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

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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!

Monday the prayer room team studied one of the Beatitudes of Jesus, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted,” Matthew 5:4.

At first glance, we think of mourning in regard to the loss of loved one. While this is certainly true, that only scratches the surface.

The Beatitudes are a progression, I believe they are a progression of our spiritual life. Those who mourn come after the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:3. We are poor in spirit when we come to terms with the true condition of our heart before God. The next step is mourning. We mourn that our heart is the way it is and that outside of God we can’t do anything about it.

I had initially thought that God brings us through the mourning process really fast, so we can quickly get on with setting things right. But after considering it today, true mourning takes a bit of time. If we fly through the mourning, we miss the comfort of the Lord. While we certainly want to progress to setting our hearts right, the presence and comfort of God extremely important. It’s in the the place of comfort where He tells us who we are in Him and how much He desires us to be whole. The comfort gives to us the grace to move toward meekness, hunger and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity, and peace.

I spent the morning, 5:30am through 12:00pm, in the Global Prayer Room. I jumped in with the prayer room team with whom I’m serving for the morning briefing. They welcomed me with open arms and then discussed the goals for the following four hours. The passage to study was Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We also received message notes from Sunday’s passage for further study.

We spent the majority of the 6am intercession time praying for Christians in the workforce, that God would meet them at their job, and give to them greater understanding of Himself. Other prayer focuses were Kansas City and the surrounding region, Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq and their families, IHOP Leadership and business leaders in KC,

From 8am to 10am the room dove into Song of Solomon 1:2-3, meditating on the love of Jesus. It spent the time considering the Song of Solomon passage and the “Blessed are those who mourn” passage.

The PR Team (prayer room team) met at 10am for a debrief and shared our thoughts about the Sunday service message notes. We had a great discussion!

I finished up the morning with the intercession set until 12pm. The prayer focus in the house was for the church in KC, healing for the sick in the prayer room, youth in a 500 mile radius of KC, healing revival that’s going on Lakeland, FL and a release of miraculous healing in KC.

At 2pm I headed to the Justice Prayer Room where we focused intercession prayer for the poor and oppressed, ending of abortion, people who are far from God, human trafficking and the sex slave trade, for the church to care for the poor. 4pm-6pm we worshiped through Psalm 40:1-5. It was a blessing as that Psalm is very close to my heart.

I find I’m really enjoying my time thus far in the prayer room and I’m staying focused for the most part. The last hour for 90 minutes of the day I find I get more distracted, but hopefully that will decrease be the end the week.

4:30 am arrived very quickly, especially after waking up at 2am and 3am wondering if it was 4am. I didn’t want to be late for my first day!

After short, quiet, peaceful walk, we arrived at the prayer room before the sun was up. The lobby was buzzing with the Night Watch crew who just finished their prayer room hours. Just when you think everyone is asleep, you encounter throngs of young people going hard for God in the middle of the night. Talk about a wake-up call!

Main Entrance

6am-8am was an intercession prayer time. I prayed through Revelation 4:10-11, worthy is The Lamb who is seated on the throne; and Proverbs 8:30-31, Jesus delighting in the sons of men. The room prayed for the Church in Kansas City as churches across the region were preparing to come together for worship.

Rapid Fire Intercession

8am-10am was a worship prayer time. The room prayed through Psalm 23. So often we hear Psalm 23 only at funerals, but it truly is a poem of life. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, desires to lead us into places of peace and rest and provision. He keeps us safe by protecting us as well as correcting us. I read “The Way of the Shepherd” recently which makes this Psalm that much more enlightening.

Global Prayer Room

 

10:30am-12:30pm was church service at the Forerunner Christian Fellowship. I was simply blessed because the IHOP Community Orchestra led the congregation in worship. Cello, violin, and much more, it was simply beautiful.

2:30pm-3:30pm was more prayer room worship time through Psalm 27: 4, 13-14. This is one of the main scriptures at the House of Prayer, “One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, and to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”

4pm-6pm I headed over to the Justice Prayer Room, which is smaller and located in a different building than the Global Prayer Room (the prayer room that is webcast and broadcast on God TV), to worship with the Chinese team. The set was a mix of Chinese and English, so I could engage with about half of it. What I love about prayer and worship in other languages is that even though I don’t understand, God understands every word. How cool!

Day 1 – Road Trip!

April 20, 2008

I left home on Saturday morning, bright and early, anxious to get to KC. It was an uneventful trip, except for searching out a KT to get fuel in Albert Lea for 30 minutes.

Leaving Home

Drove right on through, except to stop at the new Missouri Welcome Center to check out the buffalo silhouettes.

Missouri Welcome

Kansas City Here I Come

When I arrived in KC and headed to the prayer room to get settled and connect with the Lord before the week began. It was like coming home. A familiar place where the important One knows your name. Misty was doing a worship set and room was totally engaged.

As I entered the lobby, I heard an IHOP staffer telling a family member, “Isn’t this cool? This is my job!” I smiled knowing it was my job too, if only for a week.

When I arrived at my host’s home, we stayed up talking for far too late. But I did make it sleep before 11:00.