Where the Fire on the Altar shall Never go out… Lev. 6:13

What is Harp and Bowl?


In Revelation 4-5, John described the heavenly symphony that continues nonstop in God’s presence. No other place in Scripture gives more insight into the beauty that surrounds God’s throne. The jasper, carnelian, and emerald glory are only hints of the splendor of God’s beauty being displayed. I like to speak of this as the “beauty realm of God.” Oh, to live fascinated with God’s beauty! Oh, to live on earth as lovesick worshipers awestruck with God! The primary desire of David’s life was to behold the beauty realm of the LORD (Ps. 24:4; 145:5). The “beauty realm of God” is a vital foundation to “intercessory worship” in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David. As we feast on God’s beauty, our spirit becomes fascinated and exhilarated.


“The 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev. 5:8). The heavenly elders came to Jesus with two things: a harp and a bowl. The harp speaks of God’s music and worship; the bowl speaks of intercession. This is the key to “enjoyable prayer” Isaiah prophesied. When the “harp” (worship music) comes together with the “bowl” (intercession/prayers), a spiritual dynamic occurs. God ordained that the worship music around the throne flow interactively with intercession. The spirit of worship gives wings to prayer. We call this the “Harp and Bowl model of intercessory worship.” Imagine non-stop prayer ministries that burn 24 hours a day fueled by love songs to God. King David valued the prophetic spirit (spirit of inspiration) resting on the singers and musicians in His tabernacle (1 Chr. 25:1-3). So also in our prayer meetings, it is important to learn how the prophetic spirit can flow more freely on the musicians, singers, and intercessors in an interactive relationship with God. David also emphasized responsive singing and antiphonal choirs that answered one another in song (Ezra 3:11; Neh. 11:23-24).

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