There are many vocations in the kingdom. There even exist the five-fold governing gifts that Jesus gave to the Church (Eph. 4:13), but none perhaps is more valuable than that of the intercessor. The call to prayer is arguably the highest vocation in heaven and earth. Ministering to the heart of the King of the Universe is the utmost privilege in all the kingdom. Whether one feels called to be a fireman, policeman, doctor or even an at-home mom, none of these vocations can be done successfully without prayer. On the contrary, with prayer, every one of these vocations will be enhanced and done more effectively. Our priestly ministry to the Lord is where we gain identity, affirmation, value and worth.
As those called to guard the night, we must arm ourselves with the supreme revelation that we are “God’s Priests” in the earth. Revelation 5:8 declares, “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth, (Rev.5:8, KJV). An earlier passage declares that it was because of Christ’s love for us that He released us from our sins by His blood and therefore has made us “Kings and priests”. Intercession and worship go hand and hand just as worship and missions are inseparable. It was John Piper who said, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”
Prayer: Oh God, as we stand in intercession Father, baptize us afresh with Your love. Wash us with Your blood and mercy. By Your power, strengthen us to stand in the gap for the raising up of an entire army of intercessors who will assume their priestly ministry before Your throne. We declare that sons and daughters are being raised up who love the altar before Your throne. We pray that the fire on the altar never goes out. May our mission be to worship You as an offering of incense day and night; and night and day.
Darrian Summerville, Director of [M]Watch