But He showed us, ‘There is all the difference in the world between your surrendered life in my hands, and I living My life in your body.’ 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 Saviour 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 Saviour 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 Saviour’s words in Luke 9:24, ‘For whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.’

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It is only because of You, Father, that we are able to do anything
We magnify Your name which is above every name
Thank You, Father, for a greater revelation of what is in that name
We hold the name of Jesus against all symptoms and sickness in the world
Against all lies from the enemy – we break them in Jesus’ name
Fear from the enemy – we hold the blood and the name against it
Rising and declaring that this is the way it is and this is the way it will be
Thank You, Father, for clear answers and solutions that are so needed for the body today
Speaking stability to situations that must be stabilized in Jesus’ name
Father, we ask for great utterance now for change in Jesus’ name
Wisdom for those in positions of authority
We hold the blood over senior operatives on front lines—apprehending and restraining those authorities to the will of God in the name of Jesus
Ministering spirits, go and work on the front lines!
Supernatural aid and assistance in Jesus’ name
We speak the blood of Jesus over the green zone—the airport!
For every plan of the enemy, we say “Get back, turn around and be gone in Jesus’ name”
Holding up the blood against Ebola—healing in Jesus’ name
Thank You, Father, for political authority rising up into Your wisdom, doing what is right
We declare the blood over all of President Obama’s advisors—we put a stop to infighting in Jesus’ name
Thank You, Father, for the body of Christ rising up and taking their place in prayer!
Miracles, signs and wonders, increasing in Jesus’ name
Thank You, Father, for helping us to be more sensitive to Your leading
Restoring and making new
Clearer and clearer as we move forward—a Spirit of seeing and knowing increasing
We thank You, Father, for every kind of resource
For the blood of Jesus’ over this day; protection, freedom and victory
We give you all the honor and praise in Jesus’ precious name

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