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The Call to be a Full-Time Intercessory Missionary by Mike Bickle

Power of Prayer - John 15_7The Lord is calling people to a full-time ministry occupation that I refer to as an intercessory missionary. I define an intercessory missionary as one who does the work of the kingdom from the place of prayer and worship, while embracing a missionary lifestyle and focus. Others may define this term in a different way. At IHOPKC, as a rule, we ask those who embrace this full-time occupation of “intercessory missionary” to commit to fifty hours per week, including being in the prayer room for at least four hours a day, six days a week.

People sometimes ask me what an intercessory missionary is and where it is in the Bible. In principle, this calling and occupation is found throughout the Bible. In this article, I will briefly mention where this calling is found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament—particularly in end-time prophecy—its presence throughout church history, and how it is being embracing today in contemporary ministries.

Though the New Testament gives only a few specific ministry titles and job descriptions, it does present intrinsic values, such as winning the lost, caring for people, helping the poor, and praying. “Apostle” is the title with the clearest job description in the New Testament. We don’t find the title of senior pastor, marriage counselor, youth pastor, children’s pastor, or outreach pastor, etc. My point is that most of the titles we use in the Church today are not specifically mentioned in the New Testament.

The Bible doesn’t give a comprehensive list of ministries that the Spirit has used to meet the specific needs of every culture in the different generations throughout church history. The Church has liberty to name specific ministry focuses in a way that applies to their generation and culture, as long as biblical values are upheld.

The Value of Night-and-Day Prayer in Heaven

Revelation 4–5 describes the worship order around God’s throne. Those nearest the throne magnify Him and agree with His purposes in 24/7 worship and intercession. The worthiness of God demands 24/7 worship—this value will be embraced and expressed forever.

The four living creatures . . . do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy…” (Rev. 4:8)

Jesus exhorted us to pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Mt. 6:10). One aspect of God’s kingdom being expressed on earth as it is in heaven involves worship. God’s desire to be worshiped on earth as He is in heaven has not changed. The Holy Spirit has not emphasized this globally through history, but is now emphasizing it to some in many nations. The value of the worship around the throne is timeless. The applications of it on earth have differed in each generation and culture.

Intercessory Missionaries in End-Time Prophecy

Holy Spirit will establish the most powerful prayer and worship movement in history. The Scriptures give indications of the significance of prayer in the end times (Lk. 18:7–8; Rev. 5:8; 8:4; 22:17; cf. Isa. 24:14–16; 25:9; 26:8–9; 27:2–5, 13; 30:18–19; 42:10–13; 43:26; 51:11; 52:8; 62:6–7; Jer. 31:7). It is one of the major themes of end-time prophecy; the conflict at the end of the age will be between two global worship movements. The Antichrist will empower a worldwide, state-financed, false worship movement (Rev. 13:4, 8, 12, 15), but the global prayer movement led by Jesus will be far more powerful.

Isaiah prophesied concerning prayer ministries that would continue 24/7 until Jesus returns—this is when Jesus will restore Jerusalem as a praise in the earth. Isaiah was speaking of the watchmen-intercessors the Lord Himself would appoint and set in place who will not keep silent day or night.

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen [intercessors]; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (Isa. 62:6–7, NAS)

This clearly emphasizes that God will raise up 24/7 prayer ministries in the end times, which will never be silent until Jesus returns. The 24/7 dimension of this promise implies that some intercessors and ministries are called to engage in this as a full-time occupation. God’s promise to appoint intercessors indicates that He will make a way for them to walk in this calling, including financial provision.

Isaiah is referring to New Testament believers (who will be on the earth when Jesus returns)—some will be full-time occupational intercessors. Their hard work in prayer is meant to serve and strengthen the prayer ministries in local churches in their region, and to be catalytic by inspiring and supporting others in prayer.

Only one generation will see the fulfillment of God’s promise to appoint, or set, watchmen (intercessors) in place to cry out all day and all night until Jerusalem becomes a praise in the earth. This prophecy speaks specifically of prayer ministries being established by the Lord that will continue until He returns, for Jerusalem will become a praise in the earth only after Jesus returns. At that time, all the nations will see Jerusalem as Jesus’ own city, as the city of the Great King (Jer. 3:17; Mt. 5:35).

Isaiah’s prophecy speaks of a “spiritual wall” of intercession from which the end-time watchmen-intercessors will cry out 24/7 for the release of God’s promises. Ezekiel also spoke of “spiritual walls” consisting of prayer (Ezek. 13:3–5; 22:30). God will establish end-time watchmen-intercessors in their place to function as a “wall of prayer.” These watchmen are to “make the wall” by standing in the gap in prayer before God and the people, so that the land may be blessed rather than destroyed.

Are you grasping the gravity of this promise? Through Isaiah, God promised sovereignly to appoint intercessors and establish them in the work of intercession that will never stop until Jesus returns. This will include full-time occupational intercessors who will stand on the wall of intercession to cry out for God’s purposes for Jerusalem.

Intercessory Missionaries in the New Testament

Some ask where intercessory missionaries are found in the New Testament. My response: Where in the New Testament do we find leaders who do not prioritize prayer? Starting with Jesus and the apostles, the New Testament highlights many leaders who gave themselves to prayer in an extravagant way.

Jesus spent long hours in prayer (Mark. 1:35; 6:46; Luke. 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28). Jesus valued Mary of Bethany’s choice to sit before Him; He called it the one thing needed (Luke. 10:38–42). He emphasized prayer, or “watching,” more than any other specific activity when speaking about the generation in which He would return (Matthew. 24:42–43; 25:13; Mk. 13:9, 33-38; Luke. 21:36; Rev. 3:3; 16:15).

Paul embraced night-and-day prayer in various seasons and called widows to this ministry (1 Thes. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:5; 2 Tim. 1:3). John the Baptist spent a lot of time communing with the Lord in the wilderness of Judea (Mt. 3), and the apostles were committed to their prayer lives as well (Acts 6:4). An angel explained to Cornelius, a man who “prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2),  that his continual prayers were a memorial before God (Acts 10:4).

