Starting a house of Prayer

The following are basic principles for houses of prayer, from small home group settings, to larger city-wide centers, or house of prayer streams/organizations

Foundational Principles:
  1. His Presence is the sustaining force for any coporate worship and prayer environment.  Seeking His Presence is the common foundation for all houses of prayer.  It is the source from which all life flows.  God's word promises that if we seek Him, we will find Him.
    • "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."  Jeremiah 29:13
    • "I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find me."  Proverbs 8:17
  2. Common to all houses of prayer is a consistent, regular, committed corporate gathering to worship, pray and seek His face.  
    • "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication."  Acts 1:14
    • "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."  Acts 2:46-47
  3. Combining worship and prayer are key to unlocking His Presence.
    • "Enter into His gates with thanksgving, and into His courts with praise."  Psalm 100:4
  4. The foundations of any house of prayer, intimacy with God, and fellowship with one another, transcend culture, denomination, and generations.
    • "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations."  Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:;13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46.
    • "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.'"  Matthew 22:37-40
Starting a house of Prayer1:
  1. If you do not have a personal daily quiet time with the Lord, commit to it.  God will always have time for you if you have time for Him.  
  2. If you have a desire for greater intimacy with the Lord, find or develop a prayer group to connect with. It will help you grow in relationship with God and with others. It is a means of holding yourself accountable not only to God but with others, and as “iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17), you will be encouraged and strengthened by the insights of others.
  3. If you are in a group that has been praying together for years, continue. However, challenge yourselves by reaching out and connecting with other prayer groups in your city or region. Build relational strength. It is an hour to converge and close the gaps on the walls of our cities and regions. Who knows if a house of prayer, i.e., ongoing intercessory worship, wouldn’t emerge in your community if people worked together towards a common goal to help bring transformation? It should be a blessing to every church or ministry in the city …not a threat.
  4. If you are a pastor and value prayer and worship in your church and community, support efforts to build city-wide intercessory worship gatherings. If there are efforts already underway in your community, encourage it. If not, encourage and exhort those called to this type of ministry and help to build it. Though much of your time is for those in your pastoral care, those called to build intercessory worship in your community can make your life much easier and more productive by influencing the spiritual environment.
Principles of Engagement2:  These are some simple basic tenets to encourage a culture of participation and encouragement that can help keep a prayer group healthy and vibrant.
  1. Everyone participates
    • "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."  Hebrews 10:24-25
  2. Release grace to those participating.
    • "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16
  3. Expect God to move.
    • "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."  Revelation 1:4

Further Training:   We urge continued and ongoing training for active prayer groups, houses of prayer.  For your consideration, we have found the following ministries very helpful in training ourselves, youth and adults alike:
  1. Pure heart: 
    • Sozo (deliverance ministries).  There are many ministering in this effort and would encourage your participation in your regions.
    • Heart Sync   Healing of the broken hearted for a more effective walk with Jesus
  2. Leadership development:
    • Leadership Development Program:  Bethel, Redding has a powerful leadership development program that reaches worldwide with concepts that are helpful for any church, or corporate ministry environment.  
  3. Ongoing training:
    • The main 24/7 house of prayer streams, IHOPKC, YWAM, and Burn 24/7 have ongoing training programs that are helpful for continued growth in the house of prayer movement.  Contact them directly through their websites.  
  4. Transform World
    • Transform World facilitators and teams are available to assist your city, region in developing houses of prayer with foundational principles and experiential Presence focused training.  Contact us for more information.  

1)  Susan Rowe, MD; The Amos 9:11 Call: Apprehending Heaven in Tumultuous Times,  Tate Publishing, 2011, Appendix 1.
2)  Frederic and Susan Rowe, MD;  Foundations: for house of prayer in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David, 2013, page 9