Praying Friends and Saints:
Monday morning I found myself obliged to weep and pray by this
last section of Psalm 80.
"14 Return, we beseech You, O God of
hosts; Look down from heaven and see, And visit this vine
15 And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, And the
branch that You made strong for Yourself.
16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down; They perish at the
rebuke of Your countenance.
17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the
son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.
18 Then we will not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will
call upon Your name.
19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine,
And we shall be saved!"
During the last couple of months, there has been a growing burden
in prayer for many serious difficulties around the world. The
"vineyard" at the root level has to do with God's people and their
influence on the world around us today. Many places are in a
conflagration, both politically and otherwise, because God's
standards of righteousness, truth, and justice have been
Three times in this Psalm alone comes the petition, "Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face
to shine, And we shall be saved!" And that is a plea for
revival. Our churches need revival, our communities need revival,
and our nations and their governing bodies need revival. And in
particular, the nations whose founding principles were based on
Godly values need to repent and return from their abandonment of
home had been abandoned for nearly two years when we moved here in
2007, and the back "garden" was totally neglected and overgrown.
When I found this old photo recently, the Lord impressed on me
that this was like the condition of the church here in Wales and
elsewhere. As we read through the prophets we see references to
ruins and wasteland and abandonment time and time again.
And yet there is always God's promise of hope and redemption
throughout times of His rebuke and discipline. For example,
Malachi 3:7 says, "'Yet from the days of
your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not
kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,' says the
LORD of hosts…'"
And when I
compared what our garden was like thirteen years ago to what it is
now, I felt the Lord show me that things are now ready for the
coming revival. A place of habitation has been being prepared, and
the time is at hand for a new occupancy by people coming into His
The church has been shifted from a focus on buildings to groups
of people connected in relationships with one another, and with
Him. Old nets are being mended and many new ones are being
prepared for the great and amazing catch.
We are also praying for and believing there is a shift coming for
towns and states and nations and their governance. As the
influence of people touched by God's mercy reaches into their
communities, the powers of darkness will be weakened and some
level of change must come. The changes may not be big, and they
may only be for a time, but we trust that through them the Lord
will provide a window of opportunity for the salvation of souls.
A good stage is set for our prayers in Psalm 103, "8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to
anger, and abounding in mercy… 14 For He knows our frame; He
remembers that we are dust… 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from
everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His
righteousness to children's children, to such as keep His
covenant..." And Jesus proclaims the crowning hope
in Luke 19:10, "For the Son of Man has come
to seek and to save that which was lost."
With grateful hearts, we stand together with you in prayer that
His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven,
Dick & Gladys
This photo that I took ten days ago immediately came to mind when
Saturday's readings included these verses in Isaiah 11:1-2,
"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."
The whole of Isaiah chapter 11, of course, is an amazing
declaration of God's plans, and verse 9 is the heartbeat of
revival. "They shall not hurt nor destroy in
all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea."
I don't need to tell you that we are living in extraordinary
times. And this picture shows an unusual multiplication of sprouts
coming out of what is a very damaged root. I stripped off some sod
from our lower lawn a few months ago and this poor root received
pretty harsh treatment as you can see. But just look at how it's
Isaiah 53:5 says about Jesus, "
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities..." And yet because of
God's amazing gift of selfless love, the kingdom of heaven has
been filled over the centuries. Now in our times, we are beginning
to see hints of multiplication of newness of life in the church.
As individuals take to heart Jesus' call to discipleship in Luke
9:23, "...If anyone desires to come after
Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and
follow Me", this multiplication of His character in His followers
everywhere will good fruit for eternity. This is another key
aspect of the coming revival we are praying for.
The church at large has been through some pretty rough times
lately, and especially now with the virus lockdowns, etc. And yet
the Spirit of the Lord is bringing about a newness and vitality
among the family of God that is very encouraging. We see new
relationships brought into being that didn't exist before, and
"online" churches receiving visitors from different nations. And
just yesterday I had a friend messaged saying that in a prayer
meeting they had a word that "the dam might be about to burst!"
I just re-seeded grass in the plot where I took the sod from—the
top part was what it looked like Sunday afternoon, and the bottom
was yesterday, Monday! Such amazing growth in such a short period
of time. This is a picture of what we are praying for and
beginning to see. We see young people giving their lives to the
Lord and saying, "Here I am, send me." There have been baptisms at
beaches and baptisms in rivers, and we know of at least one
fast-growing open-air church that has started up in San Francisco.
