Praying Friends and Saints:
It seemed almost unbelievably good news when I heard yesterday that
the body of renowned American evangelist Billy Graham will lie in honor
at the Rotunda in the US Capitol tomorrow February 28. Only 33
Americans have been honored this way in our nation’s history, and Billy
Graham will be only the fourth private citizen, along with some former
Presidents and other government officials.
In the eyes of some, this may just seem like a nation honoring a
good and worthy man. But I believe it is far more than that. Just as
Billy Graham honored God with his life, America is actually honoring
the God that Graham served for a lifetime, proclaiming the Gospel of
At least for tomorrow, America is letting her light
shine out. This is a national declaration proclaiming, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who
believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." (Romans
1:16) We pray that the nations of the world take notice.
A Welsh friend of ours had a rare opportunity to pray out loud in a
small private gathering in the Rotunda in late 2016. He told me that
part of his prayer was this verse from Habakkuk 3:2, "LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand
in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make
them known; in wrath remember mercy." I think this event is part
of the Lord's answer to that prayer, and countless others as well. Oh,
that the world would take note of His fame!
Jesus said in Mathew 5:14-15, "You
are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be
hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a
lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house."
There may be fleeting opportunities to do this as a nation, but as
followers of Jesus we are called and empowered to do this throughout
and I have had plenty of company lately, so some of our prayer times
have been wonderful. Our friend Rita from South Africa came to stay
with us ten recently, and during her time with us the Lord
spontaneously orchestrated this little group representing five nations:
Emyr from Wales, our neighbor Sue from England, Gladys from Guatemala,
Rita from South Africa and myself from the USA.
As we continue to pray and cry out to God for revival here, we are
very much aware that His company of intercessors is growing. Just
yesterday morning, for example, we had the opportunity to pray with a
small group in Swansea that some old friends have recently started. He
is calling people into a more earnest place of prayer, not just in
Wales and the rest of the UK, but throughout many lands around the
We are constantly hearing from
people who are being drawn to here to pray and then return to their own
countries with a "deposit" of Welsh coals of revival. And others are
drawn to move here and are being woven into the fabric of prayer that
God is developing across the land. And this is just one small country.
We know that God is at work as we see the pace and intensity of
prayer pick up around the world, and these are just the ones that we
hear about. We are living in challenging and exciting times, and we
keep looking to Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. We
want to bless you and thank you as you continue to add your prayers to
this great international concert of prayer for revival and for the lost.
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Last week Gladys showed me this video that a friend had posted last
year. It is just a wonderfully vivid representation of what revival is
about—lives changed by divine intervention. Interestingly it is a
secular production by a German group, about which I know little more
than that they are clearly not presenting the Gospel, but it is quite
powerful and brought me to tears more than once.
I host of scriptures came to mind, including Colossians 2:13, "And you, being dead in your
trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive
together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses," and
Romans 6:13, "And do not present
your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present
yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness to God."
Perhaps one of my favorites is the verse in Job 14:14-15 that says, "If a man dies, will he live again?
All the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes. You will
call, and I will answer You; You will long
for the work of Your hands." As we pray for the salvation of
loved ones and friends, it strengthens and encourages us to know that
the Lord desires their salvation more than we do!
This brilliant theatrical flash mob is good fuel for prayers for
revival, well worth taking seven minutes to watch! To watch it just follow
Keep in mind this is not a Christian production, and is far from
perfect or complete, but what it depicts is
unmistakable, and the exuberance towards the end is great. But it
doesn't hold a candle to what we know as believers in Jesus.
1 Peter 1:6-9, "In this you
greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have
been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith,
being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested
by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of
Jesus Christ, whom having not seen[a] you love. Though now you do not
see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of
glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls."
We hope this blesses you and provokes you to renewed joy and deeper
prayers for the lost.
Sunday morning found us driving south through the rolling hills of
Pembrokeshire farm country on our way to visit a church and meet some
friends in Swansea. This view of Carmarthen Bay gleaming in the distant
sunshine and the Gower Peninsula in the background obliged me to stop
and try to capture it.
We always find that the natural beauty that surrounds us becomes an
inspiration for prayers of thankfulness to God for such an amazing
creation. And at the same time, we experience a profound longing for
hearts of the people to awaken to the fact we have a loving Father—our
Creator who sent Jesus to redeem mankind from our sinful, fallen
So our prayers become a curious mixture of admiration and sorrow.
Oh, that men would turn to the Lord on his terms, confess their sins
and embrace salvation! That they might discover one of our greatest
human joys is worshipping God with a forgiven and thankful heart!
parade of nations seems to continue here as well. Last week we enjoyed
a special blessing with the visit of two young ladies from mainland
China and a dear friend from Singapore. These two are new Christians
and it was our privilege to have them with us for a few days and share
a few of our experiences and lives with them.
They also brought a flag of China which we have added to our
collection, and it was wonderful to be able to pray for them and with
them for their homeland. After praying for the flag as representing
their country, we had them stand them under its covering and
proclaimed the blood of Jesus bring salvation and true freedom for its
people from the power of sin and death.
There have been amazing moves of God in China over the years, and
there is a huge underground church thriving. But that is accompanied by
unrelenting persecution, and the vast majority are still unreached for
the Gospel. Jesus said in Luke 21:33, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My
words will not pass away." Kings and kingdoms will all pass
away, but God's Kingdom is everlasting. He has paid the price, made a
invites all to come in to Him from every tongue, tribe, and nation.
of the girls picked up this piece of slate on a walk nearby, and
painted this figure on it and left it as a gift for us. It is actually
a very old Chinese character that means "blessing." It is made up of
four parts. The tall symbol to the left means God, the top right
horizontal line means one or heaven, below that the rounded square
means mouth or
man, and the bottom divided square means garden or field. So all
together it shows God and man together in a field in a relationship,
which equals blessing.
Sadly, however, most Chinese people don't understand the real
it's just a blessing like some sort of good luck. But for us as
Christians it becomes yet
another reminder to pray for true blessing—that people would receive
the revelation of God's Love for them and His offer of forgiveness and
reconciliation for all eternity.
This morning I was praying with a friend in the chapel and came
across another important area of prayer for blessing in the story of
Joseph. Genesis 39 tells how the Lord was with Joseph in Potiphar's
house, and prospered all he did. He found favor with Potiphar and verse
6 says, "So he left everything
he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern
himself with anything except the food which he ate." So we
prayed for God's ministers around the world, that they would also find
favor and not need to be concerned with things other than being
involved God's work!
May you also be blessed and find favor in your daily life as
together we seek first the
Kingdom of God,
Dick & Gladys