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
O God, You are my God; early will I seek You.” Psalm 63:1
“He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4
“I will give him the morning star.” Revelation 2:28
The old Scofield edition King James Bible was tattered and hard worn with the use of many years. This was my father’s Bible. Like my dear ol’ departed dad, the Book had served well its generation. I picked it up off his now empty desktop. I thumbed through its wrinkled pages with care. I had been clearing out his desk and office shortly after his passing.
Something fell from its pages. I reached to the floor to pick up a small, faded red scripture card. Immediately I recognized it as once belonging to our family Promise Box. This was a collection of various small, colored cards with Bible verses and declarations nestled in a heart-shaped olive wood box. For decades that box had sat beside the glass salt and pepper shakers on our kitchen table—a chrome and red Formica dinette where breakfast was served. Every morning Mom and Dad urged us kids to draw out a Bible promise from that box before heading off to school.
I held in my hand a small piece of my childhood, maybe fifty years old. In small print the card read:
In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and will look up. Psalm 5:3
I still have that card and that tired old Bible. It lies cradled in a hand-tooled leather jacket, a handmade gift from some prison inmate whom my father must have visited in his jail ministry. The little card could have served as my father’s business calling card—if he ever had one to give. Dad was an early riser as a praying man of God. That is no doubt what enabled him to survive, and even gain a seminary education during the Great Depression. Later his generation would become known as the Greatest Generation. After all, they would fight and win World War II against some of the most perverse forces in our planet’s history. Obviously prayer was more popular—and legal—back then. It brought a whole generation through to victory at sea and on land.
The heroic leaders of the Bible all faced adverse opposition. They have left us clear evidence of their strong prayer life. Most, like Abraham and David, were marked by the habit of rising up early to earnestly seek God.
Study the prayer life of Jesus and you can connect the dots, so to speak. There is a direct connection to His marvelous miracles and amazing leadings to His well recorded prayer time. Mark gives us a glimpse of Jesus at prayer: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place, and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:36)
One time Jesus left his Galilean residence in Capernaum with an accompanying entourage of disciples. (Luke 7:11) He knew exactly when to depart and what should be His estimated time of arrival, walking the 15 miles to Nain’s city limits. As His group entered the gate of Nain, they came face to face with a mourning widow and the funeral procession bearing the dead body of her only son. Jesus halted the cortege which was proceeding to the town cemetery. He approached the open coffin and touched the dead lad. He said,
“Young man, I say to you ‘Arise’!”
Then, as Luke records: “he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.”
How did the Lord know how to time such a supreme, decisive, and miraculous display of His resurrection power? The answer is prayer. It was through prayer that Jesus received daily directions from His Father.
No wonder His disciples came to recognize the very important connection of prayer. They begged Him: “Lord, teach us to pray!” It is also no wonder that the most obvious qualifying mark of the godly disciple is prayer. Lord, teach us to pray! Mark us with the mark of communion with the Father.
…he had this testimony that he pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5
The godly servant/leader is known by this basic qualifying mark: he or she walks with God. He seeks the daily pleasure of His company. The walk with God never ceases to fascinate.
Enoch is the very first person in Bible history tagged with this honorable mark. His daily walk “pleased God.” Obviously the walk pleased Enoch as well. He walked right into eternity without going through death.
Adam had once known the pleasure of God’s company. This fellowship was the very purpose of his created existence. But Adam frittered away that privilege. Perhaps he took it for granted. Generations later Enoch recovered the lost companionship with the Lord. How did he find this lost fellowship?
Enoch’s name itself gives us a clue. Nomenclature was important to the ancient patriarchal people. They tended to name their offspring belatedly, after some childhood trait which might be observed. Therefore the parents of Enoch eventually gave him the name Chanowk (Hebrew for narrowed down, as in being selected). Enoch’s name comes from the same root meaning as the term Hanukkah. We know that this Jewish festival of lights recalls dedication and consecration. Both chanowk and hanukka stem from chanuk, a word which is defined as initiating, dedicating, disciplining, as in training. Could it be that Enoch’s character is no mystery? Evidently he was a dedicated man of single-minded passion. He was committed to walking the walk with God.
His walk with the Lord was akin to the Emmaus Road travelers, Cleopas and his companion, who unwittingly walked and talked with the resurrected Christ whom they thought to be an out of town stranger. Yet when he departed their eventide meal, they said to one another: “Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us in the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
This “burning heart” is a qualifying mark of the godly person. May God, by His Holy Spirit, breathe into us a burning heart, on fire for the presence of the Lord. Our part is to walk on with a single-minded passion and yearning for God.
“But you, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.> More...
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“Mark the blameless man.” -Psalm 37:37
We live in a time in which fakes abound. The genuine article is rare. A registered trademark on a crafted product is meant to protect its value. But cheap “knock offs”—copies made to look like the high quality product, proliferate. Buyer beware. Caveat emptor!
I once bought a $5.00 “Rolex” from a street vendor in Belgium. Later I saw the same cheap copy for sale by a street peddler in New York’s Times Square. The price had gone up to $20.00.
What constitutes the real? United States Treasury agents study only genuine bills in their endless pursuit of counterfeiters. They can easily spot bogus bills as “funny money.” The copy never measures up to the same standards as the well-crafted original design.
We often use a Biblical term “man or woman of God.” What do we mean when we use this term? What qualifies one to be so called?
In this blog series, I will draw upon the many heroes of the Bible, both well known and unknown, to point out those distinctive qualifying marks. These are examples in whom the mark of a Godly ethic was a natural part of their lives. They qualify as a pattern for us today in an age of false look-alikes.