*Video of Larry Jackson – http://youtu.be/9mCQNWpgynQ
*Bishop Jackson at TheCall Detroit on Breastplate Prayer
Bishop Larry Jackson (www.breastplateprayer.org) once a keynote Promise Keeper speaker has initiated what is being called“breastplate prayer”. This prayer application will revolutionize the church and transform any city or region. We are all priests of God if we have repented of our sins and have faith in Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:5-6). What we must realize as New Testament believers is thatthe priesthood has changed but not the order of approach.
The shed blood of Christ is what allows you to come before Him. This is a critical piece in the Michigan Watch of the Lord. Can you envision every lost person in your region being prayed for? Bishop Larry Jackson has been given a Divine strategy for the end times and a release of a great harvest.
The Old Testament priest wore a breastplate with 12 precious stones representing the 12 tribes (Exodus 28:21, 29, 39:14). There were four rows of three stones and the priests would stand in the gap for the nation of Israel before God. Initially, God desired the whole nation to be a kingdom of priests. Each stone represented a tribe in Israel.
Praying for the Lost
Why not place 12 people on your spiritual breastplate and pray for these 12 individuals daily. The top row would be for unsaved family members, the second row of three would be for friends and acquaintances, the third row for those in the workplace or neighborhood where you live and the fourth row for people you would never meet or encounter. This could revolutionize a church if all attending would take up this practice.
This initiative would transform a city, county or a state if numerous churches participated across any region. What if every church took this prayer strategy to heart? Every person in the nation would be covered in prayer.
Point to Ponder: There has to be a major change on how we do church in the 21st century. There are principles in the first century church that must be applied. The body of Christ must be trained how to effectively advance the kingdom of God. We are the new priesthood – with authority! All great soul winners have been men and women of much and mighty prayer.
Jesus Christ changed the priesthood (Psalm 119:4). Jesus Christ is that new priest after the order of Melchizedek (*Hebrews 11:7-12). All who are born again through Jesus Christ have been made priests of God. Jesus sits on the throne at the right hand of God in heaven interceding for us. The people in the pews have been misrepresented as laity and a special clergy class has formed.
The people in the church must be released in their priestly duties to bring up before God daily those people that were placed in their sphere of influence. We all share in the responsibility as being New Testament priests. There is no longer a special class of priests as Jesus changed the law.
Where are the New Testament priests to be released today in the highways and byways of society? The cultural gateways (Seven Mountains) in society must be impacted by this army of priests who are to offer up spiritual sacrifices (our prayers and labor in the Lord – Isaiah 2:2). This army must engage the family, church, governmental, educational, business, media, and entertainment realms. We are Gods priesthood today!
Point to Ponder: “Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.” – E. M. Bounds
“And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God. (Isaiah 61:4-6)
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5)
Your Spiritual Sacrifices
What are these spiritual sacrifices? Prayer for the lost that God has put in your path. Again, place 12 people on your spiritual breastplate and pray for these 12 individuals daily. Do not tell them and when one gets saved you put another individual on your breastplate in his/her place. Your rewards are in heaven. This does not mean you are not to pray for others but instead are targeting these 12 and filling a bowl in heaven with your prayers. Be patient! Ask God and He will reveal to you assigned individuals that you will specifically pray for.
Point to Ponder: “Eighteen-year-old Hudson Taylor wandered into his father’s library and read a gospel tract. He couldn’t shake off its message. Finally, falling to his knees, he accepted Christ as his Savior. Later, his mother, who had been away returned home. When Hudson told her the good news, she said, “I already know. Ten days ago, the very date on which you tell me you read that tract, I spent the entire afternoon in prayer for you until the Lord assured me that my wayward son had been brought into the fold.” He became the famous missionary to China and founder of China Inland Mission which birthed over 800 missionaries.
YOUR PERSONAL PRIESTHOOD BREASTPLATE OF PRAYER
(Bishop Larry Jackson – See www.Breastplateprayer.org for in depth teaching, materials, and resources. Download a Breastplate banner for your church)
TOP ROW OF THREE STONES
*Select and pray for 3 unsaved family members.
SECOND ROW OF THREE STONES
*Select and pray for 3 friends or acquaintances
THIRD ROW OF THREE STONES:
*Select and pray for 3 individuals in the workplace or neighborhood where you live.
FOURTH ROW OF THREE STONES:
*Select and pray for 3 individuals you would never meet or encounter.
*A Video Testimony on Breastplate Prayer
Revolutionizing the Church
This could revolutionize a church if all attending would take up this practice as you are a Priest of the Lord (1 Peter 2:4-5, Revelation 1:5-6). Breastplate prayer could transform a church, city, county or a state. A church of 100 would now be a church of 1200 as you stand individually for the 12 on your breastplate. You are bringing them to church with you. The pews of the church will be released in a new sense of prayer for the lost. The church will have regained its authority through pro-active prayer as we are kings!
Point to Ponder: “… [the] power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
“To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” (Revelation 1:5-6)
As you praise and worship the Lord on a Sunday morning, visualize these people’s faces in your mind and lift them up to the Lord to be saved. The pastor could take time for breastplate prayer during the service.
This prayer strategy will activate the church. It will nurture church growth and result in more evangelism. Individuals in any church body will be given a meaningful purpose they can engage in as well as a sense of fulfillment. If churches across America could adopt this every soul in the nation would possibly be covered in prayer.
Point to Ponder: “God’s cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.” – E.M. Bounds