At the Gate of the Year

At the Gate of the Year

KIng George VI Christmas speechSo we stand here again, the tipping point between all that has been in 2018 and all that the New Year will bring. Looking back, how much of what took place during the twelve months could you have honestly predicted? Not very much I suspect… who knows what 2019 will hold!

In 1939, with Great Britain at war, and with a very unknown future ahead for the United Kingdom, King George VI spoke the following words at the end of his Christmas message to the Nation:

I feel that we may all find a message of encouragement in the lines which, in my closing words, I would like to say to you:

I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”

May that Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all.

The King had taken the words from a poem called, ‘God Knows’, published in 1908 by a Christian lady, Minnie Haskins – to read the entire poem – click here.

 

Prayer and Miracles delivered the Nation

dunkirk-news-articleCTNTP has previously made mention and published articles describing how during the World Wars, national prayer and miraculous intervention from God won us battles and saved countless lives. It would not be unreasonable to conject that for both Wars, all of this resulted in ultimate victory for the Allied forces.

The most well known miracle occurred just a few months after King George’s Christmas speech, when on 26 May 1940, he called a national day of prayer. Following this, against all odds well over 300,000 British troops were rescued at Dunkirk. To read more – click here.

Read too, these articles on this site, about Angels and Miracles and other calls to prayer during both World Wars – click here.

 

The Battle for Britain

Armour of GodIt seems to me that at the end of this year, the UK is once again at war; at war with itself, a civil war of strife and division and disunity. Brexit seems to have brought the whole thing boiling to the surface!

Even The Church in our nation has, in part at least, become embroiled in the battle – opinion against opinion – brother against brother!

Believers in Jesus, we need to open our eyes! Not just our physical ones, as we will simply continue to stumble into the unknown, but to open wide our spiritual eyes! 

The conflict we face is orchestrated by our spiritual enemy – Satan – he wants the ‘soul’ of Great Britain, but we must  battle him for it AND AGAIN WE HAVE THE MEANS TO VICTORY!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12

We must do what it says in verse 13:

Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

 

Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal Leaflet

A friend of Call the Nation to Prayer is Pastor John and his organisation, Strengthen the Faithful. Earlier in 2018, John was led by The Lord to produce and distribute 25.000 copies, of a leaflet he wrote, by email and post called, Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal. 

John said:

The Wartime Miracles Leaflet has a dual purpose. Firstly, it teaches how the Lord dramatically delivered the UK during the Second World War in direct response to those who prayed in humility and repentance. Secondly, it calls upon the people of today to equally approach Him in humility and repentance, pleading for His deliverance from the National dangers we are increasingly facing.

It shows clearly “this is what the Lord did for the previous generation and He can do it again for this generation, if approached in a spirit of humility and repentance.” The Wartime Miracles Leaflet is therefore a clarion call for nationwide intercessory prayer.

Will you take up that Call?

For a downloadable/printable copy of the Leaflet and accompanying write up – click here.

 

2019 – Take God’s Hand and step forward in faith

Hand in darknessIt is time to stand up and move out! Remind yourself of your ‘battle orders’ by reading the full passage regarding the Armour of God, in Ephesians 6: 10-20 – particularly verse 18:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

And, Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Let us turn from division and disunity, come together ‘As One’, and each putting our hand in the Hand of God, step with Him, in faith and confidence, into the unknown of 2019.

May God Bless and keep you throughout the year – the Battle belongs to The Lord!

David

David Gilbey
Co-ordinator CTNTP

Atheism is down as UK gets spiritual

Atheism is down as UK gets spiritual – says the headline of an article reporting on a recent survey, appearing in The Times newspaper on Friday 28th December 2018.

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Click here to open article as a PDF document

Pete Greig, founder and Team Leader of 24-7 Prayer, has just published the following remarks about this article on his Instagram account. (Click here to view on Instagram).

