Facilitate Meaningful Group Prayer

Facilitate Meaningful Group Prayer

Great tips from an experienced small-group leader
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What to Pray for Others: Colossians 1:9-14

Intercessory prayer can be defined as asking God to act on behalf of someone else. Sometimes we don't know how to pray for our friends and family (or even those who have hurt us), yet we know we should pray for them. In Colossians 1:9-14 Paul gave us a pattern to follow when we pray for others. Read this passage and try using it as a pattern the next time you pray. Watch how God answers.

Pray that …

  1. they will understand God's will;
  2. they gain spiritual wisdom;
  3. they live a life pleasing and honoring to God;
  4. they do kind things for others;
  5. they know God better and better;
  6. they are filled with God's strength;
  7. they endure in patience;
  8. they stay full in Christ's joy;
  9. they are always thankful;
  10. they recall God's forgiveness of their sins.

Biblical Examples and Styles of Prayer

The Lord's Prayer, which serves as a basic model for us (because it includes several kinds of petitions), and some prayers from Scripture give a wealth of methods, or styles, for moving your group to deeper levels of praying.

Opening "Hear our prayer" Nehemiah 1:11; Psalm 5:1-3
Adoration "Hallowed be your name" Deuteronomy 10:21; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalm 34:8-9
Affirmation "Your will be done" Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 26:3; Romans 8:38-39
Group Needs "Give us this day" Psalm 7:1; Nehemiah 1:11; Matthew 7:7-8
Confession "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" Psalm 51; Matthew 18:21-35; 1 John 1:9
Renewal (protection) "Lead us not into temptation" 1 Corinthians 10:13
Thanksgiving "Give thanks to the Lord" 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 75:1; Revelation 11:17
Blessing "The Lord bless you and keep you" Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 1:1
Commissioning "Go therefore and make disciples" Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8
Healing "The prayer of faith will make you well" James 5:13-16; Psalm 6:2; Psalm 41:4
Warfare "Get behind me, Satan" Matthew 4:10; Matthew 16:23
Closing "May the grace of the Lord" 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 3:20-21

—Bill Donahue. This article is excerpted from Leading Life-Changing Small Groups; used with permission from Zondervan. All Rights Reserved.

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