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The Waukesha Prayer Story


Adam Zastrow, a south east Wisconsin native, began prayer walking the his downtown district in the city of Waukesha in early 2018. Less than a year later, the Lord has used it to establish an outpost of prayer, a permanent prayer room in a storefront space to unite the churches and bless the city.“Our dream would be to see all of the believers around here in Waukesha using the space to pray around the clock and connect with the Father in creative and powerful ways,” Adam shares as his three daughters engage in coloring & prayer stations around him in the Waukesha Prayer Room

“Our dream would be to see all of the believers around here in Waukesha using the space to pray around the clock and connect with the Father in creative and powerful ways,”

Waukesha, a city named after a tall, peaceful native American chief in the early 1800s, sits just west in the greater Milwaukee area—and has a curious history around its famous mineral spring waters that attracted many tourists to come taste & see in its early days. Adam and his wife Claire know that the prophetic destiny of a city usually has something to do with its redemptive roots—a theme explored by Jon Peterson in his new book Unravelled released at the 24-7 Prayer/Boiler Room Network leaders gathering last August.Adam shared that Waukesha is a very steepled town with strong Lutheran, Catholic, and Baptist presence—and he dreams of unity in prayer among the churches igniting mission & justice to impact the city.“This space used to be a gothic gift shop—I was walking by one day while praying and saw the landlord through the window. He waved me in when he saw me, thinking I was his next appointment.” After a minute or two of conversation, he put together that Adam wasn’t the person he was waiting for, but that person never showed. After sharing more with him about what he & his friends were dreaming of, the landlord seemed quite interested and favorable, and they found themselves eating lunch together across the street and signing papers the next day. “He was a person of peace that God brought us to.”Adam, Claire, and many of their friends from their house church called Crowded House began cleaning it up and setting up prayer stations in the next few days and were off praying within the week. For the first month or so people could use it to pray by appointment only, and now they’ve progressed toward opening it up for anyone to sign up for a prayer slot using the prayer sign-up tool on 24-7Prayer.com. “We open up availability for about three weeks at a time, and people can just sign up and get an email with all the info they need to access the prayer room during their time. After the three weeks, we will take a week or so to refresh and reset the prayer stations and get the word out for the next three weeks.” The prayer room’s use currently varies between two and eight hours per day.

When face to face with Adam as he shares, his excitement on the matter is contagious: “My hope and dream is that this prayer room would serve to bring about unity in the church in this region. I think this space could be integral in that – to see the churches partner wherever, however they can. We know full well that there may be minor doctrinal differences—but if we can agree on Jesus, the Gospel, and prayer—this place can be used catalytically to unite the church in its common mission.”

“There are already really good people doing really good things in this city. They’re maybe just not networked...not prayed over...not encouraged as well as they could be. I’d like to see prayer move us toward those things.”

With the city today facing major issues of homelessness and drug and alcohol addiction, the diverse group of people praying regularly at the Waukesha prayer room hope that it can serve to better support relationally those in the city who are already doing something to address these problems.“We would love to network with them and say ‘Hey, we love who you are and what you’re doing in this town! Do you need prayer for anything? Prayer often stirs people’s hearts to want to roll up their sleeves—could we send over any volunteers from the prayer room who want to help? How else can we love you and serve you?’”

Please pray for Father to bring more friends and partners around the Waukesha Prayer Room, as they will need to decide whether to renew the lease in March. Right now a handful of families are sponsoring it in this early stage, but they’d love to see many others invested in making this permanent prayer room continue.

“There are already really good people doing really good things in this city. They’re maybe just not networked as well as they could be, maybe not prayed over as well as they could be, and maybe not encouraged as well as they could be. I’d like to see prayer move us toward those things.” -Written by Tim Collier