As you enter into the Prayer Room, we encourage you to begin by simply seeking God’s Presence, putting away any agendas or stresses you might have come here with. It is helpful to start with giving God praise, confession and thanksgiving. As we connect with his heart, this helps us to know how to pray for ourselves, our loved ones and the world around us. Feel free to use the stations as starting guides for your prayers, songs, poetry or quiet meditations. You may want to select some worship music and play it while you pray.
In the Prayer Room the Bible is very important. Scripture inspires the prayer stations, and many of the prayers themselves flow from the Word of God. God constantly wants to speak to us through the Scriptures. It is our desire to grow in understanding of the Word of God and apply His Word into our lives and be transformed by the power of His Word. This can be practiced by the ancient art of Lectio Divina, sacred reading or the prayer of the listening heart. Lectio divina is a simple discipline of reading and re-reading a passage of the Bible to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us. The Lectio divina assumes that by entering deeply into the text of God’s Holy Word, God will be made known to us, speak to us and direct our lives. It is reading with a longing to meet God, to be touched by God, to be healed, changed and strengthened. Praying the Psalms is another way that the Lord speaks through the scriptures. The Psalms are the prayers and songs of God’s people. You will find everything that you have ever felt or confessed in the Psalms. Pray them aloud if you desire.
Journaling is encouraged while you are here in the Prayer Room. You will find a community journal where we can write prayers or scriptures, but it is also encouraged that individuals have personal journals to help with your personal journey with God. This is a wonderful tool to write down what God is speaking to us individually and as a community and reflect on these thoughts.
Why have a prayer room?
First and foremost a Prayer Room is about friendship with God. Throughout history, God established sacred places of prayer. These were places solely devoted to seeking Him and being in His Presence. Two examples are the Moravians and the Celtics. Another key example is the Israelites when God told them to establish a Tabernacle. A prayer room is meant to encourage people to spend time with God and grow in intimacy with Him. We want to learn to sit at the feet of Jesus and commune with Him learning to hear what is on His heart. A Prayer Room helps a community look beyond itself.
We believe that the Holy Spirit can fill a place as well as a person. The sense of God’s presence after many hours of prayer makes prayer easier and the time pass much quicker. The ancient Celts called it “thin places” where the veil between heaven and earth becomes so fine that prayer is easier. Ultimately, the thin place for all of us is in the heart, and sometimes being in a place of sacred beauty can soften our hearts to encounter God.
Why have continual prayer?
Because bold, persistent prayer is effective. First it changes us. Then it changes the world. Jesus told us stories to encourage us to “cry out day and night” (Luke 18) and to persist in prayer.
· Pentecost came to a prayer room. (Acts 1:14, 2:1)
· Paul urged the Thessalonians to “pray constantly”. (I Thes. 5:17)
· The early church “joined together constantly in prayer.” (Acts 1-14)
“I have posted watchmen on your walls oh Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7
Why do you have to have a special place to go and pray?
It isn’t always easy for us to find a quiet place to meet with the Lord at home or work. We desire to establish a place dedicated to the Lord, which facilitates intimacy with Him. Jesus would often withdraw from the busyness to a quiet place to pray. (Luke 5:16)
We believe that a prayer room is like a furnace because prayers are built upon each other. Each person that comes through adds fuel to the fire of intercession. Hence we get the term “Boiler Room”. Just as Jesus lives to plead our cause continually before the throne of God and to mediate on our behalf, so we are called to carry the needs of our neighbors to him in prayer.
Why do we encourage creativity in the prayer room?
Prayer is about partnership with God. We dialogue…we share our heart, and He shares His. We serve a Creative God, and He speaks to us in creative ways. So, we have established the prayer room to include different visual aids and stations to help facilitate intimacy with God. Prayer stations can help us to focus on different themes that the Lord may direct us to as a church body. We are a visually stimulated generation so prayer stations help to be an inspiration to all. We believe that we can learn from each other, and stir up passion for the Lord, which in turn fuels passion for the lost.
Why do prayer and evangelism go hand in hand?
You cannot have one without the other. They are inseparable. You have to know God’s heart for people before you can minister to them. “My House will be called a House of Prayer for all Nations” Isaiah 56:7
· When the Holy Spirit fell at Pentacost, it was upon a prayer meeting, and as a result, three thousand were saved.
· The Moravian one-hundred-year prayer meeting tucked away in a remote village in Germany, sent out three thousand missionaries to the ends of the earth. Writing about the Hebridean (Scottish) Awakening of 1949-53, where entire communities came to Christ, Arthur Wallis observed, “Let it be burned upon our hearts by the Spirit of God, that this mighty movement was not only born out of prayer, but that is brought forth through prayer and was maintained by prayer.”
Communion: The body and blood of Jesus are available for you to partake. Take some time to meditate on the greatest sign of love.
Matthew 26: 26-28, And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Family Tree: Write the names of family members, prodigals, friends, and others who do not yet know the Lord on a leaf. Place the leaf on the tree and pray for them that they may become part of the family of God.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 records, blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
World Map: Pray for the nations of the earth. Pray for our missionaries. Pray for our nation, our city, our neighborhood. Pray for the poor and our local outreaches.
Worship/Graffiti Wall: This is a place to creatively worship the Lord through the arts…..a place for people to write spiritual poems, letters and proverbs, or express themselves in drawings. The Lord’s spirit is creative. He created you!! He created the universe and everything in it!!
Psalm 150, Exodus 35:30-35.
SMVC Station: Interceding for the Church community. Pray for the Sunday service, FOTV, that God will raise up the leaders we need, for the outpouring of the Spiritual Gifts, for the protection of our Pastors and their families, for new people to find Jesus here…
Challenge to Prayer
Prayer is at the heart of every revival. Bob Sorge says in his book “Secrets of the Secret Place”, “one of the most (spiritually) violent things you will ever do is wrestle down all the competing elements in your calendar and consistently carve out time to shut yourself into your secret place.”
As we pray for transformation, God will touch those around us. Then we must keep going and sacrifice in continual prayer in order to see change. In having the prayer room we hope to encourage this activity.