Philippians 4:8

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (NLT)

It will be increasingly important in the days to come, to fix our thoughts and eyes on Jesus. Distractions are everywhere, especially in the media. Social media is just one soulish opinion after another about things that really don’t matter in the Kingdom of God. They’ve been talking about masks for months now!! I believe we have a big problem in the Body of Christ right now. Everyone’s opinions on social media are working to stir up negative emotions in many of our lives, distracting us from properly hearing what the Spirit is saying in this hour, robing us of our joy, peace, and time, and ultimately distracting us from fulfilling the calling that God has placed on our lives. This is happening in many believers’ lives.

Power of Meditation

 

This article was originally published on 5/7/2015 at ihopkc.org and has been reposted here with permission.

Years ago, Kirk Bennett, a senior leader here at IHOPKC, found himself reflecting on 2 Timothy 2:15 with more than a little frustration.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)

With little understanding of biblical Greek, Kirk felt challenged as to how to understand and practice this verse in relation to his prayer times. He later learned that the word study meant being diligent, continuing the practice, or meditating, which opened up his prayer times in a new way.

The verb meditate carries the meanings of mumbling continually, pondering deeply, studying, and musing. Meditating on the Word is a focused repetition of phrases from Scripture.

This article was originally published on 6/22/2016 at ihopkc.org and has been reposted here with permission.

Our nation and world is in crisis, and if you’re reading this, then chances are you know that prayer is of paramount importance in this hour.

You probably also know that extended times of prayer can be hard—even Jesus had to wake his disciples up from time to time.

Over the last 17 years at the International House of Prayer, we have learned a lot about extended prayer as we continue, by God’s grace, to pray 24/7, 365 days per year. Two of the biggest points are that prayer is easier when we know the meeting’s format and that prayer can be enjoyable.

In June, 2010, my Dad and I began holding worship and prayer at the skating rink on Tuesdays. Soon after, my brothers and Mom got involved with the worship team and leading prayer, and within a few months, the Lord had brought a few others. We didn’t have the language at the time to call it a house of prayer, but we knew that Jesus liked what was happening and wanted us to keep going.

After I went to IHOP-KC in 2011 and got more language to explain what was happening, we decided to name the ministry AHOP (A House of Prayer) Madison County.