1. To begin you are invited to create a small worship space.
If you have a computer, place a napkin or scarf under or in front of it as an altar cloth. If you will be using your phone, create a small altar at a comfortable table. You may want to include a candle or small object for your altar, e.g. a cross, quote or figurine. You may also want to have a journal or notebook for writing or coloring your prayers.
2. Light your candle and take a few deep breaths, asking God to be present with you in this time of prayer.
3. Open your computer and go to http://prayer-center.upperroom.org/prayer-wall.
If you are using your phone, open the internet browser and enter the same address or search for “Upper Room Prayer Wall.”
You will notice at the bottom of the page that there are over 18,000 pages of requests, showing the most recent on the home page.
You can see under each prayer request the number of responses (persons who have already prayed).
4. Scroll through the pages and choose a request that has only one or two responses.
5. Enter into a time of prayer for that person. You may do so silently, by journaling, or even coloring your prayer in your journal or notebook.
6. Finally, enter your name in the “First Name” field and your prayer for that person in the “Message” field.
Click “Submit” one time and your response will be logged on the Prayer Wall.
You may repeat this process for as many prayer requests as you feel called to this day.
7. Close your time of prayer by remembering each name you have prayed for and giving thanks to God for each person and the power of prayer.
We hope this was a meaningful time of prayer and intercession for you. Be assured that your prayers contribute to God’s work of healing and restoration through the world.
We would love to hear about your experience. Please write to us at MinistryEngagement@upperroom.org or send us a picture of your worship space.
A note about responding with sensitivity:
One may encounter prayer requests that do not align with your theology or belief system. This is an ecumenical and global platform for prayer. We want to respect the breadth of expressions while also creating a safe space. We have done our best to set up filters for offensive language and hate speech, but if you find a prayer request offensive or harmful, you may mark the request. It will be taken down and staff will review it. Please, only respond if you can offer a graceful and genuine response to the prayer request. The Prayer Wall is not designed for dialogue or debate.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”