Why Houses of Prayer and Prayer Rooms

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).

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Prayer Warriors

I’m convinced some of the greatest in the Kingdom of God are those we’ve never heard of and who perhaps are often stuck at home unable to do much that seems worthy to the world.

Yet they pray. And pray. And pray. Then lean and lean some more into the King of kings. Perhaps you are one of these, beloved of God?

They are warriors in the Spirit, always interceding.

They may never see the results of their prayers this side of Heaven. Nonetheless, heaps of people touched by their intercession await them in a grand homecoming.

Your prayers are effective! What does His Word say?

“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” James 5:16 (AMP)

When you feel there is nothing you can do for God, lean into Jesus and pray. Pray His Word and pray in the Spirit. Ask Him for His heart and pray, pray, pray.

You are affecting far more than you know for the Kingdom.

A Time to Pray: Season of Intercession

The Word of God speaks of a time and season for everything under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Prayer is to be a constant in our lives as believers, but in this season, a specific call to prayer and fasting for revival and awakening has been released across the Body of Christ.

The Lord is calling us to a season of fasting and prayer for His redemptive purposes: That whosoever would come, be saved, revived, and set free.

Beloved reader, I also want to invite you to actively take part in this season of prayer.

God longs to do above all we could ask or imagine as we pray His purposes, seek His face, and follow His ways. Our nation is in great need of God. Likewise, the Church is in need of reawakening to intimate relationship with Jesus unto doing the greater works of the Kingdom.

The latter is especially crucial to the coming of the promised Harvest.

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 AMP, emphasis added)

We have not because we ask not; at times, we also have not because the answers only come when we pray God’s desires instead of our own (James 4:2-3). As we seek to hear His still small voice, we will know more readily what to pray. Let’s join our hearts together with God’s, praying His redemptive plans and asking Him to do what He longs to do.

Our intercession is treasured by Heaven as we pray in agreement with the Father’s heart: On earth as it is in Heaven.

Call to Action: Make Time to Pray

In order to be productive in prayer, we must first set aside regular times to do so.

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