Finding ways to engage your church in prayer is never easy, but one church in Louisville, KY has put together an incredible guide for creating an atmosphere of prayer for the Muslim world through prayer rooms. Read on to see how they inspired prayer for unbelievers around the world!
First Room – Prayers for Muslim Background Believers
Station One – A Call to Prayer
- To educate participants about prayer in Islam and Ramadan
- To remind participants that Christians are called to prayer
- To engage participants in praying for Muslims
Visuals: A Call to Prayer Poster surrounded by photos of ethnic people
- Prayer rugs
- Prayer wall
- Facts about prayer in Islam and Ramadan
- Scripture about praying
Interactive Prayer – Encourage participants to pray on behalf of Muslims lifting their hands, kneeling and prostrating themselves before the Lord and placing prayers in the Prayer wall.
Station Two – The Power of Prayer
- To educate participants about The Night of Power
- To remind participants of the power of our prayers
- To engage the participants in praying specific prayers relating to The Night of Power and that Jesus is the Light of the world.
- The Power of Prayer Poster
- Facts about the Night of Power and scripture relating to prayer
Interactive Prayer – Encourage participants to place a light in the “Lite Bright” as they pray. The lights will spell “Jesus.”
Station Three – Pray for the Nations
- To educate the participants to identify Muslim nations
- To remind participants that every tongue, every tribe and nation will be represented in Heaven.
- To engage participants in praying specific prayers for the Muslim World
- Map showing the Muslim World
- Facts about the Global Muslim Population (30 Days of Prayer)
- Scriptures revealing God’s heart for the nations
Interactive Prayer – Encourage participants to place various colors of sand representing the various Islamic nations in one large jar to represent every tongue, tribe and nation in Heaven.
Station Four – Pray for the Persecuted Christians in the Muslim World
- To educate participants that Believers are persecuted in Muslim countries
- To educate participants that we have a responsibility to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters
- To educate participants about the “I-am-n” campaign by the Voice of the Martyrs
- To engage participants in praying for persecuted Muslim Background Believers
- Large Poster with the Arabic Letter “N” and the phrase “I-am-n.”
- Facts about persecuted Muslim Background Believers
- Information on Voice of the Martyrs
Interactive Prayer — Encourage participants to write their name, as the prayer for the persecuted church, on the “I-am-n” poster.
Station Five – Prayer of Decision (in the center of the room)
- To remind participants of the Great Commission and our responsibility as Christians
- To educate participants in how they can be involved in the Great Commission – Pray, Go, Send, Welcome and Mobilize.
- Large sign post indicating the direction for various Muslim countries
Interactive Prayers: Encourage participants to sign their names as a commitment under the categories of Pray, Go, Send, Welcome and/or Mobilize.
Separating the rooms: a faux wrought iron gate. (Tutorial on how to make the gate by Scott Stoll is found at http://haunterslist.com/making-cemetary-fence/ . The required materials are 1×2” lumber, ½ “ pvc pipe, craft foam, dry wall screws and hot glue.)
Second Room – Prayers for a Gateway
(Gateway is the pseudonym of the people group and country this church has chosen to reach. You can change the chosen country or city to match what your church is doing and where you’re working)
Station One – Prayer of Change
- To remind participants that the people of Gateway are enslaved by the spiritual forces of evil
- To educate participants that the City of Gateway is known as the Gateway for Islam
- To engage participants in praying that the City of Gateway will become known as the Gateway for Christianity
- To engage participants in praying that Strongholds will be broken and that the people of Gateway experience freedom in Christ.
- Various pictures of the people of Gateway, keys, locks, chains, etc along with key Scripture verses.
Interactive Prayer: Encourage participants to write their prayers and pin them up on the Prayer Board.
Station Two – Prayer for Needs of the People
- To educate the participants of the poverty of Gateway and that rice and bread are staples of their cuisine
- To educate the participants that the people of Gateway need spiritual food as well
- To engage the participants in praying for the spiritual needs as well as the physical needs of the people of Gateway
- The picture of the man making bread; bread and rice.
Interactive Prayer: Have the participants pray for the spiritual and physical needs of the people of Gateway while they take one spoon full of rice and place it in a bowl.
Station Three – Prayer for Laborers
- To educate the participants that we are commanded to pray for workers.
- To educate the participants that we currently have one worker but still need a team lead and more team members
- To educate the participants that the task of taking the Gospel to Gateway will be long and will require many people
- Picture of field ready to be harvested; picture of the shoes, Amy’s prayer cards, and two baskets
Interactive Prayer: Encourage participants to write their prayer for workers and place them in one basket. Encourage participants to write notes of encouragement and prayers for Amy to be placed in the other basket.
Station Four — Prayer of Commitment (Back of folding doors)
- To educate the participants of the commitment which was made to take the Gospel to the people of Gateway
- To educate the participants that this will be a multi-generational commitment which requires OCC to pray, send, mobilize and possibly go.
- To encourage the participants to have a heart for the people of Gateway
- To engage participants praying about our commitment and what that will look like for us as a congregation and as individuals
- Pictures of the many faces of Gateway – people, culture, religion, etc. Large Heart Outline (free standing)
Interactive Prayer: Encourage the participants, as they pray about OCC’s commitment to take the Gospel to Gateway, to take a red string to tie from one side of the heart to the other side to represent their love and commitment for the people of Gateway.
Station Five (center of the room) – Prayer for the salvation of Gateway
- Goals: To educate the participants that there will be sheep from Gateway sitting around the throne as depicted by Matthew 25:31-33.
- To educate the participants of the challenges that the people of Gateway will experience when they accept Jesus.
- To engage the participants in praying for the salvation of the people of Gateway so there will be many sheep and fewer goats
- shepherd’s staff (free standing),
- large sheep stuffed animals
Interactive Prayer: Encourage the participants to write their prayers for the salvation of the people of Gateway on sheep note pads; adhering them to the shepherd’s staff and/or sheep.