Jesus is not coming back to a prayerless church, but to one that is operating in close partnership with Him in intercession for the end-time harvest (Rev. 22:17). The Holy Spirit is on the move, raising up a worldwide prayer and worship movement throughout the whole Body of Christ. The outcome will include the gospel being preached to all nations in the power of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 24:14; Rev. 7:9, 14).
Prayer in the End Times
The end-time prayer and worship movement is rapidly growing in the nations as the Holy Spirit works to establish a prayer culture in the Body of Christ before Jesus returns. Throughout the world He is raising up people with what I refer to as the “Anna calling” (Lk. 2:37). The end-time Annas are radical believers who function as what I call “intercessory missionaries,” engaging in the work of intercession with worship as their full-time occupation.
The prophet Isaiah and King David, in the Psalms, gave us the most information about the end-time prayer and worship movement in terms of its earthly dimension, and the apostle John described it from a heavenly perspective in the book of Revelation. I will identify just seven of them, though there are many more.
The end-time prayer and worship movement will be God-centered, relational, continual, musical, global, missional and intergenerational. I believe that the end-time prayer movement will express worship “on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10) in a greater way than the worship-intercession model David established with the Levites in his generation did.
1. The end-time prayer movement will be God-centered.
The premier distinction of the end-time prayer and worship movement will be the understanding of the supremacy of Jesus, particularly His majestic beauty as Bridegroom, King and Judge. End-time worship songs will emphasize the majesty of the Lord. Prophesying about the end-time prayer and worship movement, Isaiah said:
“They shall sing; for the majesty of the Lord they shall cry aloud… From the ends of the earth we have heard songs: ‘Glory to the righteous!’” (Isa. 24:14–16).
The songs will focus on the Lord’s majesty and bring “glory to the Lord, as the Righteous One.” Some translations clarify Isaiah 24:16 by translating the phrase “the righteous” as “the Righteous One” (see the NIV and the NASB). Through these songs worshipers will magnify the majesty of God.
Around the globe, people of all ages are catching a glimpse of the beauty, worth and supremacy of Jesus and are responding in genuine love as they treasure and adore Him, giving a witness on the earth to His indescribable value.
The truth of Jesus’ worth and greatness must be declared in song and in prophetic proclamation, because it is the ultimate truth on which the whole created universe exists. The end-time prayer movement on earth will join the worship symphony in heaven, crying out, “Worthy is the Lamb!” (Rev. 5:12).
2. The end-time prayer movement will be relational.
The end-time prayer and worship movement will have a relational focus, which will be reflected in our singing of the wonders of God’s love for us and our response of love for Him. God is love, and He wants relationship with us—not because He is needy, but because He wants to share His love and to rule the earth in a deep partnership with His people. Love finds pleasure in relating to others and working closely with others.
Jesus desires to make us feel loved; He celebrates our dignity and value and wants us to do so too. He delights in us, in sharing His heart with us, and in relating to us. He wants to partner with us in the work that His Father has entrusted to Him. He is pleased when we love, honor and magnify Him.
As King David did, we will sing songs about God’s love for us. We will also sing new songs about our destiny as kings and priests ruling the earth with Jesus forever. We will sing of our love for Jesus, thanking Him for mercy and asking Him for help in times when our love is weak. We will sing of His kindness and of the marvel that He takes pleasure in weak people and imparts His very own beauty to us (Isa. 61:3; cf. Ps. 90:17; 149:4).
”…to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord…to give them beauty for ashes” (Isaiah 61:2–3).
“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us” (Psalm 90:17).
In tandem with the revelation of the Father heart of God is the understanding of Jesus as our Bridegroom King and of the Body of Christ as His cherished Bride (Eph.5:29–32). Thus we will sing of the Father’s relating to us with tender mercy and of Jesus expressing His desire for His people as their Bridegroom God (Isa. 54:5; 62:5; Rev. 22:17).
Before the Lord returns, the church will see themselves as a Bride crying out to her Bridegroom King to come to her (Rev. 22:17, 20). Even now the Holy Spirit is emphasizing the church’s identity as His cherished Bride.
Isaiah connected the revelation of Jesus as the Bridegroom with the end-time prayer movement that will continue night and day until the Lord returns to make Jerusalem a praise in the earth:
“You shall be called Hephzibah…the Lord delights in you… For…as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. I have set watchmen [intercessors] on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night…till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth,” (Isaiah 62:4–7).
He prophesied that in the end times God’s people would be called “Hephzibah,” which in Hebrew carries the meaning of the Lord’s delighting in His people.