‘Just to be clear what we’re seeing here:
– British atheism —> declining (-2-3% p.a. for 3 yrs)
– British church attendance —> growing
– British people who pray —> growing. .
Are these signs of revival in the UK? Not yet. Atheists (and some regular church-goers) are ‘merely’ becoming nominal believers in ‘a greater spiritual power’, not necessarily in Jesus Christ; they are attending church occasionally, but not regularly; they are turning to prayer, but only sporadically.

So, is this everything we are praying for? Nope! Lets not get over-excited. In the words of the meme, let’s just ‘Keep calm and carry on.’

But is it a start? Fuel for faith? Somewhat encouraging for those who’ve wept, worked and prayed for years, longing to read this kind of report in the mainstream press? You bet!

And could it be a wake-up call for politicians and the media? The beginning of an exciting new season for gospel adventuring? A hint and a whisper that the tide is finally, beginning to turn in this supposedly secular nation? Maybe!’

 

Smith Wigglesworth’s 1939 Prophecy

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Smith Wigglesworth

Smith Wigglesworth’s 1947 prophecy of worldwide revival is extremely well known and as you may know,  a major influence for Call the Nation to Prayer.

Less known is a similar word, which speaks of a worldwide revival, particularly of healing, that he gave to evangelist Dr Lester Sumrall in 1939.

You can hear Dr Sumrall describe some of his experiences with Wigglesworth, including an account of this same word, on this YouTube Clip – the account concerning the prophetic word starts at 19 mins and the video starts from there.

We have also found the below account, transcribed from an online article at the website of Gary Carpenter Ministries.

(The article is here in PDF format: garycarpenter.org/SmithWigglesworthProphecy.pdf.)

As always with prophetic words, do weigh what you read or hear!

 

Smith Wigglesworth 1939 Prophecy

In 1939 World War II was about ready to break out. Lester Sumrall was in his twenties. He was working in a Bible school in England and he got to know Smith Wigglesworth. He read his books and heard about his ministry. He had been going over and visiting Smith Wigglesworth in his home for several years. Every other week he would visit him. Smith Wigglesworth would also have Brother Sumrall to speak at his conventions.

Dr Lester Sumrall
Dr Lester Sumrall

One day, Lester Sumrall went to tell Smith Wigglesworth that a police officer had come to his door and told him that everyone who was not an English citizen would have to leave the country. Hitler was threatening to come across the English Channel, so all foreigners had to leave.

The young Sumrall explained to the elder minister, “I came to say goodbye to you. I appreciate all that you have put in to me.” Now, here was a young minister in his twenties, and here was a man in his eighties who wanted to give his gift to somebody.

Smith Wigglesworth told the young minister, “I want to bless you.” So he held him and said, “Lord, everything that I have, bless him with it! Give it to him!” Smith Wigglesworth started weeping as he pulled Brother Sumrall in closer.

“He was a big man, and as he held me close into him, his tears rolled off his face and they would hit me in my face,” Brother Sumrall explained.

Wigglesworth cried saying, “I probably won’t see you again now. My job is almost finished.”

As he continued to pray, he cried “I see it, I see it!”

Brother Sumrall asked, “What do you see, what do you see?

He said, “I see a healing revival coming right after World War II. It’ll be so easy to get people healed. I see it! I see it! I won’t be here for it, but you will be.” And there was a healing revival right after the war.

He continued to prophesy, “I see another one. I see people of all different denominations being filled with the Holy Ghost.” That was the Charismatic Revival. God raised up people during that era, like the Full Gospel Businessmen.

Then Brother Wigglesworth continued, “I see another move of God. I see auditoriums full of people, coming with notebooks. There will be a wave of teaching on faith and healing.” We did experience that wave he saw, and we call it the Word of Faith movement.

Then he prophesied, “After that, after the third wave,” he started sobbing. “I see the last day revival that’s going to usher in the precious fruit of the earth. It will be the greatest revival this world has ever seen! It’s going to be a wave of the gifts of the Spirit. The ministry gifts will be flowing on this planet earth. I see hospitals being emptied out, and they will bring the sick to the churches where they allow the Holy Ghost to move.”

