A few days ago my wife, Wendi, and I had the privilege of speaking at Living Water Church, an Assemblies of God church with two growing campuses; one in Berkeley and the other in Alameda. The church is filled with young adults who love God and are passionate for His presence.
We thoroughly enjoyed the meeting. The message I brought to Living Water is “The House of Prayer – Unto His Glory”. God showed up. At the end of the meeting, many people came forward wanting to see and be involved with night and day worship and prayer. Wendi and I ministered to these amazing folks until almost midnight.
GROWING MOMENTUM IN THE CHURCH AND AROUND THE WORLD
We are witnessing a huge growing passion in the hearts so many people in the church to have a “House of Prayer” expression (that is, night and day worship and prayer) become the growing “center” of the church. Not only this, but many churches are becoming outright Houses of Prayer with their own unique expression as the Holy Spirit leads them.
God is bringing major denominational and high-level ministry streams together around a convergence of night and day worship/prayer, the supernatural and missions to glorify Jesus and fuel a global harvest.
Here are a couple of significant things that are happening.
1. A growing hunger for Night and Day Worship and Prayer
There is a rapid escalation of night and day worship and prayer filling the earth. This is due to the Lord putting it in the hearts of people all over the planet. There is really no other way to explain this but to say that the Lord is sovereignty doing it. Young adults are leading the way.
My friend found himself teaching Pastors with congregations of 400,000 to 1 million people how they can successfully build 24/7 night and day worship and prayer throughout the underground church in China, leading to greater depths in God and national revival.This is the underground church in China that is already averaging 4-6 hours in worship and prayer a day and is asking House of Prayer leaders for help. This is extremely humbling!
2. A growing hunger for Night and Day Worship and Prayer in the hearts of Pastors and Five-Fold ministry leaders
Perhaps this is what is encouraging me the most. The Lord is sovereignty putting the House of Prayer reality in the hearts of Pastors and five-fold leaders all over the earth.
Whether churches are going full steam ahead on shifting their cultures to a House of Prayer reality or not, what is evident is the growing number of churches and ministries making worship and prayer the main event. Prayer rooms are going up all over our region, country and the world. In other words, prayer and worship are becoming preeminent in the church.
NOT ANOTHER PROGRAM
The house of prayer is not another “program” that we tack onto the church. The house of prayer is the way we do church.
Many Pastors and ministry leaders are being led by the Lord to move their churches and ministries in this direction. This is what happened to me about four years ago. We successfully transitioned with zero attrition.
What we witnessed at Living Water Church, as many people came to the front of the building in response to day and night worship and prayer, is this deep hunger to see the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as worship and prayer take center-stage in the church. They want to go deep in God and truly know Him, to set their face before Him and change history. It’s happening.