“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”” (Luke 18:7-8 NKJV)
Jesus here ties finding faith on the earth to finding a people crying out to Him day and night for justice. Jesus will return and bring the ultimate justice, though that parable is about crying out for justice to break in before His return also. John saw the church at the end of the age in a vision and she had a bridal identity and she was in intercession, in unity with the Holy Spirit. The verse is Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!”
Isaiah 56:7 For my house shall be called an house of prayer for all nations. Matt 21:13 Jesus said to them, It is written, My house shall be called an house of prayer.
Many such as myself have been called to pray as a full-time job day and night, serving the Lord with fastings, worship and intercession. Out of this lifestyle we also evangelize and disciple.
The Lord is raising up a prayer movement to usher in His Return. It is in the model that the Lord instructed King David, with continual worship and prayer. The International House of Prayer in Kansas City which you can see at the prayerroom stream at ihop.org, has prayer going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has since 1999! Every two hours a worship/prayer team starts a set of worship and intercession. This intercession is led by “Annas” or “Intercessory Missionaries.”
We are all familiar with missionaries who focus on preaching or mercy deeds (providing food, medical care, etc.). But the Lord is also calling forth a new type of missionary that is essential to completing the Great Commission. The foundational example of this type of missionary is found in Luke 2:36-38:
“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. ..and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” (Luke 2:36-38 NKJV)
Anna prayed night and day in the temple with fasting for over sixty years just prior to the First Coming of Jesus. Anna was also the first evangelist that we see in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit is raising up those like Anna once again to pray, fast and preach prior to Jesus’ Second Coming. This “Anna Anointing” transcends gender and age, where men and women, young and old live as intercessory missionaries laboring for the fulfillment of the Great Commission, the spreading of the Gospel to all nations. We also do mercy deeds and evangelism locally on a regular basis.
Wisdom of Intercession
Intercession and worship is the means that God has chosen to establish His kingdom on the earth. Prayer changes the spiritual atmosphere over cities and nations (Matthew 6:10, Psalm 149). Prayer brings us into agreement with God’s heart, and from that place of full agreement and partnership God’s kingdom breaks in to the earth. Man cannot bring in the harvest alone, it is the strategy of God to use people to pray and ‘release’ the Holy Spirit in power on the world.
So many ministries have so many ‘better’ ideas than prayer and that is why we see so little fruit. By praying the prayers for the lost that the Spirit gave Paul like the “Eph 1:17 release of the Spirit of revelation unto the knowledge of Christ”, God responds and draws real people to Jesus (John 6:44). He enlightens their spiritual eyes to see Christ.
The ministers and preachers who have labored in prayer and are covered in prayer move in the power in of Spirit, as Jesus did. John 14:12 states that some will one day do greater works even, and this will happen through the power-releasing prayers of intercessors.
Jesus’ desire was that the kingdom and the will of God would be completely manifest on the earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). Jesus won’t do this “in a vacuum”, apart from men and women doing it in partnership with Him. Jesus said that His kingdom would not come not by human force or might and not by human intellect or wisdom, but by Godly wisdom – simply by saying back to God in prayer what He told us to tell Him through the Word and Spirit. It is as the church all over the globe and these “set”, full-time watchmen like myself ask the Lord persistently and cry out day and night (Luke 11, Luke 18:7-8), He promises to release speedy justice and establish the kingdom of God on the earth.
Supporting the Prayer Movement
Amos prophesied of the restoration of David’s Tabernacle. When Israel went astray, God raised up reformers who restored worship as David commanded. All the 7 “OT revivals” restored this. In May 1983, the Lord called IHOP-KC to establish 24/7 prayer in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David. Again, we are so grateful we have been graced to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since 1999 there has been worship and intercession going forth in our house.
David established 4,000 full-time paid musicians, 288 prophetic singers and 4,000 gatekeepers. Thus, he financed about 10,000 full-time staff to facilitate worship. In today’s terms it would cost about $200 million a year to provide $3,000 a month for 5,000 full-time people (plus buildings costs). The Lord is zealously moving on the hearts of people who have marketplace callings to commit to make offerings to support intercessors and musicians directly, as they all raise their own support and are not paid by the Houses of Prayer. Many have families and houses, fully financially supported by the Lord through His church. I need only $25 more dollars for this months expenses. I’ve heard it taught that the tithes are like taxes into the kingdom and offerings are investments. You can’t out give God but you can have fun trying. He returns the investment twofold, threefold and beyond. Mal 3:10 says we can test God in this;
Bring all of you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in mine house, and test me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7 NKJV)
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (through intercession) (Matthew 6:10 NKJV)