Jesus said, My House will be a House of Prayer.
*Ffald-y-Brenin Resources and Updates at: http://partnersinprayer.org.au/ffald-y-brenin-resources-available-in-australia/
Our HOPE and focus is Jesus. Prayer, partnership, Houses of Prayer and 24/7 prayer and worship…..are just tools, only useful as they arise as invitations within relationship with Jesus, brought to life by the Spirit of God.
- Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. (Psalm 127:1-2)
Ask Jesus to reveal to you His House of Prayer… Compare His House with the house you are building.
- God’s people are like living stones being built into a spiritual house. (1Peter 2:4-6) Did you visualise the house of prayer as a physical building – as real estate?
- God’s House of Prayer for All Nations (Isaiah 56:1-8)) is for all people groups, intentionally inclusive of people from the original nations of Australia, immigrant nations and nations of the earth… accessible and inclusive to all people groups, cultures, subcultures, genders, age groups….fulfilling God’s plan for His temple. (1Kings 8:41—43) Is your house accessible to all – in the times it is open for private prayer, and inclusive of ‘foreigners,’ actively gathering others beside those already gathered?
- In God’s House of Prayer for All (Isaiah 56:1-8) people who had no hope of inheritance, are given a name that will endure forever.
- Jesus said, My house will be a House of Prayer but you are making it a den of robbers. (Matthew 21:13) Are you still stealing from God’s house of prayer? Is prayer given adequate time within church services and your personal time?
- The Lord said, These will I bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my House of Prayer. (Isaiah 56:7) Is your prayer burdensome and focussed on the lows of life or a joy filled relationship with God?
- Paul encourages us to excel in the gifts of the Spirit that build up the church. (1Corinthians 14:12) Are you building a religious house in your strength or without relying on gifts of the Spirit of God?
- The Lord said, I will fill this house with glory. (Haggai 2:7) Is the glory of God evident your house?
Simply a call to partner in prayer with God and each other – locally and across Australia.
We have a vision of Houses of Prayer Everywhere – HOPE as simple as private prayer partnerships:
- Family members dedicating themselves to pray together regularly – Every home a house of prayer.
- Neighbours praying for their street or area
- School children or parents praying for their school and peers.
- Workmates praying for their workplace or businesses
- Friends gathering regularly to pray as God leads them.
Many small and mighty praying groups who listen to God and do what he says.
Why become a local house of prayer?
- “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” 2Cor 4:4
- “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.” Acts 26:17-18, Luke 10:2-3
- You will bring joy to your city, Jesus and Father! Luke 10:17, 21
How to become a local house of prayer! Start by praying blessings and continue to do this-
- Spend regular time with one or more local prayer partners in prayerful worship, blessing God; loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength; seeking His manifest presence in your midst. Matt 18:19-20
- Be filled with your Father’s love for you and His love for your neighbours, so you can love and bless your neighbours. Luke 10:27, 36-37 Talk to God about your neighbours before you talk to them about God! Align yourself with your Father’s will, His heart for them, His authority, words, timing, opportunities etc.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to show you which of your neighbours you should particularly pray for and bless. Acts 1:8 Daily pray for these neighbours, blessing them. After praying for them for a month or so, review this list with the Holy Spirit, and adjust it.
- Gather locally with other Christians to regularly proclaim blessing over your neighbourhood. Bless in Jesus’ name, their marriages, families, godly friendships, safety, health, environment, the economy, employment, churches, schools, community services etc. Bless the hearts of the people so they may be softened towards God, quickened to his voice; and open to the gospel! Jer 29:7
- Go two by two to regularly prayer-walk your neighbourhood – praying as God’s Spirit leads you; proclaiming God’s blessing and Jesus’ sovereignty over your whole local area. “Put on the full armour of God – your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” Eph 6:10-20 “And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Romans 16:20, Luke 10:1,17-20, Matt 6:10
Then, go and overflow blessings to your neighbours-
- Visit your neighbours and speak blessings – natural, warm, hope filled encouraging words.
