We are a regional house of prayer with a vision to build a huge prayer furnace in Hartford, Connecticut's state capital that will ignite our entire region in revival.

A fire shall always be burning on the Altar; it shall never go out....Leviticus 6:13

10 DAYS OF PRAYER - September 13-23, 2015

DO YOU TRUST ME?

New School of Prayer class starting September 28 at South Church

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History has shown the greatest revivals started because groups of people sacrificed their lives in prayer and intercession.  There are some of us living in Connecticut who not only are willing, but are longing to see God move in our region. We pray transdenominationally and cross-culturally.  We realize the only way revival will come to our land is if the Body of Christ come outside their individual churches and pray together.

 

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SEPTEMBER 13-23, 2015

The 10 Days initiative has been birthed in a visionary call from the Lord to his church. Every year until the Lord returns, on the ten days from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, the Lord is calling his people to unite in worship and in repentance and prayer to see His kingdom come to our needy communities and to speed the Lord’s return to our troubled world. We have watched this movement grow the past few years as more and more cities and states have “signed on” to the vision.

As part of this national and statewide prayer initiative, we are coordinating as many Hartford churches to join with us in covering our state capital in continuous prayer during these 10 days. Would you like to join with us in this prayer effort? This would be a commitment to host and lead at least one 2-hour prayer meeting any day during the JEWISH TEN DAYS OF AWE (Sunday, September 13 through Wednesday, September 23).

What would it look like if there was continuous prayer for Hartford….in Hartford……during the Jewish 10 Days of Awe? With your help, it can be done! To host a prayer meeting in your church or ministry, send an email to hartfordprayer@gmail.com or call or text 860-716-0247.

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What will we be doing as staff of David’s Tent? As part of the staff of David’s tent, we will be serving both inside & outside the tent during our time as a family. We may be required to spend at least 3 hours at the tent daily. Some of the staff duties include: checking in the bands that come, keeping the tent neat and orderly, greeting guests, dealing with law enforcement and park service personnel, keeping watch over the tent as security, and also filling in any empty worship slots that remain un-booked. Staff should also be ready to share the gospel at any time, as tourists and curious passers-by stop frequently to ask questions. We will also participate in evangelistic outreach and missions in DC, being a light to the city in which we live, even as we worship! As a family, we are excited to serve in many different ways and lead worship while we are there too! We get to be a part of a 10,000 hour love song beginning at 7pm on September 11th, 2015! The song will run continuously through the presidential Election day, November 8th, 2016. David’s tent will run for 424 days!!! We feel uniquely called to serve this ministry as a family.

OUR BIG NEWS:  The Lord is calling the Mitchell family (our worship leaders) to go to Washington D.C. to serve at David’s Tent for the next year.

“Our desire is to minister & bless the Lord at all times before His throne in prayer & worship. Our calling to help build up houses of prayer & worship led us and our three children (Grace(12), David(9) & Anna(6) to the Hartford House of Prayer known as the House of Good Hope in Hartford, Connecticut in May 2013, where we continue to lead prayer & worship times. With our eyes fixed on the Lord, we desire to be used as conduits of His Glory, filled with the Holy Spirit in helping prepare the bride of Christ, ministering to the Lord before His throne day & night, never letting the fire on the altar go out. Our family had been in a season of preparation & transition for years waiting on the Lord expectantly. Last summer (2014), the Lord gave us the “yes!” to begin the journey of homeschooling all 3 of our children with the hope of moving & going wherever He moves us in His timing. Having the flexibility to go & minister to the Lord, as a family, to where He sends us, gives us great peace. We’re willing & waiting on Him to take us whenever & wherever He calls us. We feel called to David’s tent this fall and if the Lord desires, to build houses of prayer & worship for the Lord all over CT and beyond.”

