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
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 That train line daily drove an empty, outdated trolley up and down its tracks.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
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.