The introduction sets forth my purpose in writing to prove from the Bible that intercession in this day of restoration of truth should be characterized by praise and rejoicing in victory rather than in agonizing of soul in heaviness of spirit.
1. A LIFE-CHANGING PRAYER
This chapter narrates the events that led up to that prayer.
2. TRANSFORMED PRAYER LIFE
The result of a divine revelation.
3. OLD TESTAMENT INTERCESSORS EVALUATED
This chapter explains why the Old Testament saints interceded with travail. Their relationship to God was as servants to a holy, righteous Judge instead of as sons to a loving, heavenly Father. Because their sins were only covered and not removed, they could not escape the fact of sin-consciousness. Having no boldness as forgiven sons to come into God's presence, they came before Him with contrition seeking mercy.
4. NEW TESTAMENT INTERCESSION DEFINED
An intercessor is a mediator who seeks to reconcile two conflicting parties. The Old Testament intercessor put God in remembrance of His Word or Covenant and held God to the fulfilling of it. This is true also of the New Testament intercessor, but there is an added dimension of spiritual warfare that the Old Testament believer did not experience. Only since the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and the devil's eternal defeat does the Church have the authority to come directly against the devil to bind him and render his demonic activities ineffective.
5. WORD OF AUTHORITY, THE CHURCH' S PREROGATIVE
The account in Exodus 17 of the Children of Israel defeating the Amalekites while Moses' hands were uplifted typifies the word of authority that has been given to the believer in Christ Jesus. We prove that Moses' rod typifies the authority of God committed to man and released through praise.
6. PRAISING WARRIORS
The Levites during the time of the Tabernacle of Moses were the royal guards or warriors protecting the Tabernacle. Later King David appointed the Levites to praise God continually before the Ark in the Tabernacle that he established in Zion. The Levites then became spiritual warriors, who through praise and worship, engaged in spiritual warfare. Second Chronicles 20 is a picture of God's spiritual warriors overcoming the onslaughts of the devil through praise.
7. PRAISE, A NEW ORDER
King David's establishing a new order for praise and worship of God before the Tabernacle he set up in Zion is a type of the new order of worship and intercession that David's greater Son, the Lord Jesus, established for His Church in this Age of Grace. The Levites praising and praying before the Ark reveal to us, New Testament priests unto God and spiritual warriors, how to pray.
8. PRAISE IN EXCHANGE FOR HEAVINESS
This chapter deals with the prophecy in Isaiah 61:3 that predicts the change that would take place in the ministry of the intercessor in the Church Age. It contrasts the intercessors of the Old and New Covenants.
9. PRAISE, THE DIVINE PATTERN
This chapter is an exposition of Psalm 149 as a pattern for anointed and effective intercession. It reveals spiritual warfare to be united with and an extension of exalted praise.
10. BIRTHED THROUGH PRAISE
Isaiah's prophecy in chapter 66:7-8 gives an astounding prediction that the intercessors of this Age would intercede with praise and rejoicing, and that such intercession would bring to pass the final great revival of this Church Age!
11. PRAISE, THE VICTORY CHARIOT
Song of Solomon 6:10-13 is a picture in allegory of those tha