Current IHOPKC Staff
Stories are the threads that knit together the heart of the people to the purposes of God. These stories, to me, are more than wishful, hopeful realities. They are my children’s inheritance. Hearing them inspires hope and fosters courage in an environment where discouragement and fatigue are familiar friends. They cause me to reach for the “how much more” through the Holy Spirit so that we hand the next generation something beyond what is expected or familiar.
Though always deeply encouraging, more than anything, [the prophetic history] brings sobriety before the Lord as to what this assignment means to God. Whenever I go back to all the supernatural activity that accompanied our beginnings at IHOPKC, and then look at all that is yet to be fulfilled, I tremble. I’m strengthened to persevere until the end. He is really serious about it and is looking for our sober response. Such epic beginnings were not an accident but necessary for where it’s going. He will complete the work He began as we wholeheartedly respond to His grace.
I am amazed by how much time and effort the Lord put into helping Mike Bickle and this movement understand aspects of its specific assignment. When you listen to the prophetic history, there are so many pointed; intimate; detailed; supernatural; practical; insightful; encouraging; and challenging things shared by the Lord with this movement. Hours and hours of them! So many of them have been fulfilled; and so many yet to be fulfilled. I take time to relisten to the prophetic history at least once a year. I find them encouraging and faith building, because I know they speak of my story and promises, not just Mike Bickle’s. The Lord wanted us to know His thoughts toward us and to better understand our corporate ministry assignment as a family; and He wanted to invite us into partnership in an intimate way with His heart. I love that!
Our prophetic history has helped me to persevere and not quit pressing in for the fullness of what God has promised us as a spiritual family. It helped affirm what God was doing in my heart and connect it to a larger story line where I could be connected to a company of people who were also stirred in this way. It helped me find my place. When I heard it, I knew it was the same work God was doing in me, even if I didn’t understand how the distinct elements of the prophetic history all worked together— the Great Commission, night-and-day prayer, the salvation of Israel, the bridal paradigm, the end times, and much more. I did not see how they connected, but I knew they were important to God. After some time, they all converge together as one large story line.
Our prophetic history gives me an incredible sense of sobriety about what we are doing. If He has orchestrated so many details in such specific ways throughout our history, then this is more serious and more important to Him than we may fully grasp. Every time I hear our prophetic history it gives me fresh courage and vision to do what we do every day, and it gives me incredible confidence in His sovereignty. We are part of something He is orchestrating, and the outcome depends on His strength and not our brilliance, skill, or ability. He has invited us into this part of His story and more. He is leading us where He wants to go—our weakness will not derail His plan. Some people have more confidence in human failure than God’s leadership, and our prophetic history shatters that idea. It reminds me of the dignity of the mundane day-to-day things that we do in seeking and serving Him. What can seem “ordinary” or “mundane” is in fact part of a massive story the Lord has carefully orchestrated.
I remember the conflict within my own soul in my understanding of the Church in the late '90s. When I was given a copy of the prophetic history, I was searching diligently for some hope for the Church. I remember driving down the road listening to the prophetic and needing to pull over on the side of the road because I was hearing plainly that there was a place where God was stepping into the lives of a people that were not caught up in the cloud of a man's idea. The reality of the God of my salvation was not just in the sweet by-and-by alone but it was actually happening in the nasty now-and-now!
I listened to the prophetic history in 2009 and was deeply touched to hear of the Lord saying, “Is there a prayer room in town where young men can find deliverance?” When I listened to the prophetic history, my ministry dreams made sense because I believed that He was going to raise up a mighty youth army and much more. We have to engage with such glorious promises and step into them. Because the Lord delights in His people, He will heal them, deliver them, and raise them up as a spotless Bride. It’s important for everybody in our spiritual family to be familiar with our prophetic history, but it is particularly important for the worship leaders to be familiar with it—since they are at the tip of the arrow in leading our prayer meetings.
