Experience Group Conversation Prayer

Experience Group Conversation Prayer

How to turn your group prayers into a real conversation with the Holy Spirit
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  • As you are led, thank God for whatever is brought to your mind and heart. Examples: "Thank you, Jesus, for saving me." "Thank you, Lord, for creating this beautiful world." Each person will most likely have several or even many short prayers of gratitude toward God.
  • As led, thank God for others in your life. Examples: "Father God, thank you for my friend who stood by me." "Thank you, Jesus, for my mom." "Thank you for the life and inspiration of Nelson Mandela." Again, there will be several responses from each with silence in between.

Step Three

  • Throughout this time there are spaces to listen to the Spirit for guidance. Listen and then pray for whatever request comes up. After someone introduces a request, the rest listen for how to add their prayers to it. Sometimes you might even pray a couple of times for a request. Sometimes you don't have any clarity. Then just hold the request before the Holy Spirit.
  • As you feel led, share the personal requests in your own life. Examples: "Lord, help me to stop obsessing about success." "Jesus, help me forgive the coworker who yelled at me." "Spirit, help me sense your presence in my life." Give space between requests to listen for how the Holy Spirit leads you to respond. It is like a threaded discussion.
  • When there are no more personal requests, move to praying for others' needs. Examples: "Lord, I am worried about my brother who's been drinking again." "Jesus, help my dad find work." "God, my friend at school is very depressed." Listen for responses to each request.
  • When the needs of others are finished, move to praying for broader concerns in the world. These are global concerns for which you probably don't have a direct connection. As priests to the world, we pray for the needs of the world. Examples: "Jesus, watch over the innocent children in Asia." "Spirit, help us to find a spirit of unity with people different from ourselves."

Step Four

  • The leader will say, "Thank you, God … " when five minutes remain. At that time, transition from the request prayers to again thanking God.
  • When the time is over, the leader prays something like, "Holy Spirit, thank you for hearing our prayers and interceding on our behalf."
  • Close with a blessing such as, "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all" (2 Corinthians 13:14).
  • Take time for group members to share about the experience. Are there any questions?

—MaryKate Morse. Taken from A Guidebook to Prayer by MaryKate Morse. Copyright 2013 by MaryKate Morse. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press.

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