Prayer Targets: Rees Howell's Praying Students; Defunding; FADA, FADA, FADA; Military Sexual Assault
November 11, 2015
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)
Rees Howells (1879-1950), born in Wales and a coal miner by age 12, traveled to America in quest of a better life. He met Christians whose vital witness moved him to yield his life to Christ in 1906. Howells and his wife, Lizzie, followed God’s call to Southern Africa, where they saw the power and fruit of extraordinary prayer: thousands saved, many healed and years of sustained revival.
Set on a life of intercessory prayer, they were led back to Great Britain to establish the College of Wales and to teach children and adults the principles of prayer and faith they had learned. In 1924, starting with only ten pennies, they trusted God for £millions to build and run the School. Yet Howells is best known today for his students and their bold, faithful stand against Nazi Germany and their day and night intercessions against Hitler and his Nazi Troop movements. These excerpts are from Norman Grubb’s biography, Rees Howells: Intercessor:
During the four years previous to the outbreak of World War II… the Lord was changing the burden on Mr. Howells from local concerns, centering on the development of the College, to national and international affairs. “We were led to be responsible to intercede for countries and nations.” The Lord was preparing in the company at the College a special instrument of intercession for the coming world crisis.
In March, 1936, Mr. Howells began to see clearly that Hitler was Satan’s agent for preventing the gospel going to every creature. As he said later, “In fighting Hitler… we were not up against man, but the devil… For several years Mr. Howells stressed the fact that God must destroy him [Hitler], if the vision of the Gospel to every creature was to be fulfilled…
On the day of the declaration of war, he published the following statement: “The Lord has made known to us that He is going to destroy Hitler and the Nazi regime… which is the Antichrist, and release Germany, the land of the Reformation...” The declaration… sent them more determined than ever to their knees. They were now called… to give their lives over “to fight the battles of the Kingdom, as really as if called to fight on the Western Front.” God [gave them] responsibility from which they could never come free, until the enemy that God was dealing with should be destroyed “We may,‘ he wrote, “have many a set-back before He does… it may be that we, like the Israelites (Jdg 20), will have to cry out to God in our extremity for the help which will certainly come.”
Diaries of the daily College meetings reveal, not a fearful, not even chiefly a praying company, but rather… those already on victory ground… such clarity and assurance that theirs was the victory… If we say God was not with them, we may well ask ourselves this question: “Was there anywhere else in the whole of Britain or America or elsewhere among God’s people another such company, maybe a hundred strong, who were on their knees day by day, holding fast the victory by faith, while our soldiers across the water were retreating mile by mile, whole countries surrendering, and the enemy within sight of their goal?” Through all the years of the war, the whole College was in prayer every evening from seven o’clock to midnight, with only a brief interval for supper. They never missed a day… in addition to an hour’s prayer meeting every morning… very often at midday… and many special periods when every day was given to prayer and fasting (see Norman Grubb, Rees Howells: Intercessor, 1967)
Howell’s students closely followed the war news on radio and in print and prayed over every development. They literally fought the war on their knees. Are not such companies of prayer needed to withstand those who threaten the free world’s very existence today? Are not we called to be such warriors? And some to lead such a company or companies? Ought we not to read and reread this story and seek God as to our role in the spiritual battle?
Defunding Planned Parenthood – On the cusp of opportunity, when brilliant pro-lifers have documented and exposed Planned Parenthood’s ongoing morally outrageous (and possibly criminal) behavior via a series of undercover videos. These shocking exposés reveal not only the wholesale slaughter of preborn infants but also what observers consider the illegal marketing of their body parts for profit. Even as the nation’s largest abortion business banks bigger profits, rewards its executives with high six-figure salaries, and builds bigger and more efficient abortion factories, American taxpayers are annually forking over a half billion dollars in federal and state funding.
Stalwarts in Congress have energetically worked this session to defund the abortion giant, but that fight is coming to a head right now. While the most pro-abortion president in history, liberals in Congress, and the mainstream media have used every trick in the book to whitewash the abortion giant and to turn the tables on the whistleblowers, conservatives in Congress have been working to forward legislation to defund. Employing the budget reconciliation process, which requires the approval of just 51 percent of the members’ approval, the majority has brought the effort closer to a vote.
