Group prayer and praying out loud
- how do we feel about this?
- Keep your prayers short, simple and to the point.
Avoid flowery jargon, you'll hear others use it - don't copy
- Remember it's conversation, so keep it natural. Like Jesus talking
to the two disciples walking along the road to Emmaus (Luke_24:13).
- Be honest. Say what you really think, not what you think you ought to say!
EG: 'Father I don't really feel like thanking you for anything
right now, but I am going to try because I know it will please
you. Please help me to think of things I can be grateful for.'
Corporate prayer helps us to:
- Understand each other's needs;
- Move together in fellowship:
"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about
anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in
heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there
am I with them." (Matthew_18:19-20);
- Enjoy God's peace - don't be embarrassed about silences in the group;
- Share praise and worship together;
- Bring various parts of prayer together, like different people having different
pieces of the same jigsaw puzzle;
- Grow in unity; and
- Grow personally from the experiences and encouragement of others (we usually don't
learn what others are thinking or experiencing until they open
their mouths). This can mean being vulnerable in sharing.
Personal Prayer life
Many Christians find it helpful to
set aside a part of the day for un-interrupted time with God.
Finding a pattern of a regular time in an appropriate place to
pray and read the Bible helps in our growing relationship with
God and learning about His kingdom. While self discipline is
needed, normally our time with God should be a joy. We also want
to avoid legalistic attitudes and expectations - not being condemned
by 'oughts', ie: what we are told 'ought' to be done. A "quiet
time" doesn't mean we switch off from God at other times
of the day - rather it can lead us into a day where God comes
The following memory jogger (ACTOY) can be helpful
about ways to pray:
Overview on thanksgiving
In this section we are starting with
"T" - thanksgiving.
Look up together 1_Thessalonians_5:18 and Ephesians_5:20.
Sometimes it is not easy to know God's will, but
in these passages it is easy to know one aspect of His will on
an on-going basis!
Jot down some of the things you want to thank God
- Something that happened today;
- Someone precious to you;
- Something about yourself;
- Something God has done for you in the past;
- Something God has done for all people;
- A characteristic of God you particularly appreciate.
The opposite of thanksgiving is grumbling. So giving
thanks helps us to keep a happy positive perspective on our lives
and circumstances. It gives God the credit as the source of all
things in our lives (Psalm_116). Thank God for things as they
happen, be specific.