May 2021: Our Ladies House Of Prayer
"Therefore, behold I will allure her, and will lead her into the wilderness: and I will speak to her heart." (Osee 2:14)
We have begun working on our plan to establish a house of prayer in a rural setting and retiring there for prayer.
The first thing we are looking for is land, between 20 and 40 acres with a price under $100,000. Our location needs a good internet connection, DSL is preferred as we do not think satellite internet will be sufficient for our needs.
Also zoning must be favorable for having multiple laura (small sheds for people to live in and retire to prayer) as well as a place for a church building. This is in addition to the first stage home we are planning to put on the property. We would like a place where we can have a full walk out basement. We also need a place to set up RV hookups, so people can come visit in their RV or trailer.
For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down, and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it:" (Luke 14:28)
We are open to any place in the United States and will consider any piece of property. We consider to complete the first stage of this project will require $350,000. We ask your prayers and assistance to assemble sufficient funds to move forward with this project.
"Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it." [Psalms 126:1]
Much more could be said on the material side of this project, but the main desire is spiritual.
Apocalypse 12:14: "And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert, unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the face of the serpent."
The two wings of a great eagle are either faith and prayer, or the love of God and fear of offending Him, depending on which commentator you read. And so we need to obtain these virtues, while in the desert. Now this desert is not a place devoid of all life. The word actually means: "forsaken, abandoned, deserted." It is possible we may be in a place that has been forsaken by the world, one of persistent poverty to use the modern designation for places where the poor live.
"And the book of Isaias the prophet was delivered unto him. And as he unfolded the book, he found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart, to preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward." (Luke 7:17-19) When John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus, Jesus told them: "The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them." (Matthew 11:5)We desire to preach the gospel to all and support our preaching with assiduous prayer.
Often Jesus retired alone to pray, because prayer is the life blood of our spiritual life. Saint Paul writes: "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17) In fact our lives should be a living prayer and the purpose of this project is to establish a place of prayer. We plan on having space available so that you also can come for a time and retire to prayer.
Saint Paul advises married people: "Defraud not one another, except, perhaps, by consent, for a time, that you may give yourselves to prayer; and return together again, lest Satan tempt you for your incontinency." (I Corinthians 7:5) We all need to retire for a time to prayer away from the distractions of the world and it is our hope to establish a place for this very purpose.
The world runs on prayer, and it is our duty as Christians to pray for the needs of the Church and even the world. Today the world need conversion and repentance. Let us remember that conversion and repentance, like charity, begins at home.
Saint John Chrysostom calls the home a little church, in that all of our homes should be houses of prayer. From time to time we all need to retire away from the distractions of home to a place to devote ourselves to prayer.
Then God call some to a life of prayer and solitude. We hope to accommodate them as well. And let us pray for God's guidance as we move forward.