Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the guidelines for prayer requests?

    Dear Upper Room friends, Thank you for your engagement with our online community. The purpose of the prayer wall is to allow users to pray as a community and connect around their prayer needs. Though we know that prayer and conversations sometimes travels away from the immediate topic, we are committed to maintaining an open, welcoming, and fruitful space for prayer for anyone who wishes to participate. When submitting a prayer please only use first names and for location only state and country. DO NOT give last names or other identifying information. If you are posting to the prayer wall, you are acknowledging that you are over 14 years old and are giving permission to post your prayer on this website.

    To that end, we do monitor the comments and will remove posts that contain the following:

    - Hyperlinks, ads, or other spam-like content
    - Copyrighted material that is not owned by the poster or by The Upper Room • Content we deem inappropriate, offensive, or demeaning
    - Profanity, accusatory, inflammatory language
    - Comments that present a specific political agenda
    - Offensive or demeaning comments toward other cultures and religions Thank you for understanding and respecting these guidelines as you contribute to our prayer community on upperroom.org.

  • 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 has the prayer center been in ministry?

    The Upper Room's Living Prayer Center started in April of 1977.
     

  • 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.

  • How can I get help?

    If you need emergency help, call 911 or your local crisis call phone number.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255) or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

     

    For help with other tough issues, check out these resources:

    Eating Disorders

    • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders 1.847.831.3438 or http://www.anad.org/

    Mental Health

    Self-Injury

    Sexual Assault

    • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656-HOPE (4673) or https://www.rainn.org/

    Substance Abuse

     

    Disclaimer: The fact that references and resources are listed on this web page does not constitute an endorsement by Upper Room Ministries®. Upper Room Ministries® is not responsible for contents, advice, or results thereof from any materials either on our web page or on another web page that is referenced on or linked from this area. The information on this web page is provided with the understanding that Upper Room Ministries® does not render any professional counseling or advice of any kind. Upper Room Ministries® strongly encourages you to seek professional advice or care from a doctor, counselor, or minister for any problems that you may have. In addition, Upper Room Ministries® does not necessarily endorse the views expressed by any sites linked from this page.

  • 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.