Rees Howells: How One Man’s Faith Prevailed During Global Crisis
During World War II, Rees Howells carried an uncommon faith, prayer life and vision that the church desperately needs to rediscover today. God used Mr. Howells and the young people with him at the Bible College of Wales in a mighty way to shape international events and the destiny of nations through their prayers. The world was in crisis, and this company of faith-filled believers became intercessors fully committed to be part of the solution.
REES Howells: How Prayers Played a Role in Ending Hitler’s Reign of Death
On December 26, 1934 Rees Howells received a vision from the Holy Spirit in the middle of the night. It was 3am, and the Lord began to call him into faith for world evangelization and the completion of the Great Commission. Rees' burden of prayer shifted from local concerns to that of national and international focus. Rees became a man with a world vision—the “Every Creature Vision” as Jesus gave His disciples in Mark 16:15.
The Ancient decree of psalm 2
Right now there is one seated on a very real throne, and it is the God-man Jesus. He is exalted to the highest place and has been given a name above every other name (Philippians 2:9). His absolute rulership is already set, and soon he will return to the earth again to establish his throne on Mount Zion in Jerusalem for all to see. Isaiah 2:2-3 describes what will take place on the Lord’s holy hill.
Bonhoeffer: The Forerunner at FInkenwalde
Hung by his neck in a German concentration camp, pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s vision of “a new monasticism” also suffered an early martyrdom of sorts. Eight years earlier Bonhoeffer was leading an underground seminary in a chilly remote place called Finkenwalde. There he taught what we we know today as his Cost of Discipleship, much of which is a commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. There he and his students lived in community the daily rhythms of life and prayer which is spelled out for us in his short book Life Together.
The apostles Peter and John were exercising a disciplined lifestyle of prayer when they were going up to the temple (place) at the time (schedule) of prayer (proseuche). New Testament faith doesn’t discount the discipline of prayer. Instead, it embraces it.