WHAT IS DAVID’S TENT?
David’s Tent DC is a gathering place for the Church of America to publicly worship Jesus from the highest point of our nation – the grounds of the National Mall in Washington DC. We are inspired by King David, who pitched a tent near his palace and hired more than 4,000 worshipers to minister to the Lord there continually throughout David’s 33 year reign. David made worship central for his nation, and it brought blessing on the whole nation. In like manner, the cry of our hearts is to minister to the Lord, day and night, in worship from our Capital City. The same presence of the Lord that was in the Ark is now in us as the body of Christ! Our desire is to make a statement to our generation that Jesus is Lord and should be enthroned above every area of our lives and nation. Psalm 22:3 states, “Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” David’s Tent is about defining a culture that is centered around publicly honoring Jesus. We want to see worship in public spaces become the norm, not a special event. Amos 9:11 speaks of the restoration of the fallen Tent of David, meaning that a descendant of David would once again be on the throne. This is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who has been crowned King of the Ages! David’s Tent DC is a national confession that Jesus is Lord of America and that we receive Him as such. A new normal is being set—that America’s capital city will be known as the place where the nation gathers to worship Jesus.

As a family, we are excited to serve in many different ways and lead worship while we are there too! We get to be a part of a 10,000 hour love song beginning at 7pm on September 11th, 2015!  The song will run continuously through the presidential Election day, November 8th, 2016. David’s tent will run for 424 days!!!  We feel uniquely called to serve this ministry as a family.”

Zack, Becky, Grace, David and Anna Mitchell

What will we be doing as staff of David’s Tent? As part of the staff of David’s tent, we will be serving both inside & outside the tent during our time as a family. We may be required to spend at least 3 hours at the tent daily. Some of the staff duties include: checking in the bands that come, keeping the tent neat and orderly, greeting guests, dealing with law enforcement and park service personnel, keeping watch over the tent as security, and also filling in any empty worship slots that remain un-booked. Staff should also be ready to share the gospel at any time, as tourists and curious passers-by stop frequently to ask questions. We will also participate in evangelistic outreach and missions in DC, being a light to the city in which we live, even as we worship! As a family, we are excited to serve in many different ways and lead worship while we are there too! We get to be a part of a 10,000 hour love song beginning at 7pm on September 11th, 2015! The song will run continuously through the presidential Election day, November 8th, 2016. David’s tent will run for 424 days!!! We feel uniquely called to serve this ministry as a family.

OUR BIG NEWS:  The Lord is calling the Mitchell family (our worship leaders) to go to Washington D.C. to serve at David’s Tent for the next year.

“Our desire is to minister & bless the Lord at all times before His throne in prayer & worship. Our calling to help build up houses of prayer & worship led us and our three children (Grace(12), David(9) & Anna(6) to the Hartford House of Prayer known as the House of Good Hope in Hartford, Connecticut in May 2013, where we continue to lead prayer & worship times. With our eyes fixed on the Lord, we desire to be used as conduits of His Glory, filled with the Holy Spirit in helping prepare the bride of Christ, ministering to the Lord before His throne day & night, never letting the fire on the altar go out. Our family had been in a season of preparation & transition for years waiting on the Lord expectantly. Last summer (2014), the Lord gave us the “yes!” to begin the journey of homeschooling all 3 of our children with the hope of moving & going wherever He moves us in His timing. Having the flexibility to go & minister to the Lord, as a family, to where He sends us, gives us great peace. We’re willing & waiting on Him to take us whenever & wherever He calls us. We feel called to David’s tent this fall and if the Lord desires, to build houses of prayer & worship for the Lord all over CT and beyond.”

WHAT IS DAVID’S TENT?
David’s Tent DC is a gathering place for the Church of America to publicly worship Jesus from the highest point of our nation – the grounds of the National Mall in Washington DC. We are inspired by King David, who pitched a tent near his palace and hired more than 4,000 worshipers to minister to the Lord there continually throughout David’s 33 year reign. David made worship central for his nation, and it brought blessing on the whole nation. In like manner, the cry of our hearts is to minister to the Lord, day and night, in worship from our Capital City. The same presence of the Lord that was in the Ark is now in us as the body of Christ! Our desire is to make a statement to our generation that Jesus is Lord and should be enthroned above every area of our lives and nation. Psalm 22:3 states, “Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” David’s Tent is about defining a culture that is centered around publicly honoring Jesus. We want to see worship in public spaces become the norm, not a special event. Amos 9:11 speaks of the restoration of the fallen Tent of David, meaning that a descendant of David would once again be on the throne. This is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who has been crowned King of the Ages! David’s Tent DC is a national confession that Jesus is Lord of America and that we receive Him as such. A new normal is being set—that America’s capital city will be known as the place where the nation gathers to worship Jesus.

