Part of the calling of FIRE church is to become a house of prayer for all nations. Every member of FIRE can play a part in fulfilling this vision through an active life of private and corporate prayer. Steve and Sabra Alt are the elders responsible for the prayer ministry at FIRE. They want to encourage everyone to find at least one regular prayer meeting to become devoted to as we develop this foundational ministry of the church.
The vision of FIRE’s prayer ministry is to help facilitate a “culture of devotion,” modeled after the church in Antioch in Acts 11 and 13. It was “while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting [that] the Holy Spirit said…” We, too, seek to become a true house of prayer as a lifestyle, and also as an intentional strategy. We accomplish this through times of equipping for prayer, scheduled prayer meetings, corporate meetings devoted to crying out in worship and intercession, and encouraging our home groups to devote time to special prayer every month.
We are passionate about prayer because we’re passionate about the Lord. He is the object of our devotion, and our love for Him is the fuel of our prayers. So our goal is to instill a vision deeply in the heart of our whole congregation to make prayer their supreme priority until it is a lifestyle. Our reason for this, primarily, is because it is our scriptural mandate from Jesus Himself:
“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations”
(Mark 11:17; Isa 56:7; see also John 2:13-17).
We are a royal priesthood, and we want to live up to that graciously-given identity. But fervent prayer is also FIRE’s distinct heritage, having been birthed out of the Brownsville Revival. The foundation, heart, and soul of that revival was the Brownsville church’s radical intercession for divine visitation and souls that preceded the revival, and continued to support it to the end. Fervent prayer is in our spiritual DNA. It’s part of our identity, and we know that God does not move outside of its sphere of influence. Finally, when God first birthed FIRE in Pensacola, good friends of our ministry who were also devoted intercessors told us prophetically that “God would not allow anything you do to succeed if it is not birthed and bathed in prayer.” So with our mandate for revival and revolution, as well as a word like that, we have no choice but to “devote ourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving” (Col 4:2)!
Please join us.
Pre Service Prayer
Cultural Engagement/Dr Brown
Fire School Prayer
Women’s Prayer Meeting
Sunday 9am-9:45am / Sarah Lloyd
1st & 3rd Sunday 7-8pm / Sabra Alt (mod E)
Tuesday 7am-8am (Sept.-May) / Steve Alt
Wednesday 10am-12pm / K. Schmeuszer