The main ministry I am a part of is both a local church and a regional house of prayer. It may seem odd to some, but yes, we are not one or the other, but find our identity as both.
As a local fellowship, we meet weekly on Sunday mornings. We fellowship, worship, and receive teaching and preaching. We are equipped in the Word of God for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13).
As a regional house of prayer though not 24/7, we set aside focused time for worship and prayer. We gather to worship Jesus and pray God’s heart for our region, individuals, and the world.
In worship we choose to exalt Jesus to first place in our lives. Only from the place of prayer and worship can we effectively reach our communities.
Prayer is found in intimate relationship with God. As Mike Bickle of IHOPKC often shares, prayer is when we agree with what God wants to do. Worship is when we agree with who God is.
The Lord Himself said that His house shall be a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13). More and more we see the Lord stirring His people with a desire to worship and pray without ceasing. This is to be our foundation:
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.”
Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)
The Lord desires believers united in one heart and one mind. Jesus prayed for us to be known by the unity we have with God and each other (John 17:21).