When Nehemiah was commissioned by Artaxerxes to return to Jerusalem and rebuild its broken walls, he came up with a genius idea. In order to motivate and mobilize the populace to action, he had each family work on the section of the wall that most protected their own home. The Jews worked night and day to rebuild the broken wall with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other, (see Nehemiah 1-7). It was a picture of warfare intercession and the rebuilding of the spiritual life of the Nation of Israel.
In the same way, when Isaiah described intercession for Jerusalem three hundred years before, he used the image of watchmen on a wall. He wrote, “I have set watchmen on your walls O Jerusalem; they never hold their peace day or night, you who make mention of the Lord (intercession), do not keep silent and give Him no rest till He establishes…Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (Isa. 62:6~7, NKJV).
I believe God is speaking to many of us in the Body of Christ to impact our cities in the same way Jesus did in His time; the same way the first disciples so impacted cities across Asia Minor, leading the Thessalonian Jews to declare, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” (Acts 17:6, CSB). Jesus, before them and the disciples that followed, rocked the civilized world throughout Asia to such an extent that Christianity overtook Rome by the fourth century. It was truly a revolution of the Kingdom of God.
Prayer is the proper starting point for a revolution; crying out to God for Him to move, “never hold [your] peace day or night…do not keep silent…to rend the heavens and come down…” Isa. 62-64, NKJV). At The Road, the church I pastor, we are building a wall of intercession in which every hour of the week, of the month, of the year, is covered in prayer. One person, one hour, once a week, crying out for a revolution. 168 watchmen for 168 hours, crying out day and night for a Kingdom of God Revolution upon Colorado Springs. It’s coming.
Praying for a Kingdom Revolution in our time,
Steve Holt M.A., D.D.
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