Day 22: International House of Prayer (IHOP-KC)

Day 22: International House of Prayer (IHOP-KC)

31 Days of God-related attitude 
May 7, 1999, Mike Bickle and 20 “intercessory missionaries” started the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO. Four months later IHOP-KC was able to extend its prayer, praise and worship schedule to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I’d never heard of them until I joined my new church three years ago. Since then, their prayer room construct has helped to deepen my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Consequently, as I work from home I play the live streaming video of IHOP-KC. It’s like wearing one of those mosquito shields you wear on your belt. When I have the prayer room streaming, I can think clearly. I’m not scattered. I can focus and be productive. Satan doesn’t get to have his way in my home.

Furthermore, our church recruited this incredibly dynamic worship leader duo from IHOP-KC and those two are blowing my socks off. Of course, it helps that they are absolutely terrific people with absolutely adorable kids. These two sat under Mike Bickle and Misty Edwards, IHOP-KC Prayer Room director, for nearly 10 years.

Subsequently, they brought some of that Holy Spirit fire with them and it’s contagious. I get a blast of Jesus presence every time I step into our prayer room. The prayer room is rich with His presence, anointing and authority.

A former Christian mentor said that there is only so much of Jesus’ presence the human body can handle. Bill Johnson, senior Pastor of Bethel Church, Redding, Calif., said in response, “Prove it.” I feel His tingling presence everyday, and I’m still alive and well. The prayer room is where I can nurture more and more of His daily presence in my life today.

I love the way Bishop Joseph Garlington puts it. He admits he is a Presence junkie, he can’t get enough. Now I know how Moses and the 12 disciples felt.

Right now, the IHOP-KC worship team is singing:

All is for Your Glory
All is for Your Name
All is for Your Glory
That in all things you may have the first place
That in all things you may have preeminence

I can’t say it doesn’t get any better than that because it does. My favorite worship leader is Matt Gilman. My soul leaps and cries out to God when he sings. Others love Misty Edwards.

Try IHOP-KC for yourself and find out who speaks to your heart’s cry for God.

What are you thankful for today?

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