Prayer was a high priority to the leaders in the New Testament (Acts 1:14, 24; 2:42; 3:1; 4:31; 6:4; 9:11; 10:2, 9, 30-31; 11:5; 12:5, 12; 13:3; 14:23; 16:16, 25; Romans 8:26; 10:1; 12:12; 1 Corinthians 7:5; 2 Cor. 1:11; 9:14; 13:7-9; Ephesians 1:17-19; 3:14-20; 6:18; Philippians 1:4, 9-11; 4:6; Colossians 1:3, 9-11; 4:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 3:10; 5:17, 25; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:8; 4:5; Hebrews 13:18; James 5:13-18; Jude 20). Consider just a few of the many statements reflecting the value of prayer in the New Testament (Acts 2:42; 6:4; 12:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:10; 5:17).

They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship . . . and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)
We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4)

It is easy to find leaders in the New Testament who were consistently engaging in prayer and the Word; it is actually difficult to find a precedent for leaders who did not do this. God’s kingdom work is accomplished in the place of prayer and outside of it: three dimensions of missions work—continual prayer, mercy deeds, and sharing the gospel—must go together. Prayer causes the work of outreach to the lost and needy to be much more effective. Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”

Some are concerned that intercessory missionaries may develop lazy, isolated lives in prayer, detached from the real needs of people. Anyone who has prayed four hours in one day, with fasting, and then gone out to preach the gospel, will know that the call to be an intercessory missionary is not for lazy people. Some ask if too much prayer leads intercessors to neglect walking in love for others. I have observed just the opposite.

Night-and-day prayer is a practical expression of the commandment to love one another, through which multitudes are blessed and delivered. Intercessors also grow in love for the ones they take up in prayer. When someone has a family member who is being tormented by a demon, that family member needs someone to cast the demon out. Jesus linked greater effectiveness in casting out demons to prayer and fasting. He spoke of the need for prayer and fasting when ministering to certain kinds of demonized people (Mt 17:21). In other words, the rigorous lifestyle of an intercessory missionary is one that embraces the first and second commandments to love God and others.

The Anna Calling

Anna was a “watchman” who was set upon the wall in Jerusalem. We see an expression of Isaiah’s prophecy in Anna, who prayed in the temple night and day (Isa. 62:6; Lk. 2:36–38). She was a token of what will happen across the nations during the generation in which the Lord returns.

Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess . . . She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day . . . she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of [Jesus] to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36–38)

Notice that Anna was a prophetess (v. 36), intercessor (v. 37), and evangelist (v. 38). The grace for prophetic ministry, intercession, and evangelism came together in one woman. Anna was widowed after living with her husband for seven years (v. 36), probably when she was in her mid-twenties, and that is when she began giving herself to prayer day and night. At eighty-four years old—approximately sixty years later—she was still ministering to the Lord in much prayer with fasting. Anna stayed faithful in her calling to long hours of prayer! What a remarkable woman! Anna represents those with the grace to sustain long hours of prayer for many years. Anna’s calling transcends gender and age—this calling is for male and female, young and old. I refer to some intercessory missionaries as having a specific “Anna calling,” by which I mean they have grace for much prayer and fasting.

Anna is the most extreme example of the intercessory missionary lifestyle in the New Testament. She probably spent more hours in prayer each day than we ask our intercessory missionaries to do. In this very hour, the Lord is wooing those with a heart and calling like Anna to the full-time occupation of worship and prayer. He is personally appointing and setting them into their places. The Lord is calling forth modern-day “Annas” in churches and prayer rooms around the world. Those whom God raises up as “Annas” we must celebrate as a great gift to the Body of Christ and the prayer movement. These individuals need to be called forth, recognized, and released by their leaders to obey their God-given mandate.

Jesus made a reference to Isaiah’s prophecy about day-and-night prayer when He promised that it would result in a great release of justice to the earth (Lk. 18:1–8).

Shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night? He will bring about justice for them . . . When the Son of Man comes [second coming], will He find faith on the earth?” (Lk. 18:7–8, NAS)

In verse 8, Jesus connected the call to night-and-day prayer to the timing of His return to the earth. It is important to notice that this parable was given in conclusion to what He had just taught about the end times in Luke 17:22–36. In other words, He connected His release of justice in the earth during the end times to night-and-day prayer, and, in verse 8, Jesus referred to the generation in which He returns.

Intercessory Missionaries in the Old Testament

We find important information in the Old Testament about the full-time occupation of singers who ministered to God night and day. David commanded all the kings after him to uphold the order of worship that he received from God, because it was God’s command (2 Chr. 29:25; 35:4, 15; Ezra 3:10; Neh. 12:45).

[Hezekiah]…stationed the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with stringed instruments . . . according to the commandment of David…for thus was the commandment of the Lord. (2 Chr. 29:25)

David was the first one in Scripture to establish the full-time occupation of a worshiper (1 Chr. 9:33; 16:37; 23:5; 25:7; 2 Chr. 31:4; 8:12-14; 31:4-6, 16; 34:9, 12; Neh. 10:37-39; 11:22–23; 12:44-47; 13:5-12).

These are the singers . . . who were free from other duties; for they were employed in that work day and night. (1 Chr. 9:33)

David established 4,000 musicians and 4,000 gatekeepers (1 Chr. 23:5; 25:7). David set into place about 10,000 intercessory missionaries. They were Levites—some were singers and musicians, and others were gatekeepers. (Today, I would add sound technicians to this list, because, in my opinion, the soundboard is the most important “instrument” on a worship team). The gatekeepers took care of the buildings and finances and carried out many other activities to support the ministry to God in the temple. In our context, this speaks of those who help in financial or event management, janitorial or organizational service, running seminars, etc.

