More and more God is calling me to spend hours per day in fasting and intercession. The world appears to stand on the bring of vast changes.
Ive been doing my best over the years and quite a few times people suggested I read about Rees Howells and as you can see by that link I did read about him but found nothing of depth that challenged me. Well… today that changed.
- Chapter 34 – Intercession for Dunkirk – Rees Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb or get the PDF
- Chapter 35 – Battle of Britain – Rees Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb or get the PDF
This man’s faith amazes me. Challenges me. Encourages me.
Rees Howells said ‘The glory and the credit for victory in WW2 must come to the Holy Spirit and not to man. God has declared war on the devil and it is God who will give the victory.’ Not many people today consider WW2 as God’s victory, although some Christians I know do.
And I remember saying the very same thing about 2008 that God must be acknowledged to have saved the world… but no one sees it that way.
When I read about Rees’ words and his intercessions and his warnings about what was unfolding at that time, I really see correlations to myself (and others) and to events today.
Listen to Rees Howellls’ faith! He had predicted…
“If all the righteous in the country will send up effectual prayer, we feel sure that we shall prevail and open Penllergaer on Whit-Monday without war or blackout… what a relief to millions of people if God will intervene and bring the war to an end by Whitsuntide.”
… but the war did not stop… listen to his faith…
On Whit-Sunday, when, instead of peace being declared, only two days before, Hitler had invaded Holland and Belgium, Mr. Howells said in the College meeting: “We shall never defend the prediction. The point is, can God put a doubt in us who have really believed? If the Lord tells you that this delay is for His glory, then you must take victory in it. There is no glory in delay, unless there was faith to put it through. I would be a different man today if there was failure, but the Holy Spirit is not a failure. I can really thank Him for the delay. I wouldn’t be without this experience for the world. Very strange that what is death in the eyes of the world, is victory to the Holy Spirit.”
The next day he said, “We could never have had a greater death than in this prediction being delayed. But we are not going to have resurrection on one point more than has gone to the cross. I preached victory yesterday without a visible victory. There is a death in every grade, but as really as you die, there will be fruit to a hundred-fold.
“We are going up to the battle, and I am as sure of victory as of the” dawn. If you know you have faith for something, would you not go on until you got it? I would like this to ring out to the world: ‘The Lord, He is the God!’”
As the Nazis poured through Europe, the College stood daily before God.
Can you see the faith we need to develop?
Seriously… just listen to Rees Howells’ faith…
“God will not do a bit more through you than you have faith for. The victory last night was in seeing that no matter how near the enemy came, the Holy Ghost is stronger than he. You are more responsible for this victory today than those men on the battlefield. You must be dead to everything else but this fight. 1 p.m. Because you have committed yourselves, you are responsible. You will never have peace again, until the world has peace, but you have a place in the cleft of the Rock.”
Rees Howells puts my faith to shame… just listen…
May 30, 7.80 p.m. “From a worldly standpoint there is no hope of victory; but God has said it. I could not come tonight and ask Him to intervene, because we have already said that He is going to intervene.”
We are going to need faith like Rees Howells’ faith. The world is going to cry out to Christians to pray pray pray.
Then the Battle of Britain began… let’s follow the story through the lens of his faith…
September 9. “The Holy Ghost has found faith equal to what He wants to do. Take care you are believing. Believing is the most delicate thing you can think of. It is like a vapor. You might easily miss it. The victory happened yesterday’ morning, and if you didn’t see it, you may never see it. From this time on He can guide this battle, but He couldn’t do it before without faith.”
September 10. “What if millions of prayers went up on the Day of Prayer, and no one had believed? After the victory of Sunday there is great liberty to pray that God will really deal with the devil in the Nazis and put an end to this wicked system. Our prayer for London is that God will turn the tide now and save life. No doubt the enemy is pouring scorn on last Sunday’s National Day of prayer.”
September 11, with the Battle of Britain over London and the south of England at its fiercest: “There have been so many places bombed in London, even Buckingham Palace has been touched. I was burdened to pray for the King and Queen, and I believe our prayer will be answered. I am just watching how God will take hold of the enemy.”
September 12. ‘We prayed last night that London would be defended and that the enemy would fail to break through, and God answered prayer. Unless God can get hold of this devil and bind him, no man is safe. If we have protection for our properties, why not get protection for the country? What wonderful days these are.”
September 14. “Because we have believed, God has made known to us what is to come to pass. Every creature is to hear the Gospel; Palestine is to be regained by the Jews; and the Saviour is to return.”
Mr. Churchill, in his War Memoirs, gives September 15 as “the culminating date” in that Battle of the Air.
I needed to know if those days really were the turning point so I googled this phrase “turning date for ww2 battle of britain” and found this page: Battle of Britain on History.com and they say…
In the summer and fall of 1940, German and British air forces clashed in the skies over the United Kingdom, locked in the largest sustained bombing campaign to that date. A significant turning point of World War II, the Battle of Britain ended when Germany’s Luftwaffe failed to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force despite months of targeting Britain’s air bases, military posts and, ultimately, its civilian population.
The first attack on London on September 7 was quite successful; the second, on September 15, failed not only with heavy losses, but also with a collapse of morale among German bomber crews when British fighters appeared in large numbers and shot down many of the Germans. As a result, Hitler permanently postponed a landing on the British Isles and suspended the Battle of Britain.
Rees had an overcoming faith. His faith combined with millions of others who prayed gave the spiritual victory. On 11 Sept he had written “I am just watching how God will take hold of the enemy.” and it came on 15 Sept.
To all intercessors and prayer warriors and anyone who feels called to pray, click on those links and read about the kind of faith that we need to have in the days ahead.
Here is a page which lists the battles during WW2 which were affected by prayer.