Prayer and Praise Ministry
© August 2004 by Asher Intrater
At the center of any Spirit-led ministry is prayer and praise. We build an "altar" where we pour out our hearts in love to God, intercede for the lost and receive anointing from the Lord. As we transition back toward Jerusalem this year, the first stage of the ministry will be to set up daily prayer and praise watches.
1. Source of Power - In Acts 2 the great revival that launched the gospel all over the world started with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. What led to that outpouring? Prayer and praise. How do we know? Acts 1:14 says that they were continually in prayer and intercession as a group. Acts 2:11 says that they were praising God for His mighty works. These two elements, prayer and praise, are a central part of our preparation for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Yeshua said not to proceed in the ministry until we receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4).
2. Opportunity for Prophetic Ministry - We believe in the present day ministry of prophets, as well as the pastors and evangelists. In a normal congregational setting, the prophet usually does not have an opportunity to express all his giftings. By providing a setting where there is time for prayer, praise and waiting on the Lord, the ministry of the prophet can operate much more effectively. Worship and intercession gave the prophets the "atmosphere" to prophesy (see II Kings 3:15, II Chronicles 20:14, I Corinthians 14:26).
3. House of Prayer for All Nations - Isaiah 56:7 tells us that God's house is to be a "house of prayer for all nations." Religiosity removes both the prayer and the interracial cooperation. When we are led by the Spirit, we put prayer as a priority; and when we are reconciled to God through the cross, we are reconciled to one another. In a true house of God, there is no room for religiosity or racism. Cooperative prayer is the antidote. We see our "house of prayer" ministry as having three concentric circles: first the local watch in Hebrew; then the watches in other languages of those who have come to pray with us; and thirdly those who participate with us in cyberspace through the network of prayer by email.
4. Vision at the Temple - Around twenty years ago I was praying in tongues at the wall of the Temple mount in Jerusalem. I was wearing the traditional Jewish prayer garments of tefillin and tallit. Suddenly I was "in the Spirit." It was as if a waterfall of light fell over me from the Temple area above the wall. In a discernment of spirits, I could see the power of the religious spirits that wanted to prevent the good news of Yeshua from reaching our people. The Lord showed me that even with the best of all Messianic Judaism together, we would fail to bring revival. "What are we to do?" I asked. The Lord's answer was, "Only if there is a network of prayer in which the international Church from every nation is praying in agreement will this revival succeed."
5. Harp and Bowl - Revelation 7 describes the prayer of the saints in the end times rising like incense from bowls, which are later poured out on the earth as the judgments of God. Revelation 15 describes the saints as having victory over the "beast" as they worshiped with harps in their hands. These two elements of harp (praise) and bowl (intercession) are essential to the spiritual warfare of the end times. They stand "behind the scenes" in the spirit as the gospel goes forth and the forces of evil are judged as we approach the Second Coming of Yeshua.
We invite you to join together with us in this crucial ministry of prayer and praise, whether physically with us in Jerusalem, or together in the spirit at your home location.
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Please PRAY for our ongoing ministry in Israel of indigenous evangelism, planting Messianic congregations, the discipleship training center, prophetic praise and prayer watches in Hebrew, and financial aid for the needy.