No, definitely not! Throughout history, the house of prayer has been a central part of God’s plan to advance His kingdom. Human history began with daily prayer meetings in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:8). Israel began as a nation in a prayer meeting at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 19:6-20). Israel’s first building project, Moses’ tabernacle, was a worship sanctuary or the first house of prayer (Ex. 25:2).
Around 1000 BC, King David established a tabernacle in Jerusalem and set a precedent of night and day worship before the Lord that continued at various times throughout Israel and Judah’s history. Each time this order of worship was reintroduced, spiritual breakthrough, deliverance and military victory followed. King David’s first acts as king over Jerusalem was to establish return the ark and then establish night and day worship called the Tabernacle of David in which he financed 4,000 musicians and 288 singers (1 Chr. 15-16; 23:5; 25:7).
The early church began in a prayer meeting and grew in context to a culture of prayer (Acts 1). Natural history will end in context of a global prayer movement. Groups in Ireland, Germany, South Korea, and elsewhere across the globe have also established day and night centers of prayer and worship. Following in this tradition, the Orlando House of Prayer has started our own night and day prayer in 2007 and we continue to build toward our goal of 24/7 live worship and prayer.
We stand at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. We know another historic “Great Awakening” is soon to sweep across our nation. The Spirit is visiting His people with power and fresh prophetic direction. At the same time, the powers of darkness are raging against the moral fabric of our nation. The light is growing brighter as the darkness becomes darker.
Here are many Scripture references you can look up and study. (Lk. 18:7-8; Mt. 25:1-13; Rev. 5:8; 6:9-11; 8:3-5; 9:13; 14:3, 18; 16:7; 18:6; 22:17, 20; Isa. 19:20-22; 24:14-16; 25:9; 26:8-9; 27:2-5, 13; 30:18-19; 42:10-13; 43:26; 51:11; 52:8; 59:19-21; 62:6-7; Jer. 31:7; 51:8; Joel 2:12-17, 32; Zeph. 2:1-3; Ps. 102:17- 20; 122:6; 149:6-9; Zech. 8:20-23; 10:1; 12:10; 13:9).