What Is An Intercessory Missionary?
There is a new paradigm of mission work that God is initiating. For some time most ministry has centered on the Second Commandment, simply, to reach out to the world with the love of God. However, for the work of the Second Commandment to be effective and anointed it should be accomplished by individuals whose hearts are alive and passionate through experiencing the reality of the First Commandment; Love the Lord God with all your heart , mind , soul and strength. It is essential that we align ourselves with God’s intention to restore the First Commandment to first place. When this is in first place, hearts will be energized in love and ministry will be a natural overflow of a life that is experiencing friendship with God. An intercessory missionary is one who has committed to prayer and fasting as the first work of ministry with a view to establishing a 24 hour prayer furnace that will help make outreach more anointed and effective for the church in the Pacific Northwest. Intercessory missionaries are supported through financial support that each raises. An intercessory missionary is the modern day equivalent of a gatekeeper in the Tabernacle of David.
1 Ch 9:33 “These are the singers… who lodged in the chambers , and were free from other duties; for they work day and night.”
The Need for Intercessory Missionaries
Jim Stilwell (International House of Prayer Eastbay)
E.M. Bounds wrote, “God does nothing except by prayer.” The uncreated God can do whatever He pleases at any moment, yet invites us to play a massive role in changing the spiritual atmosphere of our cities in the place of prayer. The honor and dignity that God gives human beings to partner with Him in prayer is a brilliant strategy to draw us into His heart and unite us with what He wants to do on the earth.
Prayer Is Vital To Missions And Evangelism
The prayer movement is not the next “cool” thing to hit the body of Christ. It is the pivot point at which God moves in the hearts of individual, cities, states, nations and ultimately the planet. Throughout history we can see God’s plan to have humans approach Him in the place of prayer to bring about a demonstration of His power. Psalm 132:7-8 “Let us go into His tabernacle; Let us worship at His footstool. Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength.” King David understood the value of calling people into perpetual 24/7 worship and prayer that would result in God displaying His power in his generation.
The great evangelist to Africa, Reinhard Bonnke, has said, “Evangelism without intercession is like a bomb without a detonator. Intercession without evangelism is like a detonator without a bomb.” Night and Day prayer is core to missions and evangelism having their full expression. In 1727 a German nobleman named Count Ludwig Zinzendorf gathered Christians together to his large estate in Germany, known as Herrnhutt, and began prayer meetings that continued 24 hours a day for 120 years. It resulted in the first Protestant missions movement in history. Night and Day prayer represents the reality that prayer will release people into evangelism to fulfill the call of Jesus to go and make disciples.
A Missionary Activity That Is Essential For Justice To Break In
Traditionally we think of missions as the “action side” of the Great Commission. There is also a “prayer side” to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. God is raising up missionaries who will express both of these dimensions that are necessary for the Great Harvest. In other words, God is establishing “intercessory missionaries.” Luke 18:7-8 “Shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, … 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.” Justice speaks of wrong things being made right. Through the finished work of Christ on the cross, He brought justice to everything contrary to God His Father. When we pray we are asking for God to release His justice over sick bodies, disunity in the church, crime in the streets, darkness that keeps humans in spiritual and emotional prison. Jesus connected night and day prayer to His justice being made known on the earth. It is God’s desire that men and women would be fully aware of His presence interacting with them and on their behalf. Night and day prayer is essential and a requirement for us to see the full expression of God in our society.
Intercessory Missionaries Sustain Night and Day Prayer
How does night and day prayer happen. Who does it? God is raising up a generation that transcends age and gender that says, “YES” to partner with God and to see His Kingdom fully known on the earth. We see a picture of this type of lifestyle in Luke 2:36-38 “And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.” Anna suffered the loss of her husband in her early 20’s. She dedicated herself to a lifestyle of prayer and fasting that lasted until Jesus was born. She proceeded to evangelize those around her with the good news of His coming. I believe God is calling many who are called to the same activity as Anna. God is rearranging lives in all spheres of influence from the “stay-at-home-mom,” to the college student, to the business man or woman to make radical choices in order to give themselves to this calling in the grace of God. Perhaps God is speaking to you about how you are to connect with night and day prayer.
You may be one who spends your life as a missionary in the place of prayer and fasting or be called to support those who are called to this lifestyle. Night and day prayer is a worthy investment of our time and finances. God will have many houses of prayer established before He returns a second time to earth. If your heart is moved toward this lifestyle of prayer and fasting I encourage you to simply ask God to release grace for you to connect to Him in the place of prayer. He loves to give grace and set His people in agreement with His heart for their lives.
Interested to learn more about becoming an intercessory missionary?
This may be what you were born for. Steps to consider:
1. Listen to the following message on the calling and heart of an intercessory missionary from OneThing 2006
(right click “Download” and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” to download mp3 to your computer)
2. Join us for the Forerunner Internship and give 12 weeks to experiencing life as an intercessory missionary
3. Contact the office (click here for Gary Wiens) with questions about becoming a a full-time intercessory missionary at International House of Prayer Northwest.
Invest in an Intercessory Missionary
As workers are giving themselves to the work of this ministry, intercessory missionaries must still live, which requires the partnership of the believing community. Would you consider investing in an intercessory missionary? Learn more about supporting a specific missionary.
Historical Inspiration for an “Intercessory Missions Base”
Ancient Israel—King David organized prophetic singers and musicians to lead corporate worship and intercession 24 hours a day in Jerusalem before the Ark of the Lord. The names of the singers and musicians are even listed in 1 Chronicles 13-16, and 23-25. Many Psalms were the songs in the tabernacle.
Herrnhut, Germany, 1727—A German nobleman, Nicholaus Ludwig Count von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), gathered persecuted Christians from Moravia to his large estate in Germany that he named Herrnhut (“Watch of the Lord”). They began a prayer meeting that continued 24 hours a day for 120 years resulting in the first Protestant missions movement.
Bangor, Ireland, 555 A.D.—A Celtic monk named Comgall and his co-worker Columbanus gathered 3000 monks to a place called Bangor (“the High Choir”). They began a prayer meeting that continued with singing 24 hours a day for 300 years resulting in the first Celtic missions movement.
Clairvaux, France, 1120—A Catholic monk named Bernard gathered 700 monks to a valley called Clairvaux (“Light”). They began a prayer meeting that continued 24 hours a day for many years resulting in a dynamic release of evangelism through signs and wonders across all Europe.
Learn more about 24/7 prayer throughout Church history…