"Crown of Life" ministry.
" Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him" (James 1:12, KJV).
" Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" (Revelation 2:10, KJV).
I believe that the crown stands for authority, and that when we suffer that we are gaining authority for souls to be saved or delivered! Praise God! Didn't Jesus tell them in Acts 1 that they shall receive power to become witnesses (martyrs)? I have heard that in the first century church, for each martyr there were 300 souls saved.
When we are in the "Crown of Life ministry" we are vicarious intercessors. What we are going through is not to be taken personally. God sees that we can take the trial. We are actually taking the sentence of the one for whom we are interceding. They cannot take it. Not only can we take it, but we also overcome it on their behalf.
The ultimate intercessor is Jesus. He overcame our sin by taking it when we could not. Now Jesus is in us interceding through our suffering.