Jesus; Hope for the hurting heart

On Monday night, something happened that shook our nation. With a hurting heart and tear- filled eyes I watched the news of a tragic attack on some of our most vulnerable; our children, our youth. As scenes that seem all too familiar flashed across the screen, this time in a city so close to my heart, I was heart broken. I am heartbroken.

And yet, amidst the moving speeches of defiance in the face of evil, I felt the gentle pull towards a different response. I am beginning to understand that weakness does not mean defeat. It does not mean we have lost. It does not mean that the terrorists have won, for our battle has never been against men. Instead, it is in these moments of vulnerability that the tenacious love of One whose strength is perfected in our weakness comes rushing in, crashing through all fear that stands in it’s path.

Our communities are remarkable in their unity. Our emergency services are incredible in their bravery. Our businesses are astounding in their generosity. The kindness of strangers is stunning in the moment of crisis. And yet, in their beauty, it has never been in these things that our hope is found. Our faithful God is not looking for people who do not need Him, but for people who even in the very darkest hours, lift their eyes and their voices to heaven.

We are weak, we are hurting, and we need a Saviour. I do not want to stand tall in defiance. I want to fall down at the feet of the only One who has the answers and ask Him to help us, to hold us, and to heal our land.

For there is a Father who knows what it feels like to have His Son killed.
There is a Man who knows what it is to grieve the loss of His friends.
There is a God who knows what it is to cry.
There is a God who has known pain and suffering; a God who knows what it is for His body to be wounded.
There is a God who knows the pain of separation.
And though words may fail us, there is a God who will not be silent in the face of injustice.

As we search for hope, may we find it in Him. The One who in every way understands our pain, is fully in control. He cannot be shaken. He cannot be moved. Our victory is not in life continuing as normal. Our victory is in lifting our eyes to the One who is victorious.

This week at MHOP, we sang. We lifted high the beautiful, powerful Name of Jesus over a hurting city. Not because we are great, but because He is. Not as an act of defiance against terrorism, but as an act of worship to the One who is still on the throne. He is worthy, He is good, and calling on Him; our sure and steadfast Hope - is the wisest, safest thing we can do in times of crisis. When the wisdom of man fails, we look to Him whose ways are so much higher.

My prayers tonight are with those who are recovering from injuries in hospital. They’re with the families whose hearts are breaking, trying to come to terms with life without their loved one. They’re with the incredible emergency services. They’re with frightened children. They’re with the muslim community in our nation. They’re with the arena staff. They’re with every member of the government navigating these incredibly complex issues for our nation. They’re with Ariana Grande and her team. They’re with the youth of this nation, for whom God has inconceivable things in store.

We lift our voices to a God who sees, hears and responds - believing that He will move mightily in our midst. In the midst of tragedy, we humble ourselves, we call upon the God of all comfort and we listen, believing that the One who has incredible plans for this city and nation takes delight in revealing the secrets of His heart to His friends.

There is Hope, as an anchor of our souls. His Name is Jesus.

He comforts those who mourn and He is near to the broken hearted. He heals and He binds up wounds. One day He will come again, just as He has promised. On that day there will be no more pain, no more crying, no more suffering, no more death. Every wrong thing will be made right. Until that day, He promises to meet us, right in the midst of it all.

How we need You, King Jesus.

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Alicia is on staff as an intercessory missionary at Manchester House of Prayer.  She has a passion to see young adults deeply connected to the heart of God and longs to see all people respond to the worth of Christ.  Alicia is involved in shaping Intro as well as being part of the City Prayer team.  She also serves in the prayer room as a worship leader, singer and prayer leader. 

Introducing Nightwatch

Behold, bless the Lord,
All you servants of the Lord,
Who by night stand in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the Lord.

The Lord who made heaven and earth
Bless you from Zion!
— Psalm 134

Last night was our first Nightwatch and it was a powerful time of devotion and intercession for Wythenshawe as well as the city and wider Greater Manchester area.  There is something precious about gathering in the night hours and pressing into God.  

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the journey that lead to our nightwatches.  The Lord laid on our hearts at the very beginning of MHOP that we would be a resource, a support to the city working with churches and ministries to see prayer arise and the gospel preached and demonstrated across Manchester and beyond.  Along the journey we have connected relationally with various churches and ministries one of which has been Prayer Storm.  We love the heart and vision behind Prayer Storm and we share a lot of the same values as them and we have always tried to see how we can support one another,  you may remember back in 2012 we co-hosted a screening of Nefarious with them too.  In January this year,  James and I met and in the midst of sharing what the Lord had been saying and doing in each of our lives we began to discuss how we could collaborate moving forward, whether we should, how we could etc.  This discussion lead us to where we are.  Every Thursday since September last year, James and Prayer Storm have held a weekly, all night prayer meeting, from 10pm - 7am the next day.  We are supporting and collaborating with them in this meeting by leading a devotional (of sorts) from 12pm-2am. 

We'd love for you to come and join us as we pray in the night hours.  You can come for any of the meeting, from 10pm-7am, and stay as long as you want but you might want to consider joining us for our 12pm-2am Nightwatch.  Find out more about when and where we meet here.