The singers were employed in the work day and night, and thus were freed from other duties. In other words, they did not have another job outside their temple responsibilities. Their job was hard work. They sang and played their instruments; I imagine they had many “worship team practices” and had to grow in musical skill, knowledge of the Scripture, and many other related activities. God commanded David to establish this ministry of night-and-day worship. It required a significant amount of work and was very expensive. David insisted on making this costly investment of time and money, knowing that the Lord had commanded it and that the God of Israel is worthy of such praise.

In the generations that followed, when Israel went astray, God raised up spiritual reformers with a vision to restore worship as David had commanded it. Seven generations in the Old Testament experienced “revival.” Each honored the command that God had given David, and restored Davidic worship, complete with full-time intercessory missionaries.

  1. Around 970 BC, Solomon established the singers according to the direction of David (2 Chr. 8:14).

    And, according to the order of David his father, [Solomon] appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, the Levites for their duties (to praise and serve before the priests) as the duty of each day required…for so David the man of God had commanded. (2 Chr. 8:14)

  2. Jehoshaphat’s reform in about 870 BC also included establishing singers and musicians in their place to sing to the Lord (2 Chr. 20:19–28).

    Then the Levites . . . stood up to praise the Lord . . . [Jehoshaphat] appointed those who should sing to the Lord . . . they came . . . with stringed instruments . . . to the house of the Lord. (2 Chr. 20:19–28)

  3. In about 835 BC, Jehoiada, the high priest, restored temple worship in the order of King David, with singers and musicians. The young future king, Jehoash (Joash), was only seven years old at the time. (2 Chr. 23:18).

Jehoiada appointed the oversight of the house of the Lord to . . . the Levites . . . with singing, as it was established by David. (2 Chr. 23:18)

  • Hezekiah’s revival (about 725 BC) included restoring singers according to the commandment of David (2 Chr. 29:25–27).

    [Hezekiah] stationed the Levites in the house of the Lord with . . . stringed instruments…according to the commandment of David . . . the song of the Lord also began. (2 Chr. 29:25–27)

  • Around 625 BC, King Josiah restored full-time singers and musicians to their place, just as David had commanded the kings of Israel to do (2 Chr. 35:3–15).

    Then [Josiah] said to the Levites . . .“Prepare yourselves . . . following the written instruction of David . . . ” and the singers . . . were in their places, according to the command of David. (2 Chr. 35:3–15)

  • Zerubbabel lived about 500 years after David, and during this time they were still putting singers in place because it was the command of David. Was this thing burning in God’s heart? In 536 BC, Zerubbabel established full-time singers and musicians as a full-time occupation to worship God, because King David commanded that this be done in Israel (Ezra 3:10–11; Neh. 12:47).

    . . . the Levites . . . to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David. (Ezra 3:10–11)

  • In 445 BC, Ezra and Nehemiah established full-time singers and musicians because King David commanded it. Also at that time, God commanded Israel to support the singers financially in the same way that David had done (2 Chr. 8:14; 31:5–16; Neh. 11:23; 12:44–47; 13:5–12).

    . . . the Levites . . . give thanks, group alternating with group . . . according to the command of David . . . Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God . . . according to the command of David . . . In the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah all Israel gave the portions [financial] for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day. (Neh. 12:24, 45-47)

Intercessory Missionaries throughout History

The Lord has led many throughout history to establish night-and-day prayer ministries. Looking back through church history I see a golden thread of the Spirit testifying that this is on God’s heart. Although it is clear that the Holy Spirit has not emphasized this calling to the whole Body of Christ through the 2,000 years of church history, He has clearly called some to this ministry. Thus, we see a witness of night-and-day prayer down the centuries, a testimony that God desires this kind of extravagant ministry from His people.

The order of worship that God commanded David to establish—full-time singers and musicians in God’s house—is timeless and valid today, but the application of this command differs according to each generation and culture.

Throughout 2,000 years of church history, intercessory missionaries have been known by different titles. However, we see the biblical values behind this occupation in that they did the work of missions from a lifestyle of being deeply engaged in prayer, worship, and the Word.

One of the most dramatic expressions of 24/7 intercessory prayer began with Comgall, a monk in Bangor, Ireland, in AD 558. After Comgall’s death in AD 602, the annals reported that 3,000 monks had joined his monastery that maintained a 24/7 prayer ministry for over 300 years. It became an influential missions-sending community, famous for its choral psalmody and unceasing prayer.

In those days, most of the people who sustained 24/7 prayer ministries did so as their full-time occupation; therefore, I refer to them as “intercessory missionaries,” although they themselves did not use that term. Most who embraced this calling in medieval times were monks, priests, or nuns who lived in monastic communities.

Most monastic communities that sustained 24/7 prayer were involved in outreach to the cities nearby. Ministries from all streams of the Body of Christ have mobilized 24/7 prayer ministries, including those with Celtic, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant traditions.

Alexander Akimetes

Around AD 380, Alexander established a monastery that maintained 24/7 worship and prayer. He organized rotating choirs into shifts to create uninterrupted prayer and worship twenty-four hours a day. He first organized this perpetual praise near the Euphrates River, where it lasted for twenty years. Then he and seventy monks moved to Constantinople in AD 400, where another 300 monks joined them to once again organize 24/7 prayer with praise, which lasted much longer this time as a movement. Since their prayer with praise never stopped, their group was referred to as “the order of the Acoemetae” (literally, the sleepless ones).

After Alexander’s death in AD 430, the monastery’s influence grew until, at the end of the fifth century, it housed over 1,000 monks committed to day-and-night prayer—intercessory missionaries. They sang hymns and doxologies throughout the night and day. Similar ministries of 24/7 prayer and psalmodic, choral praise were established in other monasteries at that time along the Euphrates and in Persia.

