The Prayer House - The Story of 133 Lake Street

The Prayer House

"...Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!... For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forever." Psalm 133:1, 3

Since 2008, a quiet miracle has been taking place. A number of brothers and sisters in Christ have been regularly enjoying the blessings of this move of God, but the Lord wishes to invite many others into this miracle, and so we want to offer it to you, as He has offered it to us. What is this? The Fort Collins House of Prayer; a house completely set apart for prayer -- a place where God's People from various Christian churches and groups are coming together to experience His Presence, and deepen in their love. This is happening. Before I explain how you may join in, let me tell you how it all began...

In the Spring of 2008, the Lord began to impress upon some of us brethren His desire for a city-wide prayer house that would be open to all Christians in the Fort Collins-Loveland area. It did not take long for us to grow in greater conviction to find such a place, especially after others from outside of our fellowship confirmed this direction. We came to the conviction, "If God wanted a house of prayer where those who loved Him could gather to worship and pray, He should have it!" As time passed, and we found our own personal and community expressions of worship to grow and deepen, our conviction to do this very thing doubled, and we resolved we must obtain and then set aside a house for this very purpose.

As we continued to seek the Lord as to specifics, it became clearer to us that this house of prayer should be near Colorado State University, very near -- not even more than a block a way! Although we were not a student group, we knew God wanted a place where His Presence could be sensed by those currently seeking Him, certainly the student is more naturally open to seek God than that average settled, and "rooted" suburbanite.

With that vision and direction, a couple of brethren from our community responded to this word by looking for houses near campus. After pursuing a number of leads that led into dead ends, they turned to the Lord and asked Him for clearer direction. "What do you want Lord? Where is it?" A piece of the answer to that prayer came when one of the brethren heard the Lord say, "stone". "Stone?" What did that mean? Would the house have a pile of stones in the front of it? Was it a brick house? Would there be a stone walkway leading up to the front steps? There was not one house where the word "stone" made any sense -- even with a stretch of the imagination!

A while later a couple decided to drive down Lake Street to see if there were any houses that could be a candidate for the Prayer House. At first they wondered about even driving down that street, given that Lake Street consists mostly of CSU warehouses, offices and assorted utility buildings. Then one of them remarked, "Wouldn't it be great if we could find a house on Lake St., just to honor the memory of John Lake, the great revivalist of the last century?"

Yes, that would be wonderful! This man of God, who lived at the turn of the 20th Century, had been mightily used by the Spirit to bring physical healing to over 200,000 people, and was an initial fire-starter of the great South African revival which led millions to Christ. It would be tremendous to have house of prayer on Lake Street that would stand as both a reminder and a symbol of God's desire to do such works. Certainly, his fervent prayer, faith, and obedience, along with many others, opened a window in heaven, that stirred God's People to expect His love and power in a way that we are in need of today.

As the brethren continued their drive down Lake St., one house caught their eye. Amazing! Every wall of this house was made up of a mosaic of large slate stones! That was it! Above the porch, appeared a small sign, with a phone number, and the words, "For Rent." It stood out like a divine invitation.

When the two brethren returned home, they reported their find to another concerned brother. After giving him the news, he asked, "Did it have a sitting porch?" "Why?", they asked. "Well, while praying for the house, I received an internal vision. I saw a sitting porch with a rocking chair." He saw what we saw. Yes, it had a sitting porch, ... and a rocking chair. So there, it was. The house of "stone", less than one half block away from CSU.

They immediately phoned the number on the for rent sign, and scheduled a meeting with the landlord. The landlord asked $700 a month, a bit more than they expected. The brethren knew God had led them to the house, but wanting to be good stewards, they took a week to pray, asking God to give yet another confirmation of their find. As those days passed, other prospective renters approached the landlord making strong offers to rent the property. "We will take the house, right now, if you will let us rent it." ... "We will pay you cash..."... "We will pay you more than you are asking." To all of these offers, the landlord's answer was the same, "No." The landlord was waiting to hear from the brethren who had first approached him. When they did get back to him a week later, they made an offer. This time, the landlord said, "Yes." Today the house on 133 Lake Street is dedicated to God as a house of prayer. (To this day, we remain grateful to God for our landlord. May God bless him!)

