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The History of 24/7 Worship and Prayer

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.

Could you imagine it? It’s happening on the earth even at this moment–no matter when you read this article. And it should be happening. Why? Because our Father, His Son Jesus, and His Spirit are worthy of all our worship and all our hearts.

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

The Importance of Worship and Prayer

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

The Life-Giving Season of Lent: Giving More of Ourselves to Christ

The season of Lent consists of the forty days (minus Sundays) before Resurrection Sunday. Lent is a time of examining our hearts toward God, and of fasting or abstaining from something in order to give more of ourselves to Christ. The days of Lent also remind us of the time in which Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days and was tempted by the devil.

Examining Our Hearts

Giving God more of ourselves should always be part of our relationship with Him; however, Lent is an ideal time to examine our hearts regarding our pursuit of God. One way to do this is through the Examen Prayer, which can be used as a daily guide either as you begin or end your day.

We can also begin by asking ourselves a few of the questions below, seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance in answering them. These questions can include:

  • Am I putting God first in my life, or simply trying to fit Him in?
  • Is there anything in my life that is or has the potential to distract me from God and living for Him?
  • Is there anything in my life that has a hold on me other than or above God and His will?

As we face the truth of our hearts and repent where necessary, we experience greater life in God. In the next section, you’ll find some helpful thoughts related to the last two questions. Continue reading

Why Houses of Prayer and Prayer Rooms

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).

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There Is More to Worship

There is greater meaning to living a life of worship than singing or meeting once in a while at a gathering. There is so much more to worship. We are called to exalt Jesus not simply through a word spoken or a song sung, but by the giving of our lives.

We are called to be devoted to the Lord as living sacrifices, pure and holy. This is a part of true worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all…] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable…service and spiritual worship.”
(Romans 12:1 AMPC, emphasis added)

Making a decisive dedication is a lifetime choice of our free will. It is the devotion of all that we are and all that we have to the Lord. Thankfully, He first pours out His love upon us so that we long to do this because of love for Him. Every bridge is burned, every idol cast down. It is never looking back as we surrender our hearts and lives to our Bridegroom King.

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