Praying for each other.

It was my privilege at church today to lead the ‘Guest Service’ that we have once a month. Seeing as we didn’t really have any guests and many of church were away (though we had about 60 in the congregation which is pretty good for us) I thought we’d be a bit more experimental and do the daring thing of praying for each other…. actively.

People can pray passively… I don’t mean this in a negative way (and to be honest, it isn’t passive prayer either) but praying for someone without them knowing. In your own week, in your own prayer time. But today we actively prayed.

I thought I’d share two activities that we did to encourage churches to pray for each other.

  1. The first activity involved giving each person a piece of paper to write a prayer request on. They were allowed to remain anonymous but could put their name on it if they wanted. The idea then was that they scrunched the paper into a ball and on the count of 3 we chucked the prayers around the room – a sign that our prayers meant something. After a while, I said STOP! and everyone unravelled the paper and read the prayer request. If it was anonymous, they would stay where they were and would pray. If it had a name on it then they would go over to that person and pray for them (with a little help from me if people didn’t know names!) This was a great success and people got to keep a prayer request to pray for over the week.
  2. The second activity came during our prayer ministry time at church where I called for certain ‘people groups’ to come and receive prayer. You have to be careful in this one not to be stereotypical or prejudice! However, I felt God reminding me of the other side of the “Lost Generation” (those under 30). So I asked for all the 30-and-overs to come to the front and everyone under 30 went round praying for them. Amazing. It worked and God really blessed that moment.

 

Praying for each other is important. Church is a family and families need to support one another.

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and HΓ’f. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about