Quiver Prayer Breakfast -Chelmsford 19 Jan 2019

quiver_logoIf you live near to Chelmsford, Essex, you might be interested in coming to this Prayer Breakfast:

 

9.30 am to 12.30 pm, Saturday 19th January 2019.
Church of the The Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford, CM1 2TS

Both Men & Women welcome. Cost £3.

Speaker Rev. Jennifer Wallace of Quiver Prayer
www.quiverprayermovement.org

Contact jengaskin1@yahoo.com to reserve your place

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From 2016, QUIVER began to hold Prayer Breakfasts around the United Kingdom. These prayer breakfasts are hosted by individuals, churches, groups of friends or people who want to know more about QUIVER or learn more about prayer.

These prayer breakfasts are an opportunity to not only pray, but also learn more about prayer and living an effective Christian life. Teachings include, The Fundamentals of Prayer, Keys to Effective Prayer, Understanding The Kingdom of God, Living The Kingdom Life In Our Communities, Principles Governing Warfare, Practising Spiritual Warfare, and many more.

 

The Queen spoke of ripples going out

Queen and Billy Graham
Billy Graham with the Queen in 1989

When CTNTP held ‘As One’ in September this year, we strongly believed that one of the key purposes of what we were doing, was to send a ‘ripple’ out to the nation for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for revival!

Read details of ‘As One with reference to the ‘ripple’ – click here.

We have also felt strongly, even more so recently, that God is reconnecting the past Christian Heritage of this nation to what He is now orchestrating. Christians are again rediscovering the faith of former years to pray with increasing boldness for The Kingdom  of God, the power of The Holy Spirit to come and dramatically change our land from where we have currently found ourselves.

It was therefore most interesting to come across an article, published about one year ago, by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, entitled, Billy Graham Reflects on His Friendship with Queen Elizabeth II.

Here are two quotes from it and you can read the whole article here: billygraham.org/story/billy-graham-and-the-queen

…“No one in Britain has been more cordial toward us than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” Billy Graham wrote in his autobiography, Just As I Am. “Almost every occasion I have been with her has been in a warm, informal setting, such as a luncheon or dinner, either alone or with a few family members or other close friends.”…

Ripple on water…”On one occasion when I was in Great Britain, the Queen was preparing her annual Christmas address to be broadcast on television around the world. To illustrate a point, she wanted to toss a stone into a pond to show how the ripples went out farther and farther. She asked me to come and listen to her practice the speech by the pond and give my impressions, which I did.”…

Each time we pray or speak out for Jesus Christ, another ripple is released. Let’s keep ‘tossing our stones in the pond’.

 

FIRE IS ABOUT TO FALL ON YOUR PRAYER LIFE

Fire fallThere are many ‘prophetic words’ out there at the moment, so CTNTP is careful to weigh them and to only pass on those which clearly ‘resonate’ with the vision the The Lord has already given us. We have just had this prophetic word drawn to our attention and it resonates most strongly!

If you are familiar with the vision of CTNTP, you will know that The Lord has clearly spoken to us about a ‘New Sound’ the ‘Sound of Heaven’, He is bringing to the earth. Click here for more about this.

In particular, this Word, published on 7th December, which comes from Lana Vawser, living in Australia – website lanavawser.com – speaks of a new sound of prayer, a new impetus of The Spirit coming upon The Church for fervent, powerful intercession and repentance.

We have highlighted in green some parts which we feel are particularly relevant to the ‘Sound’. See what The Lord says to you. 

 

FIRE IS ABOUT TO FALL ON YOUR PRAYER LIFE

The Lord has been speaking to me so much about fire falling on prayer lives in this new era. As I sat with the Lord asking Him what was on His heart regarding prayer, I heard the Lord say:

“Fire is about to fall on prayer lives and catapult My people into unchartered territories in prayer.”

An explosion of joy bubbled forth within me and I was overcome by the heart of the Lord, the invitation to position ourselves in prayer more than ever before, because there are UNEXPLORED AREAS in prayer that He wants to take us in.

