Have you ever been in a group meeting within the church when it comes time to pray together, the group spends 15 minutes talking about the stuff they want prayer for, and then, realizing it’s time to go. Then, one individual attempts to fit all the requests into a quick thirty second prayer.
I have been a part of too many of those situations. Scripture talks about the prayers of the righteous person being able to accomplish much. Forget that! I wonder what the prayers of righteous group of people could do?
Let me share with you a couple of things I’ve learned the hard way about group prayer that I would be thrilled if they became a natural part of how the people of Richwoods pray all the time.
One thing at a time: Don’t waste precious time gathering everyone’s request all in the same moment. Take one at a time and prayer for it, then take the next.
What do you think God is up to? Seems like an odd question, but I think every prayer request needs to be focused with this question. It turns the concern for a sick loved one, into a gospel moment. God is always taking the hardship of those who believe in him and turning into an opportunity to demonstrate his everlasting loving kindness. So, what do you think he’s up to? And when you have the answer, focus your prayers on that outcome.
Go with the flow. We all struggle with what to pray as we sit in a group, and the trap we find ourselves in is to be unique because we all know God, can’t stand hearing the same thing communicate to him, (yes, that was sarcasm). Don’t waste your energy trying to be unique and creative, listen to what others are praying and expand it from your vantage point. This is what I think Jesus meant when he said, “If two or three of you agree on anything…” Go with the flow.
Be exhaustive. This is a follow-up to Go with the flow. Keep at the one thread, the one idea, until you exhausted it, but keep it short as an individual. Don’t hog all the airtime, think in short bursts, and allow others to chime in, then jump back in yourself.
Speak up, or grunt. Another way to be unified and focused as we pray in groups is to be verbally affirming of another prayer. Say, “Amen,” “Yes, Lord,” or my favorite, a grunt of some sort.
I’d love to get your feedback on how these ideas help your groups prayer time!
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2016 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
Our budgets are set on a calendar year, submitted by staff and approved by the Elders of Richwoods. Our ability to meet the needs of the people, provide programs, offer ministry opportunities, and so on, are all contingent on the faithful and generous giving of the people who call Richwoods their church home. As a church we do not take annual pledges to set a budget but we work off of our historical giving and attendance patterns to project a conservative budget.
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