150 Years After the Civil War, the Prayers of Slaves Can Still Be Heard

Will Ford (L) and Matt Lockett, at the Hilltop Conference 2014 in Washington, DC. (JHOP DC)
Will Ford (L) and Matt Lockett, at the Hilltop Conference 2014 in Washington, DC. (JHOP DC)

The American Civil War finally came to an end 150 years ago today, on April 9, 1865. Reflecting on this moves my heart in a profound way, partly because of the sacrifice of prayer in my family—who were formerly slaves.

I believe their prayers led personally to my freedom, and nationally delivered a nation from God’s judgment. It’s a testimony of great spiritual inheritance, a story so large it’s difficult to share.

Prayer Bowls Over America

It begins with a 200-year-old black kettle pot, used by my Christian slave forbearers in Lake Providence, Louisiana. While used for cooking and washing clothes during the day, this kettle was secretly used for prayer. Forbidden to pray by their slave master, my ancestors were beaten unmercifully if found doing so.

However, in spite of their master’s cruelty, and because of their love for Jesus, they prayed anyway. At night, sneaking into a barn, they carried this cast iron cooking pot into their secret prayer meeting. As others looked out, those inside prayed.

Turning this pot upside-down on the barn floor, they propped it up with rocks—suspending the pot a few inches above the ground. Then, while lying prostrate or kneeling on the ground, they prayed in a whisper underneath the kettle to muffle their voices. The story passed down with the kettle is that they were risking their lives to pray for ensuing generations. One day, freedom did come.

An unknown teenage girl decided to keep this pot, and pass it down along with the story of how others prayed for our freedom. She passed the story and the kettle down to Harriet Lockett; who then passed it on to Nora Lockett, who then passed it on to William Ford Sr., then to William Ford Jr.—who then gave it to me, William Ford III.

Whispered Prayers on Earth, Loud Cries in Heaven

It is important to understand the dynamics of what happened in the spirit realm. Revelation 5:8 speaks of “bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” before the throne of God. Zechariah 14:20 says, “And the cooking pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar.”

This “prayer bowl” caught muffled prayers on earth, just as bowls in heaven caught their prayers as incense. Though my forefathers only used this kettle as an acoustic means to keep them from being heard, symbolically—probably without their knowing it—this pot became their bowl of intercession.

Another interesting dynamic to note: in Revelation 8 when these bowls are released, one of the manifestations upon earth is voices.

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Source: Charisma News | WILL FORD

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