There are keys, strategies and deeper levels of His heart that He is inviting us into in this new era. The place of seeing and partnering with the strategy of heaven, even when it looks completely different to anything we have ever seen and praying His heart, praying His Word, praying His dreams into the earth. There is such a deeper area of His heart that is going to be revealed in this new era that is going to see some of the greatest demonstrations of His power that we have ever seen.

I have been hearing the sound of earthquakes in the spirit and in my dreams recently and as I have sat with the Lord, one thing that He keeps speaking over and over is in this new era the body of Christ are about to be ASTONISHED by the POWER OF PRAYER!!!!

There is going to be such violent, glorious, rumbles of intercession that are going to manifest in prayer lives, rooms and places unlike anything we have experienced before. Prayer rooms, houses, lives and gatherings are about to SHAKE with the power of God as the prayers of the saints arise. There are going to be louder groanings of intercession that is going to come upon the body of Christ in order to BIRTH the mighty explosive move of God upon the earth that we are all anticipating.

“And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words.” – Romans 8:24 (The Passion Translation)

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:24 (English Standard Version)

I had a vision where I saw many in their secret place in deep intercession, people gathered in homes, prayer houses, churches crying out in deep intercession and all of a sudden I saw LIGHTNING come out of the heavens and met with the intercession of the saints. [See Jean Darnall’s vision regards lightning strikes on the UK – click here].

I could hear Him decreeing:

“It’s going to be like nothing you have ever seen. It’s going to be like nothing you have ever seen. How am I going to move through the prayers and intercession of My people in this new era will be UNPRECEDENTED! The way that My power is going to be displayed through the groanings of My Spirit through My people will bring SUDDEN, EXPLOSIVE breakthroughs, shifts and divine rearrangements.”

His decree continued:

“Here comes another baptism of fire upon the prayer lives of My people. Here comes another baptism of fire upon the prayer houses. Here comes another baptism of fire upon the prayer lines. Here comes another baptism of fire upon the place of 2 or 3 gathering in My name. There is a divine glorious stirring of My Spirit in this new era that is igniting such a deep fire within My people to spend more time in prayer than they ever have before. But My people do not FEAR the rumbling. Do not FEAR the travail. Pray it through! Pray it through and watch Me make history THROUGH YOU!!!!”

MY FIRE IS COMING IN UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS UPON THE UPPER ROOMS

I heard the Lord decree again:

“My fire is coming in unprecedented levels upon the UPPER ROOMS. Fire on the UPPER ROOMS like in ACTS is about to EXPLODE AGAIN that even the WORLD will take notice of the supernatural demonstrations of My power and signs and wonders.”

(Acts 2)

HIS EYES ARE ROAMING THE EARTH

I then had a vision where I saw the Lord’s eyes roaming the earth and He was asking a question…

“Who will carry My heart? Who will lay down preconceived ideas, expectations and agendas and come to Me to ask Me for My heart to then enter into the deepest realms of intercession to see it manifest and the world changed?”

There was such a beautiful invitation of the Lord to receive His heart for our families, our cities, our nations and the earth and to partner with Him to pray His heart, His purposes and His plans into being.

“I WILL SHAKE YOU AWAKE!!!!!”

I heard the Lord decree:

“I WILL SHAKE YOU AWAKE” and suddenly I saw the fire of God and the power of God crash in to different places, churches and areas in the body of Christ where the Bride has been sleeping, where there has been complacency, where there has been apathy and SUDDENLY the Lord came with fire and power and INTERRUPTED. This divine interruptions and demonstrations of His power in the most UNEXPECTED places will SHAKE His people awake.

I then heard the Lord say:

“Watch as some of the most “asleep” places in the body of Christ are SUDDENLY transformed by a Sovereign move of My fire and power and some of the greatest PRAYER MOVEMENTS will begin from these places that will radically transform their cities. I am a God who cannot be contained. I am a God who cannot be limited and I am going to display My power in this new era in SIGNS, WONDERS and MIRACLES that will leave you in AWE. Some of the DRYEST of places are about to become some of the deepest wells of My Spirit as My Spirit crashes in and breaks out and deep repentance takes place in their midst and suddenly My power is manifest all around.”

