Welcome to Augsburg House of Prayer: 24/7 prayer in Germany
The Augsburg House of Prayer is place where worship and prayer never stop. It started in 2005 and has grown rapidly since then. The main focus of our ministry is intercession and worship: day and night. Augsburg House of Prayer is the first place in Europe, where worship never stops 24/7. The House of Prayer is not a confraternity or a fellowship where people live together but basically just a center with a prayer room which is open to the public 168 hours per week. The House of Prayer is led by catholic theologian Dr. Johannes Hartl PhD. We have around 20 full-time "House of Prayer Missionaries", 80 volunteer staff memebers and numerous bible school students, interns etc. who help us to keep the fire burning. Christians from all different denominations join together to pray in unity.
Augsburg House of Prayer has become a place of inspiration for many other Houses of Prayer in all of Europe. Up to 4000 people from all European nations come together for the annual MEHR (more) conference in Augsburg. Webstreaming and media from Augsburg House of Prayer reaches up to 100.000 people. The next MEHR-conference will be Jan 3-6 2015.
House of Prayer - what is that?
I will fill them with joy, for my house will be called a House of Prayer for all nations. (adapted from Isaiah 56:7)
A place to meet God. A place where you can be transformed and bring transformation.
Very simply: Jesus is worthy of perpetual worship. Greater than the need for gas stations or police offices to be open 24/7 is the need for God to be exalted by day and by night. In the same time there is a constant urgency to pray without ceasing. As a prophetic voice we want to call back the church to her true identity: the Bride of Christ, that desires him to come back and establish rigtheousness on the earth as it is in heaven.
Every day various two-hour prayer meetings take place that are open to visitors at any time. These prayer meetings are either intercession meetings where there is prayer for important issues or prayer times where passages from the Bible are used for meditation and prayer. There are also special meetings where personal prayer (for example for healing) is offered. In all meetings music, extemporaneous prayer and spontaneity are playing an important role. Because God´s presence is liberating, produces creativity and is fulfilling. About 90 of the 168 weekly hours are led by worship teams with singers and musicians. At other times quiet music from the HiFi is played and the intercessors engage in silent prayer or bible meditation. At all times there is prayer and a team of people in the room praying. And at all times the House of Prayer is a place to encounter God.
Who is behind it?
The Initiative House of Prayer (Initiative Gebetshaus e.V.) is a movement within the Charismatic Renewal Movement of the Catholic Church. Because of the ecumenical openness, however, Christians from other denominations or non-denominational Christians feel at home, too, because prayer unifies all Christians. The initiative was founded in 2005 by Jutta and Johannes Hartl, Doctor of Divinity, Augsburg.
Why all this?
Jesus taught his disciples to pray without ceasing. The Bible clearly promises: if his children diligently seek his presence and ask for his help, he will act on their behalf. God wants to heal people from sicknesses, bring revival to our churches and fellowships and he wants to change our nation. Houses of Prayer - Powerhouses of Prayer - can become the nucleus of God´s intervention in our world. We dream of Houses of Prayer in all larger cities of Germany, where the praises of God can be heard day and night - because he is worthy to be praised and to be loved day and night.
Every Christian has a calling to pray. There are people, however, who have the calling to make prayer and intercession their main occupation. The House of Prayer wants to gather, support and send such people. Full-time prayer-missionaries are being sent out by other Christians like all missionaries and live 100% from the support of personal friends and donators. We believe that God wants to bring forth a considerable number of young prayer missionaries in Germany.
Who pays for all this?
The House of Prayer is supported by donations. Our bank account is:
IBAN: DE07 7509 0300 0002 3334 30