Persistence in Prayer 

July 29, 2022

Persistance in Prayer Most of us know enough about the teachings of Jesus to understand the value of persistent prayer. He tells us to ask, seek, knock, and repeat until the door opens (Matt 7:7-8). Anyone who has ever actually tried this, though, may have found it to be a daunting task! No one knows this better than our team at Take the City. We launched the Harvest House of prayer right around the time that the pandemic began. We did not plan the timing of this. It just worked out that way! In this sacred space we have gathered corporately multiple times a day for the past two years with a clear agenda– to minister to the Lord in our worship and to pray for God to move in our city, region, nation, and world. Since its inception, we have learned a lot about persistent prayer, particularly within the context of global crises. Here are some key things we’ve learned. Weekly Appointments with the Lord We’ve heard it said by leaders in the prayer movement, “If you want to pray persistently, get it down on a schedule.” There is just something about getting a date and time down on your calendar that increases your likelihood of actually taking a specific action step. We like to refer to these scheduled times of prayer as appointments with the Lord Himself. We’ve found that by describing it this way, more of our volunteers experience His presence more frequently and their prayer sets are much more enjoyable. It feels less burdensome to know that you have a scheduled meeting with the most...
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Harvest Day Testimony

July 27, 2022

Harvest Day Testimony During our Harvest Day Outreach on Saturday July 23rd, one of our teams went into Phenix City, specifically the shopping plaza parking lot on the corner of 13th St. There, the team met a man named Kietel. After starting a conversation with him, the team learned that he was currently homeless. After approximately 30 mins of conversation, Kietel admitted that he wanted help and that he felt the need to accept Jesus as the Savior of the world. After leading him through a prayer of salvation, our team offered Kietel a chance at a new life by going into a discipleship program where he could get off the streets and be housed as he grows in the Lord. Praise God, he accepted the offer and is now on his journey with Christ.  If you would enjoy being a part of outreach, email...
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Calling All Worship Leaders

June 29, 2022

Calling All Worship Leaders The Harvest House of Prayer vision is to have 40 hours of live worship and prayer every single week. We are well on our way and would love to have you join us. If you are a worship leader, we invite you to partner with us in creating a constant flow of sweet worship to the Lord!  Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, the main thing we are looking for is those whose hearts are set on worshiping the Lord Jesus. If you love to be in His presence and minister to His heart through song and music—regardless if the room is empty or full—you are exactly the person we are looking for! Right now, our two greatest needs are weekly commitments to lead worship on Tuesdays, 6-7pm and Thursdays, 7-8pm. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please let us know by e-mailing Brandon at hhop@take-the-city.com. CINDY’S TESTIMONY OF LEADING WORSHIP AT HHOP I started singing in front of people when I was 3 years old. I was taught music performance up until my second year of college—how to properly stand, act….perform. My dream was to sing in the Metropolitan Opera. I trained for it. Then, I fell in love with God and that dream changed. My worship spot in the prayer room is at 7 a.m., so it’s usually just me and Him. This time alone has given me the opportunity and the “practice” of just being, loving, and hanging out — with Him. It’s wiped out the concern of what people think, i.e. performance,...
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Harvest House of Prayer – Off to Kansas City

May 28, 2022

Harvest House of Prayer - Off to Kansas City In early May, I (Brandon McKenzie) packed my bags and met some of our team in Kansas City, Missouri, for The Send— a massive stadium gathering where tens of thousands of Christians gathered to become mobilized in the call to global missions. While the main event was held on Saturday, May 14th, an equally significant event called The Procession preceded it. From May 9th-13th thousands descended upon Truman Field for five consecutive days of unceasing worship, prayer, and gospel proclamation.  There were moments throughout these gatherings where I physically could not contain myself from praising God. The atmosphere was absolutely charged with the very presence of God. As I looked out into this vast and diverse crowd of believers, young and old alike, singing their hearts out to Jesus, my heart was filled with hope and faith for the future of the Church.  A Lost Hope Restored Let’s face it, since 2020, we’ve been inundated with bad news. In the midst of a multi-faceted global crisis, I have felt my heart sink into despair on multiple occasions. However, the sight of mass unity and zeal for the Lord that I witnessed in Kansas City encouraged my soul with an immutable biblical truth that “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5 NIV). In other words, it is in times of great darkness that the Church shines the brightest! After all, some of the greatest revivals in history happened in the midst of national and global crises. I am convinced we really are on...
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Harvest House of Prayer – April Update

May 11, 2022

Harvest House of Prayer - April Update It is always amazing to see how each initiative at Take the City affects all the others. This month at Harvest House of Prayer my greatest joy has been seeing God use our prayer room as an entryway into other areas of our ministry. Two people come to mind in particular. One day, two people came to our prayer room and loved it. As they looked around, they quickly realized there was more to Take the City than just prayer and worship. Not long after coming, they joined our monthly outreach and found a passion for evangelism they didn’t know that they had. Another highlight was this month’s Harvest Night. While the attendance wasn’t as high as normal, there were many new connections formed. We had 15 churches, 2 new ministries, and 10 new people in attendance. Two of these individuals were folks we know in the neighborhood who have never stepped foot into a worship service at our facility. I took this as a great sign that we are seeing fresh breakthroughs in our evangelism and discipleship efforts! Our next Harvest Night is May 19th and we would love to see you there! Doors open at 6:30pm so make sure you mark your calendars! –Brandon McKenzie, Harvest of Prayer...
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Debbie

TAKE THE CITY outreaches have been so special to me. I love being able to see the hand of GOD move in peoples lives as they are healed and families restored. GOD cares about every detail of our lives and he reaches the places that only HE can only heal! Its been an honor to see all the teams go out and share the LOVE that GOD has instilled and filled the teams with, and let it pour out to all the community. Having physical needs met also assures all we encounter, the faithfulness of our Father. So many times I have cried seeing what GOD is doing… Being able to see people brought into the KINGDOM and freedom Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body. Is the greatest treasure in my life. I am grateful for TAKE THE CITY allowing me to have front seat and seeing GOD move in peoples lives!