In honor of the [url=http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/][b]National Day of Prayer[/b][/url], I wanted us to post some things concerning prayer. Maybe it's something you read in your devotions through the Word of God, in a book, in an article, or by any other means God used to inspire you further into a deeper, more fervently committed prayer life.
I did a search on the Internet for any articles from Reese Howells or any excerpts or comments on the book "Reese Howells Intercessor" since my book is at home and not with me here in the office. I didn't find much, but what I did find I hope will be encouraging. I might post some other things concerning prayer later on today.
REESE HOWELLS, INTERCESSOR
Have you ever read the book, "Reese Howells, Intercessor?" The book details how God prepared this one man (and perhaps many like him) to pray throughout a World War. His prayers often changed the course of critical battles at critical moments. It's all in his book. The point is that there [i]was[/i] a time for war, but God was still involved, responding to the very prayers he planted in men's heart in order to turn various battles the way He wanted to.
It is interesting that in the case of Reese Howells, we do not see the Lord stopping a World War, but only His directing Howells on how to pray for specific battles and countries that were fighting in that war.
The Church must be like that today. We must ask the question of the Lord, not based on our party affiliation, but based on our God affiliation, "Lord, is this a battle that must be fought?" and "Lord is this the right time for this war," or "Lord, how do we pray for the correct timing of this battle?" and "Lord, if this war is ill-timed or ill-advised and it's going to happen anyway, [i]how then should I pray[/i]?"
In the Scriptures, we see that, like Reese Howells, sometimes it takes only one man or one woman to make all the difference:
[b]"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none." (Ezekiel 22:30)[/b]
- Steve Shultz