- Discern those who are open to receive you – the ‘houses of peace.’ “First say, ‘peace be to this house. If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not it will return to you.’” Luke 10:5-6
- Get to know these neighbours through ongoing fellowship over food and drink. Luke 10:8 & 7:34
- Be a blessing to them! Meet their felt needs in practical ways. Offer to pray for their expressed needs, e.g. healing, provision, peace, joy, reconciliation, identity. Luke 10:9, Matt 10:8, Rom 14:17
- Share the Good News after they have personally experienced God’s love and power. Acts 8:5,6 “Say to them, The kingdom of God has come near you.” Luke 10:9 If they receive Jesus, disciple them.
We have a vision of HOPE: Houses of Prayer for Everyone.
- incorporating every people group, denomination, ethnicity, gender and generation, including people from original Australian nations and immigrant nations.(Isaiah 56:6-7).
- accessible to everyone – people of HOPE and people needing HOPE, rest and grace.
- regional prayer centres supported by the Body of Christ in that area – ie multiple local congregations – providing a broad population base for prayer, worship and ministry in many styles toward 24/7 night & day prayer.
- churches and ministries partnering in sustained fervant prayer for their region.
- Vision for Melbourne and other areas: http://partnersinprayer.org.au/the-vital-role-of-local-prayer-groups-in-revival/
- Dutch Sheets advocates a successful state model of collaborative 24/7 prayer in regions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6O5xiO7qM
- This is a workable city wide prayer house model pioneered by Jason Hubbard is in Bellingham WA. It’s a local church friendly prayer house model that is fostering amazing devotional and practical unity and seeing amazing results in evangelism and community reaching. Jason Hubbard Testimony- Waves of Glory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRBq_9KO8Ts Article about the Above Story http://www.prayerconnect.net/news/prayer-connect-news/rolling-thunder
- Many have been blessed by “Grace Outpouring: Blessing Others Through Prayer: The Amazing Story of God’s Work at Ffald-y-Brenin” by Roy Godwin & Dave Roberts. See: Ffald-y-Brenin House of Prayer and model for local houses of prayer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVnXf7LKnAM
We have a vision of partnering in prayer
- Knowing ourselves as the beloved children of our Father.
- Being children who listen to our Father rather than merely petitioning Him, so God’s will is discerned, declared and done.
- Pastors passionately stirring their people to see their city as God’s kingdom, pray kingdom focused prayers and love the people outside their congregation.
- Christ followers from multiple congregations in local areas gathering together to pray for, meet, love and serve the people of their shared territory in the way God loves the world.
- Leaders, watchmen, elders watching God together, declaring His will, taking spiritual authority over their people groups or regions and inspiring the people in their geographic area or social sphere in how to respond as one.
- Cities, States and territories, standing together for their nation.
Partners praying with Christ in their midst and becoming light in their world.
We have a vision of Spirit led prayer
- Prayer movements partnering and communicating with each other – as on Nehemiah’s wall – honouring and upholding each other’s God given complimentary functions so there is harmony between God’s righteousness, justice and missional movements in our nation.
- Partnering through God’s leading in authentic local relationships as intercessors, watchmen and elders with specific territories and people groups.
- Congregations, cell groups, and simple gatherings becoming places where people can come to encounter and rest in God’s presence and grow in discernment and use of their spiritual authority.
- Our Beloved, Worthy and Holy Lord being worshipped as He deserves – continuously night and day -24/7- from multiple sites across our cities and nation.
- Our God fulfilling his conditional promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 – so we see His healing in our nation.
Partnering in our Father’s kingdom; his will done on earth as it is in heaven.
Light grows in us and through us as we progressively know who God is and do what he asks us to do.
Prayer and partnership are tools Jesus gave us to enable us to know God intimately and discern His will and leading so we can engage as his children with His life giving purposes – equipping and releasing disciples into all spheres of life to bring Jesus’ hope to this generation.
Houses of Prayer are people / places that others can connect with to fulfill this in a region or people group.
Adorational (or face to face) prayer offers a deeper way to know God and do what he wants you to do by giving us a healed and expanded view of God, other people and of our history and future. See Be Still.
HOPE: Houses of Prayer Everywhere
A house of prayer is not just a physical location.
