Harp and Bowl Worship --- Frequently Asked Questions

Edward B. Allen

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with IHOP-KC in any way. The notes here are based on my observations, reading, and experiences. --- Ed

What does "harp and bowl" refer to?

The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Revelation 5:8 (NIV)

"Harp and bowl" means "music plus prayer."


The "Harp and Bowl model" was pioneered by the International House of Prayer --- Kansas City (IHOP-KC) under the direction of Mike Bickle. IHOP-KC, and others like it, conduct continuous prayer meetings. In 1999, IHOP-KC transitioned from part-time to a continuous 24x7 prayer and worship meeting. A Harp and Bowl team leads the prayer meeting while the congregation prays and worships privately. IHOP-KC teams work in two-hour shifts, with a seamless transition between teams.

The prayer meetings are characterized by passionate spontaneous spoken and musical prayer.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Personal Note

In 2000, my wife Angie attended a Harp and Bowl conference in Kansas City. She came back enthusiastic about this style of prayer and worship. I became enthusiastic shortly thereafter. Since then, we have visited the Prayer Room in Kansas City several times, and we regularly listen to their CDs and listen to the live Internet stream from Kansas City. In 2002, we began to try the Harp and Bowl model ourselves at a local prayer meeting. It was awkward at first. From 2003 to 2007, we used a customized Harp and Bowl model in the Wednesday service at our church, River of Life Community Church in Columbus, Mississippi. Since 2005, we have been hosting a Harp and Bowl meeting in our living room each week. Even though the group has been small, it has been spiritually rewarding. The notes here are based on our reading and these experiences. --- Ed

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Last Updated: 23 Feb 2008
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