Have you thought of praying for our Countryside?

‘Hope for the Countryside’ is a partnership between Agricultural Christian Fellowship, Village Hope, the World Prayer Centre and Top Barn Trust.

Their aim is to mobilise and resource prayer for rural Britain, to see beacons of prayer lighting up the countryside and for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit across the countryside of our nation.

Here is their latest newsletter. If you would like to contact them, maybe to receive it regularly, email: info@villagehope.org.uk

Village Hope: villagehope.uk

Agricultural Christian Fellowship www.acfhub.com


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Hope for the Countryside - June 2019

London Prayer Directory – add your Prayer Activity

A message from David Vincent of London Prayer – https://londonprayer.com

London PrayerI have been working on developing a London Prayer Directory as a resource for prayer across the city.
It is now live, but needs a lot a existing prayer activity added to it. I was wondering if you could add details of your prayer space, and events on to the directory (a new entry for each item)?

I have made it quite easy to do this, you can use the online form in the directory here http://www.londonprayer.com/new-entry to add details of any prayer spaces, prayer ministries or prayer events to this directory.

Please feel free to forward this on.

Thank you

David

David Vincent

 

Network for Revival – May Newsletter

We are pleased to reproduce the latest Newsletter of Rev Tony Higton’s, Network for Revival.

Please go to networkforrevival.co.uk for further details or contact Tony at email: tony@higton.info

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Network for Revival May 2019

What is the Network really about?

In a phrase – Intercession for Revival.

I frequently have a picture in my mind of a photograph from space of the country at night, in darkness except for the bright lights of cities and towns. To me that sums up what the Network is really about – we are meant to be a network of bright lights shining in the spiritual darkness of our nation. [See Jean Darnall’s 1967 vision regarding revival – click here].

Yes, there is a lot of moral light in the country – kindness, caring and self-sacrifice – but most have no time for God. People carry on their lives without thought of God, of eternity, of judgement, of heaven and hell. The spiritual darkness is deep.

Yes, there is the spiritual light of believers throughout the country – but how many (including church leaders) are really interceding in depth, at length, including for Revival? The spiritual light of many believers (and churches) is dimmed.

What the nation desperately needs is a network of holy intercessors throughout the country, who are seeking to inspire others to join in. They need to prioritise such intercession as much as possible, making sacrifices where necessary. Their prayer should be a dialogue – persistent petition and constant listening. Growth in holiness depends upon hearing what God is saying and putting it into practice.

It’s easy to be interested in Revival and to be excited by the accounts of what has happened in previous revivals. But what the Network is really about is in-depth, persistent, sacrificial intercession.

The significance of remarkable victories through intercession in the past

Rees Howells, the founder of the Bible College of Wales, was one of the most outstanding intercessors. His experience of intercession goes way beyond the experience of most Christians. His son Samuel Rees Howells followed in his footsteps. I have found reading the books about them in recent years profoundly challenging and very helpful.

Probably the most important contribution Rees Howells made was in his in-depth intercession during World War II. He held prayer meetings at the college every night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight and usually long after. But the prayer was very deep and passionate. They prayed situations through to victory. One of his biographers wrote “As each crisis in the war developed, the Holy Spirit guided our prayers and each time we knew that victory had been gained in the spirit before news came over the radio or in the newspapers of victory on the field of battle.”

Knowing the remarkable depth of Rees Howell’s intercession, I am quite sure that his prayers were a major factor in bringing about the victory which Britain experienced. Yes, there was a great deal of military skill and sacrifice but, knowing the frequent occasions when defeat seemed inevitable and the extraordinary deliverances that followed, it is clear that they were an answer to prayer. Without those prayers we would have been defeated. (See below for books about Rees Howells, which are very much worth reading).

However, Rees Howells and his colleagues may have been leaders in intercession but they were not the only intercessors. For example, there were National Days of Prayer. If you want to learn more about the truly remarkable deliverances, which can only have been divine intervention, look at the material produced by a Minister who calls himself Pastor John. I have had conversations with him and support his ministry. He has sent his Wartime Miracles leaflet to 25,000 churches in England and Ireland. Write to strengthenthefaithful@gmail.com. [More information on Pastor John here on the CTNTP website – click here].

There are two very important things we can learn from all this. One is the extraordinary power of prayer, including for topics on a national scale, which is the scale on which we are praying for Revival. The other is how urgently we need to pray for Revival. God intervened miraculously to deliver this nation during World War II, in answer to prayer, but, as a nation, we have largely turned away from him. This is very serious and means we deserve his judgment (and some current events suggest we are beginning to experience it). So how we need to pray for God in his mercy to bring Revival resulting in repentance. We certainly don’t deserve it, but God is merciful.

