If you are in a leadership role in the church then you need to be very thoughtful about how you conduct yourself. One of your responsibilities is to be an example to the flock. One particular area to be thoughtful about is that of how you participate in a prayer meeting.
The first thing to be observed is that all prayer meetings vary according to circumstances and who is participating. However, here are some things to ponder upon:
- If you pray long prayers younger ones will get the impression that to verbally participate at they also must pray likewise. Very likely they will not feel capable of this and so will desist from participating.
- Do not dominate a prayer meeting. Others have come to pray not just you.
- Be thoughtful about your emphases in prayer. Through your prayers you are likely influencing the agenda of the church. So make sure you concentrate on the big things; those of the gospel and spiritual growth. Focus on issues appertaining to the transformation of lives and the evident awareness of God working to save and grow His people.
- In thinking of our agenda for prayer ponder upon how Paul was praying for the church in Colossae as recorded in Col. 1:9-12:
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
You observe him here concentrating on the big issues of spiritual growth and progress.
- Assist the prayer meeting forward with perhaps a short prayer here and there. See this post here for further thoughts on this.
Let church leaders then be thoughtful about how they influence the church through their prayers in prayer meetings.