International House of Prayer: 10-Year Anniversary

May has been a special month as it marks the 10-year anniversary of the International House of Prayer here in Kansas City. This house of prayer began on May 7th, 1999 with 12 hours a day of prayer; the prayer meetings later went 24/7 on September 19th, 1999 and have never ceased.

There have been moments of remembrance and thanksgiving as we mark this milestone in our community. God has given so much grace and provision in building this prayer room, and we are so grateful for all He has done. We are convinced that, like the rebuilding of the temple in Zechariah’s day, it has been ‘“not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit’, says the Lord of hosts.”

IHOP–KC is just one part of a global prayer movement the Lord is raising up. In fact, even the worldwide prayer movement of today holds a baton passed down through the centuries. This mantle has seen many expressions, models, and focuses; it has been stewarded inter-denominationally, in both Catholic and Protestant communities; it has been taken up in faith by young and old. Through all this, there is a thread found weaving throughout the prayer movement of the ages. It is an ancient vision the Holy Spirit voiced through a vow King David made in his youth. He said, “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, or go up to the comfort of my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob” (Psalm 132: 3-5).

David vowed to live in extravagant devotion to seek the Lord with all his resources (time, talents, treasures). His vow included spending time in God’s House (Ps. 27:4), fasting (Ps. 69:7-12), and extravagant giving of his money (1 Chr. 22:14). His desire was to see a place where the Lord’s presence was manifest in a supernatural way in his generation. David’s tabernacle was established in Jerusalem around 1000 BC. Since that time, night and day prayer centers have been established in Ireland, Germany, South Korea, Kansas City and elsewhere in the earth.

My wife, Anna, and I continue to long for night and day prayer to be released in Colorado. We believe the Lord will raise up a prayer room that is never silent before the Lord in the spirit of Isaiah 62, a location of incessant adoration of Jesus in the likeness of what continues around His throne in Revelation 4. We also believe He will establish a training center, raising up preachers, teachers, singers, musicians, prophets and evangelists anointed to further the Gospel in the earth and minister before the Lord in the prayer room.

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May 25th, 2009

Mike Bickle’s New Weblog

Those of you in the swirl that is the International House of Prayer, you may be pleasantly delighted to discover that Mike Bickle now has a weblog.

It’s true.

What I love about Mike is his incredible commitment to the Bible. He teaches with clarity and zip, and he is a genuine man of the Word. Every weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Mike teaches sermons which never cease to challenge and provoke me.

The vast majority of Christian topics I have written about on The Fight Spot all originated with something I first heard from Mike.

And now, the teachings that Mike gives ever week are being re-written into blog-sized, 1-2 punches and being published on the internet for all to read and enjoy and subscribe to in their RSS feed reader of choice.

God bless the internet…

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October 21st, 2008

The Gospel’s Native Environment

The Gospel is a martyr’s gospel. As the song goes, it bids us come and die that we may have true life.

Growing up, my view of the End Times was that we, the Church, would either (a) not be here for it, or else (b) we would hide out and just make it through. My revelation of the end-time events has certainly changed since then and that’s why the reality of the Gospel’s native environment makes even more sense to me now.

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March 06th, 2008

3-5 Seconds

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I was browsing through the archives and came across this past gem of an article I wrote last spring. When I realized about the “window” things became so much more clear for me…

The Perplexing Power of Friends of the Bridegroom

If there was a Hall of Fame for chapters in the Bible John 1 would be in there for sure; along with Psalm 119 and Revelation 10. And probably Joel 2, Revelation 1, Ephesians 1-3, Phillipeans 3, and John 17 too. Anyway, back to John 1.

I love the story where the priests come up to John the Baptist and ask him who he is.

The deal is that this guy is outside of town in the dessert and he’s got a lot of fans. He’s baptizing folks, he’s got his own descipleship program and he’s doing tons of open-air preaching.

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February 11th, 2008

Closet Atheism, Habitual Sins and the Truth

When I graduated from high school an older pastor and his wife took me out to lunch. They bought me a cheeseburger and gave me a Bible. In the cover he wrote to me: “This book will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from this book.”

We can only serve one god: Jesus or else not-Jesus. Let’s stop kidding ourselves that there is a middle ground. That there is some sort of neutral zone or time-out. There’s not. We are sowing to the spirit or sowing to the flesh. Period.

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February 06th, 2008

Tales from Merchant Band’s ex-Keyboardist

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Good friend, business partner, fellow musician and now fellow ex-Merchant Bander, Joshua Hawkins, shares his tales and stories over the past few years.

Interesting Referral

This showed up in my search referrals today:

Search Referral: How Many Buts in the Bible

At least they didn’t spell it with two “T”s.

Freedom and The Fasted Lifestyle

You know when you hear someone say something really profound, and it’s like you always knew what they said but you never actually thought about it before? It’s not that you’ve suddenly learned something new, but that you suddenly heard something in a new way. Or maybe you heard it out-loud for the first time, or maybe you saw it in a new light. Regardless, you’ve got a spark of insight.

This is what happened to me during the onething conference. (And FYI: I would have posted up here more during the conference but there was zero internet backstage.) It was during Jason Upton’s Saturday morning set. Those of you who’ve seen Jason lead know that he likes to take his microphone and walk around on stage and do more than just sing songs. He likes to share stories and teach small tidbits and nuggets of truth. Continue Reading →

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January 04th, 2008

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