Welcome to The Upper Room!
The Upper Room is intended to be a sacred place of prayer. This area, located on the second floor balcony, was born out of time of prayer and we sought God through the process for what it should look like. We have attempted to make every aspect of the Upper Room point to God. We have also attempted to make each area in it point to a particular aspect of prayer.
The Upper Room is available for personal prayer time whenever the church building is open. There are also Prayer Partners available to pray with you during weekend worship services. Read below to explore the different areas, and then we welcome you to come and fulfill its purpose by using it as a special place to seek God.
You can probably find some other symbols that we did not mention as well. But we have done all this and chosen things carefully in order to point you to God as you pray. We hope that you have many times with God in the Upper Room. We pray that we will have many answered prayers and transformed lives come from time spent in this sacred space. May the Lord bless you as you seek Him in this place!
THE MEETING AREA
"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20
This space is dedicated to meeting with one or two others to talk and pray for things that are going on in your life or in the life of our congregation. It is also the area that we have established a prayer resource library. If you would like to learn more about prayer, please sign out the book on the clipboard and borrow any book on the shelf.
"I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." Psalm 40:1-2
This area is dedicated to waiting on the Lord for needs in our lives. As you can see, Matthew 7:7 is on the door as a symbol that God cares about what we pray for and is ready to answer. On the table, you will find paper to write prayer requests on. If there is some need that you are waiting on God for, we encourage you to write your request and put it in the chest in front of the door as a symbol that you are giving it over to God.
"Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This area is dedicated to being thankful to God for all He has done for us. On the wall, you will see a window. This is a symbol of looking out into the many areas of life that we can be thankful for. There are shutters as well; they are made so that you can put things you're thankful for in them.
"Here I am! I stand at the door and know. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Revelation 3:20
The Lord is always looking for people that are willing to pray for revival. We know that all of Buffalo needs it and the world needs it. So in this area you will see imagery about revival. In particular, there is a map that we have made to mark many of our partner churches in the area so we can by praying for them and also a globe so that we can be praying for the world. There is also a book called "Operation World" that has statistics and prayer requests for every country.
THE GATHERING AREA
This is the heart and center of the Upper Room. You will notice that the cross is the center of the Upper Room; this is because it is only through Christ's sacrifice that we have access to the Father. There are symbols of Christ: a basin and towel, nails, and communion. There are also old pews to remind us of the history of the Church and God's movement throughout history.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart O God you will not despise." Psalm 51:17
When we encounter God, we realize how broken and in need of Him we really are. The broken area has many symbols to show us brokenness: broken pottery, pictures of crosses or brokenness, a washboard and basic symbolizing the need to be washed, etc. Also, we have a board that you can write on with water and after a minute or two it will disappear. If you are confessing something to God, we encourage you to write it on this board and let it disappear like God promises to do when we confess to Him.
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." James 4:10
We actually believe that this is the place we should start from when using the Upper Room. Often, our praying can be self-centered and worldly when we don't have a clear picture of God. But when we are humbled by God and see Him for who He really is, our prayers are powerful! So in this area we have chosen to put pictures of God's creation and the image of reaching out to God because these are two of the most humbling things about God: that He is the creator and that He allows us to reach out to Him.