Frequently Asked Questions
How long has the prayer center been in ministry?
The Upper Room's Living Prayer Center started in April of 1977.
What equipment do I need?
All you need is a direct phone line to receive the calls. All other materials will be provided by our office.
Do you provide training?
Yes, there is a free Volunteer Training DVD available.
What happens to the prayers received over the phone?
Your prayer requests are shared with our network of global of prayer partners and intercessory prayer groups who pray for your need.
Is your ministry affiliated to a particular denomination?
The Living Prayer Center is a part of The Upper Room, an interdenominational ministry connected with The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Discipleship.
How long is one session of answering the prayer line phone?
We request that volunteers sign up for a minimum of two hours per session.
What is the cost of answering the prayer line from my location?
There is no cost involved.
How do I answer the phone?
We recommend one of the following: "Upper Room Prayer Center, may I pray with you? or "Upper Room Prayer Center, my name is (your first name), may I pray with you?"
What is your theology of prayer?
Our theology of prayer is formed by the practice of Jesus recorded in the four gospels, the teaching of scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, and the history of the Christian church. We pray because Jesus prayed. We pray as he taught us to pray (Matt. 6:9-15 and Luke 11:1-11). We pray using all the wisdom and insight available to us through the lives and examples of those who have gone before us. We pray in and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Upper Room believes that prayer is one spiritual practice that is available to all. Our commitment is to help you to discover this practice for yourself and then to make it available to others through a simple telephone call.