Ways to Incorporate Prayer into the Worship Service

Ways to Incorporate Prayer into the Worship Service

  • Following are some ways pastors and worship leaders can make more room for prayer in the worship services.
  • Preaching a sermon series on different aspects of prayer.
  • Pulpit announcements prayer opportunities.
  • Invite children to come into the worship service and to pray blessings over the adults.
  • Encourage people to give testimonies to answered prayer in corporate services.
  • 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.
  • Use introductory remarks to guide the prayer time: “As a sign of our praise and adoration of God, please stand;” or “As a sign of our humility, please kneel (if you are physically able) as we confess our sins;” or “As a sign of our unity in Christ, please form a group with three or four others. We will recite the Lord’s Prayer together.”
  • Invite parents and children to pray together—holding hands, forming circles, or walking together to pray at the altar during worship or the communion service. (Be sensitive to those without an family in the church. Find creative ways to include them.)
  • Spend a series of Sundays praying for various church ministries: “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 an appropriate prayer to the sermon.
  • Ask the congregation to stand and form prayer partners to pray for the pastor before he speaks.
  • 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.
  • When the children or youth or a specific ministry group sings before the congregation, invite their leaders to come forward after the song; pray for the leaders and the entire group.
  • Another way to excite people to the joy of prayer is by introducing a variety of prayer resources. Showing a video in the worship service, introducing a new book on prayer, or a worship and prayer CD are all ways to increase their prayer interest.
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An Audience with God

AUDIENCE WITH GOD

Use the following in your prayer group for a one hour prayer journey in seeking the glory of God.

Proclaiming God’s glory – Take a few moments to praise God for who He is.

  • Have each person in the group share who God is to them (in one or two words)
    Ex. Jehovah-Jireh (Provider), friend, savoir,

 Seeking the King’s glory through holiness – Have a time of repentance

  • Is there any unconfessed sin in my life? Do I have unforgiveness and bitterness in my life?
  • Are there any doubtful practices or activities in my life? Am I always obeying the Holy Spirit promptly?

Seeking the King’s glory through the salvation of the lost

  • Have each person give ONE name of an individual or family that needs salvation.

1.______________________________________

2.______________________________________

3.______________________________________

4.______________________________________

5.______________________________________
Pray for their salvation, that God will bless them spiritually, emotionally, financially, physically

  • Have each person give one name of an individual or family that is a backslider and pray the same

1.______________________________________

2.______________________________________

3.______________________________________

4.______________________________________

5.______________________________________

Seeking the King’s glory in the church

  • For your churh to be a house of prayer for all nations (Is.56:7; Mt.21:13);
  • For your church to fulfil the Great Commission (Mt.28:18-20) (go and teach all nations)
  • For your church to fulfil the Great Commandment (Mt.22:37-40); (love the Lord with all thy heart – love thy neighbour as thy self)
  • For spiritual revival on campus;

Seeking the King’s glory by watching and listening to Him

  • Ask the Lord to reveal new things to you, things that He wants you to notice and pay attention to. Ask Him to reveal His will and strategies/plans to you. Ask Him for things that are on His heart that He wants you to pray about.

Seeking the King’s glory in the nations

  • Pray that the nations will see that Christ Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn.14:6).
  • Pray that the unreached peoples of the earth will be reached with the gospel.
  • Pray for the coming of God’s peace and glory to countries and nations.
  • Pray that kings and governments will submit to the Lordship of Jesus as the King of kings.
  • Pray for China & India. By doing so, you are praying for 1 of every 3 people on the earth.

Seeking the King’s glory by breaking strongholds

   Below are a few examples of strongholds. Read them and then have your group tell of any others that come to mind.

  • immorality
  • witchcraft and idolatry
  • injustices – harmful acts and deeds
  • racism – racial hatred and ethnic pride
  • alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography

Seeking the King’s glory through His intervention in the following global challenges

  • The HIV/AIDS epidemic. (over 30 million in Africa alone infected – by 2010, it is predicted their will be over 25 million orphans or AIDS)
  • The increasing number of poor and needy people.
  • Corruption on all levels.
  • The persecuted church in many nations.
  • Wars, bloodshed and ethnic violence – pray also for the millions of refugees.
  • Human trafficking.

Seeking the King’s glory by touching the youth

  • That this generation of young people will reach their generation with the gospel.
  • For young people to come into a new intimacy with God and obedience to Him.
  • For radical committed disciples, living in holiness.
  • To radically serve God and to follow Him wherever He leads.
  • For compassionate hearts
  • For moral purity

Seeking the King’s glory through forgiveness and reconciliation

  • That nations will confess their sins of hurting, suppressing and abusing their own people and other nations.
  • For reconciliation on all levels (in families, between churches, ethnic groups or races, between countries, etc.).
  • For the breaking of strongholds, structures and political systems that destroy the lives of people.
  • That individuals, families, clans, and ethnic groups will forgive those who violated them in any form.

