To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Leading in Prayer.

I am specifically thinking here of what it is to lead in prayer in a prayer meeting. Here are some thoughts:

  1. When you lead in prayer in a church prayer meeting, and really it applies in any group setting, you are not praying on your own account. You are there leading the group before the throne of God. You are expressing the heart of the group. You must be aware, therefore, that you are not praying with the same parameters you would have if you are praying on your own. You must be expressing those things before the Lord to which the people in the group can say “Amen” to.
  2. You should raise your voice so that all can hear. I know for some that this is very difficult, but it should be striven for. How can someone say “Amen” if they are not able to hear?
  3. If someone is leading the prayer time and allocating certain parts of the prayer meeting to certain themes, then courtesy and good order, necessitates that you fit in with where the prayer meeting is at. It is confusing and bad manners if you do not flow with this.
  4. You are not there to preach. Of course we should be praying in accord and with the Word of God and by all means quote the Word of God. But to use a prayer meeting to preach a sermon under the guise of prayer is disingenuous. A prayer meeting is for prayer.
  5. Don’t pray long prayers, I find prayer meetings so very easily lose their momentum through long prayers. Also concentration can be a problem when someone is “going on” at length. However, if someone is truly in the Spirit and pouring out their heart to God then that is a different matter..
  6. Avoid praying like you are praying down a list. The best prayer meetings, I reckon, are those where some people are praying about one matter and that is it.
  7. Ask the Lord in the prayer time that you would pray aright.

Oh Lord may I be a help to the prayer times of which I am a part.


Comments on: "Leading in Prayer." (5)

  1. Good advice.

    Dwight L. Moody: “Shall we sing a hymn while our brother finishes his prayer?”

  2. Paul Whalley said:

    Hi philip
    Thank you for this. Our prayer meetings could be better attended and when there, many people do not pray out loud.
    Any suggestions for improving the situation?

  3. Not sure what to say Paul. I do not feel I am an expert. I think there has to a continual message given that these are important occasions and it is exciting to be there. Also breaking into small groups of 4/5 can be helpful for those intimidated by a large group.
    In Christ Phil

  4. Phil Harman said:

    Some helpful advice, though it could be daunting to some. Perhaps these “rules” are best applied by church leaders in their own praying, and then taught by example?

    However, there is no substitute for a real sense of church family and participation: where people are “of one mind” and focussed on the interests of others; where it’s “safe” to be vulnerable or wrong; where people love to come to the Father, through Jesus the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    In my experience, small groups are good for training and building confidence in corporate prayer. We need to learn from “awkward” situations: the problem is not always with the person causing the discomfort (e.g. the woman with the alabaster jar of ointment).

  5. Thanks for your comment Phil. This blog ties in with some of your thought
    Yours in Christ

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