Prayer Movement (PM)
Night And Day Prayer According to David . . .
Psalm 27:4 4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple.
Based on divine revelation (1 Chr 28:19), David appointed 288 prophetic singers (1 Chr 25:1) and 4,000 musicians (1 Chr 23:5) who were charged with ministering to the Lord “night and day” (1 Chr 9:33). David chose to erect a tent in Jerusalem (2 Sam 6:17) for this purpose. Throughout this time, the sacrificial apparatus – the brazen altar, incense altar, table and lamp, was up and running in Gibeon (1 Chr 16:37-40, 2 Chr 1:1-5; 2 Chr 5:5). David, however, had the Ark of the Covenant brought up from the house of Abinadab (2 Sam 6:3) and placed it in his tent in Jerusalem. For over forty years Asaph and his associates offered songs of praise and prayer around the clock in David’s tent. The presence of the Lord there drew and captivated the people of Israel (Psalm 122.1-4). Once the temple was completed, the ark of God’s presence and the supporting service was moved to the new location. When David penned Psalm 23 and mentioned dwelling in the house of the Lord forever, he was referring to his tent experience! The Levites were commanded to seek the Lord (1 Chr 16:11), to give thanks and praise (1 Chr 25:3) and to bring to remembrance His covenant and His words (1 Chr 16: 15). To accomplish this, they prayed and sang the scriptures “night and day”. David commanded this perpetual practice and in today’s equivalent provided over 100 billion dollars to support the singers and musicians and build the temple (1 Chr 29:3-5).
However, sometime after he died and perhaps in the lifetime of Solomon, this practice ceased. It was restored later under Joash (2 Chr 23:18) and failed; and in Hezekiah’s revival (2 Chr 29:25) yet failed again and was then restored under Josiah’s revival (2 Chr 35:15). It failed once more and was again restored, this time by Nehemiah (Neh 12:45) before it failed for the last time after Nehemiah’s day. From Nehemiah’s account, the HOP appears to have been too expensive to maintain (Neh 13:6-12), not to mention inconvenient and invasive to all!
Isaiah told the nation that God was waiting to hear from them before He acted (Is 30:18-19). Sin was holding them back (Is 59:1-2) and a blindness had settled on their hearts (Is 6:9-10) but there was hope. David was a shining example, a testimony of one who had sinned grievously, repented, got back up and went hard for God (Is 55:3-4). From God’s perspective, His temple, His house was fundamentally a “house of prayer for all the nations” (Is 56:7). By the spirit of prophecy, Isaiah linked the promise of Abraham’s blessing for the nations to the operation of the house of prayer (HOP)!
Isaiah saw darkness, a deep darkness that was coming upon the land. From the vantage point of history, Isaiah was seeing into the last days. He saw the glory of God rising at the same time as darkness grew. The nations were drawn by the light and glory that rested upon the saints (Is 60:4). The glory of God was so intense that even the prodigals returned. God promised Isaiah that He would make fallen Israel glorious through the HOP. God would appoint watchman “who would not keep silent but would cry out night and day and give Him no rest until He made Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Is 62:6-7). Intimacy would draw and sustain the intercessors (Is 62:4-5). And God would reveal Himself as, bridegroom, king and judge (Is 62; 63). Though fallen, the HOP would live again.
Jeremiah saw the saints being led by God in the last days (Is 30:24; 31:9). They would have provision (streams of water), guidance (straight paths) and would experience God as a father – intimacy. But access to this treasure was limited. It was obtained through prayer. Amos saw the people of God in a famine (Amos 8:11-12). It was not a famine for food but of the “word of God”. “And people will stagger from sea to sea . . . but they will not find it”. Houses of Prayer, however, will have abundance and most likely become places of refuge, perhaps even a “Goshen” (Ex 8:22). Haggai told the returning remnant of Israel that they needed to prioritize a functioning HOP over building their own houses (Hag 1:2-4).
Jesus, with full awareness of the heavenly HOP, told the disciples to beseech the Lord of the harvest for workers. The harvest was ready (Matt 9:38). Evangelism went forth in the church age but the HOP, with a few notable exceptions, languished. Luke saw the last days when God would restore the fallen tabernacle (tent) of David (Acts 15:16-17). Amos spoke of the “booth” of David (Amos 9:11-13) being restored (national, military and political Israel) while Luke saw the HOP and worldwide evangelism that would explode. The Kingdom of God would increase its impact on earth (Matt 6:10) while persecution mounted up (Matt 24:9). The available saints would take their place on the wall of “night and day” intercession as God declared to Isaiah. The HOP would gain momentum. It would cry out for Israel and the revival of the church and when the church awakens, it would become a great light on a hill in a sea of dark. The HOP praying church would drive missions, see the restoration of believing Israel (Rom 11:12-15) and, finally, the return of Christ. Zechariah saw the spirit of supplication strike the nation of Israel which led them to recognize the one who was pierced for their transgressions (Zech 12:10). Paul saw that God would give a huge final boost to missions when Israel recovered from their blindness and saw Jesus.
John saw the heavenly HOP functioning just before the judgments of Revelation were to be released. The golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, were full (Rev 5:8). The bride had made herself ready (Rev 19:7). The tipping point had been reached. As the seals began to roll, the prayers of the martyrs were added into the mix (Rev 6:9-10) with great impact. The trumpet judgments followed and greatly escalated the pressure against the Antichrist’s kingdom and were fueled by heavenly incense that was added to the prayers of the saints (Rev 8:3-4). The Antichrist’s kingdom was destroyed; Jesus returned and the millennium rode into history on the massive wave of intercession, intimacy and praise – the house of prayer.