This is a season of HOPE. As we move toward the darkest days of the year, we can find comfort in the dark days. There is something calming about the quiet of winter, if we give ourselves to this natural rhythm of nature. In this quiet, we can find HOPE. People come to the Arkansas House of Prayer all year for HOPE.
Some people come because they want to have a direct experience of God’s love. They have read about God’s love. They have heard people speak about God’s love. However, they have not known this love directly. Silence is a rich way to know that love. With the chattering of our egos, we are kept stirred up by our inner desires for acceptance, recognition, money, affection, security, etc.
In deep inner silence, the ego’s endless chattering is suspended, and we are calmed by Divine presence. In that silence we can have our own personal and direct experience of God’s love and the HOPE that flows from that connection.
Others come down our path hoping for guidance. In silence we get our best guidance. A young woman said to me recently, “I go to the House of Prayer anytime I have a sturdy decision to make.” We often make our decisions as we race around doing multiple things. Our egos keep us busy doing the demands of the inner story. However, in silence we HOPE for guidance, and very often we find it.
God has created us with a gentle inner voice that is a connection to Divine wisdom. From the silence we HOPE for guidance, and in the stillness we often receive the very help we need.
Some people come hoping for strength to get through their present challenge, whether it is illness, divorce, loss, or any suffering. Silence brings HOPE about how to deal with the suffering. One man said to me recently, “I go to the House of Prayer when I cannot take another step.” Even though we know that suffering is part of the journey, we need HOPE and support along the way. We each know what it is like to be burdened enough to wonder if we can take another step. The House of Prayer is a beacon of HOPE for us any time we suffer.
Some people come without any articulated need or any clear idea of what they want. They simply sit in silence and consent to Divine presence to be active in their life. They sit in the stillness with openness, trust, and HOPE.
In this era of violence and religious turmoil in our world, some people come because this is a sacred place for people of all the world’s religions to pray. They pray for a world where people live in love and peace. They are hoping for God’s love to have the final word on our earth.
Finally, some come to the House of Prayer because they are welcome in this place when they have no religion and no true spiritual path. These are seekers who HOPE to find something beyond the material world. They long for another way to live other than the way the world prescribes. At the House of Prayer, they find beauty, they find silence, they touch the sacred and the sacred touches them, sending a wave of HOPE through their lives.
From the time we opened in 2007 until this present month, we have welcomed over 10,000 visitors. What a wonderful surprise it is to find that our vision of creating this place has struck such a chord in our community. People are seeking HOPE in this sacred place.
Please help us keep our doors open to these seekers. We do not charge a fee for the use of the building. We open the building to all types of humans. They are welcomed and greeted without a fee. People like you make this possible. Please help us continue to offer this ministry.
Our budget is $55,000 a year.
Opportunities to Contribute to the Arkansas House of Prayer
To keep this ministry going through 2015, we need to raise $40,000. I am praying for:
1 gift of $10,000
2 gifts of $5,000
4 gifts of $2,500
5 gifts of $1,000
3 gifts of $500
8 gifts of $250
15 gifts of $100
Your gift may be made in one lump sum, paid out over the year as a pledge, or paid online through PayPal by clicking on the PayPal logo on any page.
Our mailing address can be found at the right of this page. We also welcome the blessing of volunteers to help keep our doors open and welcome guests and to help maintain the gardens. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact John Willis.
Much love and many blessings to you on your journey,