Bangor, Ireland

In AD 433, St. Patrick returned to Ireland (having been enslaved on the island previously) to preach the gospel. In the twelfth century, the monk Jocelin reported that Patrick had come to a valley on the shores of the Belfast Lough where he and his comrades beheld a vision of heaven. Jocelin wrote, “They beheld the valley filled with heavenly light, and with a multitude of heaven, they heard, as chanted forth from the voice of angels, the psalmody of the celestial choir.” From then on, this place near Bangor was known as “The Valley of Angels.”

Approximately one hundred years later, Comgall established Bangor monastery in that exact valley. Over three thousand monks joined him in a full-time way, and together they maintained a 24/7 house of prayer with worship that continued for more than 300 years. Comgall’s monastery at Bangor practiced continuous worship that was antiphonal in nature and based on Patrick’s vision.

In the twelfth century, Bernard of Clairvaux spoke of Comgall and Bangor, stating that “the solemnization of divine offices was kept up by companies, who relieved each other in succession, so that not for one moment was there an intermission.”

These monks, through practicing continual prayer and worship, were stirred to evangelize the lost wherever they went. They were sent out from Bangor as missionaries to Europe. Wherever they settled, they first established constant praise and adoration to God, and their mission work flowed from a foundation of prayer.

These intercessory missionaries were sent to preach the gospel throughout Europe, leading multitudes to Jesus. Examples abound. For instance, Colombanus set out from Bangor with twelve brothers to plant monasteries that combined prayer and mission work throughout Switzerland. Another, St. Martin, practiced continual antiphonal worship and established monasteries throughout Gaul (France).

Abbot Ambrosius

Around AD 522, in Switzerland, Abbot Ambrosius organized choirs of monks who sang the Psalms in rotating shifts, continuing day and night. They continued for nearly four hundred years, until around AD 900, impacting monasteries all over France and Switzerland. These intercessory missionaries were effective in preaching the gospel and impacting many for Jesus.

Cluny, France

Around AD 1000, the monastery at Cluny in central France sustained 24/7 prayer with worship, because they were convinced that by doing so they were participating in the very worship of heaven, as seen in Revelation 4. Hundreds of monastic communities throughout Europe followed the example of Cluny by embracing 24/7 prayer with worship. Thus the Cluny community was catalytic in raising up intercessory missionaries who established houses of prayer as monastic communities, doing the work of the kingdom.

Bernard of Clairvaux

Just after AD 1100, Bernard, together with his seven hundred monks in Clairvaux, France, organized into day-and-night prayer that continued for many years, resulting in a dynamic release of evangelism through signs and wonders across Europe. Bernard promoted continual prayer; reports from visitors to the monastery at Clairvaux speak of the monks singing their prayers through the night and working in silent meditation through the day.

The Moravians and Count Zinzendorf

In 1727, Count Zinzendorf, a young and wealthy German nobleman, committed his estate in Germany to twenty-four-hour-a-day prayer ministry. He renamed his estate Herrnhut, which means “the watch of the Lord.” About 300 persecuted believers moved from Bohemia to Zinzendorf’s estate, forming the Herrnhut community. At that time, Zinzendorf gave up his court position to lead this new ministry.

They committed to pray in hourly shifts around the clock, all day and night, every day, taking inspiration from Leviticus 6:13, “The fire must be kept burning; it must not go out.” This prayer meeting continued non-stop for the next hundred years. From the prayer room at Herrnhut came a missionary zeal that has hardly been surpassed in Protestant history. By 1776, over two hundred missionaries had been sent out from this small community at Herrnhut. These were the first Protestant intercessory missionaries.

Zinzendorf became the leader of the first Protestant missionary movement in history. He sent out missionaries, two by two, to the unreached people groups of the earth. As they were sent out, the prayer furnace back home in Herrnhut covered them in prayer. The first Protestant missionary movement married the prayer aspect of the Great Commission with evangelism. Count Zinzendorf saw prayer and missions as inseparable.

Throughout history we see many examples of an irrefutable principle in God’s kingdom—in God’s timing, the establishing of night-and-day prayer brings revival in the Church, which leads to significant evangelistic zeal and effectiveness in bringing unbelievers to faith in Jesus. This principle is seen in the fruit of the labors of the historical monastic prayer communities that led multitudes of people to Jesus.

What do Intercessory Missionaries do in Prayer Rooms?

What do intercessory missionaries do in a prayer sanctuary?

  1. We minister to God by declaring His worth unceasingly, reflecting the way He receives worship continually in heaven (Mt. 6:10). We magnify the supremacy of Jesus, spreading His fame by declaring His worth, beauty, and riches, calling others to love and obey Him and give their allegiance to Him. Millions of people across the nations join the choirs of heaven by ministering to God in this way. He is worthy.
  2. We labor in intercession for the release of God’s power to win the lost, revive the Church, and impact society, while also engaging in works of justice and compassion.
  3. We grow in intimacy with God by personally encountering Him through His indwelling Spirit, receiving greater grace (Jas. 4:6) to love, obey, and partner with Him, as we are fascinated by who He is.
  4. We grow in the understanding of God’s Word, gaining insight into His will, ways, and salvation and learning about the unique dynamics of His end-time plan to transition the earth to the age to come. We serve others in an important way by taking the time and effort to grow in our understanding of the Word, that we may help others understand God’s heart and will for this hour of history.

The Prayer Movement Today

The Holy Spirit has raised up thousands of new prayer ministries in the last ten to twenty years. In 1984, the number of 24/7 houses of prayer in the world was fewer than twenty-five. Today there are over ten thousand—and most of that growth has been in the last ten years; they are springing up all over the globe at a staggering rate. Such momentum in prayer cannot be attributed to human ingenuity, but must rather be the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit.

The significant increase of new 24/7 prayer ministries and of large prayer events in stadiums is a prophetic sign of the times—a sign of the approaching day of the Lord’s return. In cities around the world, new 24/7 prayer ministries are being established. From Kiev, Bogota, and Jerusalem to New Zealand, Cairo, Cape Town, and Hong Kong, men and women are responding to the Spirit’s leadership in this.

