The prayer furnace is the reality in our fellowship of walking out the mandate to pray. We have discovered a satisfying and fulfilling method through which to accomplish this called “Harp and Bowl.” Taken from the reference in Revelation 5:8, “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp (worship),
and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints,” Harp and Bowl is a beautiful mix of worship and intercession that is easily sustained for hours.
“My house shall be called a house of prayer…” Matt. 21:13
How often prayer becomes the least practiced activity in our churches instead of the highest priority.
“After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up;
so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.” Acts 15:16 -17
“It is evident throughout Scripture that when God’s people practiced night and day worship and prayer, the nation prospered and God released revival and blessing upon them.
But when they neglected continual devotion to the Lord, they were led astray and worshiped idols, hence bringing God’s disfavor upon themselves” (Billy Humphrey, UNTIL HE COMES).
“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, 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 fastings and prayers night and day.” Luke 2:36-37
Anna modeled a fasted lifestyle of ministering to the Lord continually, and as her prayers hastened the first coming of the Messiah, may our prayers hasten His second coming.
” ‘Now, therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your heart and not your garments return to the Lord your God,
for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness and He relents from doing harm, who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him.” Joel 2:12-14
May we broaden our intercession to the greater scope of things, like communities, regions, and nations. We stand in the gap…let us fulfill our mandate to PRAY.