Our Mission

That the First Commandment, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is first in our lives.

To live daily in an intimate and loving relationship with Him.

To live Godly and holy lives that is energised and sustained by love.

Our Vision

To grow to
• 300+ fulltime Worshippers and Intercessors
• Night and day Worship and Intercession
• Training of Worshippers and Intercessors
• To support the ministries in our city and country through worship and intercession.
• To have an impact for the Kingdom of God in our community, city and the world.

What is a Prayer Missionary?

A Prayer Missionary is someone called by God to stand in front of His throne and stand in the gap for His Bride to make herself ready for the Marriage of the Lamb.

Someone who is willing to spend his heart, strength, time and life to cultivate an intimate personal relationship with God, being transformed into the image of Christ by the grace of God.

To stand in the gap with Christ for the pleasure, purpose and will of God, and for the salvation of man.

Believing like Daniel that the prayers of a normal man in love and grace of God can move angels and demons, changes history and play a part in bringing forth the will of God on earth.

Just as missionaries are called to spread the gospel worldwide, Prayer missionaries are called as living sacrifices to stand in the gap for the Kingdom of God.

The 300 fulltime intercessors can be divided in two groups, namely those called to be long term intercessors at the House of Prayer and then those who commit themselves for one year to stand in the gap as intercessors.

How does the House of Prayer function?

The Prayerroom is open between 8 – 10 hours per day from Tuesdays to Fridays. There are four corporate hours every day, when all the prayer missionaries are in the Prayer room.
These corporate hours are divided into two hours of Intercession per day and two hours of worship with the Word.
Any one can visit the prayerroom during these open hours to have personal prayer time in the Prayer room, or to participate in the corporate intercession sessions.
You can visit the Prayer room any length of time, you don’t have to stay for a full session, but you can also stay in the prayer room for all the open hours to spend time in God’s presence.

Luke 18:7
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?

Is. 62:6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest,

What is Worship with the Word?

Worship with the Word can be divided into three categories:

Devotional: a prayer format that creates an atmosphere for meditation on the Word and to just sit in the presence of God.

Prophetic: This prayer format is where the group worship together and minister prophetically.

Worship with the Word: With this prayer format a passage from the Word of God and promises from the Word of God is being sung by the worship team.

What is Intercession?

Intercession is an intimate partnership and agreement with God – This is intimacy. Prayer is an exchange between you and God. God speaks to us and it moves our hearts. When we speak to God, we move God’s heart. God desires intimacy with us and to establish a deep relationship with us. He longs for us to know His heart and to know the emotions of His heart. He wants His heartcry to become the cry of our hearts. He wants His longings and desires to become our longing and desires. This is partnership on the most intimate level.

Our History

Passion for Jesus

In 1997 a lady told Marais and Linda about a book, Passion for Jesus by Mike Bickle and said that they have to read that book. It was not until December 1999 that they found the book in a little bookstore in Kwazulu Natal and read it shortly afterwards. This book impacted their lives and prepared their hearts for what God had in mind for them. The Lord later on led them to divide the book into 16 weeks and each week in 7 days and to start with discipleship groups working through the book. The content of this book, namely an intimate relationship with God with the First Commandment at the centre became one of the foundations that Witbank House of Prayer Missions Base are build on.

IHOP and the Airport Prayer

In 2002 Marais and Linda heard about the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and God ignited a fire for day and night prayer in their hearts. At that stage they still lived in Kempton Park where they worked as youth workers at Kempton Park West Dutch Reformed Church, while Marais studied theology at the University of Pretoria. During this time while still living in Kempton Park, they would drive by the O.R Tambo Airport and prayed: “Thank you God that the day will come when someone will drop us off to go to Kansas City”.

The Move to Witbank

Marais finished his studies at the end of 2005 and they started to trust God for where they should go and after nine months of prayer and waiting on God, Marais got a call to Witbank-South Dutch Reformed Church in Witbank and was inaugurated on the October 1st 2007. When they arrived at Witbank-South Dutch Reformed church they discovered a prayer newsletter that was compiled by a little lady who led the prayer meeting with this daily prayer: “Lord make our church a House of Prayer”. With the fire burning in their hearts for night and day prayer, they immediately knew God was at work with their move to Witbank.