The Lord did it! But there was more God wanted to reveal to us. The address number: 133. It had special divine significance. Of course! The number was the same number of a chapter in the Psalms, the great blessing God would long to pour out on those who would live in unity...

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron's beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forever." Psalm 133.

Suddenly, we began to understand that God did indeed have a very specific house in mind. It was not that He primarily wanted a house of stone. The "stones" "flagged" the house, directing our attention to the address, which pointed us to the chapter and message of this psalm. Now we understood God was leading us to this house to be the prayer house for a purpose we had not anticipated. Yes, a house of "stone", founded on the Rock, Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18), where those who would come together could be drawn by the Spirit to stand in Him, and there, to pray for and discover the blessing, ... a river of the Spirit ("oil") that will flow into a move of God that will weld His People to love Him, and one another into a such a glorious unity others will be drawn to God's love (John 17:20-26, 1 John 1:1-7).

We share this story to encourage you. We share our story to welcome you. This is the Lord's house, no one else's. If you have been seeking God for a place to pray with others who likewise share your hunger, we want you to know God has been listening! God gives you this house as a beginning answer to your prayers. All we need to do to receive this gift, is to soften our hearts toward one another, put aside any spirit that would divide us, and resolve to give ourselves to loving as He is love. Yes, He really wants us to do this from love, and, yes, He really wants us to do this together.

If you are of Him, and He has stirred you to pray with others who wish to lift up "one prayer, with one voice" before the Father, please come and join us the second week of each month, where persons take an hour or more, so the whole week is covered in prayer, 24/7. If this week is full, and each hour is assigned, prayer will flow into the next week. When that week is full, on to the next, and again until each month, every month will be covered in prayer by a people who care about what God cares about. This is not as difficult as you might think. We have already been able to do a full 24/7 week once a month for nine months now. The key is having enough people doing it together. We know that this is how God wants it to be. He wants us to need one another.

Imagine what such a prayer covering could mean for CSU, and our area at large? Although we have just begun, already God is pouring out blessings. Brothers and sisters from different churches and groups who never knew each other are praying blessings upon one another as one prayer shift ends, and another begins. Many, just opening the door to the prayer room, get an immediate sense of the presence of angels. Even if there is not another brother or sister present, it is obvious to most that he or she will not worship alone.

God is already pouring out His oil of blessing. Some, neither expecting or asking for such, have been healed while in prayer at the prayer house. On another occasion, a sister began to tremble as she witnessed a thin mist of a cloud to begin to fill the prayer room, cover her, leaving her weak, and in holy fear ...and to keep coming back for more. Still another sensed a similar heaviness, and a supernatural "brush" against his shoulders, that led him to wonder if he were in the presence of an angel. On yet another time, a couple of brothers were surprised to discover that on separate prayer shifts each felt oil drops fall from the ceiling to land on their heads.

Regardless of these experiences, each person who comes to pray experiences the peace and presence of God, and is enabled to pray in ways he or she could not elsewhere. Beyond all of this, of greatest importance is that each who comes to consistently pray grows in a deeper relationship with God, that opens the person to God's love, and to the power that leads them to love others. Truly all of this is a work of the Holy Spirit which no man or group can claim to their credit.

In closing I want to share one more God encounter which occurred in the prayer house. A brother was led to pray before the framed text of Psalm 133. While praying, looking at the passage in front of him, God "dropped" a Word on him: "Unity is precious to me. Is it precious to you?" He knew the Lord was asking for a response. Everyone wants unity, but few are willing to pay the price to work with the Spirit toward that end. Many are willing to attend meetings, few are willing to share their lives -- "dwell together in unity". He knew that if he said, "Yes, Lord, unity is precious to me, as it is to You." He would have to give up preferences, agendas, comforts, and most of all an independent spirit that wants to do things our own way. He said "Yes". His first step is to join himself in prayer with others at the prayer house so the word could be realized through his life and those that join him in prayer there.

If you are still reading this, it is more than likely that this is what you want too.

If you would like to learn how you can join with others and cover our area with 24/7 prayer, please contact us for more information...

133prayerhouse@gmail.com

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