From September 6th to the 16th we unified and mobilized local believers to pray without ceasing. While originally planning this event I must admit I was doubtful that believers would buy into such a daunting challenge, but the local church, once again, greatly surpassed my expectations. I stepped back and honestly felt I was witnessing a miracle from God as believers from all different denominations, backgrounds, and ethnicities gathered together in one place, in one accord, in prayer and fasting. I then recalled a similar scene in the Bible. You may recall that the opening chapters in the book of Acts describe a strikingly similar scene–
“They all joined together constantly in prayer…” (Acts1:14)
“When the day of Pentecost came they were all together in one place…” (Acts 2:1 NIV)
We all know what happens next. In Acts, God pours out His Spirit and moves powerfully among the church.
True to the Biblical narrative in Acts, we also saw God break in and do some pretty extraordinary things in our midst. On the seventh day I watched a homeless woman come into a live worship set and by the end of it she had been led in the prayer of salvation and was drawn into deep repentance, weeping before the Lord. Then on the ninth day I overheard two believers praying together in the prayer room. While they were praying they received reports that two completely separate prayers were answered for their loved ones! On the final evening we packed out our prayer room for our monthly worship night. The presence of the Lord truly came into the room as we lifted a bold shout of praise for everything the Lord did during this time. Overall, 30+ churches were represented, 152+ hours of worship-saturated prayer happened, and 16 salvations occurred (at least 13 of these occurred within a two-hour time window!)
In light of all that God has done in this short time of dedicated prayer, I find myself marveling at one simple question– What if we didn’t stop?
And if we didn’t, how much more unified would the church become in our city? How many more lost souls would find salvation in Christ? How much closer to God could we grow both individually and corporately? Think about that for a moment!
I must say, in my view, there is no reason to go back to “normal.” We really can keep prayer and worship the centerpiece in our community. We can continue to unify around His presence. In fact, Harvest House of Prayer exists for this very reason!
Since launching the prayer room we have gone from zero weekly hours to 29+ hours of worship and prayer. This is phenomenal, but I believe Jesus is worthy of so much more! I also believe each hour of prayer we add at HHOP will bring with it a measure of kingdom breakthrough for our region– more souls saved, more disciples made, and more ground taken for Jesus. I just want to give Him MORE! Do you feel the same?
I want to sincerely ask you, will you prayerfully consider partnering with us here at HHOP? We need intercessors, prayer leaders, worship leaders, musicians, singers, sound techs, and ushers to commit to taking a weekly hour or more in the prayer room. It may seem small, but I assure you whatever you can give is highly valued in heaven!
If you feel led to get plugged in as an HHOP volunteer I would love to meet with you personally or set up a call. If you feel a stirring, but have some questions, I would still love to connect! Simply email me at email@example.com and we can go from there, or you can call or text me directly at 904-463-1115.
Thanks again for making the 10 Days of Prayer a success. We appreciate you!!!
-Brandon McKenzie, Harvest House of Prayer Coordinator
“Getting to be a part of Take the City was such a blessing both in seeing how God moved in the lives of the people I met as well as how he moved in my heart. I was so encouraged to be surrounded by people willing to passionately pray for their city and the people in it. As we worshipped, people would stop and ask what was going on and we got to talk and pray with them. I felt a greater desire to pray for our nation grow in me as we sang and prayed together.”