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by Billy Hallowell

There are about 300,000 Protestant churches in America. While each is surely unique, most of them probably have worship services on Sundays (and, perhaps at one or two other mornings or evenings during the week).

But, one church — Kansas City, Missouri’s International House of Prayer (IHOP) — has been in an ongoing prayer and worship service 24 hours per day, seven days per week since 1999.


A live feed of the never-ending service can be found on the internet. IHOP explains its service breakdown as follows:

There are two basic worship and prayer formats. Each twenty-four hour day is divided into six two-hour intercession sessions and six two-hour worship with the Word sessions which are more devotional in nature.

The New York Times recently profiled the church, which was founded 12 years ago by Mike Bickle, a self-trained evangelical pastor.

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