A few days ago I was on a prayer call with several prayer leaders from one of our conferences.
As is often the case, the conference president was on the call with us.
It was an intense time of intercession, but an instant lump rose in our throats when the president began to pray. With a passion I don’t think I’d ever heard from him, he cried out, “Oh, God, please show us how to make every church in our field a house of prayer!”
Jesus Himself declared that this should be our name, our identity. As important as preaching is, He never called His church “a house of preaching.” As essential as music is, He never called His church “a house of music.” Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer” (Matt. 21:13).
The president’s words hung in the air as we prayed. We could sense a rise in the intensity of our prayer time. We perceived that God wanted to say something of importance, that a dream was birthing, a vision was coming to light. Every church a house of prayer.
What if …
What if, as people drove by our church building on a Wednesday evening, they had the distinct sense that something of eternal significance was happening inside?
What if, when a neighbor was facing a crisis, one of us knocked on her door and asked if we could come in and pray?
What if, when a new school term was beginning, we invited parents from our community — and their teachers — to a special time of prayer for our public schools?
What if, when the church board met, they decided to spend as much time praying as they did in discussion of the business agenda?
What if the mid-week service became prayer meeting night again, and such a strong awareness of God’s presence filled the community that you had trouble finding a place to sit?
What if there were victories and healings, marriages repaired, children reclaimed, and sinners turned heavenward?
What if …
We believe God would be honored. That’s why, as we move toward the new year, you will begin to see the appeal, HOPE heals. HOPE is an acronym for Houses Of Prayer Everywhere. We urge you to begin to ask God to show you what that would look like where you live.
Ruthie Jacobsen, prayer coordinator, North American Division
Note: To view this week’s prayer requests for the church, please click here!