Sunday, March 11, 2007

24/7 Prayer - Preparing the Way for the Presence fo the Lord


“In every revival in history we read a similar testimony. When God responded to His people by sending His presence, He didn’t just work Himself into their routine religion - He overtook them by His power and glory! He left a trail of glorious chaos in His wake - weeping, repenting, rejoicing, reconciling, changing of habits, healing of families! Nobody wondered if Jesus was involved in these meetings. There was no doubt in their minds and no lack in their hearts.” Rhonda Hughey


God wants to invade our cities with His glorious and powerful presence. He wants to overtake our lives and change our plans and routines to be fully in line with His purposes. This is what is so fantastic about a month-long 24-7 prayer meeting. God begins to change you, and you begin to prioritize prayer in a way you have never done before. It begins to take center stage in your life. We experienced this at the November 24-7 House of Prayer in Spain - prayer became a priority. Everyone of us was challenged in our prayer lives as the Holy Spirit begin to reinforce the importance of prayer and the absolute necessity of corporate prayer for the region. There was a laying down of secondary priorities. We were all becoming very hungry for Jesus and His presence. We began to treasure the presence of God above all else.


“We must become hungry and thirsty for more of Jesus in our midst. We must cry out in desperation for God’s presence to be restored in our lives, our churches, and ultimately in our cities. We must treasure the manifest presence of God, because as Jesus said in John 15:5, ‘Without Me you can do nothing’” Rhonda Hughey


Steps to Developing a One-Month 24-7 House of Prayer


“The life of the church is the highest life, and its office is to pray. Its prayer life is the highest life, the most fragrant, the most conspicuous. When God’s house on the earth is a house of prayer, then God’s house in heaven is busy and powerful in its plans and movements. ‘For my house shall be called an house of prayer for all people’ (Isaiah 56:7), says God. Then His earthly armies are clothed with the triumphs and spoils of victory, and His enemies are defeated on every hand… The very life and prosperity of God’s cause - even its very existence - depend on prayer. And the advance and triumph of His cause depend on one thing: that we ask of Him.” E. M. Bounds


In starting to plan and pray towards a one-month 24-7 House of Prayer and beyond, there are several initial steps to pray and work towards. Think carefully and pray through these diligently for your city. Every city needs a House of Prayer but there always needs to be a few who start it. After our House of Prayer in Spain, my husband wrote up the following guidelines to help others. In our next letter we will give more, but this is what you should initially concentrate on applying.

  • Pray regularly and diligently for several months before the month of prayer - We, and many of the churches prayed for the month of prayer. The congregations in the location began to meet for prayer with others from outside the area. In Virginia Beach, we prayed daily for the work in Spain. And six months before the event, we began to meet for prayer every Monday evening with a group of people whom the Lord burdened to pray for the work. Many of them would eventually join us in Spain. We believe it is important to pray for prayer to be undertaken. We are now praying every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 5:30-7:30 for the April 24-7 House of Prayer in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Richmond. This is an absolute necessity.

  • Build trust with local churches - The work in Spain began ten years ago. A year ago we talked about initiating a month-long prayer movement in the targeted area. Before we could do this we met with pastors, spoke in many of the churches, held training seminars and ministered in other ways. The Elijah Company had a reputation in the area of being FOR the congregations and not looking to build its own vision.

  • Find a group of pastors and leaders who will act as catalysts - Among the pastors’ fraternity there were some who acted as catalysts. The president of the group was a relater and motivator who was able to effectively share the vision.

  • Organize a good communication system - We had an excellent means of communicating. Early on, a quality website was developed (www.campo247.com). This site explained the purpose of the effort, location, whom we desired to enlist, registration information and forms, contact information and payment options for those needing such accommodations. We have also set up a website for the Virginia House of Prayer (www.Va247.org) and made several thousand attractive brochures to pass out to the churches.

  • If possible have some from other cities come and help motivate the church to pray - International participation in Spain ignited the passion in local believers. They felt that if others were willing to come at their own expense to pray for their area, the Lord must have really spoken to them. Some of those internationals were pacesetters as they modeled the effectiveness of long hours of prayer, through days and nights. The local people were encouraged to see people able to pray for long periods.

  • Write a memo of understanding for all who are involved in praying - A memo of understanding, written in English and Spanish, was attached to the website. This made it clear to locals and internationals what we expected to do and be. Some areas in the memo included: relationships (key), goals, motivation, training and equipping, types of praying, listening, doctrine, the prophetic, team praying, ministry outreach, personal support, personal time, costs, registration, medical coverage, travel arrangements, arrival and departure dates.

  • Seek God wholeheartedly and become desperate for His presence - A sense among believers that we must have the Lord or nothing will matter, is the driving force behind this kind of event. We need a sense of desperation.

We encourage you to begin now to prepare the way for God’s presence in your city. Start with increasing your prayer life and find a few others who have a vision for transformation in your city. Get together regularly, and God will lead you and add others to your prayer meetings. Transformation will occur in your lives, and you will become consumed with a hunger for God’s presence. The Lord will hear your cry for your city, and God will begin to move in your midst. It is time that we all become desperate for God and His ways. It is time that we welcome God into our cities!


“To be desperate means to be without hope in your current condition and to know that in your own power you don’t have the necessary resources required to change it. People who are desperate become determined to find help, often taking great risks to meet their desperate need. In the communities where transforming revival has occurred the people of God were desperate enough to change their lifestyle and their priorities and to commit their time and resources, making everything secondary to the desperate pursuit of God in their midst. They cried out in desperation, and the Lord heard their cry.” Rhonda Hughey


Together in the Harvest, Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise
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