Yet as FRC President Tony Perkins points out, Democrats have raised a parliamentary rule called the Byrd Amendment (see Tony’s: Byrd Watching), which, if the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, rules the defunding measure non-germane to the purpose of reconciliation (i.e., does not adjust spending or reduce the deficit), a 60 vote threshold would be required for it to remain part of the reconciliation bill. Because the 60 votes are not there, the defunding effort would be deferred until future years, giving the American public time to forget the videos, just as they seem to have forgotten many other Planned Parenthood injustices. (Speaker Paul Ryan; Senate Could Drop Defunding; Tony Perkins)
- God, our nation reels from the shedding of innocent blood, which cries out to you from the ground for justice. Intervene, we pray on behalf of the most innocent and vulnerable among us! Please help those who are our voices in Congress to do right! Please move the parliamentarian to rule “germane” a measure far more germane than thousands of measures passed in previous reconciliation bills. May the right actions of Congress and the prayers of your people mitigate the judgment that is now upon America! (Gen 4:10; 1 Kg 2:31; 2 Kg 21:16; Ps 106:38; Pr 24:10-12; Mt 18:19)
Proliferation of SOGIs and the need for a FADA! – America is in a state of emergency with respect to religious liberty, but most Americans, including the majority of Bible-believing Christians, don’t yet fully realize it. They will soon enough. Ask the believers in Houston. Pastors and people in Houston arose to defeat the Sexual Orientation/Sexual Identity (SOGI) ordinance call HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance). It would have allowed persons who choose to identify publically as the opposite of their biological sex to use the public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, etc. of their choice. This wrong-headed policy showed complete disregard for the privacy and security of those impacted. Worse still, the ordinance included up to a $5,000 fine for interfering with a people who act out theses sexual fantasies in public. But the pastors and church members took a serious stand against this. Despite enduring intimidation and threats, having their petitions illegally rejected, and being outspent 3 to 1, the pastors and people prevailed with a vote of 61-39 against the ordinance. Dedicated LGBT activist Anise Parker, the outgoing mayor and champion of HERO, blamed the pulpits for the defeat of her pet ordinance. “They just kept spewing an ugly wad of lies from our TV screens and from pulpits,” Parker charged in her emotional concession speech. “This was a calculated campaign by a very small but determined group of right-wing ideologues and the ‘religionist right,’ and they know only how to destroy – not how to build up.” Too many Americans, especially young people, are buying into this. Already 200 cities have SOGI ordinances akin to the one defeated in Houston. Where were God’s pastors and people in those cities?
Moreover, numerous acts by the White House and federal agencies, state human rights commissions, and numerous school administrators, mayors and city councils have demonstrated over the past years, but especially since Obergefell v. Hodges, that too many public “servants” have little regard for the First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty for every American. Public officials, private business owners, educators, military personnel and others are being threatened, fined, demoted, discharged, fired and even jailed simply because their deeply held religious beliefs run counter to the new LGBT orthodoxy. It is going to grow worse. A First Amendment Protection Act will help protect Christians from the kind of growing hostility, disregard for unalienable rights, and even outright persecution we see happening in more and more places (see H.R.2802; S.1598; “Why Congress Must Act Now!”; Sen. Lee Responds to NY Times; Search FRC Online).
- Heavenly Father, help your people to understand and stir them to speak out and take action in their cities, counties and states. May your people, who hold the key to this matter, arise to be the salt and light for the defense of their God-given liberties and protection of their families. May we take FADA to heart and make it our mission to pray, tell others, and urge our members of Congress to co-sponsor and push for FADA’s passage. May God raise up watchmen to awaken sleepy believers and paralyzed churches. May the pastors everywhere, like those in Houston, lead with courage and success! (Ps 11:7; Is 56:1; Eze 22:26; Lk 4:18-19; Gal 5:1; 1 Jn 3:7)
Finally, The latest numbers of male-on-male sexual assaults in the military has dwarfed the number of opposite sex assaults. While most of our male troops are walking the line, this tiny number of homosexual men are responsible the vast majority of sexual assaults in the military. Tony Perkins, who led FRC to work overtime in an effort to stop the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, writes: “With a decision on open transgenderism barreling down the tracks, the administration can't afford more negative publicity about where its sexual extremism is leading. Of course, this is exactly what military chiefs predicted in 2010 when Congress ignored their advice and rolled out the welcome mat for gays and lesbians. A half-decade later, with military disapproval of Obama, job dissatisfaction, suicides, and sexual assaults at their highest points ever, "we told you so" isn't a message this administration wants to hear.” And please take time this Veteran’s Day to pray for our veterans and their families! Thank you for praying!