What to do while
in the Prayer Room
In general, there are two main types of sets-- Devotional sets and Harp & Bowl sets. Below are brief descriptions of each:
Devotional sets a typically more low-key. The purpose is to simply offer devotion unto the Lord (ministering to the Lord). There may be instrumental music playing in the background, or a smaller group leading live-worship. Often there may only be a single person on a guitar, keys, and/or singing. Those leading the worship set may sing familiar songs, spontaneous songs, or even singing straight from Scripture.
Harp & Bowl Sets
Also known as Worship (harp) and Prayerful Intercession (Bowl) sets. There is a mixture of singing worship songs, praying and interceding, and then responsive, spontaneous worship that correlates with what was prayed. This model is displayed in full during our weekly "Main Set" on Thursday nights from 6-8PM. There are prayer leaders designated to lead through the times of prayer.
Most people engage with the worship and/or prayer going on in the room, but there are other ways you can engage with the Lord while in the prayer room...
How to engage with the Lord...
- Put your Bible, others books, and devices down and direct your attention to the Lord.
- Pray that God would give you “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Eph 1:16-20)
- Invite the Spirit to transform you as you behold Him (2 Cor 3:18)
- Picture God according to how the Bible describes Him (Exo 34:5-7; Isa 6; Rev 1:9-20, 4, 5)
- Practice listening to Him as you behold Him (Ps 27:4, 62:1-2; Isa 30:15)
Open your heart
- Give your plans and expectations for this time to the Lord. Come to Him with an open heart so you can hear what He is saying, which may not align with your expectations or desires.
- Do not rush past this moment. Open your heart to the Lord by faith and give Him the space to speak (Rev 3:20; Ps 139:23-24)
Use the Bible
- Engage in conversation with the Lord using the Bible.
- Ponder small segments of Scripture, seeking to hear what the Lord is saying to you and then respond in obedience (Psalms 1)
- Read portions of Scripture that shed light on God’s larger story. Read large chunks of Scripture to understand the narrative storyline.
- Study a book of the Bible. Read up on the background, history, and author of the book and where it fits in the storyline. Make your own notes as you read.
- Study a particular theme found throughout Scripture such as the Father’s heart, fellowship with the Spirit, the forerunner message, etc.
- Ask the Lord to teach you how to pray (Matt 6:5-15; Rom 8:26)
- Ask the Lord for specific things He wants you to pray for. When burdened, pray through until you feel a release (Rom 8:26-28)
- Notice verses highlighted to you, signs, dreams, prophetic impressions, etc. to help you discern the Lord’s voice and direction as you pray.
“One thing I have asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” - David (Ps 27:4)
It is not how well you seek the Lord,
but simply THAT you seek Him!
Go after the Lord...
The Lord rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)! When it comes to seeking Him in worship and prayer, give Him your all. There is freedom to worship as you desire, whether that be through stillness, on your face, on the ground, hands raised, hands down, dancing, etc. He is worthy of it all! We ask that you, in general...
Be considerate of others
- Please make sure to take all conversations out into the lobby so as not to disturb those who are seeking/ministering unto the Lord
- Reserve instruments to be used by those who have been designated to lead worship on-stage. Instruments played from the audience can be very distracting for both pray-ers and worship leaders.
When the Spirit moves...
- Often, the Lord may give you some form of encouragement to share with another individual. Ask that person (in humility) if it would be ok to share it with them, and deliver it in humility either quietly in the back of the room, or out in the lobby.
- If you feel the Lord has given you something that might be to share with the group in the room, locate the Prayer Leader and share it with him/her... again, in humility. The Prayer Leader will determine the best response in how/whether to share the word publicly. Did we mention humility being important?!?
- Remember that the Spirit moves in many different ways, but that when He does so in a public way His purpose is for the building up of the body--not the individual (1 Cor 12 & 14). Let all things be done in love and for the building up of others, which may cause you to be more mindful of your volume. Remember that the Spirit moves in many ways, but He also produces the fruit of self-control!