About the Prayer Room
Central to the programs, activities, and outreach of the International House of Prayer is our 24/7 prayer room, which is open to the public around the clock, day and night. The prayer room has been designed to reflect the tabernacle of David (1 Chr. 9:33; 22–24); it is a place where we never cease worshiping the Lord and interceding for our world. Each twenty-four-hour period is divided into twelve, two-hour prayer sessions, each led by a full worship team.
All are welcome to come and go freely and to stay in the prayer room as long as they like. While in the prayer room, feel free to join in with the corporate worship and prayer, read your Bible, study a favorite commentary, write in your journal, or engage in private prayer. You may sit, stand, or pace up and down the aisles. Whatever you do, we ask that you do it in a manner that honors and serves the other people in the room.
If you have any questions while visiting, please do not hesitate to ask a Welcome Center attendant or any staff member with a staff name badge. We extend a very warm welcome to you, our visitor, and hope the Lord will minister to you while you visit.
Worship and Prayer
Our prayer format is based on the heavenly picture that we see in Revelation 5, which speaks of the harp and the bowl—worship and prayer. Within the harp and bowl prayer model, we use two basic worship and prayer formats. Each twenty-four-hour period is divided into six two-hour intercession sessions (or sets, as we call them) and six two-hour worship with the Word sessions, which are more devotional in nature.
Intercession sessions are usually energetic, as the room is invited to engage in corporate prayer. There is generally a specific prayer focus, and individuals in the room are welcome to pray on the microphone for a corporate burden, which may involve the Kansas City region or believers worldwide. There are also cycles of “rapid fire prayer” when intercessors go to the microphone to pray a succession of 15-second prayers on a specific theme, as well as times of small group prayer for any who wish to participate.
Intercession sessions are daily at 12:00am (midnight), 4:00am, 6:00am, 10:00am, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm.
Worship with the Word is a prayer format in which we agree with God’s heart as we sing the biblical truths of who God is and what His promises are. These sessions are more devotional in nature, providing an atmosphere conducive to reading the Bible and entering into contemplative or devotional prayer.
Worship with the Word sessions are daily at 2:00am, 8:00am, 12:00pm (noon), 2:00pm, 6:00pm, and 10:00pm.