“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day & night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”–Luke 18:7-8
This verse is written on the wall at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. It continues to serve as a reminder that God hears prayer and answers. In 1999 a little band of intercessors gathered together with prophetic promises that thousands would be gathered to Kansas City and that it would lead to a worldwide mission’s movement that prepared the way for Jesus’ 2nd coming. Now 14 years later the House of Prayer has over 2,000 believers (staff, students, and interns) serving full-time, investing fifty hours per week, as they go from the prayer room to the classroom and then to ministry outreaches and works of service. The Prayer Room is broadcast to over 100 nations and is connected with some of the top evangelical mission’s organizations in the world. We are so grateful to be a part of this ministry!
Loretta & I celebrated IHOPKC’s 14th anniversary this week by gathering together with all the staff members and hearing the rich, prophetic history of the house of prayer. God moved in extraordinary ways to establish this House of Prayer! Of course every ministry & church is dear to the Lord’s heart and has it’s own history. IHOPKC is just one expression of what the Lord is doing in the earth but it has been an encouragement & catalyst for thousands all around the world. Loretta first came to the House of Prayer in 2007 with her family & I joined it in 2005. Looking back over the years I can truly say that the teachings and community here have transformed my life and given me a solid foundation for the future. By God’s grace we have committed to give ourselves to full-time mission’s work all the days of our lives. That will look different through different seasons but we want to remain steady until the Lord returns.
As I think upon all the wonderful (& challenging) things about this mission’s base one of my favorite things is the humility in its leaders. The leadership staff could make a fortune but they continue to give money away & choose simplicity in their personal lives. They have weaknesses just like everyone but they live what they preach. We are continually provoked to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, & strength by this community!
Before celebrating IHOPKC’s 14th anniversary Loretta & I had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin and celebrate my parents 40th anniversary. The church they attend surprised them on Sunday with some flowers and a big cake. The speaker didn’t plan it but he just happened to preach about the beauty of marriage that week! My parents were thrilled. After the service we visited some family and went to a fancy restaurant where my parents had their first date.
Loretta & I also just celebrated our 1-year anniversary this past month! With all these anniversaries it has really caused me to reminisce, thinking on the past things the Lord’s done and on the future things ahead of us. The Bible is filled with exhortations to do that. There are certain things the Lord wants us to remember and there are certain things the Lord wants us to forget. It’s important to remember His story through our lives. He’s been so gentle & patient with our weaknesses & His leadership has always been perfect. He is joining the prayer movement and mission’s movement all over the earth & we’re praying for strength to finish the part He’s given us.