“Prayer is the simple yearning for His presence, A personal understanding of His word, Knowledge of His will, and the courage to listen and obey…” – Merton
We have Prayer meetings at the Church every Tuesday from 7 – 9 PM.
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Conversational Prayer: Conversational prayer is communal prayer where people pray in turn over a number of issues. While each person takes a turn, there is not a prescribed order to moving around the group, rather the person who feels that they have something to pray simply leads out. Others pray for the same topic, until everyone has had a chance to pray on that topic. Do not feel like the topic has been “finished” or that you would be disagreeing with the person by praying for the same topic. You are agreeing and adding what insights or interests God has laid on your hearts.
Cambridge Style: Cambridge style prayer is communal prayer and is a form of conversational prayer which concludes with the person praying saying, “In Jesus name…” and the rest of the participants say in unison, “Amen”. Amen means, “let it be,” and when said by the group it is an agreement that this is their prayer too.
Journaling: Journaling is where a person writes his or her thoughts and prayers. In writing one’s thoughts, one can refine what he or she is trying to say and listen to what God might be instructing on how to pray. When one is reflective in prayer, it allows for one to be open to correction while also increasing conviction and boldness. This also allows for the input of scripture into one’s prayers as well. Journaling can be used as a component of a prayer meeting.
Prayer Log: A notebook or journal used to keep a record of what was prayed for. You then check it the next week for answers to prayer. If you can’t tell if God has answered your prayers, you may need to be more specific in what you are asking God for.
Liturgical: The use of written prayers from a prayer book or creeds can lend a thoughtfulness and biblical insight that many spontaneous prayers lack. Much like journaling, liturgical prayer brings refinement, thoughtfulness, and reflection. You may need to instruct people in how to make someone else’s prayer their own. I usually point out that people have no trouble singing other people’s lyrics to God, and this is very similar, except without music. In fact you may wish to use lyrics from hymns as liturgy in prayer.
Contemplative: Contemplative prayer is a quiet prayer where listening and reflecting is central. Too often prayer is conceived of as our speaking, but the heart of prayer is a two-way conversation. Contemplative prayer spends time listening and reflecting upon a scripture or issue with the expectation that God will speak. What God has to say on a topic, pressing issue, or concern is of great importance but too seldom do we take the time to be quiet and listen. Journaling, using scripture, and liturgical prayer, may all be used to help one reflect and listen.
Praying Scripture: When you use scripture as the basis of prayers it can be instructive and thoughtful. Read the passage slowly. What resonates with you? Focus on that phrase. Identify with the emotions of the passage. Rewrite the passage in your own words brining it into your context (adding the name of the person or university you are praying for, for example). Be willing to be obedient to the passage after prayer.
Writing Prayer: Writing prayer may be done together or prepared before hand. As a group you compose prayers to read together in prayer. This is similar to journaling. Intercession: Intercession is where we are interceding for another before God in prayer. Intercession is where we allow God to envision what his rule and reign would look like in a situation and we agree strongly with him. Pleading for healing, wholeness, provision for deliverance, endurance, and satisfaction can all happen.
Intercession: Intercession is where we are interceding for another before God in prayer. Intercession is where we allow God to envision what his rule and reign would look like in a situation and we agree strongly with him. Pleading for healing, wholeness, provision for deliverance, endurance, and satisfaction can all happen.
Healing Prayer: Praying for wholeness physically, emotionally or spiritually, this prayer must involve listening, scripture and faith. Like intercession, we pray believing for the rule and reign of Christ in a particular situation that has been marred by the fall. Listening to gain insight from the Holy Spirit as to how he wishes to bring Christ’s reign and the Father’s glory and key elements for this prayer.
2+: Praying in this way involves praying regularly, fervently, and specifically for the salvation of two non-Christian people that God has brought into our lives on campus. We not only pray and agree with God that he should bring our non-Christian friends into a relationship with himself, but we are praying and asking God to use us in this process.
Buzz Prayer: All participants pray out loud at the same time. This type of simultaneous prayer time will feel more comfortable to those with a Charismatic or Pentecostal background than to those from a more traditional church setting. Begin the instructions By asking how many have prayed this way before. Explain that this is actually a good cross-cultural experience. Many in the United States don’t pray this way in church very often. But in the Church around the world, this type of group praying is quite common, no matter what the denominational background may be.
Prayer walks: Walking while praying and using what you see and where you go as inspiration for your prayers. Example: walk to a dorm, a classroom building, and an administration building. Pray for each of those places, and let them symbolize all the dorms, all the classes and professors, and all the administration as you pray for them.
Also pray for people as you pass them (quietly) and use posters or flyers to lead to prayer requests. It is okay to pray with your eyes open (and very advisable when prayer walking).
Prayer watch (24), vigil, or chain: This is an extended prayer meeting that lasts all night (some have called it an all-nighter for God). You may do this all together, or you may take shifts in smaller groups or pairs. Some chapters have people sign up for a time to pray (an hour or half hour) that will last all during a special time of outreach.
Concert of Prayer: A concert of prayer is an extended prayer meeting, usually two to three hours in length. Concert here mean, “Together” and not a musical concert, though music is sometimes part of a concert of prayer. See article on concerts of prayer and sample concerts of prayer.