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