By Barbara Brown

Prayer Guide for Large Group Meeting

I am often invited to take 30-50 minutes to lead an all chapter prayer meeting. In order to keep students engaged, I have found it helpful to introduce a variety of forms of prayer during the session. I also use different groupings of students in the room. Movement keeps us from falling asleep and people enjoy praying with different individuals. Here is my outline for a typical session:

1. Giving Thanks

Begin the time by reading this verse or the whole psalm: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise!  Psalm 100:4

In groups of 3 or 4 complete the sentence, I thank God for…  Take turns sharing and do several rounds of "thanks" sentences.

2.  A Clean Heart.

Regather the large group together and with palms opened facing down, release to the Lord any cares and un-confessed sins that the Holy Spirit convicts you of.  You may want to silently meditate on this sentence.  “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.”

3.  Praising God.

Do a Scripture praise concert.  We read aloud a potion of praise Scriptures. I often write on a white board suggestions of Bible praise verses that people can turn to if they don't have ideas of their own. We read from different Scriptures.  We read at speaking voice or louder.  We begin together.  We let the orchestrator, the Holy Sprit, end our reading.  It does not matter the length of your Scripture portion.  Read as long as the volume of reading is high.  The indication to end will be the decrease in volume.  If you have read through your section and the volume is still high, read through your verses again.  If the volume decreases before your section finishes, just stop reading.  Sometimes the Spirit leads a person to continue reading when all others have become silent. Sit in God’s presence in silence for a few minutes.

4.  Put on full armor. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

With a partner, pray a sentence or two about each piece of spiritual armor.

Girdle (belt) of truth

Breastplate of righteousness R0 G59 B110

The Gospel of peace

Shield of faith

Helmet of salvation .

Word of God (sword of the Spirit)

5.  Direction for intercession.

Silently meditate on the sentence, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done.”   After a few minutes form into small groups and pray for the day.

6.  Finish

     Designate one person from each small group pray aloud in the large group---a parting blessing prayer.   

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