Prayer in the Home Group

Written by Andrew Waugh

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Leading Homegroup Prayer - a Checklist

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PRAYER IN HOME GROUPS?

 

  • It brings us closer together
  • It releases God's power
  • It brings us closer to God
  • Dutch Sheets says in Intercessory Prayer: It's at least arguable that God doesn't do anything apart from us

 

 WHAT ABOUT FORMAT FOR PRAYER IN SMALL GROUPS?

 

  • All together?  (Then restrict the length of individual contributions by asking everyone clearly to make it only one sentence long?)
  • In pairs or triplets?  With the same personnel each week if possible; and with a notebook to record answers to prayer
  • Everyone simultaneously? Can be exciting, or intimidating for some...
  • Silence can be helpful if it's positive and prepared for.  Sometimes intimacy with God means `come and rest awhile', and we need to be able to lead people into that

 

LEAD!

  • Start (`Lord, we know you're here') and end (`Thank you for hearing us/keep us watchful for the answers') positively
  • Give a clear `Amen' during prayer
  • Keep an eye on the time
  • Give clear instructions
  • Remind of confidentiality regarding what is shared
  • Model vulnerability and dependence.  (E.g., that you too have difficulties - though without it turning into a therapy session; to imply `I have no problems' is to act as if we're independent of God)
  • Maintain balance: of content (personal, local, church, world...); sense of mission as against self-oriented needs; right view of God; no one person to dominate
  • Delegate

Shirley Lees says God has five answers to prayer: `Yes', `No', `Wait', `I will if you will', `Mind your own business!'

David Hein says: `Every prayer is answered', ie pray expectantly but not necessarily expecting to get what we want. (NB the implications of that for keeping a prayer journal in the group)

 

BE IMAGINATIVE

  • Making a pile of pebbles with each person contributing, to remember what God has done for us (compare Joshua 4)
  • Prayer journey: going round your home with Christ - or walking down our town’s main street with Christ
  • Prayer walk around your area (`virtual' or actual)
  • Use of images, printed or on a laptop
  • When praying for Alpha, assemble `props' to focus group's minds on how the evening goes

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We're in God's presence, so listen - intuitions we receive here are probably worth listening to!

 

NOTES EDITED BY PETE LOWMAN; INPUT PRIMARILY FROM ANDREW WAUGH.