And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer.’”
Our little Lighthouse Church was in need of something fresh, as all of us realized we were just going through life busy and trying to maintain. We can fall in a trap by building our own traditions and worshiping God out of what we know to do rather than through the direction of the Holy Spirit. Jerry and I longed for a fresh move of God in our own lives and within our church, and God did just that. We wanted to see it continue in our church, so we held 1-hour prayer meetings every Monday night. Picking the most difficult night of the week, it became a sacrificial offering for us and for our church. We told the church we were going to be there every Monday Night from 8pm-9pm to worship, intercede, and pray. With no personal agenda, we prayerfully created twelve prayer banners to remind us of the areas of prayer we wanted to focus on. It encouraged intimate prayer time with our Father God. We created another banner that we placed right over the pulpit, which said, “MY house shall be called A house of prayer.” This was our beginning years of a fresh move of God that birthed a real healing revival in the church. As missionaries, we believe that God will do miracles in the mission field throughout the South Pacific region, and we have seen a fresh outpour of the Holy Spirit as we have ministered to others there.
It starts with repentance from old traditions, and the removal of ash from dead embers in our lives to light a fresh fire to burn again for Jesus. God wants us to take care of our vessels daily by removing anything that stands in our way of prayer, so our prayers are received by our heavenly Father. If we want to see our prayers answered, take time to know Father God, and worship at His footstool. Give God your ALL and dedicate your life as a house of prayer.
Only a few of our church members attended the Monday night prayer meeting, but it grew into over a hundred people of all ages. God used it to touch our community and family members, and we had healings, miracles, breakthroughs in marriages, finances, and our youth wanted to bask in the presence of God. It was so powerful that people had a hard time driving home because of the powerful Presence of God within their own vessel. These were amazing times that grew the church. People heard the stories of the great miracles that were taking place, and it was all because of prayer. Some people were just driving past our church, when God spoke to them to stop and go in for prayer. We truly became a Lighthouse and beacon of hope in our community.
Today, if you need a fresh touch, take a moment and ask God to cleanse out the ash in your heart. Ask him to put a fresh touch of fire in you again and to allow your vessel to be God’s house of prayer. As the Aussies would say, “Clean out the rubbish mate!” So now take the time and pray to Your heavenly Father with a humble heart.
Here I am. I am coming before You now with a cleansed heart because of the blood of Jesus. I repent from my ways and my traditions. I dedicate my vessel to become a house of prayer, so that you may dwell in me all the more. Jesus, rule and reign in my life. I worship You and ask that you would take out all the rubbish in my life. Thank you for touching me now with Your presence and power. Bring Your revival once again and touch many lives with your miracles! Bring a fresh move in our homes, churches, communities, and in the nations. Amen.