I first saw the term “intercessory missionary” a few years ago when I was reading Joshua Hawkins blog and he used the term. I had been interceding for droughts, countries and war zones for a few years and when I saw that term I responded to it 🙂
We are all aware of traditional missionaries who relocate to other nations to serve in mercy deeds or preaching. But I believe the Lord is also highlighting a new type of missionary that is essential to seeing the gospel of the kingdom preached in all of the nations and Jesus returning to earth to rule from Jerusalem as King of kings to be exclusively worshipped by all of His creation. An intercessory missionary is a “missionary“ in the sense that they dedicate their lives in ministry for Jesus and for others like a traditional missionary does. But rather than exclusively serving through mercy deeds, their service is first and primarily through ministry to Jesus in night and day worship and prayer – Joshua Hawkins
Joshua goes on to list several scriptural instances of people praying and fasting before the breakthrough comes. The two wonderful examples of this IMO are…
- Anna fasted and prayed in the temple day and night for decades unto the first coming of Christ, her intercession was pivotal to His coming! – Luke 2:36-38
- Jesus Christ said to His disciples “pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers” so their prayers preceded the sending of laborers into the harvest – Mat 9:36
And if you have read my posts on revival, you will know that history shows that every revival was preceded by prayer and repentance (pray for revival).
So far, so good
So… Ive been praying in this role for about 6+ years now (it’s 2012 now) and here are a selection of things I have prayed for. They have been visible in the menu on the site for some time, but perhaps not everyone has seen them, and I’ve never publically highlighted them before.
The drop down menu across the top of this blog… pls note this is not an exhaustive list of prayers…
I try to document my prayers as much as possible to record the conditions beforehand and then record the prayers and then track the change.
My hope is that people SEE the fruit and begin to pray in the same way themselves… “catching the fire” as some people put it. And if they see the fruit they might be moved by the Holy Spirit to support the ministry work.
But regardless of support or no support, I will keep loving people anyway. Ive spent years literally eating bread and tomatos while praying and not working formally. But now more recently Ive been blessed with a safe place to stay and deluxe food. But I don’t have a home of my own, I don’t own a car, I earn very little income.
But as I said, I will keep loving and keep teaching and keep reaching out to as many people and helping them as possible.
A normal missionary… yes, eventually
So that’s what it means for me to be an intercessory missionary. There was a moment, right after praying for Egypt in 2011, when I felt I had to go there. Money arrived within 24 hours and the way seemed clear. But the money was removed and no one else wanted to support. It’s a pity, because I think Egypt lost out in terms of what God wanted to do there. If there was financial support and support from leadership who could perceive God’s plan, then things could have been different there than they are now.
I also try to encourage people to learn how to break through. So I tell the story and explain how I pray and what my theology is. In this way I hope other people “catch the fire” in a sense. So I have this download link on all of my pages on this site…
2008-9 Prophecies and Miracles v2 (3MB) – A collection of all blog posts relating to the prophecies and fulfilled miracles during my stay in Australia. <100 pages. Feedback welcome!
And more than that, I try to train people to pray the same verses that i do – because no matter what situation you are facing, Jesus Christ HAS resolved it on His cross.
One size fits all
You might be surprised to hear that I always use those same scriptures, whether I pray for a hurricanes in the USA..
… or if I am praying for a civil war (see 2010 DRC) it’s still the exact same prayer of the same scriptures.
The sword of the Lord
Ive helped many people overcome severe difficulties in their lives by showing them how to pray those same scriptures. You see, scriptures are the sword of the Lord.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Heb 4:12
And it’s not just any old scriptures, it’s the ones that declare the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. THATS where the power is found, through Him, through His work on the cross.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating
Ive taught this to many people.
- One lady saw her marital issues resolved and she wrote later “each day is better than the previous”.
- Another one saw the darkness flee not only from their house, but she prayed for a local gang war and it stopped! She and her family began to find rare species of animals in their garden.
- ive been praying over the city I live in and revival is beginning here!
No, I kid you not. I could go on, but I won’t bore you. 🙂
You’re not bored, are you 🙂
As George Michael said “you gotta have faith”
Jesus Christ is a one size fits all solution. Whatever the problem is, He fixed it on the cross… you heard it, now believe it in order to receive the benefit…
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. – Heb 4:2
If you read to the end of this post, you might like to support this ministry and what Jesus Christ is doing in it. If you like it and you want it to grow and to touch more people, then pray for me, pray for my character, pray for me to be better connected to the Holy Spirit – and help this ministry financially.
Would you like to intercede for peace in your country or in the world? All you need to do is get a map of the area you want to pray for and get this list of scriptures (or download the MS Word version) and speak each scripture out over the area you are praying for. It’s as easy as that.