Despite the pressures and inherent dangers, we see 24/7 prayer centers coming forth in the Muslim world, in nations like Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Indonesia, and Lebanon.

God’s desire to be worshiped on earth as He is in heaven has not changed. I believe that some of the principles expressed in the order of worship that God commanded David to embrace are timeless, such as establishing the full-time occupation of singers and musicians in God’s house.

Not everyone is called to be an intercessory missionary. The greatest ministry is to do the will of God. In other words, the greatest ministry you can have is the one to which God calls you. If He has called you to serve in the marketplace or in your home, don’t despise your calling by imitating the ministry of another. We must embrace our own, individual calling, because that is the highest calling for us.

The Holy Spirit has not emphasized the calling to night-and-day worship and prayer worldwide throughout church history, but is now calling many ministries to embrace it. I do not believe that it is God’s will for every local church or ministry to host 24/7 worship in their own building, but that He plans to establish it in each city or region of the earth. This can happen if many local churches partner together in the work of night-and-day prayer. The practical application will differ from city to city and from nation to nation, as well as according to different cultures.

Many are asking the Lord to establish 24/7 prayer with worship in every tribe and tongue before the Lord returns, by bringing multiple ministries together in unity to accomplish the work in every region of the earth. Imagine a missions movement that reaches every tribe and tongue, with the gospel being preached in every language, deeply connected to 24/7 prayer with worship.

Will you join me in asking the Lord to establish one million full-time intercessory missionaries before the Lord returns—singers, musicians, sound technicians, intercessors, and gatekeepers maintaining the systems that support these prayer ministries? For some of you, this is your calling—your personal story is deeply linked to God’s plan related to the end-time prayer movement. What a glorious privilege!


A Word For Nations From Kim Clement

“A Word For America, Israel, the Middle East, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Many Others”
Kim Clement, Camarillo, CA

September 6, 2014 – From The Den:

Rejoicing and Celebration On the Streets of Jerusalem and America

I do not care what anybody says, God called this nation to be a light. Yes, it has flaws – so does Israel.

“Yes, it has imperfections, but did I call My people to perfection? I said you would be a light shining in a dark place. I said you would be a hand that would feed the hungry. And I gave you oil to heal nations. And I gave you My breath to sing. Even your national anthem has My breath on it.

“Now there are foes – ISIS is not an Islamic State. It is a god that was worshiped centuries and millennia ago, starting with Nimrod. That same spirit has rested upon the east, Middle East, and is knocking at your door. But you have acknowledged Me as the Lord God of your nation.

“ISIS will cease to influence and exist on the streets of My soil.

“America and Israel and western nations, you shall put your fist down on Turkey. You shall put your fist down on Russia, Syria, and Iran.

“ISIS! Heads have been taken from children. I do not like that!” says the Lord. “Therefore, I have come to the earth to examine and to inspect, to see how I shall judge you in the presence of your enemies.

“No 9/11 attempt shall be to their satisfaction,” says the Lord, “no, but watch Chicago and watch Michigan, for there are terrorists that draw closer and closer to banish the sounds of praise. Israel has praised Me and shall continue. My people, ecclesia, shall praise Me, and they shall continue. Therefore, I am the guardian of this nation and I will put a stop to it and expose, expose, expose in the fall until you realize that I have spoken and it is so,” says the Lord of Hosts.

What you have is a permeating of hope coming to you from one who has stepped into the future as far as 2019. That’s what I’ve done by His Spirit to tell you that a season of war cannot remain a season of war. Seasons change; this will come to an end and rejoicing and celebration will once again be in the streets of Jerusalem and in the streets of America. That is all I have to say about that! (Photo via Wikimedia)

This is the latter part of what the Spirit gave me:

What have I prepared for New Zealand? What have I prepared for Ukraine? What have I prepared for Russia, Estonia, Europe, and the Middle East? Yes, Yeshua is moving to a people who are dissatisfied. ‘There is only one god but Allah,’ they say, ‘There is only one god but Allah.’ Would you like to know what the Lord has to say? There is only one God but God; there is only one God but God, and I will go where I wish.

At Israel’s Birthday in 2018

“I was able to tear down the wall through Ronald Reagan, and the curtain, but there are two more walls that will come down. And in 2018, at the celebration of Israel’s birthday, there shall be an outpouring of My Spirit in Israel like it has not had since the days of David and the days of Jesus. You listen to Me, everybody.

“But I have prepared My Holy Spirit, who is part of our Godhead, our Trinity, to bring upon the earth, and especially America, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and many others, a move of the Holy Spirit that will creep over into the streets of the Middle East. And there shall be Damascus Road conversions take place in the highest places in terrorist organizations, and they shall come out and they shall reveal the truth and the evil of Islam. And there shall be a shaking in the kingdom, and the way that I shook in 1900 at the turn of the Century, in 1948, in the ’60s and the ’70s – I will accumulate them all in one and I shall pour out of My Spirit with a global renewal,” says the Lord.


[While singing the modern day Hallelujah,] I want you to hear me please, because that song, not even specifically the melody, but the “Hallelujah” will suddenly emerge and begin to be sung all over the world. They say that Islam is attracting young people, but the Spirit told me, and I saw this, all over the world Jesus became popular. Jesus became famous again. A fame that is worthy of Him. (Photo by Lillis Boyer “The Lion and The Lamb, Glorified” via

Conversions will take place in universities and schools, and the people that are professors and teachers that have taught all those erroneous things“In the presence of these, I will raise up scientists that will speak the truth, and it will spread. And people will try and stop it, but it will not be stopped. This shall spread, and spread, and spread, and there will be no control, for it shall be like a river.” That’s what I saw.