As a family, we are excited to serve in many different ways and lead worship while we are there too! We get to be a part of a 10,000 hour love song beginning at 7pm on September 11th, 2015!  The song will run continuously through the presidential Election day, November 8th, 2016. David’s tent will run for 424 days!!!  We feel uniquely called to serve this ministry as a family.”

Zack, Becky, Grace, David and Anna Mitchell

DO YOU TRUST ME?

This Monday, we will  finish our last class on “Communion With God” in our weekly School of Prayer at House of Good Hope.  I personally started this class on my own last winter, long before it was introduced in the School of Prayer.  I started it originally with the goal of obtaining college credit.  But the class was so good, I then introduced it on Monday nights.  Many told me they’ve learned so much, said how great it was!   Mark Virkler excellently teaches us how to hear God’s voice, and he taught us many tools on how to do this.  Everyone in our class now knows the 4 basic keys: 1. Quiet yourself down 2. Look for vision 3. Tune in to spontaneity 4. Write what you hear God say to you. All this looks very simple, but it’s a discipline I found we still need to learn.  I was doing some of it, but not all 4 steps.  Following all 4 has stretched and challenged me.  And this comes from a seasoned journalist!  I’ve been journaling almost all of my life: since I was 13 years old, after I read the book – Diary of Anne Frank.  Her story so moved me, I decided to write down my thoughts and keep a record of my life. I’ve kept this up ever since, now have a bookcase full of my journals. Everyone who comes to this house of prayer knows how strongly I emphasize the importance of keeping a journal, I regularly hand out notebooks to encourage those to start journaling.  But one thing I’ve not done is to record all that what I... read more

Weekly updates

  HARP & BOWL WORSHIP AND INTERCESSION Sunday, May 31 4-6 PM 107 Forster Street, #2 Hartford CT 06106 Twice a month we get together to  pray, every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.  We use the “harp & bowl” format of worship and intercession as described in Revelation 5:8-10 and modeled at the International House of Prayer, Kansas City MO www.ihopkc.org .  The Harp and Bowl style of worship, which features musical prayer, derives its name from Revelation 5:8, which describes heavenly creatures which each “had a harp” and “were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”  A common feature of harp and bowl worship is antiphonal singers, who use the Bible as a song book along with spontaneous instrumental accompaniment.  Ephesians 5:19 instructs us to make music in our hearts to the Lord. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16 –17, we are told to be joyful always and to pray constantly. “Harp and Bowl” combines music and prayer, one empowering the other; worship makes prayer enjoyable and sustainable for longer periods. This allows us to connect with the Holy Spirit and joyfully flow in our prayers. God promised in Isaiah 56:7 to give His worshipers joy in His house of prayer. Many are discovering that through joyful prayer, they are being drawn deeper into the heart of God.  In “Harp and Bowl”, the intercession is rooted in intimacy and encounter with God; we pray using Scriptures as the starting point and pattern for our prayers, and the musicians and singers function as intercessors just as much as the prayer leaders. The prayer leaders speak their... read more

5th Annual Bible Reading Marathon Recap

Glory to God! PRAISE GOD for the blessing and the privilege to be able to read His Word publicly in a FREE country! We finished reading through the Bible on Wednesday, May 13th at 12:15pm & started reading in the book of Matthew again until 10pm where we concluded the 5th Annual Bible Reading Marathon in John 16! Nearly 400 readers from over 49 different churches & Christian ministries from all parts of Connecticut & Massachusetts participated: Hartford East Hartford Bloomfield Windsor South Windsor Seymour the CT Shoreline the CT Valley Shoreline, Norwalk Danbury Middletown Manchester Kensington Cromwell & New Britain The Bible was read in: English French Vietnamese Creole 4 Indian languages Italian Igbo (one of the languages in Nigeria) & several people read in Spanish!! The 3 youngest readers were all 12-years old: 1 young lady from Cromwell & twins from Hartford! “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but is shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) To view some GREAT pictures … just click here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/wihsradio/vz62 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * By the way … the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer was on Thursday, May 7th (the 1st day of the Bible Reading Marathon). At 12noon, representatives for the National Day of Prayer were in an airplane flying over the city of Hartford (including the State Capitol) praying for the state of... read more

