Today there is a trumpet sound going out from heaven and its Gods heart beat calling us to take our positions in intercession.
A Trumpet Call to Pray
Anne Marie Gatenby
ISAO coordinator for Intercession
In many old war movies the troops are called to their position for the fight through a bugle being played. They immediately respond to the noise because they have been trained to respond in this way.
Today there is a trumpet sound going out from heaven and it’s Gods heart beat calling us to take our positions in intercession. The command is not to move until the battle is won and we see the King of Kings take His place in people’s lives, our nations, the world. To remain standing is not easy; Many Intercessors have been faithful in prayer for many years waiting to see His kingdom come in what they have been crying out to the Lord to answer. A promise in scripture is God saying ‘”Call upon me and I will answer you…… ” (Jer 33:3) but if we are honest sometimes in the waiting we can feel that this does not always happen and often the prayers that are “not yet “answered are enough to cause us to stand down from the trumpet call of heaven to keep going in prayer.
There is one person who encourages us to keep going and His name is Jesus. He had such confidence that His Father heard His prayer. In Jn 11: 38 Jesus comes to the tomb where Lazarus had been laid to rest. , in verse 41 Jesus said ” Father I thank you that you have heard me, I know you always hear me. But I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me”. In verse 43 Jesus then said with confidence “Lazarus come out”, the result was Lazarus was raised form the dead.
Why does Jesus have that much confidence? One of the reasons was that He had an intimate relationship with His Father. Jesus said ” I am in the Father and He is in me” The words I say to you are just not my own, rather it is the Father living in me, who is doing the work” (Jn 14:10). Jesus knew His Father, His character, and He knew He was heard, because of His relationship with Him because they were one. This meant that Jesus knew what was on His Father’s heart. This communion allowed Him to know when He had to pray, what He had to pray and gave great confidence that He was heard.
We could say, ‘that’s easy for Him” .But the truth is we too are called to have this intimate relationship with our God. In Jn 15:5 it states that ‘I am the vine you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” then in verse 7 it says “If you remain in me and I in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you”. Scripture also says that “In Him we live and breathe and have our being” (Acts 17:28). That means we can have the same access to God in an intimate relationship as Jesus did. The more we nurture our relationship with Him the more we get to know what is on our God’s heart, the more we will know what to pray, how to pray and when to pray.
Our relationship with God and knowing the Holy Spirit calls us to rise above the disappointments of the “not yet” answered prayers.
He also has given us His Spirit to equip us to know what and how to pray .Rm 8:26. “In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes through wordless groans” It goes on to say in verse 27 that the Spirit “intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” We need to get to know the Holy Spirit by nurturing our relationship with Him, learning to listen to Him and to understand His promptings and movements within us that are leading us into intercession. As we do this we will start to hear God’s heart in how to pray His will.
Our relationship with God and knowing the Holy Spirt calls us to rise above the disappointments of the “not yet” answered prayers. It’s time to stand up to take our place in intercession again with confidence being even stronger than we were before. We and future generations will see fulfilment of the promises of our Lord and say as Jesus said “Father I thank you that you have heard my prayer” (Jn 11:41) The trumpet call is resounding over our lives, the heartbeat of heaven is calling us to stand up, take our place and intercede like never before, so His Kingdom will come.
Can you hear the trumpets sound?
Can you hear the Spirit say?
It’s time, it’s time. To stand
It’s time, Its Time!
Intercessors call upon my name
It’s time to pray,
Can you hear the trumpet call; Can you hear the Spirit say?
It’s time, it’s time!
Stand up Intercessors, stand and pray
See strongholds crumble
See my victory takes its place
It’s time, It’s time!