- Michael

MHOP June Schedule

Hi everyone. Just a quick note to let you know about some changes to the schedule over the month of June. Tonight (17th June), this Friday (21st June) and next Monday (24th June) there will be no Devo's only the 8-10pm Prayerwatches. Also, on Friday, our 8-10pm meeting will be a devo with Aydee Latty doing his last set with MHOP before he and his wife Hannah move down to work at Ashburnham Place. We have all really enjoyed Aydee's electronica sets and would encourage everyone to come down this Friday. We'll be back to our usual schedule as of Friday 27th June. Also, please note that in August we will be only holding the 8-10pm meetings and they will all be devotionals with our full schedule restarting in September!

Be blessed.

Continue to pray for the abolition of human trafficking in Scotland

Last night at our justice prayerwatch we partnered with Abolition Scotland in praying for a change in Scottish legislation and the ending of human trafficking in Scotland. We are aware that whilst many of you would support this cause you may not have heard about it, so here is the details of how you can support what they are doing.

Official Website:


On Twitter: @abolitionscot

How can you get involved?

1. Let people know about the campaign, especially anyone you know in Scotland.

2. Pray.  Find prayer points here.

3. Take action.  Regardless of where you are from you can make your voice heard on this issue.  Respond to the consultation here.

MHOP UPDATE: October 2012

September was a busy month for us at MHOP, we turned 2 years old, started INTRO, our first internship program and took a small team to minister to some houses of prayer in Ukraine.  We also launched two meetings which so far have gone under the radar, until now!  We also wanted to tell you about an opportunity to support one of the churches who provide us with a building each week...for free.

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New MHOP Devotional Prayerwatches

In September we launched 2 new meetings in our schedule.  On a Monday from 6-8pm at Mount Chapel and 6-8pm on Friday at Coverdale Baptist Church we have what we call devotional prayerwatches.  A devotional prayerwatch (devo) is designed to enable those who join us to engage with God however they should chose.  We have a worship team leading us for the whole time will a mixture of known worship songs, spontaneous choruses and prophetic singing and music which creates an atmosphere in which engaging with the Holy Spirit is enjoyable and easy.  You are welcome to come and join with the worship team, or do your own private bible study or devotional time or to pray through your prayer lists.  Essentially, our devo meetings are for you to take two hours out of your week and encounter God.  You could even build the devos into your weekly "quite time" schedule.  As with all our meetings, the devos are open for anyone to come to, so please do join us and if you want you can stay on for our 8-10pm meetings.  If you want more info about our new devo meetings then email us.[/one_half]


Mount Chapel, Building Refurbishment Gift Month

Since May this year MHOP has held our weekly Justice Prayerwatch at Mount Chapel Christian Fellowship in Salford.  In September they allowed us to both increase our schedule by a further 2 hours and let us use their building on Monday afternoons for our internship.  What makes this even more amazing is that they let us do all this for free.  They truly are a blessing to us and we wanted to both honour them before you all and also ask you as part of the MHOP community to consider supporting Mount Chapel as they look to raise finances to refurbish their building. Mount Chapel are looking to raise £100,000 to do essential maintenance and refurbishment work to the building, including a complete re-wiring, new heating system and various emergency and fire safety updates along with redecorating and refurbishing the ladies' toilets. We would ask you to prayerfully consider how you can support them as they look to raise this support over the month of October (they won't turn away gifts after October though!).  If you are a UK taxpayer your gift can gift-aided so that they receive more for the government. If you would like more information about the plans or how you can give to support them then you can call them on 0161 736 4096 or email them. [/one_half_last][/row]

Intro 2012 has started!

We are excited to start the first ever Intro, our 6 month, part-time training program.   We have 4 interns with us until the start of March and we are excited to see what the Lord will do in their lives and in the life of our house of prayer.  Our interns are Dani Higginbotham, Lizzie Bhatia, Sarah Foster and Tsitsi Danga.  They will be involved in the different aspect of our prayerwatches and will be receiving teaching and spending time in the place of prayer.  Next time you're in the prayer room why not say hi to them! We would ask that you pray for them and for Michael and Becci as they bring leadership to the course and will deliver the majority of the teaching on the course.  We believe that Intro will become a vital part of the life and growth of the house of prayer so it is important that we keep it before the Lord, ask Him to bless it and to prosper it and that He would be glorified in it.

New Monday Meetings

We officially launch our new Monday evening meetings this coming Monday, 14th May and we are really excited about it.  We also wanted to let you know about the main prayer focus for these meetings. As you may be aware, each of our meetings have different prayer focuses; our Monday morning meeting we pray for the marketplace (Christians in the workplace, businesses, local government etc) and our Friday evening meetings we pray for the church in Manchester. For our Monday evening meetings we will be using our prayer mandates as our focus. Our prayer mandates are laid out in our Vision and Values document (available to download below) and we believe these are key topics which the Lord has given our house of prayer to intercede regarding. At these meeting we will pray for topics such as abortion and adoption, marriage and the rights of the family, government reform and Israel to name a few. As with our Friday evening meeting there will always be the opportunity to pray for any topic the Lord puts on your heart to pray for, but we will aim to pray for at least one of our key mandates. We hope that you are as excited as we are about these new meetings and would love to see you there. To find directions to Mount Chapel click here!