Most folks have no idea what the purpose of a church is because they have never visited one. Many who belong to a church or a vision cannot tell you why that church or vision even exists. It gets worse, some pastors can’t tell you exactly what the purpose of their church is. A Catholic priest will tell you the purpose of their church is to celebrate the mass. Very few understand the “mass”, it was once done in Latin which created a great atmosphere for taking a nap. Maybe Jesus the Lord of the church can tell us what He intended His church to be!
Mathew 21:3 And Jesus said, My house (church) shall be called the house of prayer (worship) but you have made it a den of thieves.
When Jesus went into the community church He found it full of animals that men were selling for the offerings. They took the purpose of the church and used it to make a fast buck. Even to this day men are using church traditions to make money for themselves. Some sell beer, coffee and popcorn to enjoy during the “service”. One man solicited a certain monetary gift in exchange for a special prayer. One time a couple of televangelists had a large ministry and they cried and bawled, until good hearted Christians sent them millions.
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over them and anoint them with oil.
If a church is a house of prayer then the sick can come and get prayer for their healing. If a church practices the science of religion there are no affective prayers for anyone. Bible prayers are a form of worship because they come from the Word of God. Man’s prayers are a combination of what they think God says and what they want for themselves. When I was a Catholic once a year the priest would take two candles and lay them near your throat, then he would “pray” in the name of saint blaze. It accomplished nothing but it satisfied the desire for something “religious”!
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect (useless, void) unto you, whose ever of you justified by the law, you are fallen from grace.
The law was the “religion” of the day, the Jews believed that if they obeyed the commandments they would qualify for a place in Heaven. The Apostle Paul preached Jesus to them and they all said the sinners prayer. Some orthodox Jews came in among them and convinced them to reenter the law, thus they kicked Christ and His grace out of their church. They went back to their Old Testament prayers that had expired, when Jesus gave the believers a better covenant founded on better promises.
Fortress of Joy is a house of prayer, not one prayer but all prayers Jesus died to give us. Every member of Fortress of Joy should be praying for and about everything. A life not founded on prayer is a life that is at the mercy of nature. In our house God is worshipped, intercession is made for the lost, the sick receive prayer and nothing is left to change. We are a house of prayer and every prayer of every member is important, thank you for your faithfulness.
The devil is a thief,
he has come to kill, destroy, and steal.
The devil has a word,
but my Lord has the final Word.
I choose to ignore the devil,
I don’t believe what he says.
I love the Word of my Lord,
He speaks only the truth.
His Name is greater than the thief, so I will be blessed.
YEAR OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION
Protection for: People who are innocently being lured to America with false promises from our leadership. Lord, protect those people especially the children. Protect them and our nation from the flood of drugs, cartels, terrorists, traffickers and all the diseases that now have access to our cities and citizens. Post angels along our southern border. Expose the evil. Praying for our law officials and National Guard on the front lines. Give them protection and wisdom.
We pray in agreement with your Word: Luke 8:17 “Nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light”. Truth cannot be hidden. The truth sets us free. Jesus is the Way, Truth and Light! Give the Righteous leaders boldness, wisdom and strength as they fight on the front lines. Give them every tool they need to carry out your will Father. Every person who is in a place of authority that does not have a legal “God right” to be there will be transformed or removed.
ALL LEGAL MATTERS: We pray for those legally gathering up and exposing the enemy’s lies. Protection for them and their families. All cover-ups and deeds done in darkness against the United States of America will have complete exposure. God’s plans and purpose for America will prevail.