Now, many of you watching all over the world, you know what I do. There is an altar. You’ve heard directly from the Spirit of God, how He is going to move from one nation to the other through the streets. House churches will be just about in every street in the United States of America and in Europe. Every street, every neighborhood, shall have the ability to hear the Gospel of the Kingdom, for God will not allow His Son to return but will retain Him until the fulfillment of every prophetic word that the prophets prophesied.

And the one thing that is being restored at this very moment in the midst of rubble, in the midst of clay, in the midst of mire, is the Tabernacle of David. The restoration of the Tabernacle of David will bring about souls into the Kingdom by the millions, the tens of millions; and it shall be known, spoken about by Time Magazine.

A New Online Magazine By Scientists Who Are Christians

And I saw a new magazine that is also going to come forth, not necessarily on paper alone, of course not, it’ll be on the Internet – that shall speak of Christ.

But it shall use the finest of scientists, the finest of athletes, the finest of artists, the finest of economists and business people. Prosperity is at our door. Now you may say that doesn’t look possible. Do not say that, because what God requires from you now is faith. You see, faith is the only thing that can please God. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. If you’re watching me now, you heard the word of the Lord.

September 13, 2014 – From The Den:

“There Are Angels, Angels Watching Over You”

The Spirit of the Lord would love to speak today: “Let Me say My words that the earth may hear. I am the Creator of the ends of the earth. I know the evil that man can do, but I also know the good that man can do. What you see on your borders shall go on, but,” God says, I am the watcher of your borders. I am the guardian of the borders, for ISIS shall make their way. However, as I disarmed the enemies of Israel, I shall surprise them with angels that are watching over you. Now I want you to prophesy to America’s borders and say, ‘There are angels, angels watching over you.'” (Photo by Jennifer Page “Warrior Angel” via

The Spirit of God says, “Hear Me, please. The nations that are entering in illegally, I have a huge plan for the Latino people. I have a massive plan that will shake ISIS, that will shake the terrorist organizations that are creeping into your nation. Conversions will take place as they cross your border. Are you hearing Me? Conversions will take place as they cross the border.

“They are entering into holy ground,” says the Lord. “The blood of your forefathers was given and granted this land through prayers, through sweat, through tears, and through blood. Will I forget that? No! Watch the fall – the change and the shift. And I will cause you to stand and say, ‘I never dreamed that this would happen in the fall.’ Oh winter, oh winter, how beautiful is your snow all over the nation! Rejoice, for winter shall be a time of great rejoicing,” says the Lord.

The Wells Will Be Filled From the Water Above

My spirit just spoke now and said there are wells that God is opening up. But a strange thing came as I was singing under the Spirit. He said, “The wells will be filled from the water above and not from the earth, for they spring forth.” (Photo via Wikimedia)

I heard Him saying, “There are wells that are open but empty. No springs in your business, your home, your nation, your leaders, your churches.” He said, “They’ve been waiting for the well to come earthbound from below, but,” God said, “they’ve been looking in the wrong place. For the wells will be filled from the water from above. This is different. America shall not go into a full-scale war. Even though it is the desire of the people, I have placed My knee onto the head of this President.

“I am speaking. The hard neck of Pharaoh actually brought miracles upon Israel in Egypt. The stubbornness of Pharaoh brought great judgments upon the enemy, and there is a stubbornness that I have allowed in this nation to bring liberty and freedom and judgment upon your enemies that are coming to your land.

“I will pardon the stupidity of the removal of My presence and the people in Iraq, because they were waiting to come into those nations. But,” God says, “I will yet honor the prayers of presidents past who are praying right now. There is an old man, President George Herbert Bush, who is praying. I am hearing him. There is George W. Bush – forget his politics! He is praying! I am hearing him!” says the Lord.

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Kim Clement Center


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“Prophetic Bulletin: The Border War” by Rick Joyner

The recent breaches in the White House security are not only shocking, they are prophetic. It was just revealed that the man who recently jumped the White House fence did not just make it to the front door, but actually got inside the White House, and deep inside of it. He was tackled by an off-duty agent who “just happened to be passing by.”

This breach into what is considered the most important house in America is a reflection of the breakdown of security for the whole nation. Those whose most basic responsibility is the defense of our country have not done their job. They have left us vulnerable, and our enemies are now pouring through our porous borders.

In the prosecution of a crime, you look for a motive, means, and opportunity. Those with the motive to kill Americans and destroy America now have the means and opportunity because of the failure of our government to secure our borders. It does not take a genius or a prophet to know our enemies are not going to let such an opportunity pass by, and our government is leaving the front door open to them, just like the front door of the White House was left open. (Photo via Pixabay)

We are more vulnerable to terrorist attacks now than we have ever been. We will soon pay a terrible price if this is not addressed with the greatest resolve. The most basic responsibility of the federal government is defense, and the most basic defense of a nation begins with securing its borders. Our government leaders are presently guilty of the most basic dereliction of duty or treason. It must be one or the other.

The Dream

On the night of September 17, I had a prophetic dream. It was about a “gate of Hell” that has been opened into the United States. “Gates of Hell” are the doors that Hell uses to gain access. We have one of the biggest of these open into our country right now – our Southern border.

This does not mean that everyone illegally crossing our borders is a terrorist or has evil intent. It is likely that just a small fraction want to do us harm, but this is enough to wreak havoc on the entire country and soon. In the dream, I was shown the unimaginable consequences we will suffer if our borders are not secured very soon.

The dream began with a gang that crossed our border to attack a ranch in Texas. They herded together everyone on the ranch, about twenty in all, including family and workers. There were several children. Then with diabolical cruelty, they raped and tortured them. Then they killed them all in the most cruel, diabolical way imaginable. What they did to the children was the worst of all. Then they left with great excitement and celebration to attack another ranch. This was done in broad daylight. They did not seem at all concerned that they might be caught.