Even last week's surprise
of our housing situation is loaded with promise and portent. We
want to express our thanks to so many of you who have responded
with your prayer and encouraging words—a season of change, a
better situation, a place of love and hospitality, etc. One word
of particular significance is from Exodus 23:20-21 that says, "See, I am sending
an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring
you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and
listen to what he says."
We will miss the lovely and ever-changing views, but know that there
is a better place just around the corner. God's grace has gone way
before us and we have seen an ongoing series of exceptional
developments that assure us that He is "on the case" for us. He has
kept us in His wonderful peace and sense of joyful expectancy.
Because of His overwhelming goodness, we look forward to each coming
But of course, our greatest and most joyful expectancy is that of
Christ becoming the eternal dwelling place of innumerable multitudes
in the coming revival. This is His unchanging promise from Isaiah 11:9, "For the earth shall be full of the
knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Dick & Gladys
Dear Praying Friends:
We got a totally unexpected phone call from our landlord this
afternoon and she let us know that she is planning to put our house
up for sale! This wonderful place has been our home for 13 years
now, and has been a large part of our lives here. We've hosted
so many precious praying saints over the years and enjoyed so much
of God's love. And so, of course, we are wondering just
what He is up to now.
Last week I took this picture of the lowest-lying and closest
rainbow we've ever seen here. Do you suppose that maybe God was
giving us a glimpse of something? One thing we know for sure is that
He has always been faithful and that continues day by day. We don't
need to try and figure out His plans, but only continue to grow in
our dependence on Him.
We simply wanted to share this news with you and ask for your
prayers that His guidance in the coming months would be clear and we
obedient. We are at peace knowing that God's ways are perfect.
We had another surprise that was of a very different nature—an
unexpected visit from our very dear old friend Elinor. We've known
her for over a decade and haven't seen her for several years, and so
we had a very joyful few hours. We were still glowing from our time
together when our landlord rang just minutes after she left. This was
yet another proof that the Lord's ways and timings are perfect.
Thank you so much for your continued interest and your prayers for
us, for Wales, and for the nations. It is getting exciting!
May you know God's presence and His blessings in your lives each
Dick & Gladys
Friends of Wales Awakening:
While reading through Ezekiel the other day, I was arrested by
this part in chapter 9 which describes God's harsh judgment on
Jerusalem for the idolatry and iniquity of Israel. Ezekiel 9:3-4
says, "And He called to the man clothed with
linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the Lord
said to him, 'Go through the midst of the city, through the
midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the
men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done
This just struck a chord in me as we see so much turmoil in the
world around us. At that time Israel was full of bloodshed and
injustice, and today's world is filled with all that and much
more. Most of the western world has turned its back on God and
abandoned our Judeo-Christian moral foundation. We've outdone
ancient Israel who said, "...'The Lord has forsaken the land; the
Lord does not see.'..." and pretend there is no God at all.
Add to this mix the tragic effects of the coronavirus pandemic
with the resultant fear, confusion, lack of honesty, growing
discontent, and distrust of authorities. The product is a very
unstable and vulnerable world. At this critical juncture in human
history, it is us, the praying and interceding believers, who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within [today's
world] who can be absolutely sure what we need to
2 Chronicles 7:14 spells it out loud and clear. "If My people who are called by My name will
humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin and heal their land."
I recently found out about a large prayer event called "The
Return" which is planned for September 26th in Washington, DC. It
is based on this very scripture. They are facilitating worldwide
access to join in by video link. All the information is available
on their website to enable massive participation: https://thereturn.org,
so please pass on this information as led.
One of the positive fruits of the
current situation is that people have been turning to prayer in
unprecedented numbers and ways. And the more praying that gets
done, the better it is. Of course, we are praying for the Lord's
intervention in all of the obvious problems mentioned above. But
the only lasting solution lies in the realm of eternal things.
Jesus came that we might have life forever after our earthly life
is done, and that focus far outweighs everything else. That is the
essence of the prayer for revival and should be the underlying
foundation of all of our prayers. The Good News of Jesus is the
heart of the whole matter. "For the message
of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1
May our hearts become like His as we pray for our desperate
Dick & Gladys