Building build night and day prayer while equipping the church in wholehearted love for Jesus.
Today we live in one of the most busy and bustling generations to ever walk the earth. But simply being busy doesn’t mean that we as individuals or our communities are progressing. Our greatest joy and delight as humans is to continually and joyfully progress in relationship with Christ and one another. This requires a rare commodity, it requires that we stop and slow down to consider, grow and delight.
let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:1, 2)
Henry David Thoreau wrote that most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. In a society that demands us to go, do, upgrade, spend, pour out, get, work, and win a race we may be missing one of the ancient delights of Christianity – beholding Jesus.
Enter the House of Prayer reality. This growing movement in the earth could be one the most appropriate and realistic modern expressions for this neglected invitation to be realized.
No matter what society deems as valuable and ascetic there is nothing more beautiful and worthy of our consideration than the person of Jesus. This call to behold Him in the House of Prayer (Ps. 27:4) is appropriate because it primarily exists to simply and lavishly declare His incredible worth. This stands in stark contrast to the world and its value systems which advertise all manner of important must haves. A room devoted to the extravagant and costly worship of Christ asks not, “What can I come and get,” but, “What can I come and give?”
The expression of a day and night House of Prayer is a realistic response to the question of, “What is Jesus worthy of?”
God called His house a “House of Prayer,” this He knew and named with both our fragility and His glorious family in mind. But, why prayer and worship? Throughout scripture, incense is repeatedly used to symbolically denote our worship before God (Ex. 25:6; Mal. 1:11; Rev. 5:8, 8:4). The profundity in this symbolism is that incense exists both simply and profoundly for enjoyment.
Heaven and earth are destined to be joined together (Rev. 21:3). As Christians sacrificially give witness to the person of Christ making His name known in every people group (ethnos) on earth, we pray, “Let your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10). When we gaze up into the habitation of the Godhead, what do we see? We see unceasing worship and prayer filling the air around the throne room, we see a House of Prayer.