Then it was as if I was high over the land. I saw waves of gangs. Some appeared to be military units, sweeping across the Southwestern United States. It was like a great plague as they were pillaging, plundering, raping, and murdering. It was an invasion that threatened more Americans than any previous war in our history. I was surprised I did not see any U.S. military response to this invasion.

Even though the invaders were pouring into every Southwestern state, there was a special focus on Texas. They seemed to have a special hatred of Texas and Texans. After Texans, it seemed their rage was directed toward Hispanics. This was hard to understand since most of the invaders were Hispanics, but this is what I saw. We know that the insanity that came upon Rwanda turned Rwandans against Rwandans for even slightly perceived differences. In this kind of evil rage, reason can be very twisted. What I witnessed was a raging and insane brutality like the earth may have never faced before. (Photo via Pixabay)

ISIS and other terrorist groups were part of this horde, but this was not an ISIS led operation. In fact, the Islamic terrorists who were involved were shocked themselves by the level of diabolical evil they witnessed in these gangs. I knew that what I was seeing was the evil spirit of modern terrorism mixed with ancient spirits of a deep and powerful witchcraft from some of the South and Central American countries. The main evil spirit that was driving this was ancient, possibly rooted in old civilizations like the Mayans. When this mixed with the evil of terrorism, it became a concoction of evil like the world has never seen.

As this onslaught unfolded in the Southwest, I then saw an outrage sweep across America. This rage was not directed at the invaders as much as it was directed at our federal government because it had failed to protect us. This outrage grew to the point of being nearly as diabolical as what I had seen in the invasion across our border. Many Americans wanted to do to our government leaders what was being done to Americans in the border states. Every foolish action or policy our federal government had in regard to border security, such as the Fast and Furious program, was being brought up again to accuse our government. The rage grew with each one recited. I then saw federal employees fleeing some states as if they were fleeing for their lives. There was a seeming universal rejection of the federal government’s authority by the states.

Then militia groups began popping up like mushrooms in a forest all across America. These were not racist or extremist militias, but rather ordinary citizens who were resolved to protect their families and neighbors. However, because of the rage in America, I felt these groups were vulnerable to being co-opted by extremist groups. Even so, in prophetic dreams and visions sometimes you just know things that you do not see. I knew that these militia groups would eventually stop the gangs that had come across our borders. This was because of the help they received from many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who knew how to fight this type of warfare.

At this time, county sheriffs became like the glue that held America together and kept it from a meltdown into anarchy. They took a leading role in security and defense against the attacks – not just those coming across the Southwestern border, but those that seemed to be happening all over the nation.

I woke up with a most startling supernatural manifestation in my room that I still do not understand. I know it is significant, and I will share it when I am given understanding.

This Can Be Prevented

Many prophetic warnings are given so that we understand the schemes of the devil in order to foil them. What I saw in this dream will happen if quick, decisive action is not taken to secure our Southern border.

Days before I had this dream, I was told that America is in a Valley of Decision between now and the end of this year. When I asked what decisions we had to make, I did not get an immediate answer. However, when I had this dream, I knew it was the answer. If our government does not secure our borders very quickly, every American will be living in a constant danger from terrorist attacks. We will see the kind of wholesale invasion along our Southwestern border that I saw in the dream. (Photo via Pixabay)

Prophetic timetables do not revolve around U.S. elections, but the upcoming elections are right in the middle of this time of decision that we have been given. As I have been warning since the 2000 elections, every election from then on would be more important than the previous ones for the future of our country, including mid-term elections. This has proven true. If we don’t vote, then we are voting for evil, because evil will fill every vacuum that the righteous allows. We must pray that securing our borders becomes a major issue in the elections and that those who see and understand it are elected.

There are other fateful decisions that will be made that will determine whether or not we suffer the onslaught that I saw in the dream. We will know by the end of the year if the right ones were made. If not, then we will know it is time to prepare the homeland for the war that is coming. When serious preparation begins, a spirit of mockery will be released by the enemy to thwart it and keep us vulnerable.

The Christian Response

This is the most alarming dream I have ever had. I admit to being shaken for days by it. I don’t think I had any fear for myself or my family who I have entrusted into the hands of the Lord. I have seen a lot of evil, but I have not seen anything like this. It shook me deeply. Even so, as Christians we must not walk by fear but by faith. We must wake up, but we must also resolve that we will not take action out of fear. Fear is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit. If we are led by fear, we are not led by the Holy Spirit.

When the Lord told of all the things that would come upon the world at the end of the age, He told His people to do two things: First to stand up, and then look up. It is time for the righteous to stand up. The scariest thing in all of Scripture is the lake of fire. We are told in Revelation 21:8 that the first group thrown into the lake of fire will be the cowards. There is no place for cowardice in Christianity. It is time for Christians to stand up and demonstrate the faith we have in the One who is above all rule and authority and dominion. As Paul wrote in Galatians 1:10, if he still feared men, he would not be a bondservant of Christ. No true servant of the Lord can be ruled by the fear of man, but rather by the true and holy fear of the Lord.

It is time for the righteous to look up and see that the Lord is on His throne. He is not wringing His hands in worry, and neither must we. He is preparing for His Kingdom to come and so must we. (Photo via Pixabay)

We are commanded to pray for our leaders. We are not told to just pray for the ones we like or agree with, but the ones we have. We must pray for our present leaders, that they will wake up and be given wise counsel so that this gate of Hell into our country is shut. That is the best of all scenarios.

By the end of this year, we will know if the invasion I saw in the dream has been avoided or not. If not, it does not mean that the attack will come right then, but we will know it is inevitable. That is when we must begin to prepare for it. We will be given wisdom to do this. Until then, we should pray earnestly that it is not necessary.

When I shared this dream on MorningStar Television, I was surprised by how fast it went viral. I was more surprised by how many had already foreseen this type of thing coming and were already preparing for it. I was especially encouraged to learn the number of sheriffs who are not only aware of these threats to our country but are preparing for them. It is obvious that God is preparing us in many ways.

