Called to more
Recent years have seen a growing movement of united prayer across the churches. And yet, so often I find myself still hungering for more. I’ve grown accustomed to leaving prayer meetings with a greater hunger to pray. It’s not that these prayer events haven’t fulfilled their purpose – but perhaps their purpose isn’t what I had presumed! It’s like they’ve kindled a fire that I don’t dare to quench.
Solomon has built the temple and set the priests and Levites to minister before the Lord as Moses and David had commanded. It’s glorious! And knowing His people’s wavering hearts, God promises to restore them to this again and again whenever they come back to Him in prayer. God’s perennial call to His people is to lay down their own agendas, seek Him first - before their own prosperity - and to come back to their first love.
The story continues. Israel falters. Faced with disaster, King Jehoshaphat’s prayer (2 Chr 20) appeals directly to this verse. Having gathered all Judah in united prayer, Jehoshaphat sets the singers in their places. The nation’s united prayer finds expression in the restoration of David’s order of worship. The story repeats itself. King Joash (2 Chr 23) oversees national revival and restores the Levites to their posts. The same happens under King Hezekiah (2 Chr 29) and King Josiah (2 Chr 35). When Nehemiah rebuilds the temple after the exile, he too sets the Levites back to their stations (Ezra 3 / Nehemiah 12). It seems that every move of God isn’t only preceded by prayer but is sustained by it. God’s discipline isn’t just to restore the land, it’s to restore a covenant relationship with His people expressed by a committed expression of prayer.
So what is this Davidic worship and what does it have to do with national revival?
David, according to the revelation that God gave to him, set Levites as musicians and singers to minister to the Lord day and night (1 Chr 25). They were organised, committed and set apart for this service – they were skilled prophetic musicians funded by the nation. Restoring the Levites has to do with the whole people of God recognising the worth of God and being compelled to respond with a committed expression of that worth. If national revival is all about God taking His rightful place again and fulfilling the plans of His heart, then Davidic worship is all about giving God His rightful praise, and agreeing with His plans for the nation.
Today there are over 10,000 houses of prayer going night and day throughout the earth! We’re not alone in being stirred with a greater hunger for the sort of prayer that becomes a corporate, night and day expression of His worth.
Respond to the hunger for prayer by committing yourself again to a lifestyle of prayer. But there’s more – come and be part of the growing community of worshippers and intercessors from across the churches building the house of prayer in the city.