One of my greatest passions is to be part of what God is doing on this side of eternity. I am a worshiper and an intercessor, serving in a prayer room weekly. Our prayer room may have only a few open hours five days each week, but across the world, prayer and worship continue around the clock, 24 hours a day and seven days a week in some locations.
The heart and mission of houses of prayer, prayer rooms and Burn 24/7 furnaces is not new. Worship and prayer gatherings ranging from occasional gatherings to full 24/7 meeting places are not just a thing of our current time. At various times and seasons, this has been a reality far before our time.
Continue reading to find out about the history of 24/7 worship and prayer, and how it is also happening in the times in which we now live. Continue reading →
Everything we do must be saturated in worship and prayer. We worship our God because He is worthy of it. Christ Jesus is worthy of worship-filled hearts given fully in relationship with Him. We are called to make Him the priority in whatever sphere of influence He calls us, living a lifestyle of intimacy with Jesus.
All else is secondary to this relationship, whether intercessory prayer, good deeds or His Kingdom’s expansion. Truly all else we do for God that has any life must flow from intimacy with Him and exalting Him to the highest place in our worship. Continue reading →
These worshipers spend their days adoring Jesus in worship, studying His Word and seeking to become more like Him in their character and actions. Like all of us, they have experienced challenges in their lives. From the depths of God’s faithfulness to them and their hearts after His, they write these pages.
Though many of the devotions will appeal to worshipers who sing, the writers want all believers to know and experience the power of singing to God and singing His Word over ourselves, and the effect of music on our hearts and on our relationship with God. I am firmly convinced that any believer can be inspired by this book to pursue God more and use the topics within to stir them to behold Jesus and the beauty of who He is.
I recently read a new book about worship. The book, Honest Worship by Manuel Luz, is written for more than just worship leaders, singers and musicians; it is for every believer.
Honest Worship provokes us to stay true to the heart of worship and the heart of what it means to be in relationship with God. The book covers topics about worshiping God with the entirety of our lives. It includes our weekly worship services but also branches out into every aspect of our lives. Continue reading →
The Lord is zealous for the building of His house of prayer, a place where people from every nation and walk of life may come and meet together for worship and prayer both individually and in community.
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).