Quotations about revival

A description of revival in Ballantrushal, on the West coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides Revival: “The outstanding characteristic of the 1949 revival was the presence of God. The presence of God was so powerful that you were constantly living in the expectation that something was about to happen. You would feel a sort of excitement inside yourself. You were afraid of saying anything wrong. You were afraid of saying or doing anything that would remove His presence. There was a subduing, an awe that was everywhere and the joy! Even in the fields you felt an inward urge to sing. We were up until 3.00 or 4.00am at meetings and then up again between 7.00 and 8.00am to go to work, and we were not tired.” (Colin & Mary Peckham, Sounds from Heaven, p. 218).  Do it again, Lord!

Tony

 

BOOKS ABOUT REES HOWELLS

Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb, Lutterworth Press 1972

The Intercession of Rees Howells by Doris Ruscoe, Lutterworth Press 1983

There is also a book about Rees Howell’s son Samuel who continued his intercessory ministry: Samuel Rees Howells: A life of intercession by Richard Maton, ByFaith Media 2012

(I should add that Rees Howells came from a very different age and culture from us and you may find a few incidents in his life rather odd and challenging. I did until I found out more and I’m quite certain that he was a remarkable man of God with a huge amount to teach us).

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Could The Church reach the whole of their city for Christ? 

Could The Church reach the whole of their city for Christ? A radical question?

Evangelist Dr Ed Silvoso from Argentina offers an answer from his personal experience. Here’s are the opening paragraphs of Ed’s story from his website: www.edsilvoso.com

PRINCIPLE: CITIES ARE CENTRAL TO GOD’S REDEMPTIVE STRATEGY. THE GREAT COMMISSION BEGINS WITH A CITY‚ JERUSALEM‚ AND CULMINATES WHEN ANOTHER CITY‚ THE NEW JERUSALEM‚ BECOMES GOD’S ETERNAL DWELLING WITH HIS PEOPLE. IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION, WE MUST REACH EVERY CITY ON EARTH WITH THE GOSPEL.HELLO

IS IT POSSIBLE TO REACH AN ENTIRE CITY FOR CHRIST? This was one of the first and most persistent questions I asked myself as a new believer. Acknowledging that God wishes that none should perish and that Christ gave Himself in ransom for all (see 1 Tim. 2:4,5; 2 Pet. 3:9), I constantly wondered what it would take for the Church in a given city to take the good news to everyone there.

I received the Lord when I was 13 and living in my native Argentina. The best decision I made as a new Christian was to have a weekly appointment with God. Every Thursday, at 7:00 P.M. sharp, I rode my bicycle to the western shore of the Parana River in my hometown of San Nicolas. During that precious hour, I poured out my heart to God, trying to understand the loneliness I felt as a born-again Christian high schooler in a spiritually skeptical town of almost 100,000 souls. If Jesus was indeed the only way, why was it that no one else wanted to find Him?…

Continue to read the story on his website – click here

Pray for personal revival

We are pleased to reproduce the latest Newsletter of Rev Tony Higton’s, Network for Revival.

Please go to networkforrevival.co.uk for further details or contact Tony at email: tony@higton.info

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Network for Revival April 2019

Pray for personal revival

“Revival begins with me” is a thought which God has put in my mind during my prayer times. And I recommend that thought to you. The aim of Network for Revival is to encourage persistent, in-depth intercession for revival, which is vitally important. But a twin aim is to encourage growing holiness on the part of those interceding. In fact, intercession is undermined without growth in holiness. We need a deeper, and ever-deepening, experience of the Lord himself – a Transfiguration experience.

Three of the disciples accompanied Jesus up the mountain. Suddenly “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light,” Then “a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’” Little wonder that “when the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified” (Matt 17:2-6). What a transforming experience that must have been and how we need something like it ourselves!

In other words, we need personal revival, not only to deepen our prayer for revival profoundly but also to make us into people who manifest the presence of God (which is what revival is all about).

I encourage you to make Matthew 17:2-6 a basis for prayer and to ask the Lord to give you a transfiguration experience. It may be sudden or gradual, but the Lord will do it.

How to find time to pray

A member wrote to me saying he was having a problem finding time to pray and could I offer any advice from my own experience. I replied as follows and thought that the information might to be helpful for others.

I do understand the problem, especially for those in full time ministry/work. I have learnt a few things over the years since I started to pray for revival. Here are my thoughts:

1.      Think about motives for prayer for Revival

Motivation helps in the effort to find the time. Here are a few quick motives to meditate on:

·         Following Jesus who “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Lk 5:16).

