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(***Originally posted in November of 2008)

David Gordon: Director of IHOP-AC

David, Tina, Mary Graceyn and Eli

David Gordon has a wife, Tina, and two children, Eli and Mary Graceyn.

He has been living this lifestyle for over 3 years now. Previously he was a co-pastor of a church called Life Fellowship. But the Lord called him to “Build an ark and preserve My people”. He has been giving himself to building a 24/7 dwelling place for the Lord ever since.

I spent some time with him today asking him a few questions. Here they are:

Why are you giving your life to direct a house of prayer?

It is out of a call of God. First it was an issue of desire and obedience. Now it has become a consuming passion of my heart. Jesus is worthy, and because of the neediness in my heart. This is why I do what I do. When I see the call of mine, and the connection to biblical scripture and what God is doing, I see how we are connected to what is on God’s heart.

How has this changed your life?

I have begun to live a life beyond a good external reputation of a “good” Christian, to having daily encounters with internal reality and encounter with the Lord. I feel like I am becoming authentic. The mask is being stripped off and I’m living fully alive before God and man. I have come to understand the significance of knowing my identity and my destiny, and this has brought me into wholeheartedness. I felt like, in the past, I was only touching a little of my destiny. It was a lack of knowing my identity. Now God has put them together in the prayer room.

What is your favorite aspect of this lifestyle?

Encountering God by way of the embers of a burning heart. Through the Word, worship, prayer, fasting and giving. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. So I’d say encountering God and having a burning heart.

Hardest aspect?

Living exposed before a holy God on a daily basis. Having my motives exposed, my insecurities and fears. Being confronted and exposed. It’s just hard. But I do it because I want to be authentic and holy in His presence. Being exposed leads me to encounter. That makes it worth it all.

How has this impacted your family?

I feel as a husband and father that God has called me to be the point man in my home. My lifestyle by way of example and by way of education to my family. We have begun to live a life of simplicity. It has not been easy to turn from the comforts of this age, but this lifestyle has really helped get in link with the heart and purpose of God. Because of prayer and crying out to God, the Lord began shifting the heart of Tina to home school our children 3 years ago and that has been tremendous to help develop us as a family together. It is an honor to see my family in the prayer room from time to time, knowing they are in the place of encounter.

What would you say to a family who was considering living this lifestyle?

Number one thing would be to know that God is calling you to this. Also, begin to come along side of a family that is living this lifestyle and start spending regular time in the prayer room. Being exposed to the prayer movement will prepare you for what is ahead.

And now a fun question…what is your favorite verse?

Psalm 27:4- “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple.”

Because everything I see in David’s heart is understood in this one verse. He asks, he sought and he was able to apprehend it. A one thing lifestyle. Ultimately, it is the revelation of the beauty of God in the place of encounter that sustains us. We cannot separate revelation and encounter.

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Thank you DG for sharing your heart with us!

The Lord has used this man to impact my life in a tremendous way. If he had not obeyed the call to build this house of prayer, I would not be a part of it! He has helped shape all of us into the men and women, intercessors, bride that the Lord wants us to be. It is an honor and a privilege to follow such a humble man who desires God more then anything else in this world. He has given up everything to love God with all of his heart, soul, strength and mind. I love him and am so thankful for all that he does and continues to do! He has humbled himself from being a pastor of a nice size congregation to being a director of a few twenty-something year olds, who are mostly dropouts from college! (Just a note–none of us are ashamed of this, and are so thankful to be in the center of God’s will). But God is doing something huge with all of us, and He is doing something huge with the house of prayer in Alamance County. Praise the Lord!

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This is my next interview of the IHOP-AC staff members. I did my first one about a month ago on our Director, David Gordon. You can click here to see that one.

David Rickman: Intercessory Missionary at IHOP-AC

david-rickman

This is David Rickman. He is 21 years old. He has an associates degree from Liberty University. And right now he is taking online classes from the Forerunner School of Ministry at IHOP-KC.

He is a full-time intercessory missionary! He has given his life to standing before the Lord in intercession and ministering to the Lord in intimacy!

I was able to sit down with him and ask him a few questions about his life as an intercessory missionary.

How did you get involved in the prayer room?

I started really pursuing things in the Lord in a new way in 2003, this was a real season of hunger. (At the age of 16…I wanted to add that because he really knows Jesus and its because he started at a young age.) In 2005 David Gordon took me to IHOP-KC for a conference. I knew I wanted to give my life to this, though I didn’t really understand it. The 2006-2007 school year I moved back to Burlington, NC (where he is from) and I joined David Gordon in prayer meetings in the mornings, from about 8-12. I also did online classes until my schooling was finished. Then I began to pursue the prayer room full-time. I have been living this lifestyle since August 2006.

What impact has being an intercessory missionary had on your life?

