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Prayer Room

Week of Unbroken Prayer

Location: EPICenter; EPIC Prayer Room (walk in, take a left, past the bathrooms)
Duration & Hours: Monday July 1 (beginning at 12 AM) – Sunday July 7 (ending at 11:59 PM)

During the in-person overnight hours, we will have the doors locked, and a couple stationed in the lobby to let you in. (So you will not be completely alone on property in the middle of the night.)

The plan

Beginning at midnight Monday July 1 through midnight on Sunday July 7, we’re linking arms as a church to spend the week in unbroken prayer. 

And we do mean “the week” — all 7 days, all 168 hours!

And we do mean “we” — this is a family-sized vision.

The why

Communion — This is a fancy way of saying relationship with God, simply for the sake of relationship. Think about it — in any significant human relationship that we want to grow, we go out of our way to spend set-apart time with that person. It creates space for depth, conversation, and connection. It brings us closer, grows trust, and strengthens love. One hour with God can go a long way!

Intercession
— This is a fancy word for partnership with God. Looking at scripture, we can’t unsee this reality: God wants to partner with ordinary human beings to bring about goodness, peace, and transformation. There is so much division, fear, hurt, bitterness, and chaos in our world. If there was ever a time for the Church to lift our eyes and raise our voices as one, it is now.

Love — It may not seem like it, but prayer is one of the most practical and powerful ways to love our friends, family, and community. The author Richard Foster said this: “When we want more for people than we’re able to give them, we’ll pray.”

Challenge — Growth happens when we push a little beyond what we’ve done before and what we think we can do. We want to grow in prayer … not just in theory, but in practice!

Community — It’s one thing to commit to something on your own; it’s something entirely different to join a group of people who are all committed to the same thing. Though you’ll be praying alone (unless you invite someone to join you), you’re a small part of a much larger community — both in this church and nationwide — who are committed to seeing God’s Kingdom come in ways that just won’t unless we pray (Mark 9:29). Check out the larger Church family we’re linking arms with here.

Is prayer like this in the Bible? Did Jesus do it?

  • In Exodus and Leviticus, the priests were to keep the lamps of the temple burning, and perpetual fire on the altar (Ex. 30:8, Lev. 6:12-13). The priests took their responsibilities so seriously that they would keep watch in the temple 24 hours a day, even sleeping on site to ensure this fire never went out.
  • All through the Psalms, David and other psalmists choose midnight and overnight hours to seek, remember and reflect on God in a unique way (Psalm 1:2, 16:7, 42:8, 63:6, 119:55, 119:148).
  • Jesus often went out of His way to go to set apart places and pray (Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12, Luke 9:18, Luke 9:28, Luke 11:1, Luke 22:39-41). Before He picked His twelve disciples, He spent the whole night in prayer.
  • After Jesus ascended, the disciples, Jesus’ family, and the women who followed Him came together at a certain place and prayed together (Acts 1:14). It was during one of these prayer times that the early church community was born (Acts 2).
  • Jews and much of the early church prayed all throughout the day, usually at fixed hours. It’s likely the Jews visited the temple to pray at 9 AM, 3 PM, and sunset (i.e. Acts 3:1). Sometimes, when needed, the early church prayed all night (see Acts 12:6-12).
  • Scripture says that right now Jesus, having ascended to the right hand of God, lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25). This means whenever we pray, we’re just joining Jesus in what He’s already doing.
  • One of the images we get of eternity is that of unending worship (Revelation 7:15). That means 24/7 prayer is actually a mirror of heaven.

 

There are 168 hours in a week.

Will you take just one to spend it with God?

His sheep follow him because they know his voice.

—JOHN 10:4B
Thin places: this was a phrase coined by the ancient Celts for places where God’s presence just seemed closer and more accessible, almost like there was a veil between heaven and earth that had grown thin.
 
We’ve prepared a room that we hope will be exactly that. 
 
The Prayer Room is a space that’s been intentionally and creatively designed to make it possible for anyone & everyone to spend an hour with God. If you’ve never known where to start when it comes to prayer, start here. We’ve remodeled and reopened the Prayer Room this year into two unique spaces: one designed to help you start a variety of different conversations with God, and the second designed for you to just be still and reflect on the cross.
 
Last year, amidst the hundreds of prayers that were prayed came countless testimonies of people encountering God in both simple and profound ways. This room isn’t just for the seasoned ‘prayer people’ or the already Christian; it’s for anyone and everyone wanting to meet with God and hear His voice. Why not book an hour and see what happens?  

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course! Pray at home, in your car, on a plane, in the store… do all that. But we firmly believe, through Scripture and through experience, that there is something powerful about designating a space for prayer. Besides that, we know sometimes it’s hard to pray in our everyday spaces – distractions abound, or maybe you don’t know where to start. We’ve set up this space to minimize distractions, and guide you into God’s presence, even if you’re totally new to that kind of thing.

There’s also a communal element to this! In spending an hour in the Prayer Room, you’re coming alongside others in our community who will be too. We are collectively building an altar of prayer in this season for God to come and make His home.

A prayer room can look like a lot of different things, but this one is more than a room with places to sit. This year, there are two rooms that have been designed in different ways. In the first room, you’ll find multiple areas around the room that have been set up, guiding you into creative ways to engage with God through a variety of topics. The second room, which we’re calling the Waiting Room this year, is a simple space with minimal distractions for you to just be with God, remember the cross, and wait on Him. You can all of this or none of it; whatever helps you meet with God.

The room this year is open Mondays and Thursdays, 6 AM-10 PM; Saturdays 7 AM-5 PM; and Sundays, 8 AM-2 PM. Yes, we’d ask that you book a slot for when you’re planning to come. The reason for this is to cultivate a space where you, and anyone else who comes, is able to be with God in an undistracted, unhurried, and unbothered way for the entire time.

No. (Though we encourage you to try an hour alone with God at some point, especially if you’ve never done it before!) The rooms are not very large, but families / married couples / friends / mentors/mentees are welcome to come together. Around 3 people is our team’s suggested max at a time, keeping in mind the small space and setup of prayer stations. However, you’re more than welcome to bring more than that if you’d like. We’ve heard some neat stories of people who have come together!

If your ministry or group is interested in reserving the room for a portion of time outside of the hours available – email taylorfohr@universitycarillon.net.

Sure – we encourage families coming together! We’ve added a small kid’s area in the room that will have some simple ways for kids to engage in prayer and spend the time. So yes, kids are more than welcome, as long as they have parental supervision. (Please know there may be some less kid-friendly materials around the room like Sharpies, thumbtacks that have fallen on the ground, etc.)

You’re welcome to bring your Bible, journal, headphones, or anything else you may find helpful. You can also bring nothing besides yourself and just show up. The room will have plenty of resources for you to use. There are bathrooms and a water fill-up station just outside the room down the hall.

Nope! You don’t even have to consider yourself a Christian. We want this to be a space where it’s possible for anyone in our community – whether you’re from another church or no church at all – to dedicate an hour to being with God.

An hour may seem long, but you’ll be surprised how time flies! We consistently hear people say that they expected to be bored but after about 45 minutes, wished they had booked the room for two hours. If you need to leave early, you’re more than welcome to do so.

Yes … however, whenever possible, we are asking you’d cancel at least 24 hours ahead of time to allow others the opportunity to book.

You don’t need to notify anybody. Just know that you will still need to leave at the designated time so as to allow the next person to come in.

Prayer Room Stories

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