A little over 3 1/2 years ago the Lord gave me vision for a house of prayer that would be called WOWHOP (Watchmen on the Walls House of Prayer). The vision for this house of prayer is that it would ultimately be 24/7 and that the prayer going up from it would be exclusively for the peace of Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish people. It would be filled with a combination of worship and intercession. I saw that it would be a place where we could help fulfill God’s prayer request for 24/7 prayer in Isaiah 62:6& 7: “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem. They will never be silent day or night. You who call upon the Lord, give yourselves no rest and give Him no rest til He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth.”
A small group of us from my Messianic Jewish Congregation began to pray for Israel in the “upper room” of our congregation every Shabbat after services. Then a door opened where I was invited to lead worship/intercession for Israel at the University of Minnesota House Of Prayer (UMHOP) on Monday evenings. Many of our little band of intercessors would come faithfully and regularly to pray for Israel there as well. We prayed there for a year every Monday evening, while still praying on Shabbat. Then, I was asked to lead a worship service in Buffalo, MN and the lovely woman who had invited me asked that I come every Thursday to her storefront and lead worship/intercession for Israel. So we had 3 worship/prayer times for Israel a week.
All the while, with no obvious way to go about it or get it done, the Lord kept the vision for WOWHOP alive in my heart and mind. Our little band of intercessors would often pray for that time and place only the Lord knew about, but we prayed in faith that He would bring it about.
A Messianic Rabbi in our community suggested my name to a visiting missionary from India to lead worship for his services. The woman who oversaw his ministry, Lisa, was a lovely woman and we connected heart-to-heart immediately.
Later on I invited her to be a part of a new woman’s prayer group that a friend had just begun, so we began to fellowship together bi-weekly. This prayer group knew about the vision for the house of prayer the Lord had placed on my heart, and would often pray into it.
I had been through a lot in the way of receiving ministry for generational curses, and doors opened for me to do teaching on spiritual warfare. As a result, people began to ask to meet with me to pray for them over generational strongholds in their lives. I would invite them to my apartment and a friend and I would team up to pray for people and saw wonderful breakthroughs in their lives.
Lisa heard about this and told me she had some offices available in the building she and her husband owned in Long Lake for us to use for that kind of prayer. I finally visited the building a couple of months later…exactly 3 1/2 years to the week that we had begun praying for Israel. The offices were perfect for the prayer ministry; and then I went around the corner of the offices into a 1000 sq. ft. space that Lisa had told me another vendor in her building had planned to rent the space, but then backed off from renting it. It had been vacant for 2 years. We both saw that it would be perfect for WOWHOP and she and her husband donated the space to us to begin the house of prayer.
WOWHOP officially opened on May 20th, 2014. We had forty people come that first night to pray for Israel. The numbers aren’t always that high, but it doesn’t matter if there are forty, fifteen or five…the Lord is always SO present and SO leading us in strategic prayer by His Spirit.
WOWHOP Director, Nancy Santiago,is a Messianic Jewish worship leader. She is joined by several gifted musicians for the prayer sessions. The prayer for Israel is in the form of harp and bowl intercession mentioned in Revelation 5:8 which speaks of the combination of worship and prayer that goes on before the Throne in heaven.
“And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
Our desire at WOWHOP is to provide a place for those “watchmen on the walls” whose calling it is to intercede for Israel and the Jewish people.
Please join us soon!