I’m sitting in our 10am prayer meeting, which for the uninitiated, is not unlike our 10pm prayer meeting, our 6am prayer meeting, or our 8pm prayer meeting. See a pattern? The International House of Prayer here in Kansas City is at it’s 10th anniversary of 24/7 worship and prayer…and if you’ve never visited, I wish you could see what I see.
Young adults. Hundreds of them, emos, jocks, preps, pierced and tattooed, ivy league and GED, all singing, hands raised – ‘to You be all glory and dominion…’. Most of them have raised their own financial support and are here for a 3 to 6 month internship. Some are here longer term. Their whole life is ahead of them…and they are placing their focus on the one thing that matters.
Families. Dads carrying mop haired toddlers. Teenagers thumbing worn Bibles. Moms carrying babies. It’s the busiest season of their life as they’re in a position to form the destinies of each of their children, and they have them here.
The very idea irritates some people. That sounds a little crazy if you could actually see what I see, but it’s not unusual for us to hear people say “why would you pray and worship 24 hrs a day? Is this really worth doing?”
My response to leaders is evolving. Not long ago I would have offered some sort of apologetic for 24/7 prayer. I would have quoted scripture, given historic examples, and told inspiring stores. I would have tried to sell the idea to them.
Today, my response is different. I’d answer with a question.
“Why would you not?”.
If money were not an object.
If resources were available.
If you could assemble an army of young people and it were in your power to place an extravagant offering before the Lord – would you do it?
Stripped of your very logical objections against doing this…would you do it? Or would you find something else, something more balanced, something more rational, something that offered a greater short term return?
I’m not disparaging other types of ministry. A lot goes on here outside the prayer room – evangelism, teaching, training, community. We love those things too…but we love one thing most of all.
Why do we do this? Because all the songs are true. Because we can. And because He’s worth it.
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