It started for me in 2007. I was crying out, “God, is there anybody out there who is diligently seeking the Lord?” I felt alone. Shortly after that a friend gave me the IHOPKC prophetic history from 2002. We devoured all twelve CDs and wanted more. We began daily watching the live webstream of the prayer room. In 2009, we heard of IHOPKC's commitment to do 24/7 works of justice—contending for 10,000 orphans to be touched by the spirit of adoption as declared in Malachi 4:6. We were provoked to press in this more as we heard the prophetic history and encountered the Lord's heart for children.
When I first was told about the prophetic history, I watched eight sessions of it in one day. I couldn't believe that God would write such an incredible story. Because God brought me to IHOPKC so sovereignly, it immediately felt like my story and inspired me to go after these promises. Why? The prophetic history sets the story line and puts our place in it into the right perspective. The stories are deeply personal but are set with a global backdrop that the whole Church can enter into. It helps us make sense of why there is warfare around us, and it helps me to keep pressing in even when it is hard.
The IHOPKC prophetic history has been a tremendous encouragement to me in my journey as an intercessory missionary. The stories help my heart to stay connected to the bigger picture of what God is doing and to the role that our little IHOPKC community gets to play in the Lord's grand plan. Reconnecting to that big picture elevates my perspective and gives purpose to the rigors of the day.
Just before my wife and I moved to Kansas City to join IHOPKC in 2002, we listened to the 1997 Prophetic History series. We wept in our car as we listened. There's something about paradigm-shifting prophetic stories of God moving among His people today that strengthens our faith and fascination in a powerful, personal way. These stories connected me to Jesus in a new and beautiful way, and they highlight things that matter so much to the Lord—they strengthen our resolve to persevere over the years in light of our human weakness. Over the years, our prophetic history has served to keep me in the story when we were tempted to quit. The fulfilled promises that point to "the promises yet to come" continually realign my heart to get above the challenges, to keep my eyes on where we are going together and what this is all really about in the Lord’s bigger picture. This is part of our story and our children's story. I LOVE THIS STORY.
Our prophetic history demonstrates to me how intimately involved God is with His purposes on the earth. He is leading us, calling us, pursuing us, and demonstrating Himself to us over and over again through many signs and wonders to show His commitment and involvement with us. Our prophetic history proves to me how zealous He is for us and how much He wants us as a part of His purposes. And it reminds me that I am a part of a far-bigger story than just me or IHOPKC. God is doing something on the earth in our day in which He is using IHOPKC to be part of (if we respond in obedience). Our prophetic history reminds me of how big and noble my assignment is in the mundane activities of life. It also constantly amazes me of how big and awesome God is to do the things He did in our day. It's not ancient Bible stories—it's real words being spoken and flushed out in my generation. God is still speaking and still cares. It's important for staff and family to see ourselves in the prophetic story line. It reminds us that we are not just laboring for some vague, distant revival in our city, but for very real purposes which God promised in the Scriptures and is wanting to answer in our day.
When I hear our prophetic history, it makes me feel part of the story in a deep way. It provokes me, encourages me in seasons when I’m tempted to draw back or quit, and helps us realign our hearts as a family as we remember all that the Lord said. I believe it’s profoundly important for all who are called here to take time to hear what the Lord said about us and the lifestyle and values He has invited us to embrace.
Hearing our prophetic history keeps these promises and the narration of God close to our hearts as we journey as a community together to contend for the lost, our city, and the nations to see the beauty of God! More than anything, it helps to keep my heart in the fight!
Ruben Cervantes Jr.
[Our prophetic history] connected me both to the transcendence and the immanence of God. [The truth] that He is both great and near is apparent in how this is a greater story, going beyond our tiny expression, but [He] told us about our part to play in it.
Zachary Van Buren
The prophetic history consistently reminds us that our ministry expression—24/7 prayer with worship, the emphasis on the first commandment, and much more—was not our idea. When it gets difficult in the smallness or due to the obstacles, our prophetic history reminds us that the Lord is with us—fighting for our destiny. I no longer feel the pressure to make things happen, knowing that these things were the Lord’s idea, and He therefore will see it to completion. That is exciting, freeing, and sobering.
