Jamaica House of Prayer (JaHOP) is an evangelical organization that desires to partner with the Great Commission by advancing 24/7 worship and prayer in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.
We are inspired by David’s tabernacle (1 Chr. 23:5; 25:7), where 288 singers and 4,000 musicians were employed as their full-time occupation to minister to the Lord and serve the community.
Scripture teaches that night and day prayer is deeply connected to the fullness of God’s power and purpose being released (Lk. 18:7–8; cf. Isa. 62:6–7). We desire to offer Jesus unceasing worship, while contending for justice, and for the power of the Holy Spirit to be manifested in bringing transformation to every sphere of our society.
Build me a place of prayer, a house of prayer. Nine months in training as the days in the womb awaiting delivery. Warriors will be conceived and birthed in that place. I will direct you where the place will be in this island. A school of prayer.
These were the pivotal words spoken to Kelvin Ehikametalor in 2007. They began the journey to the establishment of Jamaica House of Prayer along with the prophetic word Harry Walcott, our President, received five years earlier. God commissioned Pastor Harry saying,
“I have called you to raise up intercessors for me. I have called you to teach my people the true essence of worship. Lift up your voice and be heard, like a John the Baptist, prepare the people."
The two met dramatically in Jamaica when Kelvin left Nigeria on a one way ticket to our beautiful island.
But our story began long before 2002. The history of the prayer movement begins around 1000 BC when King David established a tabernacle in Jerusalem and set a precedent of night and day worship before the Lord that continued at various times throughout Israel’s history. Each time this order of worship was reintroduced, spiritual breakthrough, deliverance and military victory followed. Likewise, throughout the centuries, groups in Ireland, Germany, South Korea, USA and elsewhere across the globe have established day and night worship and prayer furnaces. People are being moved by true encounters with the love of God in the place of prayer as Christ prepares His bride, the Church. There is a call to grow in intimacy with Him while being empowered to impact the spiritual atmospheres of our cities with power and authority which is released during 24/7 prayer and worship. We believe that this movement is being orchestrated by the Holy Spirit Himself to prepare the way for the great harvesting of souls in the end times.
As such, it is our eventual aim to establish a Prayer Room that will run for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, until Jesus Christ returns. There is a call being issued to singers, musicians and intercessors to commit to carrying out continuous prayer and worship from dawn to dusk and through the watches of the night, by the grace of God. Scripture teaches that night and day prayer is crucial to the release of the fullness of God’s power and purpose (Lk. 18:7–8; Isa. 62:6–7). We aim to offer Jesus unremitting adoration and take a stand in prayer for the manifestation of God’s justice in every realm of life.