Praying together in a group is different to praying alone. There is a different dynamic when two or three or more of us gather together to pray. How do we consider one another? How do we come before the Lord to hear from Him? Here are some simple suggestions to help us make the most of our prayer times in groups.

Philippians 2:9-1

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father

It is good to declare the Lordship of Jesus over the time of prayer and lift His name over the group as you meet together.

Ps 100:4

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him and bless His Name
— Eph 5:19
speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord

When we come together to pray for the ministry of Operation Exodus, we need to leave our personal needs to one side in order to focus on praying for the ministry – this is the purpose of the time. One very good way to take our eyes off ourselves and put them onto the Lord is to spend some time in praise and worship. This is how we come right into His Presence. You can read aloud some praise scriptures from the Psalms, or sing together, or focus your prayers on matters for thanksgiving. It is good to do this first, before bringing up points for prayer.

Ps 24:3-5

Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
— Matt 6:14,15

Take a moment or two of quietness to check your heart and seek God’s forgiveness if you need to. Forgive others also, so that God can forgive you.

Jn 10:27

My sheep listen to my voice

Don’t be in hurry to begin praying. After a time of worship it is good to sit and listen to the Lord. Be willing to sit and be quiet, and listen to the still small voice of His Spirit. He will bring into our minds those matters into which He wants us to pray. In this way, we can receive the burden of His heart and pray according to His will for that time.

Matthew 18:19-20

Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them

When someone in the group prays what the Lord has brought to their mind, it is good and effective for another member of the group to agree with them, and support them in that prayer, before moving onto another point. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit – He may want several people to pray into that one matter. Pause and listen in your heart to Him, and ask yourself “is the Lord finished with this matter?”

Be sensitive to one another, and just pray one point at a time, giving others the opportunity to agree in prayer. Defer to one another! Don’t try to cover everything in one go.

Hebrews 4:12

For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.
— Isaiah 55:10-11
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth. It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it

Declaring aloud the written Word of God is a powerful weapon in prayer. The Holy Spirit may bring a relevant scripture to someone’s mind and it may be right for the whole group to then declare it aloud together. It is helpful in these times for everyone to use the same translation.

Philippians 2:2

Fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind

Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labours with child together; a great throng shall return there.

Prophetic actions and declarations need to be done in unity and in submission to the leadership of the group. There needs to be witness and agreement in the Spirit of God; this will keep us from carnality and help us to stay in a position of being led by the Spirit of God.

Further Practical Helps:

To start and finish on time is a helpful discipline. Latecomers can join in sensitively, and those who need to leave can be allowed to do so on time.

Bring Bibles and have a pen and paper handy to note down scriptures that the Holy Spirit may bring to mind. If one person in the group is able to keep a record of the prayer times in a journal then the group can refer back to see how the Lord has been leading.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!
— Phil 4:4

Keep your joy in the place of prayer – we serve the Sovereign Lord, the King of the Universe, the Holy One of Israel!

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