Ordained Minister October 2014: How to Pray in Prayer Meetings: Some Practical Suggestions (2023)

Prayer meetings are vital to the Church. However, prayer meetings can be difficult to manage. Most of those who conduct prayer meetings have encountered various difficulties. When Christians gather in families or small groups to pray, they usually go straight to prayer. However, when the congregation gathers to pray, the scene often changes. Rather than focusing primarily on prayer, most of the time is often used for answering questions or conducting Bible studies. The main purpose of prayer meetings should be to promote the Father's glory by expanding His Son's kingdom and doing His will by the power of the Spirit. The following instructions point out some common mistakes to avoid in corporate prayer meetings. Most of these instructions relate to our relationships with other believers and how to best use and unite our hearts in our prayer time together. These are practical suggestions without the power of "thus saith the Lord." They contain numerous biblical allusions, but no direct references. The object is to enhance our prayer meetings as an effective means of promoting the gospel and building up the Saints based on general scriptural principles, experience, and holy common sense.

1. Limit requests primarily to the first three requests of the Our Father.

The main purpose of prayer meetings should be to spread the glory of God through the gospel. The coming of the kingdom and the fulfillment of his will are the two main ways God does this. Pray that the father would glorify himself by preaching the gospel to his son. Pray for the Spirit to extend the kingdom by blessing the preaching of the Word, especially on the Lord's Day. That doesn't mean we shouldn't pray for the church's needs. It means that we are to pray for the church's needs to spread God's glory by honoring his name, promoting his kingdom, and doing his will.

2. Pray for other things in light of the first three requests of the Lord's Prayer.

For example, pray for the sick that they might come to know Christ better through their illnesses or come to know him in light of their illnesses. Pray for them to get better, but realize that this is a secondary purpose of praying for them. This is especially true when we pray together, where those present are less aware of the private details of the lives of the friends we are praying for. Don't give too many details about those we pray for, either in requests or in your prayers. The Lord will always bless our prayers for the growth of the saints amid tribulations. He will also use some of our prayers for the conversion of those lost in His suffering. This principle should center your private prayers as well as your public prayers. In other words, don't just pray, ask yourself what you're praying for and how your prayer glorifies God.

3. Pray the scriptures.

Praying with the language and content of Scripture is the best way to be sure both that God hears our prayers and that we gain the approval of others in the prayer meeting. Fewer people will disagree with the Scriptures themselves in community prayer than with our views on family, politics, the news, etc. When people who attend prayer meetings disagree with the Scriptures, those people face deeper problems. Praying the Scriptures is the best way to honor God and build up our brothers and sisters. This does not mean repeating God's biblical quotes, but carefully using and applying the language and ideas of Scripture. This will also increase your private prayers.

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4. Come and pray.

Don't spend too much time on prayer requests. We are gathered to pray in prayer meetings, not to catch up on the latest news. Use prayer chains or smaller groups to share small details and small requests. Don't give minute-by-minute updates on patients' condition. Do not list the names of all lost family members and neighbors. The Lord knows our needs. Shared prayer should prioritize the company's needs and concerns. Use the Psalms as a model. The prayers contained in the Psalms transcend time and rarely contain specific names or circumstances. If so, they are usually attributed to the titles of the Psalms. We shouldn't need long prayer requests together. Use other means and opportunities for these purposes. This also applies to Bible study. A short Bible study can help prepare you for a prayer meeting. Long Bible studies impede prayer. Remember that the purpose of the meeting is prayer, not Bible study. Corporate prayer makes Bible study and preaching effective through the power of the Holy Spirit. People need to know that prayer is the main event and that it is vital even if there is no study involved. Anything that keeps them from spending most of their time in prayer together, whether it be petitions or study, distorts the nature of the prayer meeting and turns it into something else.