When I hear our prophetic history, I hear how Jesus specifically planned for me and my family to be part of the IHOPKC journey. Mike shared about making a deal with God in 1999 when starting IHOPKC, saying: “Lord, I need leaders, but I’m not getting on planes to go recruit them, because I don’t know who or what I will need. You have to send them!” At the very time that Mike prayed that in 1999, the Lord sent my family home to Calgary from the mission field in Poland and then to Kansas City. I see how God planned for us to be here. He answered part of Mike’s prayer for leaders by sending us and others here—this gives me confidence that the Lord loves me and considered IHOPKC as the place for me to develop in leadership for my ministry.
Hearing our prophetic history has strengthened me in my personal walk with the Lord by stirring my faith to believe what He says will happen, not just for IHOPKC but in His Word and in His plans to touch the nations. There is an excitement when I hear the prophetic history that makes me say yes again and again to what and where the Lord has placed me. I find myself standing in awe at the leadership of the Lord, and it causes me to adore Him.
The IHOPKC prophetic history builds and sustains our faith while our family gives our all to 24/7 prayer and worship. The prophetic history releases grace in the day-to-day to press in with full expectation of what the Lord is doing and what He's about to do.
Kirk and Dee Bennett
When we first heard the KC prophetic history in 1988, we lived on the East Coast; we could not find a prayer meeting anywhere. We were fascinated to hear of prophecy being for today, intimacy with God, and the day-and-night prayer that was prophesied to come unto "a great world harvest." What attracted us most was the sense of being "a people after God" and living as "a people before God." We moved 1,500 miles to Kansas City and found that we had been swept into a movement of God. Each of our children came into leadership in the movement—that made it “worth it all.”
My wife and I have had the privilege to be a part of God's purposes for the last 40 years of ministry in context to the AoG, Vineyard, and YWAM. These last 10 years in IHOPKC have been some of the most exciting years as we have watched the unfolding of His prophetic promises right before us. As the leadership of IHOPKC has been faithful to keep our prophetic history before our eyes, it has given us fire in our bones that we are a part of Jesus’ testimony in this very day! If each of us will take to heart that each one is so significant in their own way, each one sowing an important seed in this coming harvest, then it would strengthen our hands in the glorious task of the Great Commission and the coming of Jesus!
These prophetic stories carry wisdom for today and bring clarity for what we are going through right now. Every time my wife and I take time to listen, we are encouraged with excitement for where we are today!
Our prophetic history gives us strength as we serve in the house of prayer, and it aligns us to various kingdom values that are emphasized in IHOPKC’s ministry assignment from the Lord. Our prophetic history is not only for the IHOPKC staff but it is also for people who serve in houses of prayer across the nations. Our prophetic history gives me encouragement to keep going strong and to not draw back nor give up.
As I've listened again to our prophetic history recently, it's given me an increased confidence in my belonging here and that God has a clear and wise plan for our future. It's not just IHOPKC's prophetic history, it's my family's prophetic history. It's mine! If I don't know my spiritual family’s history, and if I don't spend time remembering it, then I can easily forget where I came from and quickly lose my way. I need to know my story to keep focus, to keep resolve, and to keep away from pride.
Our prophetic history has reassured me that God sees us (He sees our labors and hears our every prayer) and that He massively cares about us—so much so that He went “out of His way” to prophetically tell us these things ahead of time. Thus, I am assured that He will bring to pass everything that He has said—that His people will operate in the fullness of the Spirit as a victorious end-time Bride.
Hearing our prophetic history over the years and watching it unfold in various ways has helped to anchor my heart in the story line of eternity. It has been a source of encouragement in my own journey, as a backdrop to the various seasons of life as I seek to respond to the Lord in light of the "big picture."
IHOPKC's prophetic history has always bolstered fresh faith in me. It's a reminder of God's sovereignty in establishing His house of prayer—not only in Kansas City but throughout the earth. When I think about the signs and wonders that have accompanied this movement, I feel confident that He will continue to sustain His house until He returns.
