The House of Prayer
“I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you... I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:15-16)
Come and Rest in My Presence Declare: “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’” (Psalm 27:8)
“The goal of soaking* prayer is communion and intimacy. It is coming to God face to face. The focus is God and not self. We come for God Himself and not to ask for answers to our needs. Intimacy necessitates deep communion, and communion requires sharing of intimate thoughts and feelings. Developing intimacy with God warrants time. It takes time to go deep. Communion is taking the time to search His heart and allowing our hearts to be yielded and open to His inner workings. When we gaze upon Him, we see the face of a Friend. In intimacy, He reveals to us His secrets and He gives us keys of the Kingdom of God. (Hetland p12) *resting expectantly in whole hearted submission
Receive My Power Reading: Acts 16:11-15 ESV Audio Bible Paul’s Second Journey Map 19
Extract: Acts 16:11-15 TPT
“From Troas we sailed a straight course to the island of Samothrace, and the next day to Neapolis. Finally we reached Philippi, a major city in the Roman colony of Macedonia, and we remained there for a number of days. When the Sabbath day came, we went outside the gates of the city to the nearby river, for there appeared to be a house of prayer and worship there. Sitting on the riverbank we struck up a conversation with some of the women who had gathered there. One of them was Lydia, a businesswoman from the city of Thyatira who was a dealer of exquisite purple cloth and a Jewish convert. While Paul shared the good news with her, God opened her heart to receive Paul’s message. She devoted herself to the Lord, and we baptized her and her entire family. Afterward she urged us to stay in her home, saying, ‘Since I am now a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.’ So we were persuaded to stay there.
Matthew 21:13 “He said to them, ‘It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer…’
In Luke 10:1-24 Jesus sends ordinary disciples like us to establish his kingdom in local houses. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 3:16) We can be a house of prayer in our homes, in our workplace, in local churches, outdoors and publicly accessible places where people can readily join us in our prayer, worship and bible study.
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What is God saying to you through this passage from Acts?
O: Are you called to invite others to form a local house of prayer with you?
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses S: Share with others the invitation for us to fulfil Jesus’ prophecy by becoming His House of Prayer. See Jesus’ strategy for His kingdom to reign in local neighbourhoods! (Luke 10:17-24) Partners in Prayer & Evangelism (PIPES) are your hosts for Pray for Australia: 40 Days of Prayer & Worship Relay. We offer information and resources on becoming local houses of prayer. e.g. Roy Godwin’s Simple Steps for Establishing Local Houses of Prayer. ffald-y-brenin.org
Pray for Australia: 40 Days Prayer & Worship Relay is a catalyst campaign to mobilise local churches, prayer groups and networks to collaborate in regional relays of 24/7 prayer. See more about the relay and international outcomes at https://prayforaustralia.com.au/tools; Light of the World Prayer Center Whatcom County Also 247prayer.com
Each day we have used the S.O.S. method for Bible Study. See a full description of Discovery Bible Study at https://prayforaustralia.com.au/tools. This offers us all a simple empowering way to confidently lead and contribute to groups that facilitate the participation of pre-believers or new believers. Small groups, with low infrastructure, simple worship and relational culture can easily be multiplied.
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: The Power of Prayer.
Be My House of Prayer O Lord, make us Your house of prayer. We love it when you inhabit us as your house. We want to be the place where your glory dwells! (Psalm 26:8) Jesus, rule in me so Your kingdom comes in my home and overflows to change the spiritual realm in my area and transform my neighbourhood.
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list, family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation of our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.