When I say, “a traditional church” I am referring to structure not necessarily style. I understand that styles come and go, yet I believe structures live on for centuries.
Let’s keep in mind that HOW we build something determines how we will need to sustain it. If we build our churches on events then we will need to sustain our churches with events. If we build our churches on personalities then we will need to sustain it with personalities.
Now I am fully aware that the above statement allows for variances in methodology and I am convinced that things can change, but it’s the principle that I am trying to communicate here, “how we build it is how we sustain it.”
God at the Center
The House of Prayer is established with the conviction that Jesus is our number one priority. While ministry to and with people is valuable, intimacy with God is crucial.
For all the years I’ve spent pastoring in “traditional” churches, extended times encountering God’s worth, presence and beauty were mentioned but seldom made room for. To be honest, programs and events consumed the church calendar.
Whether it’s the Mosaic Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of David or what is currently happening in heaven (Revelation 4,5), I would think that it is fairly clear that God and encountering Him is central in heaven and in the Bible. And I would think that if the House of Prayer is central in heaven and in the Word then I believe that it should be central in the church.
Building the Church on the Worth of Jesus NOT Outcomes
We cannot build theThe House of Prayer on outcomes but on the the worth of Jesus .
- How will a Prayer Room grow my church?
- How will a Prayer Room increase ministry?
The answers to these questions are considered be the outcomes of a House of Prayer not the substance of a House of Prayer.
If we build primarily on outcomes (results) and not substance (the worth of Jesus) then when the results don’t meet our exceptions we will move on to the next thing.
This is why a Prayer Room sits in the center of church life and all ministry flows from it.
While the outcomes of a House of Prayer reality are amazing (more on this later), they are not the substance for the House of Prayer, His worth is.
The Prayer Room in Heaven
The thousands upon ten thousands in the Prayer Room of heaven (Revelation 4,5) gather around the throne and worship Him for WHO He is, not for what He can do for them.
The substance of their worship is Jesus and the outcome of their worship is greater levels of encounter.
Worth and glory TO Jesus meet an encounter and revelation OF Jesus.
The Cost And The Call
I strongly believe God is setting leadership in place who will start Houses of Prayer and/or will begin to move their churches and ministries into a House of Prayer reality.
Having a Prayer Room in the center of all church life will mess with our time commitments, current church structures, ministry demands and our own self-centeredness.
I believe that these sacred cows are worth slaying if it brings His church into greater glory and maturity.