Prayer Room Etiquette

“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.” (1 Cor. 10:23– 24)

The International House of Prayer hosts thousands of visitors each month from all over the world. It is our joy to serve the different churches of the earth, each displaying a unique facet of God’s beauty, while reaching for corporate, enjoyable prayer (Isa. 56:7).

With this understanding, we face unique challenges concerning social etiquette. Our calling as a 24/7 international ministry inevitably creates circumstances in which personal and corporate behaviors collide as differing cultures, ministerial backgrounds, and standards of hygiene converge in one small room.

For the good of others, we govern the prayer room under the principle of love. We are intentionally sensitive so that we can, in love, enjoy the prayer room as visitors and staff alike. Our Christian freedom is exercised with restraint so that the good of others may prevail. As you look over the etiquette and protocol guidelines, please view them with the understanding that we want everyone to enjoy the Lord in His house of prayer (Isa. 56:7).


  • We ask you to bring all personal conversations to a side room or to the foyer.
  • Personal vocal volume should be commensurate with, or not exceed, the platform volume. If you pray on the microphone, please do not shout your prayer.
  • Please do not eat in the prayer room, and only bring in bottled water to drink.
  • Please do not use your cell phone in the prayer room. If it is important that you receive your calls, place your phone on vibrate, and take the call outside the prayer room.
  • Do not use any implements, props, or musical instruments in worship.
  • Please do not take your shoes off in the prayer room, or put your feet on the chairs, including up on the back.
  • Please do not run in the prayer room.

Parents and Children

  • Parents, please keep your children with you at all times on the missions base. Children should be supervised in the prayer room.


  • No lying down on the chairs or sleeping (“camping out”).
  • If you leave for an extended period of time (longer than thirty minutes), please take your belongings with you (especially from the tables) so others may use the space.

Serving in the Prayer Room

  • You can email to be part of a worship team once you have completed a semester at IHOPU. Email to sign up.
  • To volunteer as an usher, email the section leader for the section (time slot) you are interested in.
  • To join a prophecy team, email once you have completed a semester at IHOPU.
  • To join one of the teams that minister in the Healing Rooms, email once you have completed a semester at IHOPU.