What is the Prayer Room?
King David was a man of “one thing” (Psalm 27:4). Around 1000 BC, as an outflow of his heart, he commanded that the Ark of the Covenant be brought up on the shoulders of the Levites amidst the sound of songs and musical instruments to his new capital, Jerusalem. There he had it placed in a tent and appointed two hundred and eighty-eight prophetic singers and four thousand musicians to minister before the Lord, “to make petition, to give thanks and to praise the Lord” day and night (1 Chronicles 15:1–17:27). This was unlike anything that had been done in Israel’s history, but it was God’s plan.
Our heart is to have the same spirit of the tabernacle of David, in America, in this day. This is also a sign of the times and a fulfillment of prophesy.
And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: ‘ After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the LORD who does all these things.’ (Acts 15:15-17)
What to do in the prayer room:
We want you to feel comfortable at JHOP DC whether you are a participant or a visitor. While in the prayer room, feel free to sing along with the worship teams, read your Bible, study a favorite commentary, write in your journal or just pray. You may sit, stand or even pace in the aisles. Whatever you do, we ask that you do it in a manner that honors and serves the other people who are in the room too.
There are two basic prayer and worship formats:
Intercession sets are usually energetic as the room is invited to engage in corporate prayer. These prayer times will have a specific prayer focus communicated by the prayer leader, and individuals in the room are welcome to pray on the microphone. There will be times of “rapid-fire prayer” when, one by one, people are invited to pray short prayers on the microphone along a specific theme. There may also be times of small group prayer for those who wish to participate.
Devotional sets are a format designed to create an atmosphere of worship that promotes personal prayer, Bible reading and study. These prayer times generally have a lower volume of music for an environment suited to contemplative prayer.