• Running a prayer meeting
◦ Plan to have the meeting when it does not conflict with other church activities.
◦ Have a day you keep, a starting time you keep and constantly encourage people to be on time.
◦ Identify an assistant leader as soon as possible.
◦ Establish Guidelines for the group (input can comes from the group)
▪ Start, stop times
▪ Location, frequency,
▪ Leader, second leader,
▪ Where each member can call you or the group on.
▪ This would outline the purpose of the group, starting time, what will not be done by the group.
▪ A prayer chain, contact info to each member, a facebook group etc…
◦ Remember this is a prayer group not a home group
▪ Meaning the focus is not primarily food, fellowship, teaching, sharing, games, bible reading, or any other activity.
▪ Limit testimonies.
▪ Dedicate at least 2/3 of the time to pure prayer. (not including prayer requests, explanations etc.…) in the first 1/3 should fit all other activities.
▪ The leader should not teach!
▪ Reserve refreshments till the end of the meeting so as to not hinder the prayer time. If people need to leave they can.
▪ People have only so much time. If they want these other activities then plan outside this meeting, like another day.
▪ No Problem Solving - One of the tendencies of Christian groups is to turn prayer request time into a counseling session. That’s one reason we often don’t have time to pray. We’re too busy trying to solve the problem ourselves. This is truly the work of the enemy to keep us from praying! State the “no problem solving” guideline up front. Then, as soon as someone begins to offer advice, remind them that we need to pray about the problem, not solve it.
◦ The leader will give the group direction for each meeting (the more prepared you are the more the meeting will flow)
◦ Prayer topics
▪ Regular church things, leaders, ministries, etc.
▪ PRAY FOR THE CROSS EACH WEEK.
▪ Stay on topic (if you say we will pray for this, then stay there and then move to another subject)
▪ Upcoming events (worship nights, special services, men, meat , movie, women's meetings etc.) new hope events (CPU, etc..) that means you have to stay informed)
▪ A portion for individual prayer needs, not all. Unless that is the theme of the day)
▪ Have some form so that each person can be prayed for once.
▪ No Monopoly Don't let one person bring many prayer requests.
▪ Know when the prayer request is supposed to be prayed for by the individual, the group is not there to do the praying for them. Remember the story of the 10 virgins who didn’t want to get oil for themselves they want the oil from others.)
▪ No 3rd party distant prayer requests - Encourage them to keep it personal, not just prayers for people they know a situations in the world (encourage them to pray for this in their personal prayer times)
▪ Pray for Kingdom things (your kingdom come, be specific)
▪ Prayer in understanding and in the spirit.
▪ Don’t avoid concerted praying.
▪ Encourage others to pray
▪ Don’t surprise people you are not sure will or can pray. Ask them in advance and give them an idea about the topic.
▪ Give outlines and assign people.
▪ Don’t be afraid of silence (silence doesn’t mean nothing is happening.)
◦ Know when you are finished or not
I was reading something lately about the tendency of people today to "not want to be normal" it is not enough to be normal, to be ordinary or to be ourselves. This is from how we look to what we can do.
We need to be superhuman, special, above the rest, extraordinary to be normal.
So we feel forced to chase something that is unattainable and in the end we can end up assuming the identity of someone we are not or at the very least getting confused about how special God created us to be.
This can be trying to be a more mature Christian than we are or a minister that we were not called by God to be or a possessor of a spiritual gift that we must fake because we are not anointed to have this gift. Or we can act to be more spiritual than we are because we are too lazy to do the work of study and prayer.
Pretending goes on in our churches today. Some people put on a false front. They use the right “Christian” words, attend church almost every Sunday, and even pray before meals. They pretend they “have it all together” in order to gain the approval of others. But inside they’re struggling with brokenness, guilt, doubt, or an addiction or other persistent sin.
What is so crazy about the story of Jacob and Esau is this, God had already said that he was going to use Jacob, he already knew who Jacob was and would be, and he already said that the older would serve the younger. If Jacob had believed God with all his humanness, with his birth in second place with his lack of abilities that his brother had, God was going to fulfill his plan with his life.
• You must be a leader
◦ You must be an example in your Christian walk
◦ You must plan and communicate and carry out those plans to include having the prayer meeting consistently.
• Be Prepared
◦ Prepare the place (get the kids down, turn off cell phones, TVs, radios, etc…)
◦ Prepared in the spirit and in the word of God
◦ Pray for the members of the group
◦ Know the voice of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
◦ Know when the devil is speaking
• You must be compassionate and an encourager
◦ But not try to answer everyone's prayer
◦ Nor try to get the group or the church to answer their prayers, know when God wants them to go through something.
• You must guard yourself
◦ From deceptive prayers
▪ Disguised gossip
▪ Disguised fishing for help
▪ Seeking sympathy from people instead of help from God.
◦ From over involvement (what I said above as well as relational dangers)
▪ Here is a danger for both men and women
▪ Pray in groups not alone one on one with the opposite sex unless others are present (near by) no outside alone meetings
▪ Don't carry burdens that you are not supposed to carry
• You must guard the group
◦ Learn to identify the flesh from the spirit
▪ From deceptive people
▪ Attention seekers (taking over the meeting)
▪ Other wrong motives (unclean relationships, dating,)
▪ Pure emotional fleshly praying (oh I feel, I…)
▪ Babbling prayers (nonsense, fantasy praying, unbiblical, heretical, historical stories)
▪ People who will mislead the people
▪ Prideful attitudes (we are more spiritual that others, the Pastor is wrong, I don't agree with decisions made by the leadership, we know something from God that others don't)
▪ These are signs of wrong motives, demonic activity and division)
▪ Stop them gently and publicly
▪ Remember others are listening (and might talk to others about this)
▪ Taboo PRAYING
▪ Confidential info (private)
▪ Teaching prayers
▪ Complaining prayers
· When Jesus said in the garden that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, I don't think he was stating the condition of the two but I think he was stating that the flesh is weak to do spiritual things.
o In reality the flesh is strong, if this were not true then your spirit would win every battle.
o Unless we suppress, control, and make our flesh know who the boss is we would constantly lose the battle of the flesh and the spirit.
As we end this week of prayer and fasting, lets make sure that the only thing ending is the fasting, not the prayer.