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November 15, 2013

House of Prayer moves to city

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh House of Prayer offers praise, worship and a tabernacle-like space to pray at its new location at 63 Broad St.

Originally the Champlain Valley Christian Center, the Plattsburgh House of Prayer started in August 2010. It was formerly located on Tom Miller Road.

“We really felt God led us to establish a House of Prayer here in Plattsburgh,” the Rev. Jesse Brooks said.

“The Plattsburgh House of Prayer serves two functions. One is a church. We have service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The other function; it’s a community prayer room. One of our goals is to be a place where a community of believers, no matter what church you go to, come together and pray. Our goal is to be open 24/7 to provide a prayer room. Now, we’re up to (being open) 60 hours a week.”

The prayer room’s design was inspired by King David’s Tabernacle (tent), which housed the Ark of the Covenant, the chest containing the Tablets of Stones inscribed with the Ten Commandments. King David erected the tent on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

The Plattsburgh House of Prayer is staffed by intercessory missionaries. 

“We have two full-time and two-part-time (missionaries),” Brooks said. “We have a large group of volunteers who come and are part of the prayer sets. We run two-hour prayer sets. We have a group that comes in and plays praise and worship, and intermingled with that is prayer.”

The Plattsburgh House of Prayer is patterned after the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.

“All through history, there have been times when 24/7 prayer has gone on in Germany, Ireland and France,” Brooks said. “The one in Germany went on for 100 years.”

The Plattsburgh House of Prayer is in partnership with its Kansas City counterpart. When the local church falls short of prayer sets, the International House of Prayer’s praise and worship services are Web streamed.

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