“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – Revelation 1:5b-6 ESV
As the Lord Jesus teaches us about our priestly identity in Him, the Prayer Room is a great place to come before Him, undistracted, to minister to Him with worship and praise, to allow Him to minister healing, truth and transformation to us, and to minister to the earth with intercession and declaration.
And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” - Mark 6:31
When we set ourselves before God in the Prayer Room, our sole purpose is to Love and Be Loved by the Living God. He has created us for this reason. In this place, you may ask Him to simply enjoy you, and lavish His love on you. You may ask Him to share His vision with you for a certain prayer focus, and then participate with Him in intercession by praying what He has shown you.
What Should I ‘Do’ in the Prayer Room?
There are many different expressions of worship, and so your experience may be different every time. But most importantly, be diligent to enter into the Rest. Present yourself to the Lord Jesus, and come into the place of unity with His heart. Hear what He says to you.
From this place of intimacy will flow forth all manner of goodness. Here are some of the many expressions that you will experience.
- Declaring to the Father and His Son their Goodness and Mercy
- Reading, Memorizing and Meditating on the Word
- Praying for yourself, your family and others
- Dancing and Singing to the Lord in Worship
- Allowing Jesus to reach into your heart and heal the broken places
- Conversing with God and discovering new truths about your life
- Repenting for behavior patterns and opening up those places to the Lord’s leadership
- Rejecting lies, and speaking the Word of God over your life
- Joining in corporate prayer with others during Intercession sets
- Singing the Word along with the worship team during Worship with the Word sets
Keep Conversations to a Minimum
In worship meetings we are focused on spending time with the Lord Jesus and praying His heart, so this is not the time or place for extended conversations. Out of respect for the Lord and others in the Prayer Room, please keep conversations quiet and brief. If you need to talk with someone, please take the conversation to another room.
What if I don’t ‘feel’ anything or ‘hear’ anything from God?
An excellent way to enter into the presence of God, and begin hearing the Holy Spirit is to read the Word of God and talk to Him about it. Asking God questions from the Word, and agreeing with what you read, is a great way to get the conversation going.
If you find yourself feeling a little bit aimless in the prayer room, you can develop a strategy for how to spend your time there. One possible schedule could look something like this…
2 Hour Prayer Meeting
15 minutes – Pray in the spirit, or with understanding, welcoming the Lord into this time with you and asking that He grace you with His presence and with insight about who He is.
30 minutes – Read and meditate on the Scripture.
15 minutes – engage with what is being sung or prayed by the worship team on stage. Sing along, pray along or meditate and read the Worship with the Word passages.
20 minutes – Pray apostolic prayers over yourself and your family.
10 minutes – Stretch, dance and take a water/bathroom break.
5 minutes – Focus intently on the heavenly prayer room, using Revelation 4 as a guide for what to envision.
20 minutes – Examine your life and stewardship before the Lord. Ask Him about your priorities, schedule, financial decisions and relationships. Ask Him to show you the things that are important. Ask forgiveness when you’ve struggled, and receive His ever present help for the coming week.
5 minutes – Wrap up the time with jubilant thanksgiving in your heart. It may come out in joyful singing or dancing, or you may rejoice quietly before the Lord. But be thankful for the opportunity to spend 2 hours alone with the Living God. Express gratitude to Him for spending time with you and helping you along on the journey into His heart.
This is just a sample schedule. There are many other things that can be done during this time. Let us be incredibly grateful for this opportunity to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He is delighted when we desire to stop ‘doing’ and simply come and rest at His feet. Then from that place will spring forth a wellspring of Life.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. – Hebrews 4:11