Our hope is not just in the multiplication of prayer or prayer houses. Our hope is Christ – in the midst of us being light to our world.
Christ in you the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house and we are his house if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast (Hebrews 3:6).
We need to become:
1. Houses of Prayer Everywhere
Operating as HOPE centers because Christ is in the centre of our focus and we choose to live out our hope in him and build with hope.
I will give them joy in the house of the prayer (Isaiah 56:7). Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).
Houses of Prayer – HOPE centers can bring joy and abundant life from churches, ministries, businesses, arts and entertainment, media, government, schools, universities, families and local communities. We can intentionally be Christ centred hope in all our relationships.
We can learn to discern to only go or do what God is present in and so save ourselves lots frustration, disappointment, hopelessness and burn out.
If your presence does not go with us, do not send us from this place (Exodus 33:15). Where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18). In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above then hills and people will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of Jacob. he will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his path (Micah 4:1-2). For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and listen to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord and will bring you back from captivity (Jeremiah 29:11-14).
Hope – Everything changes when we have is a confident anticipation and belief in a God who is good and good to us – in all aspects of life on earth, now and in the future. Hope enables us to see God’s perspective, to see a very very long way ahead and know the available tools, power and personnel to build abundant life for the people around us.
Bob Hartley says, Love secures a heart-but hope advances a heart.
Romans 15:13, Romans 5:1-5, Hebrews 7:18-20
2. Houses of Prayer for All Nations
Everyone, all people groups able to access and be welcomed into our prayer and hope centres. Hope opens doors. Revelation 4:1, Hosea 2:15-, Song of Songs 5:2-6.
The first reformation of the church was in our understanding of God’s grace, and answered our question, “How are we saved?” (Ephesians 2:8-9). The second reformation, which is in our understanding of hope, answers our question, “How shall we then live?” God is revealing his kingdom on earth – his desire to bring life into every arena. Jeremiah 29:11-, 2Peter 1:3-4.
In the introduction we said the Church becomes His House Of Prayer for All Nations (Matthew 21:13, Haggai 1 & 2) when we are one with Him (John 17 :11-26) when we pray in agreement with heaven and each other (Matthew 18:18‐20).
These are some further thoughts:
- In His House of Prayer our focus is on our Lord rather than our anxieties, needs etc. When we gain a taste of who God is, we are drawn to extensive periods of adoration takes us beyond our previously preferred formats or schedules of prayer.
- His House of Prayer is for all so we need to find ways to make our prayer gatherings accessible for people from all people groups; ethnicities, denominations, subcultures, faith backgrounds, including those who seek God but are unfamiliar with church culture.
- His House of Prayer for All Nations in a city or region has many gatherings / venues, but is one House when we can identify as being as one in agreement with our Heavenly Father and hence one with each other, without faction (Gal 5:20). We celebrate the richness of the function of different groups, reflecting different regions; people groups; issues and styles of prayer, prophecy and worship ‐ each fulfilling their part!
- Many feel God stirring a hunger to meet regularly city wide as the Body of Christ. One way is to meet at regional prayer gatherings, vigils and times of soaking in His presence. You may like to come monthly to gatherings listed at www.40daysofprayer.com.au If you would like to invite people to join your gatherings or would like more information, contact Sue Tinworth email@example.com 0418 389 419.
3. 24/7 Worshippers in the House of Prayer
There was also a prophet, Anna… She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child [Jesus] to all who were looking forward to the redemption of [their city] Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36-38)
Many across Australia feel called to stand together in 24/7 prayer, seeking God for our city, region and nation. 24/7 ‐ day and night prayer – is more about worshipping God as He deserves and continuously inviting in His kingdom, rather than repetitious petitioning. Continuous connected prayer can take many forms including prayer chain, online prayer through Skype, Web link etc, regular overnight prayer vigils, and back to back calls to 40 days of prayer and fasting.
There are advantages in having regional interdenominational houses of prayer. They provide a place where the people of God can come at any time to pray, worship and praise; where we can meet relationally and know each other as the Body of Christ in our region.
