What is the Prayer Room?

 

The HOPE Prayer Room was launched on July 9, 2016 by the Austin Disaster Relief Network, a network of Greater Austin churches and trained volunteers bringing hope into crisis. The prayer room is a spiritual place where individuals can develop faith and intimacy with the Father through corporate worship and prayer. It is open to all who want to engage and encounter His powerful love. Hours are Monday - Friday, 10AM - 6PM. LIVE Worship sets are offered during the week with the hopes of one day being 24x7, around the clock. There are several ways to get involved. Volunteers are needed to support our growing ministry. If you would like to connect with us, email info@hopeprayerroom.org.

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General FAQ

When can I come?

General Hours:  Monday thru Friday, 10am-6pm

HOPE Prayer Room Fellowship:  Sunday Night, 6-8pm with fellowship and worship together.

LIVE Worship Sets: Click here to view set times


Where is the concept of the house of prayer found in the Bible?

The phrase “house of prayer” is from Is. 56:7 where it is used twice:

Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.

The heart of the house of prayer is perhaps best captured by David’s heart cry in Ps. 27:4:

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”

King David established the tabernacle of David, referred to in many parts of the Bible as a “house of prayer” (1 Chron. 16:1-37). The best picture of what the house of prayer strives for can be found in the book of Revelation in the many descriptions of the redeemed gathered before the throne of God (Rev. 5:8-9).


Is a certain prayer format important?

It is important that the house of prayer be organized, so that there is no confusion for leaders and participants. We believe God works through anointed leadership that allows freedom in the Spirit. God is the Head, and He looks to partner with us here on the earth. It is important to create an environment where every person of every denomination has the freedom to worship and pray to the Lord (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:23; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 5:10).


Are the concepts of simple, effective, and enjoyable prayer important for the house of prayer?

We base our Prayer Room on three core values: enjoyable, simple, and effective worship and prayer. This helps us maintain a culture of sustainable worship and prayer that fuels the HOPE Prayer Room.

Enjoyable: He assured us through the prophet Isaiah that He would give us joy in the place of prayer (Is. 56:7). “At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). In the house of prayer, we are operating under a paradigm of a God who is beautiful, fascinating, and full of delightful pleasures. Combining worship and prayer encourages the prayer life of the saints to be simple, effective, and enjoyable. These qualities are inexhaustible on this side of eternity and are a worthy and wise pursuit for the human heart.

Simple:For I (Jesus) am jealous for you with godly jealousy…I fear…as the serpent deceived Eve…you may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”(2 Cor.11:2-3) . The simplicity of devotion is expressed though worship and prayer because they were given to be simple ways to commune with the Holy Spirit, who gives us access into the realm of encounter with Jesus. As we begin to understand how amazingly beautiful He is, we also begin to understand that He has passed His own beauty on to us. We stand confident in His love and grace, sustained in affection, not in shame or fleshly motivation. 

Effective: “The effective prayer of a righteous man avails much” (Jam. 5:16). Worship and prayer is effective in a generation of those that know who Jesus is and agree with His kingdom and will for the earth (Matt. 5:9-10). Every word that comes from Heaven cannot return void (Is. 55:11). So, praying and singing the Scripture ensures that we are agreeing with the Lord’s heart for His people.


Do music and singing fit into a house of prayer?

We are in the midst of a global worship movement, focused on prayer and intimacy with God. It is vital that prayer becomes enjoyable for every believer; it releases a spirit of devotion and fills the heart with worship. Through God’s sovereign design, when worship is combined with intercession, a spiritual stirring occurs through the corporate body of believers. Music awakens the heart to beauty. Since God is a musical being and we have been created in His very image, we have been made with a musical spirit. Almost every person finds solace, comfort, or expression in music. Again, this is God’s design (Rev. 4-5, 7, 10, 19). In heaven, music and verbal expression (prayer) are never separated from one another. We base most of our prayer meetings in the house of prayer upon this concept and value. “Now…the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev. 5:8).


What if I don’t play an instrument?

Intercessors are just as important as musicians and singers in the House of Prayer. We highly encourage you to join our Prayer Team, Section Leaders, Ushers, Administrators, Logistics Team… There are multiple areas in the House of Prayer to serve with various giftings.


How do I spend 2 hours in the Prayer Room?

We like to encourage people to use this time as your personal Bible study time or simply a devotional time with the Lord. We often use Apostolic Prayers which are selected key prayers from Scripture that help you begin studding the scripture. We encourage people in personal or corporate Bible study time to take the Scripture and implement a 5-fold application of studying the Word of God (Read it, Write it, Sing it, Say it, and Pray it).


What is the difference between House of Prayer and Prayer Room in the church?

House of Prayer is to be a catalytic influence in the city that releases resources and equips the global Church Body to be ready for when Jesus returns. Individual church prayer rooms are to be a meeting place for a specific church congregation to intercede on behalf of their church and the church’s needs. We want to emphasize that neither of the perspectives overpower the other. However, their function is clearly distinguished based on their spheres of intended impact and influence. We recognize the need for both in the Body of Christ.


How does the worship and prayer movement relate to disaster relief?

A mobilized Prayer Room is God’s disaster relief for the nations. Every crisis and disaster creates vulnerability in the human heart for a spiritual awakening. We, as the Bride of Christ, are called to disciple the nations. What better expression than to usher the nations into beholding the One who gives eternal hope, peace, and love when all is lost or taken away from them? We find Jesus sustaining peace and hope in the midst of a cosmic disaster because of His devotional life with the Father (Mk. 4:35-41). Jesus overcame in confidence because He had faith in who God is and how the Holy Spirit was working in Him. Jesus’ devotional life sustained Him to endure verbal and emotional persecution, physical crisis, and spiritual disasters (Lk. 4:28-30; Mk. 4:35-41; Mt. 4:3-17). Devotion to the Lord means storing up the oil of intimacy with God: us knowing Him and Him knowing us (Matt. 25:1-13). House of prayer in the kingdom of God operates not just in a building, but in our hearts as well.  In the place of encountering His heart, we are able to respond in worship and intercession as we endure the persecution or the crisis that infiltrates our life.