Highlights from IHOP–KC’s annual Prayer and Prophetic Conference
Around 1,500 people attended IHOP–KC’s annual Prayer and Prophetic Conference during the weekend of October 14–16. Mike Bickle, Allen Hood, Lou Engle, and others from the IHOP–KC leadership team spoke about the biblical principles of prophecy and gave practical tips for hearing and communicating prophetic words of exhortation, encouragement, and edification from the Lord to those who encounter in daily life.
Mike Bickle exhorted us to walk in the values, doctrine, power, purity, unity, and maturity modeled by the New Testament church. We stand at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. We must respond to God with zeal for righteousness and justice and earnestly desire spiritual gifts. Mike provided long-term vision and practical tips for developing a prophetic spirit and walking faithfully in the prophetic ministry. God is establishing His Church in supernatural boldness in prophecy, as He raises up the greatest prayer and worship movement in history.
Speaking about prayer, Mike encouraged us to see that it is at the same time a great privilege and a fierce struggle, a place of abiding in Christ and of connecting with the Spirit who energizes us to love God, causing us to overflow in love for others.
Lou Engle reminded us that prophecy is not only a gift to the Church given for courage and edification, but it is the very testimony of Jesus and the counsel of God’s heart. Prophecy is a tool given for the full maturation of the Body of Christ, and brings us into agreement with the heart of God. We should seek to communicate God’s heart, desires, and plans by prophesying in accordance with what He has already said in His written Word.
God desires a people who are set apart for His glory, a prophetic Church commissioned as His witnesses. In his message, Allen Hood called for an entire generation to be endued with power from on high. We can only be sustained by encounter with the Holy One. Now is the time to consecrate ourselves to His service.