It was in the fall of 2005

that the Lord began to stir my heart in the passage of Psalm 127, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.” At the time I had no idea the meaning of it, much less the journey he had me on. I just felt that He wanted me to focus on it. Daily I would read it, pray and meditate on it, declare it, and in the fall of 2005, I even wrote a song about it called, “God’s Building a House.” For several months, I was simply caught up in seeking out a deeper meaning of the passage. Then in February 2006 (while traveling), the Lord spoke very clearly to my heart concerning this passage. The revelation was this: The house which He was speaking to me about in Psalm 127 was the house of prayer. In that moment, Psalm 127 took on a new meaning as I began to understand it saying, “Unless the Lord builds the house (of prayer).” My understanding went from seeing the passage in the context of family, to nowHe was calling me to build Him a dwelling place - a house of His presence.

After this encounter, He spoke that He would raise me up to help lead the house of prayer. Interestingly, just hours after this revelation was a major confirmation in the connection of the number 127 and the house of prayer. On this day in February, the Lord forever marked me concerning Psalm 127 and building the house of prayer - a corporate dwelling place! After pondering this (house of prayer and my involvement) for several weeks, I submitted it to my pastor. I walked him through the short journey from fall until then, sharing how I wanted to walk in all that the Lord had for me. At the time, I was leading worship, teaching, and traveling in both areas. Upon sharing my heart, my pastor immediately threw me into their (local) prayer ministry. At the time, it was led by staff pastors and others who were willing and was wide open for me to jump in and lead. So, I did just that. In April of 2006, I started leading the prayer ministry, which soon became the One27 House of Prayer. The name reflected the core passage of Psalm 127. To be quite honest, I didn’t know how to lead a prayer ministry, I had never been trained to do so… I was just thrown in the middle. Although somewhat active in the place of prayer, I never considered myself a strong intercessor. Quite clearly my zeal was well ahead of my experience. To make a long story short, I led the prayer ministry for 4 1/2 years. During this time, (only by the grace of God) we raised up 7 weekly “on-campus” prayer sets, hosted annual prayer walks, as well as hosted the Repair the Breach conference - an event that He used to show the severity of building the house of prayer. To say the least, I learned a lot.

It was in fall of 2009 that the Lord began to stir my heart for the house of prayer establishing it’s own location. A place connected to the citywide and local church, just not in the same location and under the same roof, but it’s own entity. A place with a primary emphasis on prayer and worship by raising up intercessors, musicians, singers, and messengers. Not knowing what to do with this passion, I sought the Lord’s direction, only pondering it in my heart. This pondering would be well over a year process, from the fall of 2009 to fall of 2010. In January of 2011, I began to call a gathering together of those who desired the same – to see a place set apart for the dwelling place of God by an emphasis of prayer, worship and intercession. Meeting from house to house, we would simply seek the Lord together in prayer, worship, fasting, and fellowship. It was a sweet and powerful season! Soon we were given a place to meet on Sundays by the Chambers family.  This place was a small, cozy restaurant on called "Starwood Mountain Dining Co."  which happened to be closed for business on Sundays. That lasted only a few months, and in May of 2011, we obtained a storefront building in London, KY, where we hosted several prayer meetings a week with concentrated teaching. Toward the middle of 2012, the Lord began to deal with my heart about establishing a house of prayer in my hometown of Somerset. This passion and desire soon became a reality, and in November of 2012, we secured a building in Somerset, KY.  We soon felt the Lord leading us to focus all of our efforts in Somerset, so we planted our stakes, passing the House of Prayer onto some amazing people - now called London House of Prayer. 

We are excited to be part of the worship and prayer movement that the Lord is raising up in this hour. There is no greater honor than making Jesus' name known in the earth, and that is exactly what we exist for. Since the first of 2012, we have hosted several 24-hour worship and prayer events, regional conferences, corporate gatherings and many, many weekly worship and prayer sets. We are looking forward to much growth in the future as we “build Him a dwelling place” by day and night prayer in this great state!  May His kingdom come…

 

Blessings,

ROBBY ATWOOD | DIRECTOR, ONE27 HOUSE OF PRAYER