Spiritually it has had the impact of me daily growing in the knowledge of God and growing in the word and prayer. Encounter transforms every area of your life. This lifestyle requires lots of sacrifice in other realms of your life as well. Such as relationships, money etc. Because when you put yourself before God you see His worth in a new lifht and you begin to come into agreement with Him in a greater level and your love for Him grows and by seeing who He is your whole life shifts. Your identity is formed in this place. The way you see other people is shaped by how God sees them because you are coming into agreement with God.

What are your “roles” at IHOP-AC?

My identity and function is intercessor first and foremost. In intercession I partner with God’s heart in releasing His purposes in the earth. I also minister to the Lord and from that place of intimacy I exercise His authority that He has given me, through prayer. I am also involved as a worship leader. I minister to the Lord before the people in the prayer room. And lead them in worship during intercession sets and during devotional sets as well. I’m involved in teaching at The Way School of Ministry on occasion. I also have other administration responsibilities. (Side note: he did not want to list them all, but basically he does almost everything from printing all the notes for all the classes and EGS to designing logos and making videos. We don’t know what we’d do without him!)

What would you say to someone who was considering living this lifestyle?

There is nothing more noble to give yourself to. In doing so you are giving yourself to something that affects change on the earth. The primary reason night and day prayer exists is because Jesus is worthy of it. That has to be the vision that sustains you in this lifestyle. Because when we stop seeing Him as worthy then living this lifestyle becomes irrelevant.

What aspect of being in the prayer room is your favorite?

I would say I love encountering the Lord in the place of intimacy, meditating on the word and singing it, and letting that word become alive within me. And from that place speaking those words back to Him in intercession and partnering with Him.

What is the hardest?

Barrenness, when you feel like God is not in the room and you are plowing ground in the Spirit. Thats hard. Also, when you see your darkness brought forth in His light.

What is one of your favorite verses?

John 17:24-26. It is the mission statement of Jesus. His prayer is going to be answered and I am just positioning myself to be a part of seeing that come into fruition. To be with Him where He is- to partner and agree with His heart. To see His glory- to encounter Him in all of His beauty and by doing so loving Him with the love that the Father loves Him.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

Psalm 132. “Until I find a dwelling place.” I will be faithful until….

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Thank you David Rickman for sharing with us!

We praise the Lord for David Rickman and all that he does for the Lord at IHOP-AC. He is a man of the word and he has so much revelation of it that you know he spends hours in the presence of Jesus. It just amazes me!


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A while ago I made a post about IHOP-AC profiles. Well, finally they are here! I am going to introduce you all to the staff at IHOP-AC. Give you a glimpse into their lives as intercessory missionaries.

David Gordon: Director of IHOP-AC

David, Tina, Mary Graceyn and Eli

David Gordon has a wife, Tina, and two children, Eli and Mary Graceyn.

He has been living this lifestyle for almost 2 years now. Previously he was a co-pastor of a church called Life Fellowship. But the Lord called him to “Build an ark and preserve My people”. He has been giving himself to building a 24/7 dwelling place for the Lord ever since.

I spent some time with him today asking him a few questions. Here they are:

Why are you giving your life to direct a house of prayer?

It is out of a call of God. First it was an issue of desire and obedience. Now it has become a consuming passion of my heart. Jesus is worthy, and because of the neediness in my heart. This is why I do what I do. When I see the call of mine, and the connection to biblical scripture and what God is doing, I see how we are connected to what is on God’s heart.

How has this changed your life?

I have begun to live a life beyond a good external reputation of a “good” Christian, to having daily encounters with internal reality and encounter with the Lord. I feel like I am becoming authentic. The mask is being stripped off and I’m living fully alive before God and man. I have come to understand the significance of knowing my identity and my destiny, and this has brought me into wholeheartedness. I felt like, in the past, I was only touching a little of my destiny. It was a lack of knowing my identity. Now God has put them together in the prayer room.

What is your favorite aspect of this lifestyle?

Encountering God by way of the embers of a burning heart. Through the Word, worship, prayer, fasting and giving. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. So I’d say encountering God and having a burning heart.

Hardest aspect?

Living exposed before a holy God on a daily basis. Having my motives exposed, my insecurities and fears. Being confronted and exposed. It’s just hard. But I do it because I want to be authentic and holy in His presence. Being exposed leads me to encounter. That makes it worth it all.

How has this impacted your family?

I feel as a husband and father that God has called me to be the point man in my home. My lifestyle by way of example and by way of education to my family. We have begun to live a life of simplicity. It has not been easy to turn from the comforts of this age, but this lifestyle has really helped get in link with the heart and purpose of God. Because of prayer and crying out to God, the Lord began shifting the heart of Tina to home school our children 3 years ago and that has been tremendous to help develop us as a family together. It is an honor to see my family in the prayer room from time to time, knowing they are in the place of encounter.

