IHOP 24 hour prayer session does nothing

Remember these wackos? A few weeks ago, The International House of Prayer and their fearless leader Mike Bickle, made headlines after accusing Oprah Winfrey of being the Anti-Christ. These people are not to be underestimated. Since its humble beginnings, the church has grown by leaps and bounds. It’s recently opened a four-year Bible college, and plans of building a massive 100 million dollar church complex (which will undoubtedly be a gaudy monstrosity).

Their whole schtick involves a 24/hour, 7 day a week prayer session that never stops. It’s supposedly been going on for 12 years (I have my doubts about this claim), and in order to accomplish this, young volunteers pledge to spend a minimum of 25 hours a week at the church, often in late night shifts. They’ve been praying for gay marriage and abortion to be made illegal. Fortunately, they’re talking to their imaginary friend the whole time, so all of this prayin’ has done precisely shit in actually changing anything. Of course, this whole effort probably feels inspiring to the members, which explains why they’ve been growing so fast. They have vision, and regardless of how frightening it is (they subscribe to the “Seven Mountain Dominionism” scary bullshit), that’s what these kind of people want from their church these days: a clear idea of how to change society to fit their narrow worldview.

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    Luc Leblanc

    So, they were praying non-stop for twelve years? Did any of their prayers even came true? I think they need to learn the old adage: “If something don’t work, stop doing it!”.

    On the other side, it keeps them busy (i.e. out of the public sphere).

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    Corey Jones

    Can’t comment on how many years they’ve been praying non-stop, but I can confirm that there are people coming and going out of their facility non-stop. They’re less than a mile from my front door. There’s always people walking to or from, any hour of the day or night.

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    Stop me if this one’s been said before, but I equate prayer with crossing your fingers for luck; they have a very similar success rate.

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