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
An obvious qualifying mark of the godly person is the beautiful, spiritual fellowship one enjoys among dear friends. The godly are always a part of a group greater than the lone individual. They connect to a band of brothers, a ministry team, a corps of Christian soldiers. Our own English word “fellowship” is a compound of two words describing “fellows of the ship” or crew members. Never Lone Rangers!
It is a paradox of the Apostle Paul’s life that he has so many dear friends. It was not always so. When he was Saul of Tarsus, Pharisee of Pharisees, he had only a handful of acquaintances. Even after his Damascus Road conversion, he still was bereft of true companions. Yet after years of his campaigns for Christ, his shipwrecks, his imprisonments, his beatings, he could list well over 100 close relationships. They were all noteworthy of mention in his epistles, especially his prison letters.
Never too formal to reference affections, Paul concludes his gospel—Romans—with a lengthy list of friends to be greeted and commended. This indicates the depth and breadth of his alliance of relationships. He is here a dear friend, a brother, and a spiritual father. The Book of Acts confirms this narrative. Whole groups emotionally weep over Paul when he departs their company. Who were they? What were their names? We see many companion groups in Acts who dearly love Paul. We are not always given their name and specifics. In Romans 16, Paul commends Phoebe. But we are left wondering who is this Rufus (vs. 13) on his “please greet” list? “Greet Rufus,” Paul directs, “and his mother and mine.” Is this the same Rufus the gospel writer Mark assumes we should already know? In Mark 15:21 a Rufus is mentioned along with his brother, Alexander, because their father Simon, a Cyrenian, was compelled by soldiers to carry our Lord’s cross. Mark merely mentions this Rufus quite matter-of-factly, whose father is obviously a “you know who” personality.
When we look beyond what Paul did and look at who the man, the anointed human being was, we see a relational person. He had friends both well-known and unknown. High born and low born. Jew, gentile alike. Paul’s work was certainly miraculous. But above all, it was relational. He educated and discipled the family of God. Paul was marked as a man of many friends. Some of those friendships he worked diligently to maintain. He enjoyed a tenuous but loyal relationship with reputable apostles whom he esteemed as his overseers. (Galatians 2:1,2) He related to them all: evangelists, prophets, teachers, and pastors. A doctor was one of his closest companions. He regarded as dear a slave, a former jail warden, a lawyer, a North African, a public works official, a teaching Jewish married couple, and a brilliant editor Tertius (Romans 16:22) who helped craft the Roman letter. He felt comfortable in challenging all who were under his influence to high standards of holy living and righteous order. If they were discouraged and quitting the work, Paul would send them a personal note: “Tell Archippus to finish the work God gave him to do.” (Colossians 4:17)
If you had signed up like Silas to travel with the Apostle Paul, you would experience great adventure. Never boring! You might be thrown in jail or run out of town. But you would certainly enjoy good company among the very best of friends. Those friendships would mark your life—forever.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:3-4
The Word of God is emphatic: the Lord wants to give those who trust in Him the desires of their hearts. So it is appropriate for us to make a desire list to hand to the Lord.
However, this is not a carte blanche offer to get all those material possessions the carnal nature lusts after. True wealth covers more than money and material things. Wealth is not an end in itself. The Lord blesses us with abundance so that we might have an abundance for every good work. 2 Cor. 9:8
His promises include eternal, wonderful, and valuable possessions. These are matters of purpose, provision, and physical well-being. Such things as these truly make us rich. Enduring relationships which inspire us are worth more than gold.
Prayerfully count your blessings. Is there anything missing? Make up your list, then trust God for your full heritage. Feed on His faithfulness. Abide in the Lord. Seek His Kingdom first. Soon your list will be realized, your needs and desires met. Be careful that you do not ask amiss. God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. So do not expect Him to do anything that would engender pride in your life. He requires a broken and contrite spirit. He also asks you to acknowledge the fact that He knows best. He will give you only the best. This implies that He gives us things not even on our list – things beyond our imagination, which often are things that eye has not seen nor ear heard.
Be bold in your requests. The Lord often responds to big prayers. Being humble does not imply a lack of big faith! Your answer is already on its way.
You have armed me with strength for the battle…Psalm 18:39a
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor. Isaiah 59:16
A battleship is made for battle. A cruise liner is built for fun. This is well and good, but you cannot win a battle with a cruise liner and the fun-seeking souls on board.
Until the Church realizes we are at war with evil spiritual forces that seek the destruction of all we hold dear, we will continue to create cruise liner congregations. We will have fun and games, with showy musical entertainment for armchair spectators—but we will not win any battles.
Today we need a praying Church. We need intercessors. Praying people hope and believe for an answer. Intercessors pray until the answer comes. The house of the Lord again needs to be a house of prayer. Our enemy is not impressed with our talented show. Naturally we are impressed. It is only right that we want our services to be polished with excellence in presentation. But a charming, sweet service cannot substitute for the power of prayer.
Our battle is not with flesh and blood, as Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:12. We struggle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
The Church today is desperate for disciples of prayer and spiritual warfare. Intercessors are those saints whose burden of prayer takes them beyond the “Kumbaya” kind of innocuous group prayers. Psalm 5 speaks of directed prayer. The Hebrew word here translated as direct is the same word which we would use for one who directs a choir or a band. The inference here is a well-ordered, directed prayer. Intercessors focus on the Lord and the power of His presence.
The Hebrew word for intercession is pagah, which means to seize upon, to hit the target, to entreat, or to meet up with. This is where the battleship imagery comes into play. As a lad I used to play on the retired, decommissioned Battleship Texas. Her big 14” bore guns played a significant role in World War II on D-Day. Cruising 20 miles offshore, the battleship’s guns unloaded on the enemy, busting up Nazi gun emplacements on Omaha Beach. The D-Day invasion of France was not about fun and games. It was about winning the war over an evil enemy.
A segment of every congregation needs to be positioned toward that kind of victory through prevailing prayer. My wife JoAn grew up in a small, praying church in Seadrift, Texas. Like the name sounds, Seadrift is an obscure bayside fishing village. In World War II, 52 young men from that town went away to serve in the military—52 from little Seadrift! The praying moms and grandmothers, the home keepers who remained, faithfully met with their pastor at 10:00 am every morning to intercede for their sons’ safety. A large picture frame displayed the photographs of every uniformed G.I. who served. Many were on the front lines of battle. It would take a miracle for some of them to survive.
All 52 of those young men miraculously returned home! This is a testimony to the power of prayer; a power that knows no substitute in the Church. The Seadrift intercessors became a storied example of why we need praying congregations—and why we can certainly use the hidden ministry of intercession today.