The venue should serve the purpose of prayer rather than be the focus, because if our focus is on a building, or pride in a form of our prayer (24/7), it will distort the openness of access and freedom of the Spirit. Having a House of Prayer venue is secondary to being His House of Prayer – that is learning to pray continually – having an ongoing prayer communication with God; sensitive to what our Father is doing for those around us; hosting His presence by being together in one Spirit with others.
- In 2014 24/7 Prayer House leaders from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have gathered and are now working together. If you would like information please contact Warwick Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org
- Australian Prayer Network National 24 Hour Prayer Watch www.ausprayernet.org.au
- Salvation Army 24/7 Contact: email@example.com Web: www.salvationarmy.org.au/24-7 Blog: www.jesusrevival.blogspot.com
- Generation Fire, Blaxland NSW. Initiating seasons of 24/7. Leader: Donny McGregor – 02 4754 4889.
- Melbourne -Ps. Paul Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
- More vital contacts at http://www.24-7prayer.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=4
Some Australian Houses of Prayer for All Nations:
Australian Capital Territory
- Canberra House of Prayer. Please contact us for schedule: 62821117 Email: Hilary Moroney email@example.com www.c-hop.org.au
New South Wales
- Orange House of Prayer. 24/7 Leader: Ps Daesop Yoon www.ophir.org.au
Australian House of Prayer for All Nations
- House of Prayer at Aldgate, Adelaide. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 8370 1256 for prayer times.
- Lighthouse Prayer Tower in the Adelaide CBD. Email email@example.com or phone 08 8410 5911 for prayer times and prayer schools.
Become a Local House of Prayer – with support from Fflad-y-Brenin in Wales.
Join the global outpouring of God’s grace by blessing others in your local sphere of influence.
You can bring HOPE and JOY to the people around you!
Your home, workplace, school, uni, church can become a local house of prayer!
Have you seen “The Grace Outpouring: Blessing Others Through Prayer.” The Amazing Story of God’s Work at Fflad-y-Brenin in Wales by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts ? (Dave also co-wrote “Red Moon Rising.” on 24/7 prayer.) Fflad-y-Brenin is encouraging a model of blessing others through Local Houses of Prayer.
Resources from Ffald-y-Brenin: www.ffald-y-brenin.org
We distribute Ffald-y-Brenin Resources within Australia See: http://partnersinprayer.org.au/ffald-y-brenin-resources-available-in-australia/
- Booklet and CDs: A Simple Guide to Establishing a Local House of Prayer.
- Booklet: A Daily Rhythm of Prayer.
- Friday Blessings etc.
Defining Characteristics of the House of Prayer
We have identified Scriptural characteristics and fundamental values for discussion that may guide those who are exploring what it means to be a house of prayer.
- The House of Prayer is a place of worship and intimate encounter. This is God’s invitation and His tangible presence is the measure of whether it is a house or a His House. The Almighty manifests when our seeking and worship is focussed on the Lord – Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit – when we seek His face. The Jewish temple was built as an invitation for God to dwell amongst us. Jesus has now made a way for us to freely access the Father (John 14:6) and the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). God the Holy Spirit lives in us! As in the tabernacle of David – time spent at the altar of prayer and worship is vital. It is here we see God’s face and hear His voice and it is from here that the river of life – His presence, grace and anointing flow. (Ezekial 47:7,12, Revelation 22:1-5)
- Jesus said, “My house is a house of prayer.” It is only His house if He builds it. God does not dwell in a house that is formed or controlled by man – and we need to be constantly alert to discern whether it’s God or us that is leading what we are doing. Anything we build apart from Christ will be built in vain. We are to do what the Father is doing – as Spirit led sons who are one with Him.
- The House of Prayer forms through relational collaboration with God and each other. We are being built together by Jesus as His House of Prayer, with shared responsibility and authority to serve God’s purpose for a particular people group, region and season. There are some things we can only do together but this does not mean all doing the same thing under one leadership in one place at one time.
- There is one House with many rooms but there is not one model. No two Houses of Prayer look alike. We need to be free to fulfil how God has designed us and called us to serve – in diverse functions, people groups, places. Diversity is necessary to reflect the fullness of God and to meet the diverse needs of people – meeting them where ever they are, as Jesus did. Only God can see the fullness of all He is doing.
