The Mission

April 30, 2008

IHOP Missions Base

In April of 2008, I served as a missionary at the International House of Prayer Missions Base in Kansas City, MO, serving God and people in the place of intercession.

This was a non-traditional mission trip. There are many places I could have served in many different capacities. However, the place of service where I am most effective for The Kingdom is standing before God asking Him to save souls.

The mission consists of two main areas of service:

  • Prayer Room Service: 30 hours with an established Prayer Room Team and 20 hours on my own.
  • Healing Room Service: The privilege to minister healing to the sick.

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“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Jesus, Luke 10:2

Coming Home

April 27, 2008

The best part of any trip, is returning home. I came home a day early to spend Sunday with Mike. I got home just before 10pm and talked Mike’s ear off for far too long. It’s good to be home!

The souvenir from KC, tiffin boxes! India, Pakistan, England, and now Minnesota!

My last day of service! It’s much easier to get up at 4:30am, I found a “routine” that works for me. 6am-8am I intercede as led and engage with the room. 8am-10am I spend time studying and worshiping God. 10:30am-12pm the room is more full of people so it’s fun to pray with others, laying hands on the sick for healing, praying for marketplace believers, etc.

The prayer room team task Friday was to study chapter 2 in Art Katz’s book, “True Fellowship”. The chapter discussed the unity of believers, both Gentile and Jewish, and how in Christ we are all made into a complete new body in Jesus.

I spent some hours in the afternoon in the Justice Prayer Room. Just after I got there, the place filled with the Onething Interns, young adults ages 18-25, who are at the missions base for an intense six months of teaching, training, and encountering God. Their zeal and passion for God completely blessed me! I had intended to pray for human trafficking, but found myself interceding for them instead.

I continue to pray that God will raise up young men and women after His heart, who love Him, who will bring Jesus to many hurting people in the earth. Onething Interns…God is for you!

Thursday the Prayer Room Team picked up on End-Times study in Revelation. The passages the team was studying stemmed from the discussion the previous week. I studied them for a bit and then turned to Rev 2 & 3 where Jesus is speaking to the seven churches in the earth. Very interesting initial understanding about those passages.  I plan to consider it more and write about it at a later time.

6am-8am I prayed through the intercession set with the room. The 8am-10am set the room meditated on Psalm 84.  I set that time aside to study Revelation. However I found that I kept getting drawn out of the study as the team on stage was leading the room into powerful worship. After an hour of trying to concentrate on Revelation, I finally just gave up on the study and spent the time in worship!

I spent the afternoon with a few different healing room teams ministering healing to the sick. God touched many people and it was great fun.

One of the things I came away with today is that intercessory missions work is hard work! You have to be diligent in retaining focus and disciplined in cultivating your own personal life in God to remain filled to minister to God and to others.

Wednesday afternoon was different than the previous afternoons. I joined one of the healing room teams to minister healing to the sick. It was so much fun! It’s always neat to see God heal people, what’s crazy is that He partners with people to do it!

The healing rooms are staffed from 12:00-4:00. There are several teams of people all managed by one staff member. The people who seek healing walk in that afternoon. They “soak” in the prayer room for awhile. When a team is available, the person is ushered into a side room to meet with a healing team, usually about two to three people. The team serves the person communion, anoints them with oil, lays hands on them and prays.

The process may sound silly to some people, but it’s what Jesus did. Jesus said His disciples would lay their hands on the sick and they would recover. “Greater works than these…” is actually what the Scriptures say. The faith in these healing teams is strong. It’s amazing to see Jesus’ compassion and power combined in teams of two to three people ministering healing in Jesus’ name. Ordinary People + Jesus = Extraordinary Lives

Wednesday was much better than Tuesday. Wednesdays the prayer team studies the attributes of God. Therefore, our task was to meditate and study Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” as well as John 16:7, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” At the briefing, most of us didn’t get beyond “Wonderful Counselor”. The insights God revealed regarding that attribute of Himself were profound and left us desiring more. Bible study…the insights are unending!

During the 6am-8am set, the prayer room was dedicated to prayer for Christians who are in the workforce. How refreshing to know that God has a place for each of us! IHOP has a specific program dedicated to equipping believers in the workforce, The Joseph Company. The 8am-10am set was dedicated to worship through Psalm 27.

Tuesday morning was tough! There was a significant thunderstorm around 3am which kept me awake for far too long. After not much sleep and waking up late, I made it to the prayer room in time for the 5:30am team briefing. Tuesdays the team studies a Psalm.  Today it was Psalm 36, “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.” Oh the goodness of God! Unfortunately, I most of my time was spent just trying to keep focused due to lack of sleep and a painful headache.

After the 10:00am debrief, I headed back to the prayer room for the first of three all-staff intercession prayer times. IHOP staff fast on Tuesdays and come together as a full staff for prayer at 10am, 4pm, and 8pm. It’s electric to be in a place where hundreds of people are praying for God’s power to be made known.

I spent the afternoon with the Chinese intercession prayer for awhile and then moved to the 4pm all-staff intercession prayer. Once again, the room was buzzing with everyone engaged to encounter God.

Tuesday I found out how hard the work of an intercessory missionary can be! It may seem romantic to be in the place of prayer for many hours. And, to some degree, it is. The real discipline and work comes in trying to retain focus for hours. The atmosphere is very conducive to meet God, but even so each one must press in to retain focus and seek God. Psalm 27:8, “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.” There is a willing spirit, but the flesh truly is weak!