“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
– Acts 4:31
One of the most powerful ways to usher in God’s presence for parish and diocesan worship, events, conferences, seminars, workshops, and gatherings, is to have an onsite, real time intercessory prayer room to cover the time in prayer. The great English 19th century pastor Charles Spurgeon on taking people on a tour of His church, said the power came from the basement. He opened the door and dozens of intercessors were on their knees praying over the worship service happening in the sanctuary.
We have seen many instances of worship times, meetings, and conferences shaken and the Spirit loosed as a result of prayers of intercession in the Prayer Room. Priests have laid aside their notes when the presence of God came in through prayer. Others have been lifted by joy when the intercessors prayed and worshiped joyfully. Divine wisdom has been given in meetings for the direction of a parish. Ministry business meetings experiencing distractions and conflicts in the meeting have seen those terminated and resolved as intercessors prayed. Even a caterer remarked on the presence of God, and was amazed at how smoothly his catering service worked in that atmosphere.
We recommend that prayer cover be made a part of any meeting, from the church Sunday service to a day of community service to a national conference. Establish a prayer room at the site of the meeting, populated with experienced intercessors and worshippers, and expect for the meeting to be filled with God’s presence.