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Ways to Incorporate Prayer into the Worship Service

Most pastors and churches desire to incorporate more prayer in their church service but often run out of ideas of where else to include it. Prayer should be more than just at the end of a sermon. Following are some creative and exciting ways to make more room for prayer in the your services:

  • Preach a sermon series on different aspects of prayer.
  • Announce from the pulpit upcoming prayer meetings. Get people excited about the power of prayer and the benefits of praying in agreement together.
  • Invite children to pray over the adults during the service.
  • Encourage people to give testimonies to answered prayer in corporate services.
  • Hold a special missions service and have prayer for the missionaries and missions works that the church supports. You can have people dress up to mimic the dress of the nations you support, sing songs or pray prayers in that nation’s language, and have special prayer focus’ for the leaders and needs in that country.
  • Many worship songs in actuality are prayers. As you bring this to the congregation’s attention, encourage them to direct their song as words of adoration or petition to the Lord.
  • Between verses of a hymn or worship chorus, invite the congregation to pray in small groups, focusing on the lyrics they have just sung.
  • Set aside times during worship for individuals to come forward to offer a prayer inspired by a worship song.
  • Invite parents and children to pray together at the altar during worship or during the altar service. Be sensitive to those without a family in the church. Find ways to include them.
  • Spend a series of Sundays praying for various church ministries. For example: “This morning, as our Sunday school teachers and workers stand among us, we will pray for them and the people they serve.”
  • Ask the congregation to respond with prayer to the sermon.
  • Ask the congregation to stand and form prayer partners to pray for the pastor before he speaks, for each other, or any other prayer focus needed that day.
  • Invite people who have a special need to raise their hands and ask members of the congregation to gather around them and pray.
  • Each week guide the congregation in a prayer for a different pastor and church in the community, or for a local community ministry, business, or government building.
  • Have a special prayer service/focus for the children and youth of the church, and their ministry leaders.
  • Introduce a variety of prayer resources. Show a prayer-theme video in the worship service, introduce a new book on prayer, or highlight a worship and prayer song.