A Trickle is Beginning to Flow

Something is beginning to flow here in Connecticut…….. “Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; there was water flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east….”  Ezekiel 47:1 This morning, as I read this passage from Ezekiel, the Lord reminded me again of a vision I had years ago: I saw the Church, a small country church sitting on a small hill.  It was so small that didn’t look like much, it looked small weak, insignificant.  There was very dark all around the church, but the lights were on inside this church.  In fact the lights were blazing so brightly the windows glowed a bright yellow-orange.  The sound coming from this little church was the sound of deep, intense, slow and resonating worship.  It was the sound of worship that came from the depths of hearts pouring out their passion, their lives and their hearts out to God.  Oh the sweetness of the sound that came out of this building!  The deep, slow, heart-wrenching worship!  The melody wasn’t one of the pretty songs we hear in church, in fact some of the people were singing out of tune.  But the sound was so sweet and so intense because the worship came from the depths of their beings.  It was the type of worship that I knew pleased the heart of God.  It was the type of worship that changed the atmosphere.  The church was small, the people were few, but the worship came from those who were passionately in love with Jesus and were actively pouring out their hearts to Him.  Everyone; every... read more

Wanting More of Him

Wanting More of Him   What on Earth Does That Mean?   You might say, how can we want more of God, when we, who are born again, already have ALL of Him. As I pondered how I would answer this, I thought of relationships. I remember when I dated my husband that he would drop me off, after a date and go home. I was so enamored by him that I wouldn’t even take off my coat, but wait for his expected call. Mind you, we had already spent an evening together, but it didn’t seem enough. We became engaged. While II enjoyed the promise of commitment, I longed for the day when we would not have to part again. Waiting seemed to increase my anticipation of being exclusively together and alone. After the Wedding, we moved into our first apartment. Having him all to myself was heavenly. Throughout the years, by seeking and pursuing, we have come to learn a lot about each other. It is in the crucible of life that I learned more about my husband’s love and dedication for me. I have learned that he will be with me in good times and bad and in sickness and health. I learned that more than anyone here on earth, he knows me. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. He has been my greatest cheerleader and friend. He has found it in his heart to forgive me…time and time again. He laughs at my silly jokes and has cheered me on with my various artistic endeavors… He sees the best of me as well as part... read more

Hidden Away in Plain Sight

We think about a monastic life being like monks, hidden away, praying in caves. For 10 days, in commemoration of Rosh Hashanah and in conjunction with the 40 Days of Worship in CT…there are people Worshipping and Praying…Day and Night…24/7…at the House of Good Hope in Hartford CT. Well, you are probably saying that we are not hidden. Well if you are looking at the House and us from an earthly perspective, I can see where you are coming from. We’re in a Big Inner City. There is busy traffic all day long. It is close to gas stations and restaurants. It’s not too far from Hartford Hospital. People pass a nondescript Cape Cod home, all day long. There is a sign on the façade and sometimes I have wondered how many have read the sign. Is anyone curious? Or in the hustle and bustle of life, is it just like passing a church on every corner. But inside, hidden in plain sight, are men, women and even children who are giving honor to a King. Actually, it is no earthly King but Jesus who is the King of Kings. Inside are many forms of expression…music…singing…out loud prayer…silent prayer…dancing…playing instruments…drawing, painting and creating…and a posture of love and adoration for King Jesus. What goes on in that House supersedes any legislation…any marches for causes…any political lobbying…anything of self-effort. The world and the people outside say things like “Thank you very much I CAN run my life on my own.” Those praying inside are saying “Lord, there is not one thing I (we) can do without You.” The atmosphere in... read more

Nonstop Worship and Prayer

July 6, 2013 My heart aches for nonstop worship and prayer! Oh how I long for a place where we can come in, sit on the floor and pray worship God nonstop; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Oh for a place where we can stop by no matter what time of day or what day of week. Where the place never closes! Oh God! Can I have that place? Can I help build that place? Show me how? Guide me? Lead me? Direct me?” I wrote that in my journal on July 6 of this year, when I was sitting in a church waiting for service to start. My heart was aching for deep intense worship, where it never had to end. I longed for a place where time seemed not to matter, there was a flow of the Spirit, prayer was according to God’s leading, not according to man’s schedule. A place where we can soak in God’s Presence and not be told we have to leave because service was over and they have to lock the building. A place where worship doesn’t have to stop or be put in a box because it was time for the pastor to preach. I’ve read about times & places like that. Places where time seemed to stop. People would come at different times, some would stay for hours. It wasn’t about the teaching, the people who came, or the technical skill of the worship leaders. People came because they wanted to meet with God. Preaching came up as Holy Spirit moved upon a heart, not because someone... read more

