The days of intercessors and missions-minded people being separate are numbered. While there may have been a time where these two groups misunderstood each other, what we are increasingly seeing on the earth is that they are now coming together in greater partnership to see the Great Commission fulfilled.
In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Notice how Jesus didn’t tell the disciples to hold an equipping conference. He told his disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers. We need the workers and we need the intercessors. I believe there’s a lot of room for overlap with these two roles. Our evangelists need to pray and our intercessors need to share their faith. Yet because we are a part of Christ’s body, different people will be stronger in different areas. We need to celebrate that instead of trying to change it.
All over the globe we are seeing mission and prayer merging as never before. Prayer rooms and houses of prayers are springing up in the middle of missions bases, and mission bases are starting to be formed in the midst of houses of prayer. We’re seeing that in our own community in Winnipeg, where the Lord began to speak to our leaders a few years ago about calling our House of Prayer a “Missions Base.”
The most encouraging thing about all of this is that the Lord is the one doing this — it’s all part of His grander plan. Some of the things that are going on in the missions world right now are, as far as I know, unprecedented in the history of the Church. The waves of people in the Middle East who have been having dreams and visions of Jesus and being led to Christ has never happened in these sorts of numbers. The decades long prayer focus on the 10/40 window is bearing fruit in an unexpected way as the Lord Himself is visiting these ones and then connecting them with believers in their area.
We’re seeing new initiatives and partnerships between prayer and missions agencies and the crossing of denominational lines for the sake of the Gospel. The increase in pressure on the church in North America is causing Bible-believing people to ignore minor doctrinal differences to embrace the main and plain of Scripture for the sake of seeing the world reached. Biblical, God-honouring unity that is free of compromise in areas of sin is coming forth, and unity in the body of Christ has often been a precursor of revival.
Something is coming. I want to close off this 5-part series on revival by encouraging you with this reality. God is moving pieces around and we are in a key season of realignment in the body of Christ. Let’s not grow weary in intercession. We see the newspaper headlines as unrighteous laws are put in place, but as we pray there are things that are being put in place in the spirit as well. The newspapers aren’t telling the whole story, revival is coming.
- Contending For Revival Part 5: When Prayer and Missions Meet - May 30, 2016
- Contending for Revival Part 4: Staying Steady in Prayer - May 23, 2016
- Contending for Revival Part 3: God’s Blueprint for Birthing Revival - May 17, 2016
- Contending for Revival Part 2: When He Comes - May 9, 2016
- Contending for Revival Part 1: The Revival I’m Praying For - May 2, 2016