The Kona Prayer Room is dedicated to training missionaries in prayer and intercession as they are sent all over the world to share the gospel of Jesus.
Prayer and missions were always meant to go together.
In 2008, a small house of prayer began to grow within YWAM Kona. YWAM is an enormously successful missions movement that has trained and sent thousands of missionaries all over the world for the past 50 years under the leadership of Loren and Darlene Cunningham. In 2010, knowing the importance and value of prayer, they dedicated the nicest room on all of YWAM Kona's property to be a house of prayer.
Since 2010, the Kona Prayer Room has grown rapidly and has become an integral part of YWAM Kona's training for missionaries. Corporate times of intercession and worship and devotional worship times singing the bible are held daily and the Kona Prayer Room is open 24/7 as a sacred space where everyone is welcome to come and meet with God through prayer and studying the bible.
As of 2016, the Kona Prayer Room is now offering full time and part time staff positions under YWAM Kona and the response has been unbelievable!
With fresh vision from the Lord, the Kona Prayer Room continues to grow rapidly. We will begin sending out teams to help strengthen and establish strategic houses of prayer with in the YWAM network later this year. We have also begun to live recordings from the Kona Prayer Room and will have 3 albums released within the year. There is an incredible amount of momentum in the Kona Prayer Room and we are excited for everything the Lord doing and going to do in 2016!
THE significance OF PRAYER WITHIN MISSIONS
Prayer fuels missions as missions fuels prayer.
As intercessory missionaries we do the work of the kingdom from the place of prayer and worship, while embracing a missionary lifestyle and focus.
WHAT DO WE DO IN THE PRAYER ROOM?
We minister to God by declaring His worth unceasingly, reflecting the way He receives worship continually in heaven (Mt. 6:10).
We labor in intercession for the release of God’s power to win the lost, revive the Church, and impact society, while also engaging in works of justice and compassion.
We grow in intimacy with God by personally encountering Him through His indwelling Spirit, receiving greater grace (Jas. 4:6) to love, obey, and partner with Him, as we are fascinated by who He is.
We grow in the understanding of God’s Word, gaining insight into His will, ways, and salvation and learning about His end-time plan to transition the earth to the age to come.
THE ANNA CALLING
Anna was a prophetess (v. 36), intercessor (v. 37), and evangelist (v. 38). The grace for prophetic ministry, intercession, and evangelism came together in one woman.
INTERCESSORY MISSIONARIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Starting with Jesus and the apostles, the New Testament highlights many leaders who gave themselves to prayer in an extravagant way.
Jesus spent long hours in prayer (Mk. 1:35; 6:46; Lk. 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28). Jesus valued Mary of Bethany’s choice to sit before Him; He called it the one thing needed (Lk. 10:38–42). He emphasized prayer, or “watching,” more than any other specific activity when speaking about the generation in which He would return (Mt. 24:42–43; 25:13; Mk. 13:9, 33-38; Lk. 21:36; Rev. 3:3; 16:15).
Paul embraced night-and-day prayer in various seasons and called widows to this ministry (1 Thes. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:5; 2 Tim. 1:3). John the Baptist spent a lot of time communing with the Lord in the wilderness of Judea (Mt. 3), and the apostles were committed to their prayer lives as well (Acts 6:4). An angel explained to Cornelius, a man who “prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2), that his continual prayers were a memorial before God (Acts 10:4).
Prayer was a high priority to the leaders in the New Testament (Acts 1:14, 24; 2:42; 3:1; 4:31; 6:4; 9:11; 10:2, 9, 30-31; 11:5; 12:5, 12; 13:3; 14:23; 16:16, 25; Rom. 8:26; 10:1; 12:12; 1 Cor. 7:5; 2 Cor. 1:11; 9:14; 13:7-9; Eph. 1:17-19; 3:14-20; 6:18; Phil. 1:4, 9-11; 4:6; Col. 1:3, 9-11; 4:2-3; 1 Thes. 3:10; 5:17, 25; 2 Thes. 1:11; 3:1; 1 Tim. 2:8; 4:5; Heb. 13:18; Jas. 5:13-18; Jude 20). Consider just a few of the many statements reflecting the value of prayer in the New Testament (Acts 2:42; 6:4; 12:12; 1 Thes. 3:10; 5:17).
THE END TIME PRAYER MOVEMENT
Throughout history, the house of prayer has been a central part of God’s plan to advance His kingdom. Human history began with daily prayer meetings in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:8). Israel began as a nation in a prayer meeting at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 19:6-20). Israel’s first building project, Moses’ tabernacle, was a worship sanctuary or the first house of prayer (Ex. 25:2).
One of King David's first acts as king over Jerusalem was to establish return the ark and then establish night and day worship called the Tabernacle of David in which he financed 4,000 musicians and 288 singers (1 Chr. 15-16; 23:5; 25:7). The restoration of David’s tabernacle is released to the evangelizing of the nations (Amos 9:11-12, Acts 15:16-17)
The early church began in a prayer meeting and grew in context to a culture of prayer (Acts 1).
Natural history will end in context of a global prayer movement. The conflict at the end of the age will be between two “Houses of Prayer”. The Spirit is raising up the most powerful prayer and worship movement in history (Lk. 18:7-8; Mt. 25:1-13; Rev. 5:8; 6:9-11; 8:3-5; 9:13; 14:3, 18; 16:7; 18:6; 22:17, 20; Isa. 19:20-22; 24:14-16; 25:9; 26:8-9; 27:2-5, 13; 30:18-19; 42:10-13; 43:26; 51:11; 52:8; 59:19-21; 62:6-7; Jer. 31:7; 51:8; Joel 2:12-17, 32; Zeph. 2:1-3; Ps. 102:17- 20; 122:6; 149:6-9; Zech. 8:20-23; 10:1; 12:10; 13:9).
GOD RELEASES JUSTICE IN RESPONSE TO INTERCESSION
Jesus taught that justice is released in connection to night and day prayer. Justice is God making wrong things right. Jesus is the ultimate social reformer. He was the first to connect justice (social reform and making wrong things right) to night and day prayer.
The two sides of God’s justice:
1. Judgment (punishment, vengeance) to the rebellious who resist God’s justice
2. Salvation (deliverance, vindication) to the redeemed as He makes wrong things right for them
Examples of God’s justice (judgment/salvation) that makes wrong things right
Soul winning: God’s judgment on the kingdom of darkness is seen when people get saved
Transformation: God’s judgment on darkness when we impact the seven spheres of society
Revival: God’s judgment on compromise is seen in reviving the Church by the Spirit
Healing: God’s judgment on sickness is seen in the manifestation of healing power
Righteous legislation: God’s judgment on unrighteous legislation (abortion laws, etc.)
Unity (reconciliation): God’s judgment on division in the family, society and the Church
Holiness: God’s judgment on sin in our lives (pride, anger, immorality, covetousness, etc)
Jesus requires night and day prayer as the condition to release justice in its many expressions: first, as an outpouring of power in various geographic regions (“open heaven” as in Acts 1-2) and second, as protection, direction and provision for individuals/ministries. Prayer is a practical expression of the commandment to love one another as it releases deliverance for the needy.
A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS
Our heart is to see missionaries grow in prayer and worship through practical training, teaching and discipleship with the goal of establishing a culture of prayer and worship in every nation leading up to the return of Jesus.