Tabernacle Prayer – FAQ’s

Here are most frequent questions about Tabernacle Prayer.  If you have others just email them to us and we will get you an answer.

1.  What is the Tabernacle Prayer?

The Tabernacle Prayer is a form of prayer where one prays to God using the stations in the Tabernacle as a prayer guide. Each of the 6 stations in the Tabernacle represents fundamental aspects of our relationship with God. Visiting each station in order follows the Temple pattern ordained by God as a way to approach Him.

2. Who developed the Tabernacle Prayer?

The Tabernacle Prayer was developed by Pastor Yonggi Cho, founder (now retired) of the largest Christian church in the world. Yoiddo Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea.  Dr. Cho has prayed the Tabernacle Prayer regularly for over 50 years and attributes his ministry success to praying through the Tabernacle in this manner. Click here to watch Pastor Cho teach about Tabernacle Prayer.

3. How is this Prayer different than others?

Prayer is fundamental in our relationship with God. All forms and types of prayer are good. Tabernacle Prayer is a particular form of prayer that is actually a form of worship vs. a prayer like the Lord’s Prayer.  Worshipping the Lord through prayer based on the Tabernacle pattern has proven to be especially effective in transforming minds, building up people in their faith, as well as many other benefits. The difference is that the Temple or Tabernacle Prayer assumes God has an established, ordained, pattern of how people should approach Him. And he laid out that pattern when he gave the Temple pattern originally to Moses.

4. Isn’t this some type of legalistic ritual?

Like anything else, you could certainly make it legalistic if you tried. Following a form or pattern of prayer or bible reading does not in itself make it legalistic or bad. Legalism happens when the form or pattern becomes more important than the purpose of the activity. For example the Pharisees memorized their bible but failed recognize the author of the Bible when He stood before them. Their form of worship had become more important than the purpose of their worship. The Tabernacle pattern is a form of worship that God commanded to be done for thousands of years.  It’s actually a form that originates in Heaven and was originally given to Moses by God for worship on earth.  This pattern was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  As every aspect of Temple worship points to Jesus and was fulfilled by Jesus, it is one of the best ways to learn more about the Lord and practice His presence.  Jesus said “tear down this Temple and I’ll rebuild it in three days.” He declared himself to be the Lord’s Temple when He said this. We know that in the very last chapter of the Bible  John sees Jesus as the Temple in the New Jerusalem.  We also know Paul taught that the body of every Christian is a temple.  And the Holy Spirit dwells inside us.  And we know the original and true Temple has always existed in Heaven.  We know Jesus is the High Priest of Heaven.  And we are members of a Royal Priesthood.  So the practice of drawing near to God according to His Temple pattern actually makes alot of sense when you consider all the facts.  Tabernacle Prayer can be a great blessing to anyone who explores it in a lifegiving way.

5. How long does the Temple Prayer take?

The Temple Prayer is most useful when you spend one hour or more doing it each day. It can be prayed through in 15 minutes but that could become legalistic as one of the core aspects of the prayer is spending extended, meaningful times with God so He can do deep things inside of you. If you are looking for a short prayer, perhaps the Prayer of Jabez or the Lord’s Prayer would be a better choice.

6. What on earth would you say for one hour?

Most Christians pray what is called a “freestyle” prayer. They say whatever comes to mind. And they quickly run out of things to say, so they say, “Amen”. When you see the documents we provide for the Temple prayer you will see that one hour can pass quickly. But it never feels like an hour, more like 15 or 20 minutes. And what price tag can you put on actually experiencing God’s presence each day? There is nothing like it.

7. Where do you find the time to pray for one hour?

It’s very easy to find an extra hour early in the morning for God. Simply go to bed one hour earlier the night before. No doubt our American lifestyle is already quite full of activities (like watching TV). The best time to pray this prayer is the first thing in the morning. This is based on a few simple facts of your relationship with God. First, as Christians we are members of a royal priesthood. As a priest our job is to give God the first fruits of our day. As a priest we are to minister to God first in His temple (our bodies). If we do our part, God will do his part. He will give us everything we need to be successful that day. Mat 6:33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. The Temple Prayer is a daily practice of obeying that Scripture.

8. Hey, I love God, but how can I possibly fit one more thing into my busy schedule?

When we make any other activity a priority over our priestly role in the morning, we are in danger of a form of idol worship. An idol is simply any thing or any activity (even good and important things and activities) that take regular priority over God in our lives. Your busy schedule can easily become an idol in your life. Although your roles as husband, wife, mother, father, career person, provider, student, etc. are all very important roles, in the final analysis no role is more important than your priestly role when it comes to fulfilling God’s ultimate purpose for your life. The fact is, when you honor God in this, he will bless all your other roles and activities even more. In the long run, honoring God with your time will bring incredible benefits and bear much fruit.  Much more so than doing things your own way.   This is a fundamental promise of God.