Upper Room Manifesto: Culture of Prayer [Part 12]

[fa icon="calendar"] February 24, 2020 / by Ray Van Gilst

Upper Room Manifesto example

This Upper Room Manifesto was written by leaders of the College of Prayer International. It appears on their website collegeofprayer.org. It has been signed by tens of thousands of pastors and denominational leaders all over the world who literally have responsibility for hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide. You have permission to copy this Upper Room Manifesto; we simply ask that you acknowledge its source.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we declare and confess that it is the sovereign purpose of God that the glory of His manifest presence fill the earth (Habakkuk 2:14). Because prayer is the highest priority to accomplish this, the risen Lord Jesus Christ gave the mandate in Acts 1:4 not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father. In obedience to this mandate, the disciples gathered together and prayed in what would become known as the upper room.  While they were praying, God poured out His Holy Spirit; and out from there, He sent forth His empowered church. It is in the upper room that we ask for the nations (Psalm 2:8).

We are called by the Lord Jesus Christ to make upper-room disciples among the nations so that the church experiences genuine revival and becomes a house of prayer for all nations. We seek the presence of God, not titles or positions. We prefer action to mere words, compassionate service instead of control, and effective prayer rather than religiosity.  We assume responsibility rather than placing blame, and we want to invest what we have rather than to seek handouts.

Our vision is clear—to mentor, train, and equip Christian pastors and leaders to reach a lost world through a revived church.

Our assignment is compelling—to build God-encountering upper-room disciples and to build upper-room prayer environments among the nations.

Our strategy is specific—to plant campuses of the College of Prayer in every nation as the Lord opens doors.

We have not chosen this assignment for ourselves; Christ has entrusted this to us. He has appointed and anointed us, therefore we wholeheartedly give ourselves to fulfill this assignment with all the energy Christ supplies to us.

The revival we are working toward is not superficial, short lived, or limited to one place or people group. This revival will be pride-breaking, sin-removing, Satan-evicting, stronghold-overthrowing, life-transforming, leader-developing, church-awakening, and nation-discipling.  We realize this call is worth any sacrifice, and we resolve in advance to pay the price required; and by the grace of God we will persevere until the job is done.

We earnestly desire this revival of God’s manifest presence in our generation, and we give ourselves fully to see this vision fulfilled.




Parts of this article have been developed with permission using material from Author and Rev. Fred Hartley, International College of Prayer.

Read more from our Culture of Prayer Series:

Five Upper Room Elements: Culture of Prayer [Part 11]

The Upper Room and the Manifest Presence of Christ: Culture of Prayer [Part 1]


Topics: Culture of Prayer