What I Do

First off, I am called to be a husband and a father. I am to give the firstfruits of my relationship with God to my wife and to my family. But secondarily, I am also called to ministry. Here is that side of the coin:

I am an intercessory missionary at an International House of Prayer. An intercessory missionary is called primarily, but not only, to the place of intercession. This is the place where passion for God’s purposes and His zeal for human beings is conceived in the heart of His people – in the place of prayerful agreement.

I believe that the true power of the believer is tapped into when one communes with the LORD through the escort of the Holy Spirit. God’s “Governmental Center of the Universe”, His throne room, is tapped into from this place of prayer. Waiting on God (not a passive wasting of time, but an active waiting on, such as the waiter at your local restaurant keeps his attention on your table, making sure your glass is filled, your plates are taken etc) changes the perspective of the one who is praying, renewing their mind and sensitizing their spirit to the things that move God’s heart. That is the person who will release God’s will on earth as it is being done in heaven.

In Luke 6:47-49, Jesus puts it this way: “Whoever comes to Me and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

I want to draw attention to the first three verbs Jesus mentions: comes, hears and does.

Whoever comes – Coming to God is done in the private place of prayer. Approaching God begins with the appreciation and thanksgiving for the work He has done to make a way for us to approach Him in the first place. Only because of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, only by His precious blood, can I enter into that most holy of holy places. It’s only through His covenant of mercy, that emerald rainbow that surrounds His throne, that I am allowed into His chambers. We, as born-again believers, have been called to the place of prayer, otherwise known as coming into agreement with God’s will and speaking it into being, and this happens at its highest expression when we approach the throne of grace, when we come to God in worship, gratitude and an unguarded spirit.

Whoever hears – As we come to God, we don’t simply want to fill the airwaves with our own words, petitions and supplications. We also want to “hear what the Spirit is saying”. God speaks. God has always spoken. God still speaks today and we want to know what’s on His heart for today – for myself, for my family, for my neighborhood, for my country, for the nation Israel, for the planet, for anything that is a part of our lives. Having a prophetic edge to your life, message and ministry depends on cultivating this listening spirit within yourself to hear what God is speaking.

Whoever does – The last and most difficult step in the process Jesus describes is in the place of obedience. I like Jesus’ comparison in Matthew 21:28-31 – 28 – “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” The issue of the prophetic church at the end of the age is the issue of obedience. It’s definitely one thing to know what God wants you to do and a totally different thing to actually do it.

The place of prayer builds a root system in the heart of the person that will stand in the time of adversity. I am staking my entire life on this truth. I want my heart to be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ in these days. I ask continually that the LORD would make me a pillar, a tree with deep roots, that won’t snap or uproot in the days of adversity, someone who can be a refreshing shade and safe refuge for many, someone who will have something of substance to share with others when things come crashing down. I spend the majority of my day in a room, worshipping and talking to an invisible God and reading an ancient Book, in hopes that somehow, in some way, this is becoming a reality in my heart.

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Responses

  1. “It’s definitely one thing to know what God wants you to do and a totally different thing to actually do it.”

    How very true! Thanks for the honesty and the encouragement that came from reading this, Matt.

  2. Wow, first time I come across this side via googling John Nelson Hyde.

    Thank you so much, so so much. i.e it! Mary, Gauteng, South Africa


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