“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
History has been shifted by small prayer groups. It is fairly easy for anyone to begin to gather with a few friends in prayer.
After years of hosting prayer meetings, we believe these few things may make it easier and more enjoyable.
- Start! One of the hardest parts about prayer is just getting going. Find a friend, set a time and PRAY!
- Include worship. Ideally this would be a live worship leader, but music from your phone can work great too when you are first getting going. Start the meeting with God-centered worship, and then throw in a few songs throughout your meeting between times of prayer.
- Pray the Bible. There is power in God’s word. Praying themes from the Bible aligns our prayers with God’s will and gives us language to use. It makes agreement and unity easier. We suggest starting with the “apostolic prayers” of the New Testament.
- Have a focus. Be clear about the focus of your prayer time, whether it be revival in your city, government leaders, college campuses or some specific justice issue. Very few people are comfortable with an open-ended prayer time.
- Stay faithful. Persistence in prayer was one of Jesus’ primary messages related to prayer (Luke 18:1-8). Keep praying!
For a more, check out Key Values of Worship-Based Prayer by Matthew Lilley (pdf)