Wednesday, June 15, 2011

99 – Apostolic Prayers- IHOP Worship Team

Before anyone asks, no, not the pancake restaurant.

The International House of Prayer was founded by Mike Bickle in 1999 as a place for prayer and worship music to go on 24 hours a day. Different teams of musicians take two hour blocks, and “intercessory missionaries” live at the center, making prayer their full-time occupation. Sort of a modern twist on monasticism, without the celibacy.

This is a different kind of album. Six tracks, each one focused on a different passage of Scripture. One guy reads different portions of the passage throughout the track, with a female singer singing not only the passage but extemporaneous prayers inspired by the Scripture verses; the band plays in the background. It works very well. When I need some material for meditation purposes this is one of the albums on my list.
Colossians 3:16 says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” IHOP manages to put that verse in action very well.

This is an example of one of the songs on the album, based on Ephesians 1:16-19. The editing of the video isn’t that great but the song is good.


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