Starting A Prayer Group
Prayer Group Activities
When you are starting a prayer group you have to know how you are going to conduct the prayer group and what your prayer group activities are going to be.
The first thing to understand about a prayer group is that it is a prayer group and not a Bible study group or any other kind of group. You are getting together as a group specifically to pray. This is very important, you should be very clear about what you are going to do as a prayer group.
Very important is to choose your time wisely. Make sure you choose a time that will suit all the group members. Once you have your time, it is set. All the members of the prayer group must reserve that specific time and make sure they are available. You simply do not make any appointments for that time. That specific time is your prayer group time.
Small Prayer Group
A Few Things To Keep In Mind With Prayer Group Activities
1. Do not get a guest speaker:
Once again you have to keep your purpose as a prayer group in mind. This is not a Bible study group or a woman's group or anything else, it is a prayer group. You are getting together to pray and not to do anything else.
2. Read from the Bible:
It is not wrong if you feel you want to read from the Bible first. Important is to once again remember that this is a prayer group. Make the part you read very short and pertinent to what you are praying for. Read a few verses and then go over to the real reason you are together; to pray.
3. The group must not be too big:
A prayer group needs to be small and intimate. Try to keep the group between 6 and 8 people. If the prayer group gets too big it becomes a problem to control and it is not possible for everyone to take part in the prayers.
4. Keep it informal;
It is very important to keep the prayer group informal. Every member of the prayer group must feel comfortable and feel free to partake in the prayers. If the atmosphere is not informal and comfortable it will be very difficult to have a successful prayer group.
5. The length of the meeting:
Do not make the prayer group meeting too long. Make sure it is no longer than one hour. Because it is important to keep to a time limit, is another reason why the prayer group must be kept small.
6. A prayer group is not the local gossip group:
This may sound very funny, but it is vital. Anything shared in a prayer group must be totally confidentially. Even if you think it is something the Pastor should know about, you cannot go to him or her. Any request for prayer must remain within the prayer group, If this is not the case the prayer group will become totally ineffective.
If you are a group with strong singers in it, singing one or two short hymns is not wrong, but usually, because a prayer group is small, singing is not very effective. There are not enough people to really sing well. Because the group is so small, people that do not sing that well may also feel uncomfortable. So, singing is something you will have to discuss before you do it. If you do sing, keep it short, remember you are getting together to pray!
8. Coffee And Tea:
There is no need to drink coffee or tea in a prayer meeting. If you feel you want to after the meeting, it is fine, you must just make it clear to all members that if they have to leave they must feel free to leave. If that is not the case busy members may start staying away because the prayer group takes up too much time. Socializing should be kept strictly for after the meeting. Start the prayer group punctually at the time you agreed on and make sure you keep within the one hour limit.
Prayer Group Activities And Ideas
Which of the prayer group activities and ideas do you agree with most?
Prayer Group Ideas
The first thing to keep in mind with a prayer group is communication. From open communication channels will come many of the prayer group ideas. Keep a few things in mind when it comes to communication:
- Give others a chance to speak first otherwise you cut communication
- Do not try and give an answer to a prayer request. It is a request for prayer and not counseling!
- Be careful of body language
2. Keep a prayer journal:
It is important to keep a prayer journal and always check back on any prayer requests you had. You should always be able to know what you prayed for and what happened. This is especially important if you are praying for something very specific.
Make sure you incorporate variation in your prayer group. All people are not the same and you have to make sure you accommodate all. Some people are quiet and clinical, others are more emotional. You have to make sure you incorporate enough variation in your prayer group to provide for all.
4. Different ways to pray:
- Give people the opportunity to pray the way they want to pray
- It is possible to pray one after the other
- You can have a chain prayer where you go in a circle and each one has a special topic to pray for
- If the prayer group is a little too big, you can pray in groups
- You can always ask one or two people to pray for something specific
- If your group feel comfortable with it you can also pray all together, many find this a bid chaotic, though
- You can do a combination of all
5. Pray the Word:
It is always a good idea to take a piece of scripture and read it as a prayer. The book of Psalms is very suitable for this as it is a book full of prayers. If you read a Psalm, thoughtfully, as a prayer it can be a very enriching experience. You will also be able to find a prayer suitable for all occasions in the Bible.
By keeping the above in mind you should be able to run a very successful and enriching prayer group bearing abundant fruit.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing.
Below is an example of a combination Bible study group and Prayer group that seems to work. It takes a lot of work to make something like this work and it may be a better idea to stick to the prayer group activities and ideas as set out above.
I enjoyed the video because it shows you clearly how much a prayer group can accomplish if they are willing to attend faithfully and work at the group.