5. Don't be too specific in group prayer.

Everyone in a prayer meeting cringes when someone prays at length about the recent argument in their home; apparently everyone except the people who pray such inappropriate prayers. Respect the private details of people's lives at prayer meetings. Attendees do not need to know most of the details. Sometimes we are superstitious if we assume we need a list of names to pray for that includes everyone we care about. This is important in private prayer, but it can be distracting in public prayer. The Lord knows their names and can hear common prayers for lost people and other needs, whether we know their names or not. This does not mean that we should never pray for people by name, but we should be sparing and do so only when it adds value to the prayer meeting and increases the effectiveness of the prayers. Turning prayer into commentary on the latest happenings, whether in person or on the public news, turns prayer meetings into gossip groups. This happens more often than most people realize. Giving personal information about people's lives when it's not necessary is still gossip because we justify it with the excuse of praying for them. It's like using the phrase "bless your heart" to lighten the weight of the insults and insults that are likely to come. Corporate prayer for the kingdom of God should be less specific than private prayer. The rule of thumb should be: the more private your sentences are, the more specific they become. The purpose of common prayer is to pray as much as possible for common concerns.

6. Pray that the majority of those present will be able to say "Amen".

The Bible expects us to say "Amen" in prayer together. This is the shortest and perhaps the oldest creed in Scripture. In our "Amen" we witness our desire and our certainty to be heard. We cannot say "Amen" unless we understand and agree with what is being prayed for. This goes for both sides. You should pray in such a way that you expect others to say "Amen" to your prayers. Those who pray in joint prayer meetings speak for every Christian present in the congregation during that prayer. In this regard, it is helpful to avoid using "I" in a prayer meeting. If you cannot begin your petition or eulogy with "we", the petition is probably not appropriate for the context. Avoid controversial issues in common prayer as much as possible. If you are a Presbyterian praying in a Baptist prayer meeting, then don't pray for the Lord's blessing on domestic baptisms as a divine ordinance. Polemics are completely inappropriate in common prayer. They are repulsive in this context, even if they are so necessary in other situations. When we practice house baptism in a Presbyterian church, we should pray for the ordinance whether all those present agree to it or not. However, praying for the expansion of God's kingdom and glory through Christ and the Spirit is something all Christians can and should do. We are most ecumenical when we unite our hearts in common prayer. We need to express this by saying "Amen" out loud and praying that others will pray with us.

7. Avoid political references in your sentences.

We must pray for rulers and all authorities to know the truth and to live quiet and peaceful lives in holiness and reverence. We must pray that they will legislate justly, punish the wicked, and reward the righteous. However, Christians have different political views. Not all of us vote the same way. Therefore, praying together is not the time to settle our differences about which president to vote for, or to nominate bills and referendums. Why should we need it? Doesn't God know better than we do how to run our government agencies? His ideas about law and just wars may not be his own. You can stick to your opinions about these things, but exercise a little humility, especially in praying together. How many wars have been fought where both sides thought their cause was just? We cannot see things as God sees them. Our prospects are very limited. We often think that we can pray more accurately on national and international issues than we really can. If everyone in the prayer meeting got what they asked for in terms of policy, it would likely throw the nation into catastrophic confusion. Leave the details in your closet. Pray together in a truly communal way. Even if your position is correct, praying together is the wrong context to represent it. Collective prayer presupposes an agreement between those who pray; This is neither the place nor the time to seek an agreement.

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8. Avoid unnecessary repetition.

It is helpful to think of the prayer meeting as one long, multi-part prayer, spoken by many voices and with united hearts. Christ's command to avoid useless repetitions in prayer applies with equal force to prayer meetings. In prayer meetings it is common for several people to repeat the same requests that others have already made. When others pray in prayer meetings, remember that it is your prayer too. If you don't want to and shouldn't repeat the same thing over and over again in your private prayers, then you shouldn't repeat in common prayer what others asked for. There are at least two exceptions to this rule. Repeat a request when you have something new to add that someone else hasn't added. However, consider this advice in light of the instructions above not to be too specific in public prayer unless necessary. We can also repeat an order if it places special weight on the gifts. For example, everyone in the prayer meeting must share a burden for church revival. Neither God nor man is weary when such cares dominate the hearts of all who pray. Concern for the spiritual vitality of the church and the spread of the gospel is pretty much the litmus test of a good prayer meeting. Everyone in the congregation could and perhaps should pray for revival. Again though, use a variety of sincere and genuine expressions in combination with biblical texts, rather than just repeating the same request.about to vomit🇧🇷 When five or six people make the same request in practically the same words, it is as despicable to God as it is to us when people talk to us like that in conversation. This rule does not exclude those who approach God with a child's heart and express their prayers with broken and broken expressions. Contrary to such people's self-understanding, such prayers rise like incense to heaven and are music to the ears of the saints who pray with them.