What would you say to a family who was considering living this lifestyle?

Number one thing would be to know that God is calling you to this. Also, begin to come along side of a family that is living this lifestyle and start spending regular time in the prayer room. Being exposed to the prayer movement will prepare you for what is ahead.

And now a fun question…what is your favorite verse?

Psalm 27:4- “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple.”

Because everything I see in David’s heart is understood in this one verse. He asks, he sought and he was able to apprehend it. A one thing lifestyle. Ultimately, it is the revelation of the beauty of God in the place of encounter that sustains us. We cannot separate revelation and encounter.

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Thank you DG for sharing your heart with us!

The Lord has used this man to impact my life in a tremendous way. If he had not obeyed the call to build this house of prayer, I would not be a part of it! He has helped shape all of us into the men and women, intercessors, bride that the Lord wants us to be. It is an honor and a privilege to follow such a humble man who desires God more then anything else in this world. He has given up everything to love God with all of his heart, soul, strength and mind. I love him and am so thankful for all that he does and continues to do! He has humbled himself from being a pastor of a nice size congregation to being a director a few twenty-something year olds, who are mostly dropouts from college! (Just a note–none of us are ashamed of this, and are so thankful to be in the center of God’s will). But God is doing something huge with all of us, and He is doing something huge with the house of prayer in Alamance County. Praise the Lord!

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IHOP-AC was in the newspaper this morning! Some journalist wrote an article about the “House of Prayer” that is coming to downtown Burlington. He didn’t really interview anyone, so some of his facts aren’t quite accurate.

Click here to read the article.

We are not a church. We are a ministry. David Gordon isn’t our “pastor” he is our director. Also, International House of Prayer in Kansas City has no idea who we are. They aren’t our “headquarters” but we are modeling our house of prayer after theirs in many ways. Everyone who is a part of IHOP-AC goes to another church. This isn’t our church home. Because its not a church. We are a house of prayer. There are 6 of us who are full-time intercessory missionaries. This is our occupation and our passion. We desire to create a 24/7 dwelling place for God in Alamance County!

I just wanted to clear a few of the facts up. In case anyone reading the article looks us up on line and wants to find out more. If you are part of a church, coming to the House of Prayer does not make you a member. We just want to be open for anyone at anytime to come and worship and commune with God!

STOP IN anytime! We are currently located at Life Fellowship Church off of exit 150 on I-85. We will not be moving into the downtown building until construction is done.

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I know I haven’t been on in a few days. I have a lot of pictures to put up and some things to catch up with. And I will. But tonight we had our first class for our School of Ministry here at IHOP-AC!

It was AMAZING! The class is on Biblical Foundations for the House of Prayer. David Gordon, our director, is the one teaching most of the classes. There will probably be some other staff members who teach a class here and there.

We started off the night by worshiping and it turned into interceding for a spirit of wisdom and revelation into the knowledge of Jesus! It was very powerful! It made me long for Jesus and to know Him!

All in all, it made me want more of Jesus. It made me want to know Him in a deeper way. To really know who this Man is! I am thankful to hear all of this teaching again, it renews a passion within my heart!

If anyone is in the Burlington, North Carolina area, you can still register for the class on-line at IHOP-AC’s website! You should definitely check it out! Stop in and be filled with a hunger for GOD!!!!

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The more I sit in the prayer room, the more I sit in the Lord’s presence, the more I see how easy it is for me to walk according to the flesh! My ultimate desire is to be like Jesus, and yet so many times I find myself acting completely the opposite!

Tonight at Life Fellowship’s bible study, David Gordon (director of IHOP-AC) was teaching on the third core value of the Kingdom. Matt. 5:5. “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Gentle can also be translated meek, or humble. One of the biggest things I struggle with is PRIDE! So often I want things done the way I want, or I want to tell people what I think about them. Like I am some judge, and so much better then them. But I am not! So tonight we looked at what an amazingly HUMBLE GOD WE HAVE! Jesus Christ became HUMAN! And then DIED! (Phil. 2:8)  Two of the lowest things He could have ever done! He came as a servant, He washed all of His disciples feet. When He is God! He didn’t have to, but He came to show us how to live! It convicted me so much. I do not live like Jesus Christ. I do not live like He is calling me to. I make excuses, and water down what He said and showed us to do. He layed down all of His privileges and rights and submitted to the will of His Father, and submitted to His earthly parents. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD WE SERVE!

All I know is that this Humble Servant is so worth my devotion and love. And my heart LONGS and DESIRES to be what HE wants me to be! So I seek humility. I want my flesh and pride to be crushed. KILL ME JESUS! Not so I can check something off of a list, but because I love Jesus and I want to be the woman He created me to be! Its all for You Jesus! So if anyone ever wants to pray for me…pray that I walk in humility and meekness as my Bridegroom did! Do this in ALL of us God!

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