We’re having a conference at the International House of Prayer-Northwest (IHOP-NW), Jan 31-Feb2. It is called the Harp & Bowl Conference, and we have invited Murray & Deborah Hiebert to join us.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Harp & Bowl is a reference to Revelation 5:8. The ‘Harp’ represents worship, and the ‘Bowl’ represents prayer/intercession.
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
We’re excited to have Murray and Deborah come to join us! They are the directors of the Forerunner Music Academy at IHOP-KC. Their leadership has been vital to the prayer and worship movement that has risen from Kansas City, and they have been involved in training houses of prayer across the nation.
We have found that by combining corporate worship of Jesus with the prayer meeting, people are able to stay more focused and engaged during prayer. Our goal is that people would have a true encounter with the Holy Spirit during worship, while facilitating prayer from a posture of unity and faith.
Pastor John Piper once said, “Missions exist because worship does not.” The very goal and essence of life is that God would receive the glory due His name. This goal is possible because Jesus took sin upon Himself at the cross. He is worthy of to receive the fellowship of His suffering. The Great Commission, i.e. ‘local and international missions, evangelism, and discipleship’ exists because God has not yet received the glory due His name. As the Great Commission comes closer to fulfillment, more and more nations will embrace night and day prayer. In Mark 11:17, Jesus references the prophet Jeremiah, who declares, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Our large part of our ministry at IHOP-NW is to partner with the local Church to strengthen their expression of worship and prayer. We believe that pure worship and faithful prayer are vital to a healthy discipleship, effective outreach, and a thriving Church.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about the conference or our ministry.