WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Paul wrote in Colossians 1:9: “For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you.” Every group needs a prayer strategy that encourages members to contact one another and to share special prayer concerns.
WHAT DO I DO? Here are three ways:
- Develop a Prayer Strategy. Three possible strategies:
- A prayer chain. A member would contact the prayer coordinator. The prayer coordinator would contact the first person in the chain and then the second person would contact the next person, and so on.
- A prayer pyramid. A prayer pyramid is similar to a prayer chain. The prayer coordinator contacts the first two persons and they contact the two persons each, etc.
- A prayer circle. The prayer coordinator enlists and maintains contact with prayer captains, who in turn enlist and maintain contact with other group members. Be sure that all group members are assigned to a prayer group.
- Use a Prayer Concerns Sheet. Pass it around at each group meeting. List specific concerns such as prayer for spiritual concerns, physical healing, family and friends, persons who are grieving. Special needs and circumstances, unspoken prayer requests, other. Email the list to each member following class.
- Text. Many groups use text messages to remind people to pray and to send updates on prayer requests.
A verse to remember: 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”