Rev Tony Higton’s Network for Revival -November 2019 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 November 2019

I am currently dealing with three major foundations for prayer for Revival. In the last two issues I dealt with Praying in Holiness (http://networkforrevival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Prepare-13-August-2019.pdf) and Praying in Faith (http://networkforrevival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Prepare-14-September-2019.pdf). In this issue I deal with In-depth Intercession. The Lord has taught me so much since I have been praying for Revival and I want to share it with you. I’m sure he has a lot more to teach me later but I’m concentrating on these three for the time being.

Going deeper in intercession is a pilgrimage and we are at different stages. Some will be spending a brief time of prayer for revival – perhaps daily. Others will be spending a longer time – perhaps daily. Some will be praying sincerely with real concern for revival. Others will be seeking to plumb the depths of intercession. I want to encourage you where you’re at – not give you challenges you might not be ready for. Let’s all move forward in prayer for revival at the pace God sets for us.

For those spending a brief regular time praying with real concern for revival

You might find the following prayers helpful:

O Lord, come in Revival – to heal the grief and remove the dishonour which you experience because of the failings of the church and the widespread godlessness of society; to requite your ignored, rejected love; to make the church radically obedient to Scripture in the power of the Spirit and effective in ministry and outreach; to bring many unbelievers to faith in Jesus, saving them from a lost eternity; to hasten the return of Christ. Come to bring an overpowering sense of your presence; a glimpse of the worship of heaven and inspired worship, deepening the faith of believers and bringing many more to faith. Come now, Lord.

Lord, come in revival, bringing:

– a profound sense of your presence,
– an overwhelming awareness of your holiness,
– an awe-inspiring revelation of your power,
– an inspiring sense of worship,
– an in-depth conviction of sin,
– a glorious joy in forgiveness,
– a fundamental restoration of the church,
– a massive turning to you by unbelievers,
– a widespread transformation of society,
– hastening the return of Jesus.

For those seeking to go deeper into intercession for revival

Obviously, you can use the above prayers, if you wish, but I’d like to share with you the principles of prayer the Lord has been teaching me, on which I base my intercession for revival. You might need to embrace them a few at a time, as the Lord leads you.

1. Plead the nature of God, asking him to act in accordance with his love, compassion, faithfulness, power, holiness. He has a covenant of love with the church and also does not want any unbeliever to perish (2 Pet 3:9; 1 Tim 2:4). (I personally find it helpful to use repetition in prayer e.g. saying “Keep your covenant of love” three times. Repetition can be used in other aspects of intercession).

2. Plead with the Lord to honour his name. I pray: Lord, the enemy is mocking you and us your children and saying “Where is your God?” (Ex 32:9-14, 32; Isa 37:14-20; Psa 74, 80, 123). Come to make your name known to your enemies (Isa 64).

3. Plead with the Lord to bring his kingdom. Think of hindrances to the kingdom coming and pray “Your kingdom come.”

4. Plead the blood of Jesus. This is a new emphasis in my experience but the special nature of Holy Communion shows God wants us to focus on the blood of Christ. Think of ways in which the blood of Jesus is being ‘trampled underfoot,’ which grieves and offends the Lord. This includes sin the church and also sins in society e.g. godlessness, materialism, unbiblical religion, occultism and spiritual blindness. It also includes ‘false gods’ (things, not necessarily wrong in themselves, which heavily dominate people’s lives) such as money, sex, power, sport, entertainment, electronic communication, elevation of evolution (treating evolution as almost divine).* We can plead the blood of Christ against the effects of human weakness and demonic attack. Also the shed blood of Christ is the basis on which God answers our prayers, defeats the devil and removes sin from penitent sinners’ lives (Eph 1:7; Heb 2:14; 9:4; 10:19; 1 Jn 3:8; Rev 12:11). (*This list of sins can also be used in sections 7, 8 and 9 below).

5. Plead the promises of God to answer prayer. I dealt with this in the September issue but here are the promises again. NOTE the conditions we must fulfil.

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Mt 21:22).

“Everything is possible to the one who believes” (Mk 9:23).

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you receive it and it will be yours (Mk 11:24).

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who

  asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Mt 7:7).

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my

  Father in heaven” (Mt 18:19).

“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (Jn 14:14).

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (Jn 15:7).

God wants us to take his promises seriously. He has promised to answer prayer and so he has committed himself to do so (in writing!). He wants us reverently to remind him of that commitment, which he has bound himself to keep and therefore must keep.

6. Plead for the needy. Many churches are in desperate need. And Jesus himself spoke of persistent unbelievers heading for a lost eternity. Plead for God to meet those needs with deeper commitment and salvation.

7. Plead for God’s powerful angels to overcome human weakness and demonic attack. We are not meant to be obsessed with the demonic but we need to remember our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8).

