How do you lead times of corporate prayer in the church or a gathering?

Someone jokingly asked me at our TGCLA chapter meeting to write this down and distribute, but I thought it might actually be helpful.  So I am passing on what I received from Mark Dever and Capitol Hill Baptist Church. I have no idea where they got this from, but I’ve found it helpful and hope someone reading or watching the video does too.

  1. Pray loud so everyone can hear. We’re praying together but can’t do that well if we can’t hear the leader praying.
  2. No set order of when people pray. This means there will be times of silence in prayer. As the leader I make a note of all who are assigned to pray and will call on the last person to pray if he/she is last and is unaware that everyone else has led the group in their assigned prayer item.
  3. Say, “we” not “I.” You are not praying by yourself and we are not gathered to watch you pray. We gathered to participate. So say, “we” pray if you want all of “us” to be praying. That keeps us thinking and praying corporately.
  4. Say ,”amen” at the end of the prayer. This is both for the one leading that particular prayer and those who are praying with that leader. It helps us to know you’re done. We say, “amen” if we agree with the prayer. If you don’t agree, obviously you shouldn’t say, “amen.”
  5. No Milky Way prayers. Don’t pray for the glories of God to be displayed in the many moons of Jupiter or on the rings of Saturn during this time. You can pray for that in another context. Don’t pray reciting all the Bible verses you know during this time either. Focus on the prayer item assigned to you and lead us in praying for that and finish so we can move intentionally to the next prayer item.

About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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