9. Keep your sentences short.

It is better for more people to make a few supplications at a time than for a few people to try to pray for all or pray in great detail for some of them. For example, if you are praying for someone who has cancer, pray for their spiritual and physical well-being. Those in the prayer meeting do not need to know the results of their recent blood tests, etc. This will in no way affect the content or effectiveness of prayer for them. Do not pray more than once unless necessary. If the prayer meeting is particularly large, leadership may need to assign people to pray on behalf of the group. In small groups, the widest possible participation is desirable. In any case, requests must be short and concise.

If the prayers fail early, the prayer meeting will end prematurely. When the Spirit greatly blesses joint prayer and people are energetic in spreading the gospel, don't close until people are finished. However, remember that extraordinary blessings must be extraordinary in a prayer meeting. Otherwise, this term is meaningless, if not contradictory. Time will be less of an issue in prayer meetings if most of the time is spent in prayer rather than prayer requests or Bible study.

11. Don't turn your prayers into sermons.

In public prayer you are talking to God in the presence of the people, not to the people on behalf of God. This is one of the worst and most common mistakes in prayer. When someone prays something like, "Lord, we know you told us to beware of temptation and that there are some people here who get themselves into tempting situations and know they should stop but don't, even though I've tried to face them" , so instead of praying, they preach. This type of prayer is very similar to the prayer of the Pharisee who "prayed for himself" and thanked God that he was not like other people. Their goal in prayer is to express the hearts of people people with your voice and not change people's opinions and practices with your exhortation. If there are problems that need to be resolved among Church members or areas of disagreement in doctrine or practice, raise these through a private admonition. offenses are subject to church discipline, others you simply have to accept. You do not inform God or your neighbor in your prayers. You must pray in a way that others can understand and agree with you. Others often see those who preach them in their prayers as false, insincere, and presumptuous. You are not doing yourself or the souls of others any good if you turn your prayers into veiled admonitions and interpretations of Scripture.

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12. Encourage all types of people to pray.

Prayer meetings are one of the best opportunities to teach children to be an active part of the church. It is important to take our children to prayer meetings and teach them how to say short prayers. Children's prayer is one of the greatest stimuli for the church and one of the best opportunities for children to take responsibility for preaching the gospel. The rules that limit and shape our prayers should never stop the most vulnerable and uninformed from praying. As with all other things, we learned how to do it. While this is not the place to settle the controversy, women seem to have attended the prayer meeting in Acts 1.

13. In your prayers, remember to praise the triune God.

So properly concludes the Westminster Shorter Catechism. If our prayer meeting is consumed more with requests than with praise, then we have lost sight of the biblical pattern of prayer. We are to praise the Triune God for who He is and what He has done. All our orders must promote your fame and position among us and in the world. Prayer is many things, but above all it is an act of worship. Use the prayer meeting as an opportunity to worship and glorify the Lord and do it together. It is better to praise God with united hearts and voices than to do it alone. Look to the Psalms for numerous examples! Praising God and seeking His glory in common prayer is one of the best ways to promote Christ's kingdom and build up His people. I never heard a Christian say that there was a lot of worship and thanksgiving in a prayer meeting. This is what you will do when all the saints and angels are gathered in glory and when you see Christ face to face as he is. Praise him in your prayers together.

Ryan McGraw is a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and serves the First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, California. He is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.ordained minister online, October 2014.

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How do you pray 5 practical tips? ›

How to Pray to God – 5 Tips For Powerful Prayers
  1. Constant Prayer.
  2. Meditate On God's Word.
  3. Keep It Simple.
  4. Pray For Others.
  5. Selflessness.

How do you coordinate a prayer meeting? ›

To conduct a prayer meeting, try starting with a few minutes of silence to allow people to connect to God individually. Or, sing a couple of worship songs to set the tone for the meeting. After that, have a short discussion about prayers and open the floor to prayer requests.

What do you say before starting a prayer meeting? ›

Heavenly Father, we come to you today asking for your guidance, wisdom, and support as we begin this meeting. Help us to engage in meaningful discussion; allow us to grow closer as a group and nurture the bonds of community.

