A House of Prayer for all ethnic groups based on the highest ground in Dallas. We are a blend of regional ministries contending together in ceaseless worship and prayer for reformation and revival in America.
Sunday Fellowship | 10:30 am
Come encounter the presence of the Lord with a loving community of believers.. Expect to be strengthened and equipped to function as Jesus Christ’s ambassador in the earth.
Prophetic prayer ministries arise in critical moments of history
when all the world is astir with change. Praying people initiate transition. Spiritual
revolutions turn with them. All over our nation, strong centers of prayer are emerging.
We are merely one of them. If your heart is burning for revival, you will find a welcome
As a visitor sitting on the front row, unfortunately I was trapped while the Bible teacher droned on and on in a semi-monotone voice. “Now turn over to here,” he intoned. “Now what does it say? Somebody read Galatians 3:13 aloud. Now go over to chapter 4 verse 21.” His dry lesson was thoroughly leeched of all life
Yet I could not help but wonder at the great truth: being delivered from the curse by Christ Jesus. Had our speaker ever experienced that? What does deliverance mean to him? How has it impacted his own life? Does the message apply to him? Is it just a mere abstract idea?
How faith in the gospel has impacted our lives is the best message we can share. We should all be willing to tell this. Our story, our testimony, is the icing on the cake. If we have been touched by the Lord we have a “this happened to me” experience to tell.
Remember, a person with an experience is never at the mercy of someone who merely has an argument. I recall how undue criticism was aimed at people hungry for the Holy Spirit power simply because they wanted to experience the gifts of the Spirit. “They should be content,” it was said, “to live by faith and by faith alone.” Hey, there is more to our faith walk. Faith people can experience God. They should experience His presence.
James deals with this fact. He uses Abraham as his example (James 2:22-23). Faith’s maturity is manifested in the experienced results. Abraham not only believed God. He experienced God.
Every teacher should have real life examples of what is being taught. If you can teach the Word, you can walk the Word. According to James, that’s what it is all about. Testimonies come from tests wherein God’s Word was proven true. Having walked in faith, one can say, “This happened to me."
On the eve of the Feast of Purim, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington, DC to plead the case for Israel’s survival before the US Congress. In so doing, he was accused by the current administration of breaking protocol. In a show of disdain, Democratic leaders deliberately snubbed him. Yet the Prime Minister followed a famous Biblical precedent. Because of it he was willing to risk the contempt he endured. That precedent was set by a young Jewish beauty in Ancient Persia whom King Xerxes had crowned as his queen.
A high Persian official, the vicious Haman the Agagite, had schemed to get the king to sign an order that would mean the annihilation of every Jew in Persia (present day Iran). Esther’s cousin Mordecai caught wind of the devastating plot. He sent news of the scheme to Esther urging her to entreat the king for mercy. However, Esther was reluctant to approach the king. She knew that protocol demanded a prior royal appointment. To break protocol could be hazardous. Mordecai desperately urged her to proceed regardless of the consequences. He warned her, “If you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther responded by conveying word to the entire Jewish community to fast and pray for her favor. Only then did she dare approach King Xerxes. He responded to her breach of protocol with a favorably raised scepter. Haman’s evil plot was exposed in a banquet designed by Esther personally. Haman was summarily executed. The king issued a follow-up decree authorizing the Jews to arm and defend themselves from their anti-Semitic enemies. The success of the Jewish defense was then cause for much celebration. We now call that feast day Purim—meaning “casting lots” which Haman did in an attempt destroy them.
Like Haman, the present administration in the White House, has little regard for our long time ally. Disparaging Israel, they dismiss the fact that Israel is not only important to U S interests, but vitally important to God. Israel is important to all Bible believing Christians. The Lord says in His Word, “Israel is Mine!” (Isaiah 43:1) Many other divine promises speak of Israel’s restoration, “a nation born in a day.” (Isaiah 66:8)
It is God’s divine plan for worldwide salvation to come through Zion. ( Psalm 50) The Lord does not play favorites with the Jews. But in His order, He declares Israel as His firstborn (Jeremiah 31:9) and His firstfruits (Romans 11:16). This is why God warns, “who touches you touches the apple of My eye.” (Zachariah 2:8) Those who snub Israel in a show of contempt may find themselves in the hands of an angry God. Throwing a boomerang at God’s land could only hurt themselves.
Tiny as Israel is, she is our only true ally amidst the dangerous and despotic Islamic Middle East. God grant us Esthers in government who will love Israel.
When I was a schoolboy growing up in a neighborhood along the north shore of the Houston ship channel, our church house was located beside the Southern Pacific Railroad line. That train line daily drove an empty, outdated trolley up and down its tracks. This trolley without riders was routinely run down the railroad merely to keep its competitor, Missouri Pacific, from getting permission to route its growing bus line down Market Street alongside its tracks. Southern Pacific held that exclusive route.
We kids were fascinated with that old trolley. Everyone wanted to ride it. However, our attempts to flag down the motorman were useless. He never even gave us a glance as we waited and waved for him to stop for us. He had no intention of stopping for anyone. That was not his purpose—not his function. Even though he came down the line tooting his horn and ringing his bell, he was merely making a show to keep away the competition. No wonder one of my buddies loudly exclaimed, “He’s ‘bout as useless as a rubber crutch.” The motorman was busy, but irrelevant. To us kids he was just a uniformed old man we grew to dislike because he ignored us.
The wise old blind Greek philosopher Aesop told the tale of The Dog in the Manger. While the dog had no taste for hay, he fiercely guarded the stable’s feed trough, not allowing any of the farm animals to come in and eat. He warded off their efforts with menacing growls.
I have met a few religious functionaries like Aesop’s dog. They have no taste for heavenly things, for the deeper things of the Spirit. Neither do they permit the hungry to come and eat. They ward off the seeker with learned words. They are also like the motorman. They are irrelevant. They may have high sounding titles, but they are irrelevant nonetheless.
It’s bad enough to run down the same track day after day, but to do it as an exercise in futility is even worse. But for the motorman, it was his job. I suppose that is how some religious personalities view their role. It’s a job.
All the while the Spirit’s call is to “come and dine.” The Lord is the Good Motorman. He will stop for all who are waiting and call to those who desire to “come aboard, ride this trolley that’s bound for glory.”
"Woe to you lawyers. You have taken away the key of knowledge. You do not enter yourselves, and you hinder those who were entering." Luke 11:52