Seeking the King’s glory by praying for your personal needs

  • Have each person give ONE need. Insist that they are brief. No details!

Seeking the King’s glory through praise and worship

  • End your time of prayer with praise and worship.

Thank God for His goodness and take time to bless individuals who come to mind, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Corporate Quiet Time & Prayer Without Words

Corporate Quiet Time & Prayer Without Words

Last year, a church in Telford, Pennsylvania, decided to try something different for its weekly services. The pastor and elders worked with a writer in the congregation to come up with five one-hour quiet prayer sessions for the sanctuary.

Quotes, Scripture, meditations, and questions to stimulate introspection were put together on various prayer-related themes and printed in bulletin form for parishioners to use during the established hour each week. The themes included Quietness, Worship, Humility, Intercession, and Abiding.

Instrumental music played softly in the background as members sat in quiet contemplation, followed the prayer guide, and prayed with an elder if desired.

Our church is very fellowship oriented, reports one elder. We seldom have a quiet sanctuary. This gave me the opportunity to take my personal quiet time into the formal church setting. It felt like the prayers and compassion of worshipers who have prayed there before gave strength to my own.

Another member commented, At first I thought, why do I want to come out for prayer when I can pray at home? But I found that praying alongside others was different and heartwarming. Through the quietness, I was very aware of God filling the sanctuary.

Due to the success of this program, the elders and worship committee are already planning next years corporate quiet times.

Prayer without Words

Words help us verbalize what we are feeling, help us process the illusive ideas floating around our brain, and solidify our compassion when interceding for others. We don’t always know what to say or how to pray. We become speechless with intense joy or tremendous sorrow. Can we communicate with God when we struggle to express our innermost thoughts and desires.

We usually pray verbally, both in church and at home. Sometimes we pray out loud; other times we mentally form the sentences within. Words help us verbalize what we are feeling, help us process the illusive ideas floating around our brain, and solidify our compassion when interceding for others. We don’t always know what to say or how to pray. We become speechless in times of intense joy and gratefulness. Then there are times when words don’t seem to be enough, like in time of grief and sorrow. Can we communicate with God on a deeper level when we struggle to express our innermost thoughts and desires?

Words are not always necessary when communicating with our Creator. Prayer is more an attitude of the heart than an exercise of language. The Apostle Paul said, “The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts know what the mind of the Spirit is, because He interceded for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27 NAS) God’s Spirit searches our hearts and minds and directly connects them to the heart and mind of God. All we need is the desire to communicate with Him and the Spirit opens the line.

This gives us great joy because nothing can block our prayers from reaching His ears. Too often we see God as “out there” while we are bound here to earth. We need to realize that, as Christians, the Spirit of God dwells within us. We do not need to be concerned when we feel our prayers hitting the ceiling. Go within. Concentrate on the presence of God in your heart.

That is how Contemplative Prayer “works.” It is a quiet intimate connection requiring no effort other than the realization that you are already enveloped in God’s presence, grace and love and that He is aware of everything that concerns you.

Prayer is two-way communication. Often God speaks to us without words as well. We “hear” impressions and are convicted of sin. Our paths are illuminated, our hearts quieted, our countenance becomes peaceful.

Offer Him your entire being when entering the presence of God and don’t worry about what you will say when you get there.

Pray! Magazine Issue 29 Mar/Apr  2002

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15 Guidelines for Participants in Corporate Intercession

15 Guidelines for Participants in Corporate Intercession

1.  Come prepared to pray by stirring up your faith.
2.  Sit together.
3.  Speak up! Others cannot agree with what they cannot hear.
4.  Avoid “preachy” praying and ministerial tones. Pray simply and conversationally.
5. Keep prayers concise, clear, and to the point.
6. Don’t read long passages of Scripture.
7. Don’t pray as you would in your private devotionals or pray through your personal prayer list.
8. Ask God; don’t explain things to Him.
9. Avoid addressing others in the room under the pretense of prayer.
10. Once you have prayed, wait for other people to pray before praying again.
11. When in doubt about what to pray, ask for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your church and city. All other requests are fulfilled when that occurs.
12. Try not to pray too big or too small. Pray for things the group can “get its faith around.”
13. Don’t be afraid of silence. It’s sometimes golden.
14. Listen to, agree with, and affirm each prayer.
15. Submit to pastoral guidance.

Pray! Magazine Issue 10 Jan/Feb  1999

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