The Importance of the Prayer Room

I found a wonderful article this week that I want to share with you. It was actually written in 1946, but it is amazing how relevant and true it remains today. It speaks of the importance of prayer in a Pentecostal service. Here it is:

What is the distinctive feature in a Pentecostal worship service? The answer, according to a 1946 Pentecostal Evangel article by P. S. Jones, is “the prominence given to the prayer room.”

Early Pentecostal churches usually dedicated a room to prayer, where earnest believers would intercede during the preaching service and where prayer would continue long after the benediction had been pronounced. Jones asserted, “Pentecostal prayer rooms are truly the power-houses of the assemblies. Everything else can be counted of secondary importance in the church’s program.”

According to Jones, the success of a ministry is proportionate to the prayer life of those involved in the ministry. The “urgent necessity” of every pastor, he wrote, “is to see that the prayer life of his people is maintained at white heat.”

Jones described how an active private prayer life is essential if Christians are to effectively engage in spiritual warfare. The “treasures of heaven,” he wrote, are often only gained by spending hours in “hot, animated, boiling-over prayer.”

What happens when a church neglects prayer? Jones warned, “When the thrill and throb of the Holy Ghost are lost through prayerlessness, all kinds of substitutes will be tried,” including social functions, entertaining preaching, and other amusements. He described these as mere “camouflages” that attempt to hide “the fact that the real thing has been lost.”
According to Jones, “Pentecost can very well do without the carnal decorations and the tinsel of this pleasure-crazed world, but it can never do without its prayer room, its prayer-loving pastor, and its prayer warriors.”

Wow. Almost prophetic, and still so true. Only through prayer do we see true revival and growth in our lives and in our church. The work of the Kingdom depends on our fulfillment of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Pray, church. Pray.

About Pastor Zane Isaacson

Originally from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Pastor Isaacson received the revelation of Bible salvation in the early part of 1982, and has been baptized in Jesus’ Name and filled with the Holy Ghost for over 30 years. He felt the call into the Ministry in September of 1983, and was licensed with the United Pentecostal Church, International, in August of 1984. He currently holds General License with the UPCI. Having been involved in Ministry as Assistant Pastor, Music Pastor and Assistant to the Pastor for many years, God has opened the door to His first Pastorate in White Hall, Arkansas. He is joined by his lovely wife of over 30 years, Rita, who is a wonderful first lady of the church. They have 2 children, Katrina (and husband Shane) Hampton, along with Greg Isaacson (and wife Kristi), and 5 grandchildren: Austyn, Tyler and Emmalee Hampton, along with Alyssa and Jake Isaacson. The will of God, along with the timing of God have collided, bringing them to White Hall, where a great expectation of revival and the establishing of a strong Apostolic Church are highly anticipated!

Category(s): Christianity, Demonstration, Hope, New Testament, Old Testament, Preaching, Religion, Salvation

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