·         For the sake of the dishonoured name of God

·         For the sake of the grief of God over the unrepentant

·         For the sake of the unrequited love of God

·         For the sake of the lost

·         For the sake of the church.

2.      Be assured of the immense spiritual rewards of regular prayer for Revival

I know that’s not the motive, but I can assure you that it is the result. I could (literally) write a book on what God has done and said to me in the last three and a half years of special prayer for revival.

3.      Be determined to pray

I was challenged by the thought that I find time for what I think is really important. But, after three and a half years of having a special time of prayer for revival every day (and being very encouraged by what God has done consistently in those prayer times) I still have to make an effort (often now only a small one) to ensure I do pray. So don’t be discouraged if you find a certain reluctance to pray.  By the way, I’m sure the devil doesn’t want us to pray for Revival and so distracts and discourages us. Another relevant thought is “I don’t have time to pray for Revival. I have to find time to pray for Revival.” I actually think that some tasks expand to fill the time available, so making time to pray can normally be fitted into the day without other urgent or essential tasks having to be neglected.

4.      Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Decide prayerfully how long and how often you should pray. I started with having a prayer time three times a week but eventually changed to having daily prayer. You might start with, say, 30 minutes whenever you pray for Revival. Remember also that prayer is dialogue and God will speak extensively to you if you spend time listening.

5.      If possible, pray fairly early in the day

My experience over the years is that my time of prayer for Revival has taken place any time from about 10.00am (after my personal prayers) to midnight, depending on the timetable for immovable events. But the danger is the later it gets in the day the greater the temptation to leave it until tomorrow. Once I’ve had the time of prayer I feel more at peace.  Obviously, if you are working full time, it may not be possible to pray early in the day.

6.      You might find it helpful to go to a lonely place, if possible.

I mentioned above that Jesus did this. In the early days of my prayer for revival, I drove a short distance to a beautiful isolated spot in the country. This helped me to get into the habit of such prayer times. Maybe, even if you live in an urban area you could find such a lonely spot. For example, you could use a church building (some of which are open every day), even if it’s not of your denomination. It gets away from the phone etc (and why not switch off the mobile?).

7.      Sometimes combine it with fasting

To miss a meal (especially lunch) provides a time to pray in a busy day, as well as being an opportunity for ‘fasting prayer.’

Quotations about revival

A description of revival in Point, on the West coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides Revival: “The outstanding feature of the 1949—52 revival was the presence of God … You could sense and feel the presence of God everywhere. Even the children sensed something. It was the power of God let loose! People went on their knees anywhere. We would be out at the meetings at 7.00 p.m. and then go home at about 9.00 p.m., have something to eat, then off to the next meeting in Aird or somewhere else until 11.00 p.m. or midnight. After that we would go to a house meeting until 4.00 or 5.00 a.m. This would go on night after night! Imagine Duncan Campbell going to all these meetings. He was not young! Amazingly, we kept going and did not get tired.  (Colin & Mary Peckham, Sounds from Heaven, p. 185).

Tony

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Worship on the Streets

Worship on the Streets is about sharing God’s love and power on the streets through worship.

What they are about reflects the vision of CTNTP of the Releasing of a Sound over our Nation.

Please check out their website: worshiponthestreets.co.uk and draw inspiration and support them in all they are doing..

Reproduced below is their latest newsletter -or view on MailChimp – Click Here

 

Stories from the Streets – April 2019

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though they may die, they shall live.” John 11:25

Easter is a time when we celebrate both the resurrection of Jesus and the new life He offers each of us. We ended this term on the streets celebrating that new life being given to one of the passers by we met whilst worshipping in North Shields…

We had been worshipping for a little while when I was suddenly reminded of the story of God telling Ezekiel to prophesy to the “dry bones” that they would come to life (Ezekiel 37). With that in mind, we began spontaneously singing “Let there be life!” over and over again. What we didn’t know though was at the same time as us singing this, one of our team members was sitting on a bench nearby sharing the gospel with a passerby. After about half an hour of chatting about what it means to follow Jesus, our team member simply asked the man if he wanted to receive Jesus into his life for himself. The man said he wanted to and together they bowed their heads, held hands and prayed together as this gift of a new life was received once again. In just over 15 years of following Jesus, there is still few things that compare to seeing someone come to know Him for themselves and experience the new life that He offers.

 


 

 

 

We wish you a very joy-filled Easter!.Thank you for all your support for Worship On The Streets and helping us share God’s gift of this new life with others.

With much love

Aaron and the Worship On The Streets Team x