Sarah and I are asked often, “Why do you do IHOP?” Honestly, it’s a question we ask ourselves frequently. It’s in the asking that our hearts are driven back into the heart of the Lord for our lives. We believe that we have been set in the house of the Lord (Is 62:6). We desire to be among a company of believers who will cry out night and day in prayer asking the Lord for a breakthrough in Jerusalem and in cities of the earth. To say it simply, our primary calling is the same as every other believer…. to know God and to make Him known, working together to fulfill the Great Commission building the church. We believe this includes spreading the fame of Jesus in winning the lost, healing the sick, making disciples, building Godly families, doing works of justice and compassion, and impacting society.
Go… and make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Mt. 28:19-20)
I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Mt. 16:18)
Jesus said “Make disciples”. We believe this means equipping others to love God and people with all their hearts. Jesus said “Go”. We believe one goes by mobilizing the work of the kingdom locally and abroad. Jesus said, “I will build”. Jesus builds by gathering the workers together to function as the family of God. It’s our desire to walk out the Great Commission along side every believer on earth.
In addition, we believe the Lord gives specific assignments in context to the Great Commission. Our assignment includes keeping a 24/7 sanctuary of worship with intercession in the spirit of the tabernacle of David. We keep a 24/7 sanctuary to minister to God, release His power, and encounter His heart.
But the priest… the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me… (Ezek. 44:15)
We minister to God by declaring His worth in priestly ministry in an unceasing way on earth as He is ministered to continually in heaven (Mt 6:10). We labor in intercession to release God’s power to win the lost, revive the church, and transform society as we do works of justice and compassion. We encounter God to receive greater grace to love and obey God with all our heart. We grow in revelation of the Word to see the majesty of God as our Father and of Jesus as the Bridegroom, King, and Judge and to gain insight in to His will, ways, and plans and to understand the unique dynamics of His end-time plan to transition the earth to the age to come.
Sarah and I have had the privilege of leading in the House of Prayer for over ten years. In the grace of God we will be able to give many more years to walking out the Great Commission in this context.
Clay and Sarah Edwards