THE BIRTHING CRY OF “RETURN, RETURN, RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE” WILL RESOUND LOUDER THAN EVER IN THIS MAJOR MOVE OF MY SPIRIT UPON PRAYER LIVES, LINES AND HOUSES

I watched as the fire of God was falling on the prayer lives, lines and houses and a deep birthing was taking place in intercession as the Spirit of God took His people into deeper levels of intercession and prayer and I heard the sound of REPENTANCE LOUDLY RESOUNDING.

I could hear all of heaven calling forth through intercession:

“RETURN, RETURN, RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE” (Revelation 2)

It was a summoning call from the Lord being birthed in the body of Christ where the sound of repentance was becoming LOUD in the body of Christ.

Compromise, complacency, sin, double mindedness, oppression and so much more was SUDDENLY falling off so many of God’s people as they were RUNNING towards Him in repentance. The holiness and fear of God was SO strong!!! There was a trembling fear of God that was upon the Church that was REQUIRING a DECISION again to RETURN to your first love or to remain in a place of lukewarmness. The love of God was SO strong, His wide open arms were SO evident, He was calling His people forth and MANY were falling on their faces in repentance and returning to their first love – beautiful JESUS!!!

There was also a deep sound of repentance arising from many in the body of Christ for living in doubt and not taking the Lord at His Word. As the deep repentance was taking place the fire of conviction and awakening to the truth of Matthew 19:26 “With God ALL things are possible” was increasing dramatically. The SOUND OF FAITH was resounding LOUDLY!

THE SUMMONING SOUND OF “RETURN, RETURN, RETURN TO GOD” THROUGH INTERCESSION WAS RESOUNDING IN THE EARTH CALLING PEOPLE AND THE WORLD BACK TO HIM

As this deep move of His Spirit upon prayer lives was taking place an even deeper summoning sound to RETURN back to Him was exploding in the earth. It was calling the people of the earth back to their heavenly Father, back to their Creator, back to the One and Only true God – Jesus Christ.

The Lord spoke again:

“Lana, HEAR the summoning sound. HEAR the summoning sound of the harvest in intercession. It has begun but it is about to get LOUDER than it has ever been. Listen to the SUMMONING SOUND.”

Suddenly I could hear John 3:16 RESOUNDING LOUDER than EVER throughout the earth:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whoever shall believe in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I began to think of all the glorious ways I have seen Him move in this last year and how exciting it is to see what He is doing and the interrupted my thoughts:

“Lana, the SUMMONING SOUND is about to get louder than EVER. You ain’t seen NOTHING yet. What is going to be seen on the earth has NEVER been seen before and it is closer than ever. This deeper level of intercession and fire upon prayer lives is going to birth the greatest move of My Spirit that has EVER been seen. The travail will be deep, but My GLORY that shall be seen and cover the earth will be unprecedented.”

I watched as THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of prodigals began running home.

Friends, things are shifting. Things are changing. Don’t be afraid of the major shaking that is coming upon your prayer lives, the prayer lines in churches and prayer houses. God has already begun to come in powerful ways like we have never seen but there is a MAJOR trembling and shaking of His power and fire that is about to fall.

You are about to be awakened in ways you have NEVER imagined to the POWER of prayer and the miraculous answers to prayers, shifts and acceleration of the manifestation of His promises that are going to be displayed upon the earth.

As His people, we must not sit on our hands and just ‘wait’ for God to do everything. We MUST engage. We MUST be intentional. We MUST cry out. We MUST ask (Jeremiah 33:3). Ask! Ask! Ask! Position yourself in the place of prayer however He shows you in response to His summoning call.

Unprecedented, uncharted areas of prayer, intercession and the depths of His heart await!