10 Days of Prayer

Join us on an experiment: TEN DAYS OF PRAYER September 4-14, 2013   “COULD YOU NOT WATCH WITH ME ONE HOUR?”   “The Moravian Community of Herrnhut in Saxony, in 1727, commenced a round-the-clock “prayer watch” that continued nonstop for over a hundred years. FACT: By 1791, 65 years after commencement of that prayer vigil, the small Moravian community had sent 300 missionaries to the ends of the earth. Could it be that there is some relationship between those two facts? Is fervent intercession a basic component in world evangelization? The answer to both questions is surely an unqualified “yes.”  That heroic eighteenth-century evangelization thrust of the Moravians has not received the attention it deserves. But even less heralded than their missionary exploits is that hundred-year prayer meeting that sustained the fires of evangelism”.  *Copyright © 1982 by the author or Christianity Today/Christian History magazine. This all started with a handful of people who were hungry for more of God.  They covenanted  together to pray around the clock, each taking one hour a day in rotation, which lasted 100 years.  This round the clock prayer meeting that revolutionized world evangelization started with just 24 people!  They fervently believed the “fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not go out…..”  (Leviticus 6:12)   Can it be done again today?  Can it be done in Hartford CT, of all places?  Of course it can!  All we need is as few as 24 hungry souls who will enter into covenant to watch and pray one hour daily in one location on a rotating schedule, covering 24 hours of nonstop prayer.... read more

Bridal Love

“Let Him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!   For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out…”   Song of Songs 1:4    For years I struggled with teaching on “bridal love”, have even been offended with some of the teaching I believed that came from IHOP. It seemed like many of their worship songs I heard had the words “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth” somewhere in the melody.  I would cringe whenever I heard those words sung!  I believed that teaching bordered on the wrong kind of intimacy many intercessors fall into, especially women.  Over the years of my leading intercession for Connecticut I’ve met many an off-balanced intercessor who reveled in unbiblical teaching that made them feel good.  This “intimacy” thing was a bit too much when there was a lost and dying world out there that needed our concentrated prayers and intercession.  I believed we need to focus our intercession on “those out there”, not on ourselves or our relationship with the Lord.  I believed in that old church cliche: “if we take care of God’s business, He will take care of ours”. Then there came the day when the Lord directed me to take another look at IHOP, listen more closely to their teaching.   I realized if I am called to raise up a house of prayer, I need to learn from those who were successful at it.  International House of Prayer in Kansas City MO has been in existence for over 13 years and is growing.... read more

PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN

“The son of a Connecticut kindergarten teacher stormed her Newtown school this morning, sources said, shooting and killing 20 children and six adults in the worst elementary school shooting in American history.  Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire first at the Sandy Hook Elementary School’s office, then in his mother’s kindergarten class, authorities told NBC News. The Associated Press has identified Adam’s mother as Nancy Lanza.  The shooter himself died as well, and one of his family members was found dead in a Newtown home.  State police have not confirmed the name during any news conference held on Friday. They said they will, but it is not appropriate to do so yet. “Evil visited this community today,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said during a news conference at 6 p.m.” Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/State-Police-Responding-to-Shooting-at-School-Police–183498401.html#ixzz2F4h1VGxK   My heart is so grieved at the tragedy one of our Connecticut schools has suffered!  I keep wondering what kind of lunacy would possess someone to do something as horrendously terrible as killing a classroom of innocent children and their teacher?   I also know that something like this can lead people, even Christians into a place of helpless bitterness.  “Where was God at a time like this?”  We will never know why, but this is a time for us to not question but to pray. Tomorrow morning our Christmas worship celebration has been scheduled, but plans have been changed.  We will not be celebrating, instead we will be praying.  We will spend the morning interceding for our children, especially for those who had lost their children through tragedy such as this. You are encouraged to join us in prayer... read more

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