The Mandate

We stand before the Lord in an hour that boldly demands an extravagant and unbroken chorus of worship and prayer to ascend before the throne of heaven and to Him who sits upon that throne. Although history prayer has always been an expression and, at times, even the primary expression, of the Body of Christ, there is an urgently new, but age-old, insistence from heaven for day and night worship and prayer to emerge at this juncture of history. Worship and prayer were always designed to be at the center of not only the function of the Church, but the character of the Church itself. Prayer was never intended to be a ministry in the church, but to be the ministry of the Church. Isaiah 56:7 makes this clear: "For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."


Boston is known worldwide to be a city housing some of the most influential and prestigious universities in America and the world. Harvard and many other well-known institutions are found in the greater Boston area. Many of these universities were established for the purpose of raising up ministers of the gospel. From these classrooms, philosophies are born and bred that are later taught in other universities in America and often the world. From these universities emerge some of the brightest and most talented young adults who go on to be future leaders nationally and internationally in politics, education, business, law, media, arts, etc. 


Our generation has been raised reading and hearing about extraordinary moves of God in past generations. We at JHOP are not content to hear stories or to revel in our history. We want to see the in-break of the Holy Spirit in our generation, to a degree our nation has never experienced. We are living to see the reality of Christ in our generation. Our hearts ache to see the dreams of our forefathers realized in our generation. The dreams of our forefathers that covenanted to the Lord that this nation would be a light to all nations, the dreams of the founders of Harvard that that institution would raise up ministers of the gospel for Christ and His glory, the dreams of Jonathan Edwards to see extraordinary prayer for revival and the advancement of Christ kingdom on the earth.