YWAM Staff & Students

This week I’m teaching on worship and intercession at the Youth With A Mission base in Adams, TN. Great students, great staff! It’s exciting to see how God uses young people to share the gospel throughout the world. Wednesday morning the entire base worshiped and interceded for Japan.


It was a nice afternoon so we moved the Discipleship Training School class outdoors. The beautiful woods and vista were a great object lesson for discussing God’s Universal Revelation (aka Natural, or General Revelation). “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19).


I’ll be teaching for a total of 3 days and finish Thursday. We’re working through my 32 page notes and outlines. Here is one of the sessions:

Worship & Intercession Overview

  1. Harp & Bowl = Music and Prayer
    1. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God’s people (the saints). Rev 5:8

    1. This is an eschatological vision, a description of heavenly worship. Literally when we pray “your kingdom come , your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – this is that.
    2. The harp represents worshiping God with musical instruments. God’s sounds, his music and his songs.
    3. The bowls are the intercessory prayers of the ecclesia, the church.
    4. It reveals how God is ministered to. The harp and bowl are together around the throne of God.
    5. The role of anointed music is to touch, unify and assist our hearts desire to pray together “in one accord”, with one heart.
  2. The power of agreement. Our goal is to be in agreement with God’s heart and will.
    1. Worship is agreeing with and declaring the truth about who God is and what He is like.
    2. Intercession is agreeing with what God has promised to do. Declaring what He will do.
    3. In this model we see worship and intercession, music and prayer,  flowing as one river. (Side note : The power of music on humans as enjoyable …)
    4. Enjoyable prayer is more likely to be more persistent. God rewards persistence.
      1. i.     So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” Luke 18:8

  3. The spirit of David’s Tabernacle (Acts 15:15-18) David had a revelation of the “enjoyableness” of God, to delight in His beauty and to combine prophetic music with intercession and singing the Word of God.  Look at Psalm 149.
(Giving credit where it’s due: I  acknowledge the  IHOP “Harp & Bowl” manual as a contributing resource for some of these teaching points)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage wholehearted worship worldwide.