God has used prayer movements throughout the centuries to advance His Kingdom. Since the year 2000 the Holy Spirit has soveriengly established thousands of Houses of Prayer in hundreds of nations on the earth.
One of these Houses of Prayer is located in Kansas City, MO Night and day worship and prayer has continued non-stop at IHOPKC since September of 1999. For the last twenty years, hundreds of thousands of individuals have been refeshed into first-commandment love and intimacy with Jesus through the ministry of this one House of Prayer alone.
Around the world, the Holy Spirit is transforming millions of lives and communities through this extraordinary movement of the Holy Spirit.
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer… For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. (Isaiah 56:7)
However, a House of Prayer need not maintain a 24/7 prayer calendar. It simply needs to maintain enough “prayer” to maintain a life-giving convergence of four key elements:
1. A House of Prayer Must Be Corporate
There are dynamics that happen when women and men agree in prayer that will not happen in the best of our private prayers. We need our disciplined, private times with the Lord. The House of Prayer is not about replacing our private times. It’s about supplementing these encounters by creating ways for a family of believes to focus on Jesus and His purposes for His Bride, and the earth.
2. A House of Prayer Engages in Intercession and Fasting.
Our corporate prayers enable us to stand in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30) for the purpose of administrating Jesus’ Kingdom in our world. More than merely making our own private lives work, intercession is concerned with bringing the glory and power of Jesus’ reign to bear in all dimensions of individual, communal and regional life.
3. A House of Prayer Creates Space for the Meditation on the Word of God.
Through pray/reading the Word of God we are letting the Word dwell within us richly (Colossians 3:16). We literally sit at the feet of Jesus(Luke 10:39) while we mine the gold veins of God’s Word in focused dialogue with the Holy Spirit. Through this dialogue we are implanting the Word in hearts (James 1:21) that have been tilled, and tenderized to be responsive to the living, dwelling presence of God.
4. A House of Prayer is Established within an Atmosphere of Worship & Exaltation of Jesus.
The prevailing atmosphere of a House of Prayer is worship. The plain fact of the matter is, Jesus is worthy of all of our worship - just because of Who He is. At the same time, this worship also engenders a humble, joyfully obedient, wholehearted response to the movement of the Holy Spirit within us. In worship our hearts learn to revel in His insights, His wonder, His majesty, His power and His purposes.
All four of these elements are vital ingredients for a House of Prayer. They are also vital to the health of every individual believer.
A. Believers need to gather together. (Hebrews 10:25)
B. Believers need to give ourselves to the New Testament priority of corporate prayer. (Acts 1:13; 2:1; 4:24; 13:1-2)
C. Believers need to give ourselves to the instruction of the Word and dialogue about it together. (Colossians 3:16-17)
D. Believers need to exalt Jesus together in worship and corporate adoration.(Ephesians 5:19)
There are many other ministries and services that the Lord may invite us into, but these dynamics are base-line essentials for the well-being of every believer, in every generation, in every culture. Period. These dynamics are the foundational building blocks of a mature life in Christ. Neglect these foundational elements and the vitality of your relationship with God will be deficient, impaired and open to the shipwreck of faith (1 Timothy 1:19).
Incorporate these Kingdom dynamics into your lifestyle and watch your spirit and your community flourish under the reign of the love of Jesus Christ.
God bless you, beloved!