Purpose of Group Prayer Time
Group prayer was a characteristic of the early Christians.
- Acts 12:12 – Peter went to the house of Mary where others gathered for prayer.
- Acts 1:13-14 – scripture records that all with one mind were continually devoting
themselves to prayer, along with the women.
Old Testament figures also participated in group prayer.
- 2 Chronicles 6:13-42 – records Solomon praying as all Israel gathered around.
Remember that the purpose of your prayer time is to communicate with God. It’s not merely a ritual to get done or for preaching at each other.
During conversational prayer group members should talk to God as they would talk to a friend. Encourage the group (especially a group unfamiliar with group prayer) to feel free to pray sentence prayers. Everyone is free to pray, or not to pray, as the Spirit directs. Don’t worry about silence. Allow God to speak to everyone in the group during times of silence.
Different Elements of a Group Prayer Meeting
Choose one or more of following elements for your prayer meeting. Be Creative!
You can switch the elements around, eliminate some of them or do something completely different. Don’t make prayer boring or monotonous. It’s an inspirational and enjoyable time where students leave feeling refreshed and renewed.
A. Introduce a prayer topic or request, one at a time then allow the group a few minutes to pray for the that. When finished, the leader introduces another topic or request. Designate a specific person to close at the end of each time. This helps insure that the prayer time will not bog down when everyone has had the opportunity to pray if they so desire. Below are some examples of topics that can be used:
- Thank God for His love, forgiveness, the beautiful day, the ways He is working
in peoples lives, etc.
- Thank God for something that has happened in your life in the past 24 hours.
- Please help _______________ (yourself or someone else).
- Thank God for how He will answer your requests.
B. Let the group members share prayer requests.
C. Pray using Scripture. Have the group use one or more passages of Scripture as their guide for praying. Choose any passage you feel is appropriate.
Here’s an example:
Read a Psalm of praise (e.g. Psalm 103; Psalm 145; 150) or teach the group to pray using the following:
- The first person reads a phrase or verse aloud then prays a simple prayer relating
to the phrase or scripture verse.
- Other members of the group join in audibly or silently agree.
- The next person reads a different verse then pauses to pray aloud.
- Others follow with their prayers.
D. Use the ACTS Acrostic. (This can be developed at length with one or more studies on each word.) Here’s how the ACTS guide works:
Adoration: Worshipping and praising God with your heart, mind and voice. Praise and pray through a Psalm, sing, adore God, praising Him for His attributes such as: loving kindness, holiness, compassion, majesty, etc. Praise Him for who He is.
Sing a hymn and use the words of the hymn to guide the your time for prayer. Select a few of God’s attributes and spend the time meditating and praising Him for His character. Share answers to prayer and notice how these answers reflect different aspects of His character. Spend time thanking God for the answers and His faithfulness.
Confession: Agreeing with God concerning any sins He brings to your mind.
Review I John 1:5-9
God will bring to mind what you need to confess.
Allow time for confession.
Thanksgiving: Giving thanks to God for who He is, what He has done, what He will do in our lives and what He is doing in the ministry; a prayer expressing gratitude.
Spend time in thanksgiving by reviewing I Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:20, Psalm 108:3, Psalm 50:23.
Supplication: Asking God for his divine help to meet needs, solve problems, work in someone’s life, etc.
Read Philippians 4:6,7; Psalm 116:1,2 and lead the group in supplication by praying aloud.
E. Introduce the PRAY acrostic.
Ask for someone else
Your own needs