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An Outline for Prayer Meetings

Last night, the young adults at my church had a prayer meeting. I’ve posted the outline below, based on the Disciple’s Prayer*, for anyone who comes across it to adapt and use. I decided to include some of the general items that we prayed for, by way of example.

It was a fantastic night, and God’s presence was felt as we sought His face together!

1. Begin by silently preparing your heart, and asking the Holy Spirit to pray through us tonight (facilitator will close). If desired, a worshipful song may be included here.

 2. Read the Disciple’s Prayer together

 Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified;

Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Amen**.

 3. Pray

 Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified;

Read: Psalm 105

           Pray: Take this time to praise and worship God for who He is and what He’s done.

Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.

            Read: Luke 13:18-21; 1 Cor. 4:20; Rom. 14:17

Pray: For national and international issues and leaders.

Among other things, we prayed about Bill 18, for the new Pope Francis, for the salvation of the Dalia Lama, and for Madagascar, which was experiencing a terrible plague of locusts (no joke!).

 

Give us today our daily bread.

            Read: Matt. 6:25-33; Phil. 4:19

Pray: For personal needs.

 

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

            Read: Matt. 6:14-15; 1 John 2:1-2; Psalm 139:23-24

Pray: A time of personal and corporate confession & forgiveness. Silence is an appropriate option for the personal confession time.

– Confess (by name) the ways our church has fallen short of being a Light to those inside and outside its community

– Confess the social injustices (by name) that we Christians have allowed to exist and thrive in our city

– Confess how we’ve made it more about church/Christianity/ourselves etc. instead of Jesus

– Repent for the way we’ve treated those outside the Kingdom- with anger, fear, & hate instead of love

 

And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

            Read: 1 Cor. 10:12-13; 2 Sam. 22:3-4; 2 Thess. 3:3; Eph. 6:10-18

Pray for:

Here we prayed predominantly for a renewing of God’s Spirit in our churches, and for revival to break out in Winnipeg, especially its young adults. We prayed for other Christian organizations and gatherings as well. We prayed against the darkness in our city.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

            Read: Psalm 146; Rev. 11:15; Rev. 21:5

Pray: Take this time to thank God for His answer to prayer, His sovereignty, and His other attributes

Amen.

*a.k.a. The Lord’s Prayer – props to Jamie Aprin-Ricci for the better moniker

** Matt. 6:9-13, The Recovery Version

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