- The House of Prayer is a place of joy! When the Presence of God dwells in the House there is righteousness and justice deep peace and radiant joy; glory is given to God and he saints are encouraged and equipped. (Isaiah 56:7, Luke 10:17,21, Romans 14:17) We all experience dryness and so welcome invitations to open spiritual wells everywhere.
- The House of Prayer is for All People. A place for foreigners was designated in the Jewish temple. Jesus swept the money changers from this area of the temple to make room so the people who were proclaiming him the Messiah could flow in and be healed. (Matthew 21) Obviously we need to be able to govern our households in terms of who we let in. In the past churches were open for public prayer but we have closed our doors literally and the style of our services are generally inaccessible to the culture around us. We need to create accessible places for the people around us to smell fresh bread on the table – to taste and see that the Lord is good! Having people in the prayer room continuously overcomes some security issues but we can assist with recommendations for helping increase security also.
- The House of Prayer turns the Light on in a region, a culture and a generation – as God’s Kingdom hope, righteousness and power transforms us and shines through us in healing, sharing the gospel, making disciples in our neighbourhoods and the cities and nations of the earth.
Some Definitions and Examples of Diverse Forms of Houses of Prayer
(The graphics used in Items 3-7 could appear on the map to differentiate forms of houses of prayer.)
- We are the temple of God. ( Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 6:19) To love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength we must establish an inner altar of worship, encounter and communication with our God. Only then can we overflow with love for our neighbour. (Mark 12:30-31)
Example: Online Testimony: 40 Days 2016: www.40Stories.com.au
40 Days 2017: teenagers uploading testimonies – sharing their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and their encounters with the living God.
- Homes as Houses of Prayer. “But as for me and myhousehold, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Example: Online Testimony: Composite video of people standing in front of their homes and churches saying to the camera, “my house is a house of prayer.”
- Local Churches are to be Houses of Prayer. Jesus turned over the temple tables, saying, “My house will be called a house of prayer but you have made it a den of robbers.” Matthew 21:13. Prayer can be squeezed out of church gatherings and schedules. We believe Jesus is calling us as the church to value public and private prayer and worship; to equip and mobilise prayerful disciples; and to work with other local congregations to exercise spiritual responsibility to pray for their regions and spheres of influence.
Example: Stairway Church Whitehorse: One Day. Prayer Room. One Day. Fast Forward & 48HOP.
- Local Houses of Prayer. These are local prayer groups of 2, 3 or more people who meet regularly to pray in Jesus’ name in homes, churches, workplaces, community facilities. Some groups pray for specific people/people groups, ministries etc. Some prayer groups are private and others are open to people to joining them.
The term “local house of prayer” could be loosely applied to prayer groups such as:
- Prayer Partners – praying for each other’s families or shared concerns or callings.
- Prayer Rooms – places where people can regularly gather in prayer. Some prayer rooms are open for extended periods each day.
- Healing Rooms/Inner Healing Ministry teams.
- Prayerful Local Church Cell Groups and House Churches.
- Personal Online Prayer Partnerships or Prain Chains. People who pray together from different places using online technology, prayer requests/lists. These are ‘local’ in the sense that they are based in personal relationship.
Examples of Prayer Rooms: Sharon McBride House of Prayer in Lakemba Sydney. Tuggerah NSW.
Local Houses of Prayer (LHOP) is given specific definition by a move of God through Ffald-y-Brenin, Wales which offers all prayer groups life-giving vision, intentionality, equipping and resourcing. God is stirring people across the world to host intentional partnerships/ neighbourhood prayer groups that pray for and reach out with the full gospel to the people in neighbourhoods, workplaces etc. Jesus sends us as ordinary disciples (two by two) to prayer walk local territories; love our neighbours as ourselves; make disciples and bring His peace and establish His kingdom in local houses in our neighbourhood. (Luke 10).
Example: If you identify with this please contact us to be included in our Fflald-y-Brenin networks of LHOPs. www.fflad-y-brenin.org http://partnersinprayer.org.au/ffald-y-brenin-resources-available-in-australia/
- Retreat Houses of Prayer are places for spiritual retreat and hospitality – often including accommodation. They vary in scale – some are operated privately, like a B&B. Others are more like conference centres – perhaps owned by denominations or mission movements. These are usually located on high places or in places of natural beauty. May offer regular public times for mediation, prayer, creativity and equipping.
