Late one night we were flying from Indianapolis to Chicago and although the weather was overcast it wasn’t bad for flying. As the plane climbed out over the darkened countryside I was surprised to see a distinct glow of light in the distance northwest of us. Although it was 180 miles away I could already see Chicago. I remember thinking, “We couldn’t see an individual porch light from here, or even a car with its lights on but when a group of people come together and pool their collective energies it can cast a broad circle of light.”
That’s a powerful principle behind Jesus’ statement, “My house shall be called a house of prayer…” (Matt. 21:13), but He was quoting Isaiah (56:7) some 750 years earlier, so it’s an idea that has been around for a long time on God’s agenda. Some of us are just catching on. What if all around us our friends would begin to say, “Well, I don’t know much about your doctrines – yet – but I know you folks are people who really pray.”
Don and I were speaking at a prayer retreat recently in the Carolinas and at the rear of the little chapel we found a simple plaque that said, “If you came here today for something you have not found yet, please ask someone to pray with you.” What if that simple idea was expressed in the church bulletin of every Seventh-day Adventist church every Sabbath?
What if, each week, in teams of two or three, our members consistently prayer walked the streets of our towns, around government buildings, past adult book stores, in our neighborhoods, near our public schools, asking God to take back our cities?
We believe God would be honored. That’s why as we move toward the new year you will begin to see the appeal, HOPE heals. HOPE is an acronym for Houses Of Prayer Everywhere. We urge you to begin to ask God to show you what that would look like where you worship.
You can go now to our brand new, high energy website that is filled with helpful resources, both personal and corporate. As you sense God leading you in transforming your church into a House of Prayer tell us your story – or send us a video – and we’ll include it so it can bless others. www.HOPE-Heals.org.