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