8. Take up the shield of faith. Intercession is a priestly ministry. We pray identifying with those for whom we pray and on their behalf. Paul writes “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Eph 6:16). This raised the question in my mind ‘Can we do this on behalf of other people?’ The Lord reminded me that prayers for the demonised in the Gospels were said for people who didn’t co-operate or perhaps even ask for such prayer. I find it helpful to imagine I’m actually holding the shield.

9. Resist the devil. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).” We can firmly resist the devil and strongly rebuke his demons. Again, this is a priestly ministry – we are doing this on behalf of others: the church and the nation. (Again, I find it helpful to use repetition in rebuking the demons).

10.  Offer the priestly burden of intercession to the Lord. I find it helpful to imagine myself entering boldly, by the blood of Christ, into the Holy of holies (Heb 10:19), as a priest (as all believers are), bearing the burden of intercession for revival on my shoulders as an intercessor, sprinkling the blood of Jesus towards the Ark of God’s presence and asking God to take these burdens from my shoulders onto himself. I complete this section by looking at a detailed list I have written of sins in the church and society and asking the Lord’s mercy on them.

11.  Affirm faith in the Lord’s victory. Declare that revival will come, by the grace of God.

 12.  Receive revival by faith. Jesus promised “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours” (Mk 11:24). So I say before God that I receive and see revival and believe he is saying “Yes” to the prayer. But he will use our continuing prayers to bring revival ‘visibly.’

God bless you

Tony

PS:

I have edited and updated my Christian Teaching Resources website http://www.christianteaching.org.uk/ which includes 200 articles, 7 training courses and 4 books. I aim to provide a wide selection of practical, user-friendly resources for clergy, ministers and lay folk which may be downloaded and used free of charge. Most of them are at popular level but some are a little more academic. It has articles on

1. Apologetics – defence of the Faith,

2. Biblical Resources – biblical content and biblical teaching on many issues,

3. Church Development – how to build a church on biblical lines, effective in fellowship, worship and outreach,

4. Church Issues – teaching on controversial challenges facing the church,

5. Devotional Resources – biblical teaching on the Christian life,

6. Eschatology – teaching on the End Times,

7. Evangelistic Resources – aids to evangelism,

8. Interfaith Resources – guidance on relating to other faiths whilst being loyal to Jesus as the only Saviour,

9. Pastoral Resources – teaching about pastoral issues and helping people facing problems.

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The Wall of Answered Prayer – can you be one of their 2019 Heroes?

The Wall is such an amazing God inspired project! We urge you to consider supporting them financially and here are their latest Prayer Points too.

The Wall’s most critical 6 weeks so far

We are now weeks away from submitting our planning application. To make this happen, we need to find £145,000 in the next 6 weeks, and we want you to help us hit this target.

We are looking for 2019 heroes to donate £72 each to hit this ambitious target – could you be one of them?

On Saturday 14th December we will celebrate hitting our target with a party, and we will invite all of our 2019 Heroes. We hope to see you there!

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO GIVE: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/2019heroes

Prayer Points

• Please pray that God would provide abundantly for our 2019 fundraiser, and that as people sow into the project we will all reap a rich harvest in the years to come.

• We are so thankful for your support, no matter how small. Please pray and see if God is asking you to donate to The Wall of Answered Prayer.

• Praise God that our public consultations have gone smoothly. Please pray that there will be no feedback that hinders our planning application.

 

If you would like to pray for The Wall more regularly, please consider joining our team of intercessors. Contact us for more info.

How to prepare for the General Election

Some great advice from World Prayer Centre, Birmingham: 

Prayer is the first way we can engage in the election.  The Evangelical Alliance has also launched a prayer series entitled ‘Praying ahead of the General Election’ to aid the church in its intercession in the run-up to the General Election.

CARE has also recently gone live on their new bespoke election website EngaGE19.

Let us make this the election that is most covered in prayer.

  • Join us to pray at PrayerShift on 9th November and Watch and Pray on 25th November. We will also have an open prayer meeting on Thursday 12th December from 9.30 am – 11.00 am.
  • WPC’s role is to watch and pray during the week and issue prayer we believe is on God’s heart. We will also signpost other agencies who will give practical and detailed prayer points.
  • Let us be clear God is shaking the nation. Some shaking will happen during the elections and obviously afterwards as a new Government takes shape. The politics will be important but we want to look beyond for His kingdom to come and His will to be done.
  • Let us stand together – there is so much division and the enemy will stoke up more. We come in an opposite spirit – we are God’s people – united, generous, holding different views but wanting to bless.
  • We can keep it simple – Hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done and we can do practical things like praying for each candidate in our constituency, praying for peace in our streets, praying for truth in the media.
  • “Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast this nation from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore this United Kingdom to the joy of your salvation.” Sovereign Lord change our nation, soften our heart, and prepare us for revival.

