A Place of His Presence
The Gate meets in Northern Virginia. The name was given to us in vision and prophesy by God and refers to Gen. 28:17. This scripture is where Jacob had the dream of a ladder set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven. The Lord, standing above it, spoke to Jacob of his purpose, his destiny, and promised to be with him and his descendants until all that the Lord had spoken was fulfilled.
Jacob awoke from the dream saying,” How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven”. We believe our worship, intercession, hunger and desire for the manifest Presence of God to come and reside in our midst opens the gate of heaven so the King of Glory can come in. We welcome His presence in our meetings and in the city.
The Gate does not look like a traditional church. We gather to meet God and meet with one another. One of the hallmarks of our meetings is worship. We are called to our first love and called to worship. (Luke 10:27, John 4:23,24) We are also called to be a house of prayer. (Luke 19:46) We follow Holy Spirit and allow Him to minister through the gifted members of the Body of Christ. (1 Cor.14:23) Teaching, worship, intercession and every activity is submitted to Holy Spirit so that our primary focus is on Jesus.
The meetings themselves are not the focus. They serve as a place to gather and enter into His presence. They become a place for corporate expression and a doorway or gate to allow access to the throne room. We want our worship to invite His presence because He dwells in the praise of His people. We want to meet and minister in the manifest presence of God. We hunger for face to face visitation. We long to have Him extend His Kingdom in us and through us into the cities where we live.
One elderly prayer veteran of the New Hebrides revival said, “If you ever find Him, never, never, never, never let go!” What does that mean? It means that if you manage to get the door of Heaven propped open, don’t ever let it close again. (God’s Favorite House, pg.135) God has called us as intercessory gatekeepers, to hold open the access (gate) so that others can enter in. The Gate is a place where the manifest presence is welcome in the city.
We long to see the glory of the Lord fall on Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and the entire region. We are praying for a mighty move of God that challenges the Church and changes the culture because hearts are on fire with a passion for Jesus and His Kingdom.