Examples: Ffald-y-Brenin in Wales. Wellspring in Ashburton Melbourne. Palotti College, Millgrove in Victoria, El Kanah Marysville in Victoria.
- Regional Prayer Collaboration inspires and gathers the people of God, churches and ministries across the body of Christ to raise the levels and forms of prayer and relational communication to see the Kingdom come in their territory/generation and within specific social spheres e.g. Parliament, business, education. law, arts, media etc.
Regional prayer collaboration can catalyse reflection, co-discernment, collaborative planning, effort and reporting among key leaders churches and ministries. It is vital that the collaboration remains Spirit led rather than a core team becoming controlling, isolated or institutionalised – with focus and resources turned inward toward self-maintenance.
Sometimes regional collaboration is hosted by a regional house of prayer – often with employed staff and people from across the Body of Christ coming to a building open for prayer frequently or continuously (24/7). Regional houses that host continuous prayer rely on many participants and often have associated training programs to equip and release disciples of Jesus. Regional houses of prayer are often hospitable places –sometimes also offering local social justice support. Their sphere of influence can be limited by geographic accessibility but benefit from local relationships and focus on specific regional assignment.
Examples of Regional Houses of Prayer: International House of Prayer – Kansas City, USA, SydHoP, Canberra HoP, Australian House of Prayer for All Nations, Adelaide. Light of the World Prayer Centre Whatcom County in Washington State, USA, Arrow on Swanston 24/7 Prayer in CBD Melbourne, 247 Heartbeat of the Valley – Yarra ranges, Victoria. Daylesford House of Prayer, Victoria.
Regional prayer collaboration can also be carried by relational networks that gather in prayer in the community or in each other’s churches to collaborate in prayer for their shared territory. This can build equal relationship and mutual understanding of their regional context and shared mission and the diversified functions of particular leaders, churches and ministries within their network and region. Regional events and missional projects may arise from these collaborations.
Example of Relational Prayer Collaboration: Ps Victor Soo CBD Melbourne Pastors Prayer & Fellowship
Melbourne’s Church Unite annual and quarterly citywide prayer in Melbourne. www.churchunite.com.au
HOPE – House of Prayer Everywhere Rotational Prayer in Perth.
Day2Pray Relay in Whatcom County now in 120 cities globally – local churches each host 24 hours of prayer each month in prayer relay – to share responsibility to pray continuously in collaboration for their region.
- Global/International/National/Sphere Specific Calls to Prayer
We can be united nationally and even globally by calls to prayer that capture the fullest meaning of being Jesus’ House of Prayer for All Nations. Technologies now enable us to quickly, regularly and deeply communicate nationally or even internationally. Through online prayer etc we can build very meaningful relaionships, co-discernment and collaborative prayer. Prayer networks can respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to call the body of Christ to specifically focussed prayer and action; seasons of prayer and prayer events.
Some prayer networks are focussed on specific territories/nations. Others mobilise prayer for specific spheres of socity – e.g. Parliament, education, business, arts & media…
Example of Calls to Prayer: Global Day of Prayer, Australian Prayer Network,
National Day of Prayer & Fasting www.nationaldayofprayer.com.au , www.40Daysofprayer.com.au ,
PIPES Partners in Prayer & Evangelism www.partnersinprayer.org.au
Victorian Prayer for Schools & Transformers – Prayer walking schools.
“…these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7
“’It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Luke 19:46
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” Psalm 127:1
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.” Matthew 16:15-20
“”Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…” 1 Corinthians 6:19
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
“…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5
“Has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people’s labour is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” Habakkuk 2:13-14
“He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river…. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” Ezekial 47:7,12
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:1-5
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:18-20
“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:9-11
‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:9
“After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. 4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. 5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. 9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ 12 But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city….16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” 23 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” Luke 10:1-24
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:26-28
“ Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.” Romans 14:17-18
“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” Isaiah 2:2-3
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