The First Trip to Kansas City and the Forerunner Call

In the middle of 2008 they received a visit from a lady who gave them forty thousand rand and said God wants them to go to the USA. God led them to go at the end of 2008 and to attend the OneThing Conference, which is an annual conference for young adults. During that Conference there went out a call for ten thousand forerunners who will commit to go back to their hometowns and countries and be like forerunners, preparing the Bride of Christ for the second coming of Christ.

The Commission to start a House of Prayer

After the Conference Marais and Linda stayed a little longer in Kansas City to spend some time in the Global Prayer Room, where a small group started in September 1999 with night and day prayer and worship and has not stopped since then.
One day, God spoke simultaneously with them, saying that they must start with a House of Prayer in their living room when the get back home.

The Humble Beginnings

Back in Witbank and after many hours of prayer, God led them to invite the youth to go on a forty day Daniel Fast, to pray for God’s direction. Eventually they started the House of Prayer in the living room of the parsonage they lived in on August 4th with one full-time youth worker, Anja Fourie (then Degenaar), and about 30 volunteers. They decided to start with four hours a day for four days per week. During those first years there would be one or two people, sometimes more, in the prayer room starting to keep the fire burning on the altar.

2011 – The Watchmen Conferences and the Next Phase

In 2011 God led them to start with annual Prayer Conferences and they then started with a series of Watchmen Conferences over the course of five years. 2011 was also the year in which God send them back to Ihop Kansas City and said He is going to give them direction for the next phase of the House of Prayer. Again God provided supernaturally thought people who gave them one hundred thousand rand.

On the first day in the Global Prayerroom at Ihop a man walked up to Marais and gave him a book entitled “The Purple Pig and other Miracles”. That book is the life story of Dick Eastman who was led by God to start with a prayerroom in his living room and afterwards with a gap year for young people.

The Joshua Year

God then led them to start with a gap year at the beginning of 2012 which is called a Joshua Year. This is after a prophetic word that they received in 2000 about a Joshua Generation that God wants to raise up, a generation who chooses to live holiness lifestyles because they understand God’s love for them and choose to love God with all of their hearts, soul, mind and strength. The Joshua year started out as a gap year, but evolved to become not just a gap year, but an internship year for those called to become full-time prayer missionaries at Witbank House of Prayer.

The Promise of 300

Before Marais and Linda was led to start with the House of Prayer in their living room, they had a weekly youth prayer meeting at their house and during one of these early morning intercession sessions, God spoke to Marais very clearly, giving him a word with regards to raising up 300 warriors like a Gideon’s army. A while later God confirmed this when Linda read in a book by James Goll, The Power of

Sustained Prayer: “ I believe that everything we have experienced to this point is but a foretaste of what God is bringing to the Church! Up to this point, we have witnessed historic worldwide prayer events that revealed the great power of unity in prayer to God. Yet, what God revealed to our small group of intercessors on the Moravian watchtower in February of 1993 is that He is raising up sustained unity, sustained prayer, and sustained intercession in a simple pattern and style that He raised up years ago at Hernhut. The question is obvious: If 300 people conducting sustained prayer in twos and threes for more than a century turned the world upside down 200 years ago, what can millions of anointed intercessors accomplish through sustained prayer in the presence of God?”

Marais said the following about this: “We were without words and in tears. This was the beginning of the Morawian prayer movement, which prayed for 24 hours a day and continued for more that 100 years and had a worldwide impact. This was the Holy Spirit’s seal on the promise of 300 fulltime worshippers and intercessors.”

Since 2013 God started to call full-time Prayer Missionaries to join the ministry and the team grew to the current 9 full-time Prayer Missionaries.

The New Season

The vision of a building for a House of Prayer in our city Witbank and for the nation, was born and nurtured in the living room prayer room in Marais and Linda’s home for t seven years. During 2015 a man came to Marais and said that God laid it on his heart to give One Million Rand for the building of a House of Prayer. At the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 God provided the building, willing people and money for Witbank House of Prayer Missions base, to move out of the Living Room and to become an independent ministry for the city and South Africa. The House of Prayer is currently open from Tuesdays to Fridays and on Sundays from 06:00-08:00 when we pray for the Church in the City and also Sunday evenings from 18:00 when we have a fellowship for the House of Prayer Community, where anybody is welcome.

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