In every corner of our city and nation, churches and mushrooming prayer groups are crying out to God for His mercy, and revival. God himself places great value on and deeply urges His people to pray. His heart longs for intercessors; yet several times in the scriptures He noted the shortage of them.
This Word is still true today...For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong on behalf of those whole heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9). While He searched, there were many mighty ministers, faithful priests, loving kings who the people would have been proud to offer as suggestions for God to consider...none of whom were found acceptable for His quest. His eyes are still searching today.
This cry for intercessors goes far beyond a title, office or ministry. It is not something one volunteers to do occasionally, but rather a life given over completely to be lived out on a burning altar where the fire does not go out. This sacrifice produces a pleasing aroma and secure a favorable response from the throne of God.
He is looking for those who will first stand with Him, then before Him to hear His heart on behalf of the people and the land until He makes it a praise in the earth. Of all the ministry platforms, it is among the loneliest, most misunderstood and discouraging work, and yet the most vital. Effective intercessors do not simply offer prayers. They offer themselves to be the answer to the relenting and often overwhelming burdens straight from the heart of God.
For those of you walking this journey, please know that your time invested in intercession is never in vain. The same God, who told the Prophet Samuel that He is going to look for a man after His own heart, sought through many potential candidates and chose you to engage on His behalf. Like Job, you have been considered.
It pleased the great and mighty God who knows the beginning and the end to hand-pick and send you. Many people you pray for may never know the investment or sacrifice you made for them. God sees. Many of these people you may never know this side of heaven. God knows them. He, the Faithful One will reward you for your labors.
God is still looking, longing and patiently waiting for His intercessors today; those who will become the prayer they are offering. He is looking for those who will first stand with Him, then before Him to hear His heart on behalf of the people and the land until He makes it a praise in the earth.
Be encouraged. Be blessed.
Shayne Payne, Pastor
EGMI Founder and President
For Zion's sake I will not hold My peace and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness...
Revival is not a miracle. Neither is it a series or random events on God’s calendar. Revival comes when the grip of darkness over peoples or territories is broken or weakened, and the Holy Spirit is allowed to gain more control, bringing a greater manifestation of God's Kingdom and His purposes.
Dr. John Mulinde,
At Elim Global Missions Initiative, we train and equip a new generation of royal priests who stand as worthy intercessors before God to make effective intercession on behalf of heaven’s agenda in the nations.
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