When I first heard the prophetic history in January 2000, I was blown away by the fact that God is still doing in our day the stuff that He did in the Bible times. In Mike’s first meeting with Bob Jones, Bob mentioned how the signs in the heavens would confirm the prophetic words spoken (Acts 2:17-19). I could begin to see for the first time how the prophetic anointing might operate in the end-time church. Our prophetic history is very personal in encouraging my life and ministry.
Our prophetic history gives me hope for the future, it helps me see beyond my little world with all of its complications, difficulties, and heartaches. It reminds me that there is a God in heaven who is on our side, who is for us, and who has chosen us to partner with Himself in a great adventure that will come to pass. It's just a matter of time.
Since my youth, I’ve had deep impressions from the Lord about being involved in ministry that operates in presence worship, massive healing power, preaching with unction, and power manifestation. I thought this was just me, and I questioned those impressions as I had no language for them until I came to IHOPKC and heard the prophetic history. It wrecked me and kept me going over all these years because I know they are true.
The Lord has always cared about the house of prayer, since Genesis 12 and Exodus 19. Thus, IHOPKC’s prophetic history reminds me that the Lord still cares deeply about the prayer movement and that He is ready and willing to do it with whoever is willing.
Our prophetic history has been encouraging—hearing stories about the comet and “the first day of spring, when the snow melts” reminds me that the Lord started IHOPKC, not us. This encourages me that we’re doing something right. However, some of the unfulfilled promises can be discouraging in the time of waiting. I listen carefully every time Mike shares these prophetic stories because they bring clarity and remind me to be encouraged and more.
I first listened to the prophetic history when I was 20 years old—something inside me came alive, as if my own personal future was deeply connected to IHOPKC’s corporate future. Our prophetic history stirs me up on several levels to contend for the fullness of God in this generation that is for the Body of Christ to see the greatest harvest of souls in human history before the Lord returns. We must be reminded of how the Lord was zealous to establish “24/7 prayer in the spirit of the tabernacle of David.” This is not Mike Bickle’s idea, it is God’s idea. This is not Mike Bickle’s dream, it's the Lord's dream.
In December 2016, we moved to KC to be a part of IHOPKC in response to a personal divine visitation. Once I arrived, I listened to the prophetic history online. It GALVANIZED my calling to IHOPKC.
Our prophetic history has clarified to me many times the heart of Jesus regarding His global prayer movement. Knowing the "what" and the "why" behind this being so precious and dear to Him puts things in perspective. It changed my priorities. As Mike said it, if God gives signs in the heavens to back up prophetic words that have to do with a global purpose, and He invites you to it, then it is important to respond in the way that He leads you.
When I initially studied our prophetic history (2006), it was shocking [to see] that so much of what had been spoken was well established by the Holy Spirit. As I revisited those prophecies with more experiential insight, our prophetic history became very personal, and I saw all of us as belonging to this grand story line—[even] as we [continue to] step into further fulfillment of these promises, including the Truman property, the Arrowhead Stadium event, and the associated Blue Ridge procession, as well as the fact that there are thousands of prayer rooms and intercessors around the planet.
Our prophetic history is real. It is epic, and I see myself in this prophetic story. It is very personal to me in many ways. Its authenticity has stood the hardest test of all time. The [whole] story is so simple, [but] the [many] stories [within it] have never changed or faded, no matter which different persons have told them. The stories don’t lose their potency—we shall continue to stand!
Before we moved to KC, God had given us prophetic experiences regarding Luke 4:18, the Joseph calling, the outpouring of the Spirit on Arrowhead Stadium, and more. The IHOPKC prophetic history confirmed so much of what the Lord had already shown us.
When I first heard our prophetic history in 2009, I was stunned at seeing how much my own life connected [with it]. (My birthday is August 23, the day the rain came in 1983—I wept like a baby when I heard that.) I attended KC '83, which was the only time that Campus Crusade had a national convention. I am certain that these prayers lead to my salvation when I was a junior in college. Thus, I am part of the first fruits.