Croatian Country Life

House of Prayer

More and more we have become aware that there is a church that Jesus is building. Those are close families and close relationships. Jesus was all prayer. It was not for nothing that his best friends at the end of His life asked ‘Teach us to pray’.
After René has been a pastor in the church for more than 14 years, he gradually found out that all activities and programs consume a lot of time and energy. Prayer not only gives energy. It is the energy of the Holy Spirit itself. It makes the world more beautiful and cleaner and clears the air.
The houses of prayer are the living church itself. Nothing against the existing churches we love and pray for. But we believe in the simplicity, the beauty and the effect of the blessing prayer. We want to go for that.
In our garden in Pribanjci a beautiful guest house cum prayer house has been built. Here we would like to meet like-minded people from all over the world who want to experience the peace and purity of God’s presence and beautiful nature for a short period of time.

Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another.  Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints, pursue hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people. (Romans 12: 9-18) 

• We bless because the earth is waiting for the children of God to be revealed. We bless so that His kingdom comes, as in heaven as on earth.
• Not our mission and ministry are central. It is Jesus Himself who touches us through His presence. Even still now He walks through the garden and wants to meet us.
• We are hospitable and treat you as a guest and a brother so that you may blossom and come into the freedom of Christ.

1. The Beauty of Creation:
He saw that it was good. And he blessed it. (Genesis 1:28)
Our prayer is that you may be touched by the beauty of creation during your stay in Croatia. That you can see like God “that it was good” and that it may bless you. We are blessed and bless.

2. A House of Prayer for All Nations:
We want to be, as Jesus intended, a house of prayer, a living church, for all nations. Just as Jesus himself was also a living house of prayer:

…them I will bring to My holy mountain, and I will make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. (Isaiah 56:7)

3. An impact on the environment:
Psalm 84 says exactly what our attitude to life is towards this world. We are on a pilgrimage, watching what God is going to do through us, through our prayer, through our faith, through our presence in the land where we are. God save us from thinking that things are getting worse and worse. Deliver us from the idea that our prayers and lives have little or no effect.

How blessed are those find their strength in you, and long to travel the roads that lead to your temple! 6 As they pass through the Baca Valley, he provides a spring for them. even covers it with pools of water. They are sustained as they travel along each one before God in Zion. (Psalm 84:6-8)

4. Proclaiming Promises and Blessings on the Land, Cities, and Territories:
We travel through this land and meanwhile we bless it! We bless the cities and regions that God has put on our hearts. From the hilltops and from the house of prayer we speak God’s promises over Croatia.

O Zion,You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem,You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid;
Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.

(Jesaja 40: 9-10)

5. Restoration, Joy and Harmony in Creation:
We believe that a life in harmony with nature and animals is the blessed life as God intended it. Restoration is needed in creation. The children of God should be the forerunners. 

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
(Romans 8:19)

The restoration that God wants to bring to planet earth has long been foretold in the book of Isaiah. We should take proclaim His statutes and precepts. Livestock disease and natural disasters result from mismanagement. Restoration and blessing should be pronounced and performed. Restoration in the natural world means peace and tranquillity among men

Untill the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
And  the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
The Peace of God’s Reign
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
Though hail comes down on the forest,
And the city is brought low in humiliation.
Blessed are you who sow beside all waters,
Who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.
(Isaiah 32: 15-20)

6. Care, Connection and Friendship with the Poor:
Jesus teaches us that we will always have the poor among us. This means that there is always a certain connection between the poor and the children of God. We visit them in their often lonely and seemingly hopeless situations. We encourage, pray and help where needed. There is a kind of spiritual wealth that we can only receive from the poor.

Listen, my beloved brethren:  Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)

The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. (Proverbs 22:2)

7. The Church is a living edifice of Jesus Himself:
The church that Jesus builds are those precious relationships in which He joins us together. When we experience the unity of Jesus with brothers and sisters in united love through united desire, the power and presence of God over that area will increase. We will see that God’s will, will be done there, as in heaven, so it is in that area.

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask,  it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
(Matthew 18: 19-20)

8. A Rhythm Of Prayer:
We experienced that a rhythm of peace, purity and regularity is beneficial and healing for our lives. Therefore, we encourage our guests to participate in our rhythm of prayer. This means going to prayer at a fixed time every day. 

9. What does God want to reward in our lives?
In our lives, we no longer found the satisfaction and fruit that the classical way of being church had brought to us.  Through our house of prayer, we want to look for the roots, the origin of the Koinonina and the Ekklesia as envisioned by the first believers. We traced those roots back to the lifestyle of the desert fathers. The believers who left the established order of the church to settle in the solitude of the desert. In that solitude, their three priorities were praying, fasting and caring for the poor. This is a lifestyle that Jesus says the Father will reward. In other words, it is these three things that give the fruit that corresponds to repentance.

→ But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:3-4)

→  But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:6) 

→  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:17-18)

10. Encouraging Newsletters
Encouraging and inspiring newsletters are sent from the house of prayer and posted on this website.