“From the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great . . . among the nations.” Malachi 1:11

Day & Night Prayer

        Imagine a group of people in the region of Buffalo, Niagara, Rochester, and southern Ontario coming together in intercession to provide a covering over those in the area to protect against the enemy’s attacks. The prayers of the intercessors create a hedge of protection so those doing Kingdom work can remain steadfast in the work God has called them to. As this group of people pray to God, day and night, a prayer covering emerges over our region, in continuous intercession before God’s throne. As intercessors cry out for God’s will to be done, for His Kingdom to come; as they worship Him, praise His name and give Him glory, those prayers create a cover of protection (Ps. 22:3). As intercessors engage in spiritual warfare, the work of the enemy is prevented. Imagine the aroma coming before the King of Kings through continuous prayer, filling the bowls in heaven (Rev.5:8). This continuous intercession also paves the way for continuous worship to take place in the region as well. We will cry out in one voice together (Is.52:8;  Rom.15:5-6).

Biblical Basis for Day & Night Prayer

        God directed Moses to build a tabernacle. He gave Moses very specific instructions for not only what it was to look like but how the worship was to take place. Both the tabernacle and order of worship were symbolic of the heavenly worship that takes place before the throne of God. The fire on the altar was never to go out; it was to stay lit day and night. God lit the fire initially but the priests were in charge of making sure the fire did not go out. 

        David set up a tent in Jerusalem where singers and musicians worshipped God day and night. 288 Levites sang praises to God; 4,000 gatekeepers cared for the tabernacle, and eventually over 8,000 Levites were employed full-time for day and night worship in the tabernacle. 

         Solomon followed in his father’s footsteps and continued the worship in the temple.  King Joash, with the priest Jehoiada, restored the temple, as well as day and night worship. King Hezekiah also reversed the ways of his father and led the nation in celebration and worship of God, as King David had done. King Josiah brought back the Davidic order of worship back to the nation of Israel. Once the exiles returned to their homeland, Zerubbabel and the people restored the foundation of the temple and re-established day and night worship. Nehemiah continued the work on the temple, despite much opposition. 

        Malachi prophecied that not only would the temple be a place of day and night worship but one day all nations would praise God.

        When Jesus came to earth, he seems to begin and end his ministry by cleansing the temple and proclaiming that His house is "a house of prayer". (Matthew 21:13). “God’s desire for his church was that they would be so given to prayer that they would be known by this distinguishing characteristic above all else. He could have defined many other things as the key identifier for his house: a house of teaching, a house of evangelism, a house of salvation. Yet he chose a house of prayer” (Humphrey, 52).

 

He is Worthy

“Once we are won to His love, the question remains: what response is reasonable to offer in return for the lavish gift we have received? It’s not that we have to pay off our debt. That would be impossible….which brings us to our most compelling reason for day and night prayer: Jesus is worthy of it. He is worthy of worship every second of every minute of every hour of every day….when the question comes, ‘How can you worship Him twenty-four hours a day? the simple answer is, ‘How can we not worship Him twenty-four hours a day?’” (Humphrey, 79).

Unceasing by Billy Humphrey, Forerunner Publishing, 2015 

The Prayer Room

        What better place for discipleship than to spend time in the presence of Jesus, listening to His voice, reading His Word, and praising His name?

What better place to be equipped than to spend

time in His presence, receiving "next steps"

in God's mission for you?

        We believe one of the best places to cultivate a deeper relationship with God is to spend time in His presence. Becoming a disciple means imitating the one we are following. In order to imitate anyone, we need to spend time together. One of the reasons we offer time in prayer, is for the very reason of communion with Jesus. As we spend time in the presence of Jesus, we hear His voice. We heal. We give thanks. We lament. We weep. We rejoice. We simply come as His child and sit in His presence. We allow ourselves to simply "be".

     As part of the discipleship process, we allow time for you to hear God's voice, and then equip you to go out and do what He sends you to do. We also spend time in the prayer room interceding for one another and the work God has called us to as the Church.

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