Based on foundational courses taught at IHOPU, our hope is that this series of twelve study manuals will equip and inspire individuals and communities of believers to grow in the knowledge and love of God and to make worship and prayer the foundation of all other activity, so that together we would be the praying church to the glory of Jesus.
Over the past several decades, the Lord has been establishing prayer ministries across the earth. The Lord’s plan is to restore a prayer culture in the Church worldwide so that the entire Church becomes a praying people—a praying church—unto the renown of Jesus in the earth. Although not everyone is called to establish night-and-day prayer in their region, every believer and every community of believers is called to fervent, persevering prayer. For prayer to be sustained, we must not only know the truth of who He is but the story He is telling. For we are, of course, praying for something, and that something must be informed by the Bible or we are not praying according to His will.
The Praying Church Study Series begins to help us understand God’s plan for His creation and the role of the Church in partnering with the Lord in prayer to see that plan executed. Our hope is that individuals and groups alike will be inspired and equipped to engage in prayer by the teachings in this series—whether it be personal or corporate prayer. Whether your primary calling is in the marketplace, the home, or full-time ministry, the principles taught in this series will be relevant as you seek to respond to the Lord’s invitation.
Wes Hall has been part of the leadership team of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City since 2000 and a faculty member of International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) since its inception. Formerly a practicing lawyer in the City of London, Wes now focuses his energies on intercession for revival and teaching Bible classes at IHOPU. He helped give leadership to the IHOPU Student Awakening which resulted in thousands of testimonies of physical healing, salvation, personal transformation and spiritual renewal, both locally and internationally. Wes has a passion to see God’s people gain a clear understanding of their identity in Christ that would overflow in lives of radical obedience to Jesus in every area of society. He and his wife, Carol, have three young children.
Allen Hood serves as president of the International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) and as associate director of IHOPKC. Allen holds an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. His calling is to intercede for the fullness of God to be released in the Church and to labor for the strengthening of the global prayer and missions movement. Proclaiming the glorious splendor of Christ Jesus is his joy, and preparing the Bride for the glorious return of Jesus is his burden. To this end, Allen is deeply committed to seeing unceasing corporate worship and intercession established in every tribe, tongue, and nation. Allen resides in Kansas City with his wife, Rachel, and their three sons.
All of history is leading somewhere. Creation is groaning, sin is increasing, and believers are lifting their eyes and voices to God in the crescendo of the ages: the return of Jesus to the earth and the redemption of the world. The Bible unveils God’s glorious plan to redeem and restore His creation to its original condition. It is essential for believers to understand this plan in order to have the confidence and clarity to fully engage in God’s purposes today.
In this study manual, Wes Hall shows us that though our world lies in great darkness, God’s plan is to fully complete His work of justice and redemption when Jesus returns to the earth. With our hearts anchored in this central hope, we can persevere in prayer, be steadfast in love, and boldly proclaim His coming in the midst of the most adverse circumstances. With each lesson, Wes unfolds God’s grand story, designed to fascinate us with His wisdom and beauty, as He works through history to make every wrong thing right. This study manual is the starting point for making sense of our past, our present, our future, and God’s will for our lives.
The return of Jesus is the climax of human history and the great hope of the Church. The generation in which He returns will be more dramatic than any other described in Scripture. Jesus has given the Church essential information to strengthen and preserve her through this season of unprecedented trouble and great glory. In this hour, the Lord is preparing a people who are familiar with the signs of His coming. They will prepare the way for His return by declaring in advance what He is about to do. More than just relaying information, they will impart love for Jesus and confidence in His leadership as they explain the wisdom of His end-time plan to others.
In this study manual, Wes Hall provides a biblical overview of the end times and explains why it is important for believers to study and understand this subject. From Jesus and the apostles we know that it is not only possible, but necessary, to recognize the generation of the Lord’s return. In light of this, it is important to grasp the significance and relevance of the end-time scriptures to our lives today. Wes gives a clear overview of the book of Revelation, unfolding critical and practical concepts for understanding the end times. When the fullness of sin and the fullness of Satan’s rage are seen on the earth, it will be the Church’s most fruitful hour of good works and devotion to Jesus.