If you're looking for a great way to spend an evening with your small group, try a half-night of prayer. This works best on a weekend evening, when it's most convenient for people to gather from 6 p.m. till midnight. The extended time allows your group to get into a deep spirit of prayer. Plan a variety of activities to keep the evening interesting. Here are some ideas to stimulate your creativity.
- Praise. To set the right tone for the evening—one of gratitude and expectation—begin by giving praise and thanks to God.
- Scripture Prayers. Say prayers aloud that incorporate favorite Bible passages. Or select several prayers contained in Scripture. Read them together, or have everyone reflect silently as someone else reads aloud.
- Sanctuary Prayer Blitz. Go into the church sanctuary. Move throughout the room, asking the Lord to bless people through what happens there. For example, stand in the pulpit and pray for your preacher and his sermons. Among the pews, pray for church members. Stand at the door and pray for greeters and visitors.
- Silent Confession. Allow people to go off alone to confess their sins to God. (You may want to provide some brief teaching on confession and guidelines for how to do this.) When you reconvene, be sure to communicate unconditional forgiveness through Christ.
- Drive-by Prayer. Pile into cars and drive around town. Pray for schools, nursing homes, Christian ministries, and churches you pass. (It's okay for the driver to keep his eyes open!)
- Jericho March around City Hall. Pray for government officials, pending legislation, and that Jesus' will would be done in your city.
- God's View. Go to the top of your town's tallest building and pray over your city. Pray for what you see in each direction.