Last year I was told that this year we would start to see the Lord as our Shepherd in a greater way than we have before. As terrible as this dream was, since having it I have become aware of just how much our Shepherd is watching over us and helping us be ready for things we may be completely ignorant of. This is wonderful to see, but let us also keep in mind as Psalm 23 makes clear, knowing Him as our Shepherd requires us to come to the table, even in the presence of our enemies and while going through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Through all of this we will know, as we never have before, the Lord as our Shepherd and that He is able to keep us.

There is much more to discuss about natural, practical preparation for what is coming, but spiritual preparation is far more important. As Christians, we know that satan cannot cast out satan. The rage I saw coming upon Americans toward government leaders who had allowed this was diabolical too. Responding in rage is not the answer and will only multiply the access evil has in our country. Our non-Christian neighbors do not know this, and many will get caught up in this rage. Rage and revenge will try to fill America, yet Christians must stand up against this evil too.

When we begin to suffer the kinds of attacks I saw in this dream, it is understandable that the states would want to reject the federal government’s authority over them. It is understandable that citizens will want to hold government officials accountable for what has been allowed. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of the Lord’s throne, but His justice is never driven by rage.

What I saw coming upon the citizens and the states seemed to be leading to a breakup of the United States, not into just two nations but many. Our name is United States, and if we break up in this way, our major purpose will have been thwarted. This is the main scheme of the enemy in this attack. As Christians we must resolve not to let this happen. There may be a place for returning much more authority to the states and reducing the power of the federal government over the states to what was intended by the Constitution, but breaking up the country is only going to make everyone far more vulnerable. Christians will be the key factor that holds the country together or allows it to split apart. (Photo via Pixabay)

One of the major purposes of the United States is to be light to the nations in confronting one of the ultimate evils of the human heart – racism. Racism is one of the ultimate evils because it is the result of the ultimate evils of fear and pride. We become racists because we fear those who are different from us, or we think we are better than others because of externals. We are warned, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (see James 4:6 NKJV). The grace of God is more valuable than any earthly treasure. We should therefore resist pride in every way that we can. This begins with resisting thinking we are better than others because of the color of our skin.

The United States has had terrible racial problems in our history. We still have major problems, but we have confronted them and made remarkable progress overall, even if we continue to have occasional, serious setbacks. The U.S. is a nation that is made up of all nationalities, and that has been one of our greatest strengths. We need to build on this strength.

When the Lord was asked about the signs of the end of the age, one of the first things He said was, “Nation will rise against nation” (see Matthew 24:7). The Greek word translated “nation” in these verses is ethnos from which we derive the English word “ethnic.” He wasn’t talking about countries fighting each other, but that one of the biggest events at the end of the age would be ethnic conflicts. Possibly more than any other nation, America is now positioned to be a standard to the world of the power of ethnic groups living in peace and harmony with one another. It is the devil’s intent to reduce America to a most deadly ethnic conflict. Christians, not the government, will determine which it will be.

It does not take a prophet to see that if what I saw in this dream unfolds, our Hispanic neighbors will be the most threatened. We are commanded to love our neighbors. The commandment does not specify their nationality, or even whether or not they are legal neighbors. If we love our neighbors, we will protect them from any threat, and as Christians we must resolve to do this. As Christians we must resolve now to stand up for and help any vulnerable people. (Photo via Pixabay)

The truth is that the Hispanic people are some of the easiest people in the world to love. Of all the ethnic groups America is made up of, Hispanics would rank at or very near the top of those who have been the greatest blessing to America. As we are told in I John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” If we are obeying God to love our neighbors, then we will not fear them regardless of any ethnic differences. If we love them, we will help protect them.

We must resolve now to grow every day in faith, not fear. We must resolve that we will grow in love and not fear. We must resolve to grow in the peace of God, not anger. Then the joy of the Lord will be our strength.


“If you do not change your course, you will end up where you are headed.” This dream represents where we are headed. The dream was so intense and powerful that I woke up feeling that this was imminent, but I was not given a specific timing in the dream for when this onslaught would come. The television show I did on this dream went viral, and sometimes exposing a scheme of the enemy to the light does at least cause him to pause, which can give us more time. I pray this is the case.

Even so, we do not have any time to waste. If the right decisions are not made by our government leaders by the end of this year to be decisive and resolute in defending our country by securing our borders, then we will need to start preparing for these things with decisiveness and resolve, but not in fear. The prepared prosper in all times.

Let us all make the right decision to vote in the upcoming elections. Because of ISIS, national defense has risen to the top of the issues, and it should be. We are vulnerable as a nation, just as security breaches to the White House should be a clear sign. The hedge of protection around our country is being removed by our leaders doing the things that we are warned will cause this to happen. Let us pray for our leaders to turn back to God or be replaced by those who will.

The only thing that will ultimately save our nation is another Great Awakening that turns the nation back to God. This onslaught across our Southern border did not turn America back to God, but it turned Americans against one another. If this is not stopped, then it can still be lessened by wise leadership and wise preparation. (Photo via Pixabay)

The most important preparation of all is for every Christian to truly elevate God’s house above the White House, or any other house, including our own. We must seek first His Kingdom, which means that all of our major decisions should consider the purposes of God above any other purpose. His Kingdom is built on a Rock that cannot be shaken. If we have built our houses on this Rock, we will not be shaken either.

To view Rick Joyner’s recent video about his dream “ISIS Coming to America – The ‘Gate of Hell’ that has been opened” CLICK HERE.

Rick Joyner
MorningStar Ministries


Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church. He is the author of more than forty books, including The Final Quest, A Prophetic History, and Church History. He is also the president of The OAK Initiative, an interdenominational movement that is mobilizing thousands of Christians to be engaged in the great issues of our times, being the salt and light that they are called to be. Rick and his wife, Julie, have five children: Anna, Aaryn, Amber, Ben, and Sam.

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