Why The House of Prayer Should Be Interfaith

Helen Porter
Photo: Amy Carper

Photo: Amy Carper

Long-time supporter and friend of Arkansas House of Prayer

At first glance and thought, of course a nondenominational place of prayer would be for all faiths … Period! But perhaps there is more to it — another dimension. Where else is there a place that anyone can enter to pray to their God as they understand it?

It is true that God is one but God’s names are many. Religion is one but its ways are many. All faiths believe and teach that prayer is essential for the connection to their god, whether Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Christian, or Buddhist. The Arkansas House of Prayer is unique in that its sole purpose is silence. There is no mosque, church, or synagogue where silence is the rule and is guaranteed.

On entering the House of Prayer, one comes as a seeker … a human being with no labels.

In this amazing place of beauty, with the circle of earth at its center and the view of the sky above, the mind is quieted and the presence of God can be felt. As the peace that is beyond our understanding calms the mind the heart is able to open to God’s love. Knowing that we are loved and that God’s love extends to every person is a mystery, but in silence it can be known and felt.

There is respect for the silence of others who have come to sit or offer prayers. Just humans, all one, there with prayers of gratitude, pleas for help and under- standing, or seeking comfort and restoration. It is difficult to be surrounded in God’s love and feel God’s respect for every human and at the same time to hate.

Love is the only abiding principle in all faiths. It is what binds us together in fellowship with one another.

The House of Prayer is a blessing and a gift to all who seek peace. I believe that “what the world needs now is love,” and that those who pray bond together in love.