What are the 4 key elements of prayer? ›

They are based on a well-known format: A.C.T.S. = adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication.
Then begin.
  • Adoration. Start by praising God for who He is. ...
  • Confession. Now, take some time to admit your wrongdoings. ...
  • Thanksgiving. ...
  • Supplication.

What are some prayer ideas? ›

  • Praise God for Who He Is. ...
  • Thank God for What He Has Done. ...
  • Pray that You Remember God's Love and Grace for You. ...
  • Pray That You Would Love Your Neighbors. ...
  • Talk to God About Someone in Need. ...
  • Pray for Someone Who Does Not Yet Know Jesus. ...
  • Pray That You Would Love Your Enemies. ...
  • Pray That You Would Give Your Time, Money and Energy.

What are the 3 methods of prayer? ›

Adoration – Praising God for His attributes (who He is). Confession – Asking and claiming forgiveness for the sins you have committed. Thanksgiving – Expressing gratitude for His blessings, answers to your prayers (which He has done).

What is a good scripture for prayer meeting? ›

Transition the group from worship to intercession using passages like Matthew 7:7, Romans 8:26–28, Hebrews 7:25, or 1 John 5:14–15. The aim of corporate prayer settings is to allow the Spirit to move freely to bring to mind how we should pray.

How do you start a prayer example? ›

Start by addressing God directly in a way that acknowledges the uniqueness of who He is. People will say things like, “Father God,” “Heavenly Father” or “Almighty God.” How you choose to address Him will remind you and anyone you might be praying with about who you are talking to and what He represents in your life.

What are the 7 basic prayers? ›

Basic Prayers
  • Our Father.
  • Hail Mary.
  • Glory Be (Doxology)
  • Prayer to Your Guardian Angel.
  • Morning Offering.
  • Nicene Creed.
  • Apostles' Creed.
  • Act of Contrition.

How do you pray in simple words? ›

Simple prayer of thanks

We thank you for your goodness, your mercy and your grace. Help us to carry these wonderful gifts in our own hearts and lives. May we minster these to all the world. Amen.

What are the 5 parts of prayer? ›

The Prayer Hand is an easy way to remember five essential aspects of prayer: confession, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.

What are the five positions of prayer? ›

It took a while longer to narrow the focus to five modes, or heart positions, of prayer: Worship, Wait, Bless, Intercede, Stand.

How do you lead praise and Worship in a prayer meeting? ›

  1. Understanding of the lyrics you sing and the ability to convey that understanding.
  2. Love for the people you lead.
  3. Wisdom in selecting the songs and verses used for worship.
  4. The ability to act on the truths you sing and speak.
  5. The humility to lead in a way that glorifies God instead of yourself or the congregation.

What is the first thing to do before praying? ›

Before a person can begin to pray they must perform something known as 'wudu'.

What are the 3 powerful prayers? ›

The prayer of protection. The prayer of transformation. The prayer of restoration.

What are prayer strategies? ›

Here are some simple strategies for increasing your prayer: Establish some prayer “triggers.” Associate prayer with some daily activities, and then develop prayer patterns. For example, you might pray before you turn the ignition on your car. Pray as you cook a meal, clean a room, or walk on the treadmill.

What are the two elements of prayer? ›

Praise, pardon, and petition are three essential elements of prayer that we will encounter in our journey through the Lord's Prayer.

What are the two important parts of prayer *? ›

Honesty and modesty is an essential characteristic of this part of prayer. We often pray for others, our church, and for ourselves. The Bible tells us that we can confidently bring our concerns before God. The second part of prayer is when God speaks to us.

What are the 4 types of prayer? ›

The basic forms of prayer are adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S.

How do I lead a prayer? ›

I hope they will encourage you to make 2022 a year of prayer.
  1. Know to whom you are speaking. ...
  2. Thank him. ...
  3. Ask for God's will. ...
  4. Say what you need. ...
  5. Ask for forgiveness. ...
  6. Pray with a friend. ...
  7. Pray the Word. ...
  8. Memorize Scripture.
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How to pray step by step? ›

Table of Contents
  1. Step 1 – Make your intention to pray.
  2. Step 2 – Raise your hands to your ears and say Allahu Akbar.
  3. Step 3 – Place your hands over your chest.
  4. Step 4 – Keep your eyes focused on the ground.
  5. Step 5 – Recite the opening chapter of the Qur'an.
  6. Step 6 – Perform the ruku (bowing down)

What is the best short prayer? ›

“Father in heaven, I stand before You today in Your omnipotent presence to ask that You grant me strength. I want You to give me the strength to power through all of the tasks today — whether little or big. It is by Your will that I live oh Lord. And I know it is also by Your will I will not go weak today.

