As you and I are sitting upstairs in the worship service, there is a group of people sitting directly below us, praying. At Redeemer, we call this corporate prayer time "Boiler Room Prayer." Boiler Room Prayer is named for the ministry established by Charles Spurgeon, known as the "prince of preachers" in the latter half of the nineteenth century at Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, where members gathered in the boiler room of the church building to pray for church services.
Thousands came to Christ through his preaching. Some of the services drew as many as 10,000 people at a time. Spurgeon credited the result to the hundreds of people who came before services and prayed for God's blessing. He said any success came from God in answer to their prayers. Spurgeon called these prayer gatherings the church's "boiler room,” the spiritual power behind his preaching and ministry.
During Redeemer's Boiler Room Prayer sessions, a leader leads group through the worship folder, used as a prayer guide to pray for worshipers, worship leaders, and pastors as the service unfolds. During the sermon we pray not only for the pastor and those listening but also for many facets of Redeemer life--community groups, CT&T, singles, marrieds, children, church plants, and city and world engagements.
We pray that during all worship services the Underground would be filled with people asking God to pour out His Spirit on our congregation, on our city and on the world.
Boiler Room Prayer is open to anyone who wishes to participate. However, it is helpful for people to sign up so that the group can be assured that there is always someone in prayer downstairs. If you're interested in joining the Boiler Room Prayer Team, contact Renata Jackson at renatajackson[at]sbcglobal[dot]net.