Here are a list of creative ideas for group prayer:
- Make prayer the first thing you do together instead of the last (or mix it up).
- Instead of asking people for their prayer requests, just go straight into prayer and see how the Holy Spirit leads.
- Occasionally pray through different topics, instead of only praying for each other.
- Incorporating this into the group prayer time isn’t intended to ignore the immediate needs in people’s lives, but it’s to help people look beyond their everyday circumstances.
- i.e. Current events, your city, your coworkers, your neighbors, non-believers, your church, local, national, and world leaders, specific countries, missionaries, the persecuted church, etc.
- Pray through scripture
- Read a Psalm, or another passage of scripture, discuss it, and then go into prayer.
- Split the group into a smaller sub group, and then pray for one another.
- Don’t always ask general questions like, “How can I pray for you?” Instead, ask specific questions like, “What do you sense God wanting to do through you in the coming weeks?” or “How has God been working in your life this week?”
- Instead of having one person praying at a time, have everyone pray aloud at the exact same time (“concert prayer”).
- You can pray through different topics, such as, your small group, your church, your pastors and staff, your family members, the lost, and yourselves.
- Sing your prayers together
- i.e. Sing a worship song together as a prayer to God.
- Word prayers
- Start with a sentence like, “God I thank you for…” or “God, please help me with…” and let everyone finish that prayer with their word.
Q. Do you have any other ideas? Have you tried these out? How did it turn out?