The Prayer Room FAQ

Last updated November 25, 2017.

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House of Prayer FAQ

The Prayer Room Missions Base

What is The Prayer Room Missions Base?

The Prayer Room (TPR) is a parachurch ministry in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Texas that runs 18 hours of prayer and worship a day, 7 days a week. We started as a daily prayer meeting in 2005 when God gave a clear and dramatic word to the director, Brad Stroup, to “Start a daily prayer meeting tomorrow at 5:00 am and don’t stop until I come back.” We currently have around 10 full- or part-time staff members, around 20 volunteer staff members, and around 50 more who are committed to prayer meetings but may or may not serve behind the scenes.

Read more on the website: Introduction to The Prayer Room

Check out the youtube channel: The Prayer Room on Youtube

The video below shows TPR’s heart for 24/7 prayer and worship.

So it’s in Dallas?

Technically, it’s in Pantego, which is a tiny city about 1 mile square that’s completely surrounded by the city of Arlington. Arlington is in between Dallas and Ft. Worth, so it’s considered to be part of the DFW metroplex.

Thanks, Google maps.

Thanks, Google maps.

What happens in the prayer room?

The prayer room operates with live prayer and worship from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm every single day, no matter what. Every two hours, the worship leader rotates and a new prayer meeting starts. These prayer meetings may be:

  • Devotional set – one worship leader playing and singing both prewritten songs and some spontaneous worship
  • Intercession set – a full worship team with one or two prayer leaders focussing on praying for specific topics such as evangelism or justice
  • Petition set – same as intercession, except with only one worship leader on stage
  • Occasionally we have instrumental sets, and we’re working on adding Bible read-though sets (prayer leader reads through Bible chapters on the mic in between worship songs).

At the end of every two hours, we do a “rapid fire” prayer time, when we pray for a specific local need, usually a current need of TPR’s, and invite everyone in the room to pray short 10-15 second prayers on the mic.

We invite people to join our Sacred Trust, which is a commitment to at least one weekly prayer meeting. Most of the people in the room at any given time are on Sacred Trust, but visitors are always welcome to pop in and stay as long as they like. When a person is in the room, they are welcome to sit, stand, pace, pray, sing, read their Bible, read a book, journal, etc. When the prayer leader opens the mic for prayer on a certain topic, we welcome people to come pray on the mic for that topic using a passage of Scripture as a launching point.

How much is TPR like IHOPKC?

TPR is very much inspired by the same core values as IHOPKC, although there is no formal connection. The harp and bowl model of prayer and worship is essentially the same model that IHOPKC uses, with a few tweaks to better suit our resources and context. TPR teaches extensively on the truth of Jesus as bridegroom, king, and judge, especially in the context of the end times, which IHOPKC does as well. TPR isn’t running 24/7 like IHOPKC yet, but we hope to soon!

Does TPR do other kinds of ministry outside of the prayer room itself?

Since the mandate God gave The Prayer Room was so specific to 24/7 prayer and worship, that is what we really feel called to give the majority of our strength to. The last thing we want is for the prayer room to suffer if we split our focus too much. We do have a strong emphasis on teaching and training the body of Christ in some of the subjects God has specifically marked us with (such as prayer, worship, the first commandment, the end times, and others) and we do this through our weekly Encounter service and also through our Immerse internship and School of Supernatural Ministry. Evangelism and outreach are certainly valued and encouraged at TPR, and we enjoy close relationship with several missions organisations, but it’s not something we feel called to heavily focus on in a formal capacity as a ministry.

How can someone get involved at TPR?

There are many ways to get involved. The entry-level way is to join Sacred Trust, which is a weekly commitment to a two-hour prayer meeting. You can come just sit in the room and pray about whatever you want, or you can serve as a worship leader, prayer leader, or usher. We need all of the above!

You could also talk to us about the possibility of joining volunteer staff. Volunteer staff members serve on two prayer meetings a week, attend staff meeting and Encounter service, and have a small service role. The commitment is about 10 hours a week.

If you feel called to serve at TPR as an intercessory missionary in a full- or part-time capacity, please talk to us about that as well!

Click HERE to find out about sacred trust, worship leading, and joining staff.

You can do an internship or a school with us. This would be approximately 10 hours a week for 16 weeks of learning, community, and prayer room time; of course the details vary depending on which program you do. Check it all out on our Forerunner Equipping Center page.

Personal FAQ:

What do you do at TPR?

My primary role is as a worshipper and intercessor in the prayer room itself. I lead worship at least ten hours a week, and I serve as a “gatekeeper” ushering and section leading for the room. I also serve as the Forerunner Equipping Center coordinator, which right now includes our young adult Immerse internship and our School of Supernatural Ministry and will eventually include more courses and programs. In total, my week consists of 30 hours in the prayer room and 15 hours of service, including admin, meetings, and teaching.

When did you join staff?

I first came as a short-term extern in Fall 2015, while I was still an IHOPU student. I spent a semester at TPR serving in the prayer room and behind the scenes and falling more and more in love with the community and ministry. I graduated from IHOPU in May 2016, and then went home to California for a while to work and raise partnership, then in January 2017 I moved to Arlington to join full-time staff.

Of all the ministries you could join, why TPR?

I’ve known since Fall 2012 that I wanted to staff a smaller house of prayer after my IHOPU graduation, and I started thinking seriously about staffing TPR during my externship there in Fall 2015, though it was already on my mind ever since I met them in Fall 2014. The TPR community and I are such a perfect fit for each other for four main reasons: the prayer room, the community, the end times, and the teaching. Read my blog about deciding to move back to join staff.

Where do you live?

I rent a house with two of my good friends. We’re all geeks, introverts, and night owls, plus they are both former TPR staff members. We’re all a great fit for each other.

Where do you go to church?

Brad Stroup, the director of TPR, pastors a small church called Forerunner Fellowship. It’s a completely separate entity from TPR, but most of the people who attend are also involved with TPR. I attend there on Sunday evenings and get together with my wonderful small group.

What do finances look like for you?

I receive a small stipend from The Prayer Room because of some of my unique roles, but mostly I raise my own support as an intercessory missionary. I have an amazing team of financial partners who sow into me monthly, and I need to continue growing that team so that my finances can be sustainable long-term. If you’re interested in partnering with me, HERE’S A LINK!

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