One Accord – A prayer and fasting initiative in London in 2020

A personal message from our friend David Vincent of London Prayer:
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One Accord – A prayer and fasting initiative in London in 2020
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I have a degree of frustration and heartbreak that we are not seeing the improvements that so many are crying out for in regard to the ongoing issue of street violence we are facing. Locally, there are many good responses and prayer initiatives by some churches have resulted in local improvements. Over London as a whole though the issue is still severe as the news headlines testify.

Local results from increased resources and personnel are by the Police sometimes referred to as Crime Displacement. It feels a bit like that in prayer too. The solution is that there needed to be a unified response from the whole body of Christ to this issue covering all areas, continuously. As the Church from its many different traditions stands together in one accord, day after day, to pray for this specific issue I believe we will start to see a London-Wide shift.

So that is what we are proposing. In 2020 every day will be covered by a church taking responsibility for this issue in prayer and fasting. We are partnering across church denominations and providing resources for people to pray in their own way in their own communities. We are also encouraging this prayer to engage the communities feeling the pain of loss through violence, but who may be unfamiliar to prayer spaces.

Over the year we will be supporting churches and groups involved but at this point are looking for churches and groups who will support this initiative and agree to sign up.

The sign-up functionality will be added to www.londonprayer.com/oneaccord in November and the resources will be being added in preparation for Jan 2020.

David Vincent

Click here to view and download the Draft Proposal for this initiative as a pdf file – it is also available on the London Prayer website.

God Save our Nation – call to pray 28th to 30th October

God save our nation call to prayer Oct 2019

CTNTP recently received an email, via our friends at Christians Together in Chelmsford, for a nationwide call to prayer and fasting for three days, Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th October 2019. We understand this has also been widely circulated to other prayer and Christian unity groups around the nation.

We contacted its originator, a lady by the name of Denise, who told us:

The Lord spoke to me through Psalm 69 and told me that we are in the mire as a nation and as a people. During an intercessors prayer meeting I clearly heard the words GOD SAVE OUR NATION.  Then He led me to Esther 4 and I knew this was a nationwide call to the church to fast and pray at this hour.  I woke up one morning early and heard the words CLARION CALL. I am doing this in obedience to the Lord. Not something I have ever done before and it has not been without its challenges.

Denise added that she was doing this with the knowledge and help of her pastor. She has requested that the call be passed on to Churches, Christian organisations and Prayer Networks, as well as individual Christians.

You may contact Denise at saveournation@hotmail.com.

it is great to hear of so many calls to prayer for the UK at this time, but as usual CTNTP advocates the careful weighing of anything said to come from The Lord. Respond to this call to prayer as you feel The Holy Spirit lead. 


WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO THE KINGDOM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

This is a NATIONWIDE CLARION CALL to the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

 GOD IS WEEPING OVER THE SINS OF OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE. Parliament is in utter chaos.  Governments are crumbling.  Confusion, mischief, mayhem, and anarchy are the order of the day.  God is the answer. It’s time for the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST to RISE UP. The CALL is for churches to be in unity with other churches and individuals across the United Kingdom to FAST and PRAY; to weep in sackcloth and ashes for the state of our Nation and stand in the gap.

Are you willing take up the CALL TO FAST AND PRAY FOR 3 DAYS: on 28th, 29th and 30th October 2019 in your church for GOD TO SAVE OUR NATION? 

IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYSTHEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.  2 Chronicles 7 v 14

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD TO BE REVEALED

 

World Prayer Centre, House of Prayer is open!

From our friends at World Prayer Centre in Birmingham – an invitation to pray:

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WPC house of prayer is open – Here are opportunities to come in and pray with us at WPC, 5 Ethel Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom, Birmingham, B2 4BG.

Watch and Pray – 10.30 am – 3.00 pm on Monday, October 28th. Join us to pray for God’s hand on our nation during these historic changes. We want to hear His voice as He calls us into this new era.

Pray together 9.30 am – 11.00 am October 31st – join the WPC team in prayer.

Open prayer time – come and use the Prayer room – 11.00 am – 3.00 pm Thursday, October 31st and 9.30 am – 1.00 pm on Friday, November 1st.
We hope to see you soon!

London Rising – Half Night of Prayer – Nov 8th

An opportunity for a half night of prayer in our capitol, from our friends at London Prayer:

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In London, how you gather the church to pray together can be a challenge due to the size of the city. This November though, a series of regional prayer meetings allow us to gather together under the PrayLondon banner and have a united voice with one prayer focus and common resources.

London rising prayer 8th Nov 2019

In North London on November 8th London Prayer are hosting a PrayLondon gathering from 8:30pm with a number of churches and prayer groups already committed to joining us.It is being held at St Barnabas, North Finchley and will end at 2am. Come and join us for as long as you’re able.

For more information and to Register Free on Eventbrite go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-rising-half-night-of-prayer-tickets-77219703211