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. On your computer or phone, visit http://www.upperroom.org/prayer.
You will notice at the bottom of the page that there are many pages of requests, showing the most recent on the home page.
You can see under each prayer request the responses from persons who have already prayed.
4. Sign into your account with The Upper Room by clicking “LOG IN” at the top of your screen. If you do not already have an account with The Upper Room, click “SIGN UP.” You must be signed in to post and respond to prayer requests.
5. Scroll through the pages and choose a request that has only a few responses.
6. 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.
7. Finally, if you feel led, enter your prayer for that person in the “Message” field.
Click “Submit Prayer” 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.
8. 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 join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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