THE NEW SEASON
The vision of a building
The vision of a building for a prayer room for our city Witbank was born and nurture in the living room prayer room in Marais and Linda’s home for the last five years. At the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 God provided the building, willing people and money for Witbank House of Prayer Missions base, as an independent ministry for the city and South Africa.
Currently there are eight Full-time Prayer Missionaries in the Prayer room and we are open 38 hours per week.
Here follows the background that led to this New Season…
Since 2000 the intercessors of Witbank-South Dutch Reformed Church started to pray: “Lord, make our congregation a House of Prayer”. In October 2006 Rev. Marais Hendriksz was ordained as minister in the congregation. In 2002 God awakened as vision in his and his wife Linda’s hearts for a 24/7 House of Prayer. December 2008 God supernaturally provided for both of them to visit the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, USA where both of them heard separately from the Holy Spirit, that they must start with a Prayer room for the congregation in their Living Room when they return. After a time of fasting and prayer together with a group of intercessors in the congregation they felt led by the Lord to start four days per week, four hours per day. On August 4th 2009 a group of 30 people to burn the fire on the altar four days per week, four hours per day (See Lev. 6:13). Each of these 30 people got involved on a part-time basis and gave an hour a week. This time in the prayer room is divided in Intercession and Worship with the Word.
Approximately one year later Marais heard the voice of God clearly about a Gideon’s army of 300 people and said that we must trust Him for raising up 300 fulltime prayer missionaries. Two months later Linda read in a book by James Goll, The Power of Sustained Prayer:
“I believe that everything we have experienced to this point is but a foretaste of what God is bringing to the Church! Up to this point, we have witnessed historic worldwide prayer events that revealed the great power of unity in prayer to God. Yet, what God revealed to our small group of intercessors on the Moravian watchtower in February of 1993 is that He is raising up sustained unity, sustained prayer, and sustained intercession in a simple pattern and style that He raised up years ago at Hernhut. The question is obvious: If 300 people conducting sustained prayer in twos and threes for more than a century turned the world upside down 200 years ago, what can millions of anointed intercessors accomplish through sustained prayer in the presence of God?”
Marais said the following about this:
“We were without words and in tears. This was the beginning of the Morawian prayer movement, which prayed for 24 hours a day and continued for more that 100 years and had a worldwide impact. This was the Holy Spirit’s seal on the promise of 300 fulltime worshippers and intercessors.”
In 2011 God provided again supernaturally for Marais and Linda to go back to Ihop with the message that it is time for the next phase of the House of Prayer and that they must get the strategy from God.
The first thirty minutes in the Prayer room a man walked up to Marais and handed him a book, “The Purple Pig and other Miracles” by Dick Eastman, president of Every Home for Christ. In this book Dick tells the story about the birth of a prayer movement among teens in his living room and God gave us a “blueprint” for the Joshua Year internship which he led us to start in 2012 in our Prayerroom which was at that stage still in our living room.
The Power of Sustained Prayer
A few remarks from Spiritual leaders around the globe about the power of sustained prayer:
“Prayer causes our spirit to be energized, blesses our circumstances and results in real changes in the world as more people experience Jesus’ salvation and deliverance from sin and injustice.” – Mike Bicke (Founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City)
“Prayer can change the course of history” – Lou Engle (Founder of The Call)
“I ask this question about prayer because I believe that simply put, the more we pray, the more is accomplished in the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. Every Home for Christ’s third unalterable conviction states: “Prayer alone will remove every obstacle that stands in the way.” If we believe this is accurate, then one might argue that the more prayer is mobilized, the more results we’ll see in the harvest. S. D. Gordon wisely wrote, “The real victory in service is won beforehand in prayer. Service is merely gathering up the results.” – Dick Eastman (President of Every Home for Christ)
“What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use – men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer.” – E. M. Bounds
“Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy One. The powers of the eternal world has been placed at its disposal. It is the very essence of true religion, the channel of all blessings, the secret of power and life. Not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church, for the world, it is to prayer that God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength. It is on prayer that the promises wait for their fulfilment, the kingdom for its coming, the glory of God for its full revelation.” – Andrew Murray in Lord, Teach us to Pray
“The mightiest thing you can do, is to pray.” – Bennie Mostert (Founder of Jericho Walls, South Africa).
What is a prayer missionary?
- A Prayer Missionary is someone called by God to stand in front of His throne and stand in the gap for His Bride to make herself ready for the Marriage of the Lamb.
- Just as missionaries are called to spread the gospel worldwide, Prayer missionaries are called as living sacrifices to stand in the gap for the Kingdom of God.
- The 300 fulltime intercessors can be divided in two groups, namely those called to be long term intercessors at the House of Prayer and then those who commit themselves for one year to stand in the gap as intercessors.