What are the ABC's of prayer? ›

The principles of asking, believing, and claiming are illustrated in 12 sermons, liberally illustrated with case histories. 'I found in my agony of searching something for which I have been continually grateful. I found the ABC's of prayer.

What is the most basic prayer? ›

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

What are words for pray? ›

Synonyms of pray
  • beg.
  • petition.
  • beseech.
  • ask.
  • implore.
  • supplicate.
  • entreat.
  • importune.

What are the 4 ends of prayer? ›

Our ability to pray the Mass can be greatly increased by knowing “the four ends of the Mass” (as they are traditionally called): adoration, thanksgiving, atonement and petition.

What is the true order of prayer? ›

Jesus taught us how. We pray to our Heavenly Father, 5 in the name of Jesus Christ, 6 by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is the “true order of prayer,” 8 in contrast to “vain repetitions” 9 or recitations given to “be seen of men.”

What is 5 finger prayer? ›

The Five Finger Prayer is a simple, visual, and fun way to teach kids what to pray for, as well as a reminder that prayer is simply a conversation with God just like a conversation with a friend. Each finger on a hand represents a person(s) to pray for.

Where do you face when praying? ›

Qibla is the fixed direction towards the Ka'bah in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It's the direction which all Muslims face when performing their prayers, wherever they are in the world.

What does V and R mean in prayer? ›

Versicle: The Resurrection of the body. Response: And the Life † (Sign of the Cross) everlasting. Amen. Versicle: Unto thee have I cried, O Lord. Response: And early shall my prayer come before thee.

What do you say before starting praise and worship? ›

Joining our praise into one, let's stand and sing our Gathering Hymn, number/title ...” “Let us sing of the strength and presence of our God as we begin today's worship in song, number/title ...” “Let us begin our celebration together by singing number/title ...”

What do you say during leading praise and worship? ›

What to say when leading worship – part 3
  • Recognize that God's words outlast ours. ...
  • If I say something, I want to direct people's attention to the unchanging truth of God's Word, rather than my own creativity or insights. ...
  • Plan the progression of songs so you don't have to say that much. ...
  • Behold the beauty of brevity.

What is an example of a prayer of praise? ›

Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the beautiful things you do. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.

How do you start an opening prayer? ›

Opening Prayer for Worship or a Church Service

We ask that You would open our ears so that we may hear your voice. Open our minds so that we may receive Your eternal wisdom. Open our spirits so that we may know Your leading and guidance. And open our hearts so that we may receive Your wonderful love.

How do you properly start a prayer? ›

We open the prayer by addressing God because he is the one we are praying to. Start by saying "Father in Heaven" or "Heavenly Father." We address Him as our Heavenly Father, because He is the father of our spirits. He is our creator and the one to whom we owe everything we have, including our lives.

What do you say in a prayer meeting? ›

Firm Foundation Prayer

As we meet today, we ask that you would provide wisdom, guidance and direction. Remind us that you are our loving ally, you are our fortress, you are our tower of strength and you are our rescuer. Everything we need is found in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

What are the 3 parts to prayer? ›

Praise, pardon, and petition are three essential elements of prayer that we will encounter in our journey through the Lord's Prayer.

What are the 7 steps of prayer? ›

  • PEACE.

How do you lead praise and worship in a prayer meeting? ›

  1. Understanding of the lyrics you sing and the ability to convey that understanding.
  2. Love for the people you lead.
  3. Wisdom in selecting the songs and verses used for worship.
  4. The ability to act on the truths you sing and speak.
  5. The humility to lead in a way that glorifies God instead of yourself or the congregation.

How do you end a meeting prayer? ›

Amen. Heavenly King, be with us as we close this meeting. May everyone be enlightened and the things discussed during this meeting be observed. All these things we pray for in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

What words are used for prayer? ›

  • petition.
  • thanksgiving.
  • invocation.
  • orison.
  • request.
  • pleading.
  • collect.
  • supplication.


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