Prayer Rooms 24/7
Our aim is a prayer canopy over the community “around the clock”.
How is this possible? It’s possible as we coordinate prayer as a “city-church” between congregations.
A Prayer Room in Every Congregation
Choose a date, e.g. the 17th or 25th of the month. Perhaps your church has capacity to be open 6 hours that day, or 12 hours or 18 or 24.
Invite your people to “sign up” for one hour during the time your prayer room is open. Ten people coming in to pray for one hour enables your prayer room to be open for ten hours. (More about how to set up a prayer room below.)
Let us know the date your church has chosen. If possible, open your prayer room the same date every month (i.e. the 17th or 25th) for sustainability. This way, together, 30 congregations cover every day of the month with a canopy of prayer.
Setting up your Prayer Room
Choose a space: If you don’t already have a prayer room, seek a ‘dedicated’ space to establish one. If no permanent space is available, store materials in totes between uses. Alternatively, you can purchase four dividers or presentation panels to set up a temporary room in your lobby or fellowship area, storing the dividers again after use.
Utilize four walls: for instance
- global issues: on one wall post a world map, pictures and prayer letters of your missionaries, information about prayer needs of persecuted Christians and world crises about with to call out the the Lord
- national prayer needs: on a second wall post a Canadian map, list of political leaders for which we are called to intercede for righteous government, prayer for all people groups immigrating to Canada, the needs of our aboriginal communities etc.
- local needs: on a third wall pray for BC government and issues, for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows mayors and council. Post a city map asking everyone to mark their prayer walk route. Pray for “seven mountains” in our city, education, police, health care, homeless, media and the arts and so much more.
- congregation: on a fourth wall include a church directory so prayer room users are encouraged to pray for each household, for those who are ill, for the leadership and financial needs of the church. Above all pray for personal and congregational renewal, anointing, deep prayer life, discipleship and disciple-making.
On each wall you could provide a ‘white board’ with markers where people can leave prayer requests.
On a table you could provide a cross inviting repentance, paper and a shredder to confess sin and symbolize its end, worship music, books on prayer and a note book in which people can share their prayer experience for the encouragement of others.
Let’s start in September
Please engage in a conversation with your leadership team this summer and let us know the outcome.
Here is a simplified ‘worksheet’ you can start with: download.
Our prayer is that by September ten prayer rooms will be ready to begin, bringing blessing and revival to our church and city!
Have you read the 24/7 Prayer Manual?