Violent Praise is Building the House of the Lord
[Wanda Alger shared the following Word with Intercessors for America on March 17, 2020. She updated it June 20th. Again, it is so timely for today.]
“On Friday, March 13, I woke up with the word, ‘RIOT FOR THE LORD!’ The word struck me as extreme and I hesitated to embrace it until I looked up the word ‘riot.’ Though commonly understood as a ‘violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd,’ the Lord was highlighting another usage. A riot is also ‘an impressively large or varied display of something.’ In other words, it is the intense passion and conviction of a group of people that ultimately deems something a ‘riot’.
“In Matthew 11:12 (ESV), Jesus stated that ‘…the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence (has been coming violently), and the violent take it by force.’ In the context of the coronavirus threat, I believe the Lord is calling the Church to rise up in this hour with a ‘VIOLENT FAITH’ that stops the enemy in his tracks. We are seeing the physical riots around us–violent, yes. ‘Displays of something’–chaos, anarchy, lawlessness, violence. The counterfeit. What does ‘violent faith’ look like? The ‘disturbance’ we are creating through our passionate praise and our faith-backed prayers has power to destroy the works of the devil!
“This past Sunday in our own small congregation, there arose a passionate zeal of the Lord in our worship that stirred our faith and confidence in God’s overriding purposes. A righteous indignation grew as we beheld His glory and confronted this curse which seeks a foothold in our nation. I believe this is what believers must continue to do if we are to see the tide turn. Regardless of our proximity to one another in the natural, our combined faith in God and oneness of heart and mind will be our primary vaccine against this demonic disease and our greatest weapon in nullifying its effects.
“The Lord is saying, ‘It is the Mountain of the House of the Lord that I am establishing in this hour! It is MY House that is being built up in the inner courts of your homes and dwellings. Seize this opportunity and use it to build up your faith, your worship, and your communion in the Spirit. For out of it, I am clothing My people in garments of praise and presence and restoring the true Fear of the Lord that will displace every other fear. Praise Me in the stripping, for that which has been covering you in comfort and convenience must be laid aside to reveal an inner WELLSPRING of LIFE that earth can never produce but heaven will never deny.’”
“And he said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.’” (Revelation 14:7; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Worship God with passion and power and expect His glory to fill the atmosphere where you are.
Fill your home. Fill your property. Fill your business if you’re a business owner. Fill your classroom if you’re a teacher. Fill your church or ministry building if you’re a ministry leader. Fill the streets of your neighborhood, your city centers, and the places you go daily. Take the territory! Fill the atmosphere with the presence of the Lord!
See every clap, every stomp, every beat on a drum or a tambourine as a brick being laid on the foundation of His Name. This is building, establishing, the “house” of the Lord in this nation.
See the earthly violence and rioting pushed back to make way for God’s presence in your realm of authority!
A prayer you can pray:
Father, call Your Church to powerful passionate, worship warfare. We must meet the enemy in a place of riotous worship and praise! We will fear You and we will give You glory, because the hour of Your judgment has come. We will worship You who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.
We proclaim Your own Word from Psalm 149: “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful. O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King. Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds. Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands—to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with shackles and their leaders with iron chains, to execute the judgment written against them. This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones. Praise the Lord!”
We will establish the House of the Lord in the earth through passionate, even violent, worship!