On Monday, we moved a different part of İstanbul. This particular area is known to be “more Islamic” than the rest of the city. In fact, it’s even named for the prayers that Muslims pray five times each day. There are fourteen mosques within walking distance (which makes for a lot of noise during the calls to prayer).
Hidden within this area is a place of refuge above the fray. It’s a 24/7 House of Prayer. We are calling it home for the rest of our time in this city.
The beautiful part of all this is that we are spending about 6 hours each day in times of corporate prayer, worship, and intercession for the nation of Turkey. Such an amazing thing to be able to step out on the rooftop terrace, see a view of this great city, and sing “Fire Fall Down”!
Prior to leaving for this trip, our team spent some time in prayer asking for God to give us a vision of the work that He wanted to do. The first item on that three item list was worship. Worship is the avenue by which we enter the presence of God. It is the avenue by which we ask God to move within the hearts and minds of the people of this nation. It is the avenue by which we ask God to redeem and restore this land to its for heritage as a center of Christianity.
Fire fall down!
On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.
For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. (Psalm 100:1, 3-5 MSG)