Praying as a group with other believers is a powerful experience for everyone involved. Something special happens when a group is focused on the Lord, praying intently for His will to be done.
Here is an example of a format you can follow as you lead women in prayer together for an extended period of time.
1. Talking (5-10 minutes). It’s important for group members to connect and focus. Initially, most prayer group members talk more than they pray.
2. Getting focused (5-10 minutes). The quality of prayer depends on whether members are connected with God and focused on His person, purposes, or ways. The following elements may help:
- Reading Scripture—Read aloud God’s promises in the Bible or relevant Scripture passages that address God’s current activity in your ministry.
- Praising God in song—Music can help us focus on God.
- Sharing testimony of answered prayer—Often the Holy Spirit will electrify the group through testimonies of God’s work and blessings.
- Conducting a heart evaluation—Sometimes we need to evaluate our hearts before we meet God. Read aloud Ephesians 4:20–5:7, then allow members time to reflect on their relationships with God.
3. Praising God and confession (10-15 minutes). Praise safeguards our hearts and reminds us to want God more than things we request. Express gratitude and adoration for who God is. Focusing on Him makes us aware of our shortcomings, leading to confession.
4. Petition and intercession (10-15 minutes). When we focus on God, we better understand His perspective and pray according to His will.
5. Responding to God after the prayer time (10-15 minutes). Since prayer involves listening, lead the group to process whether God spoke.
After praying together, use the following suggestions to help women process the experience:
- Talk about what the group sensed. Sometimes it’s abundantly clear as you pray what God wants. Other times you only discover God’s desires after thinking and meditating. Look for unity. If it is not evident, guide the group to continue watching and praying.
- Ask: How should we respond? Do we need to make changes? Determining change keeps your ministry in step with God. The goal of a love relationship is to learn why He’s speaking so we can obey and serve Him. Lead the group to practice action motivated from love.
- What do you do if the Holy Spirit laid a burden on someone’s heart? God lays a burden on someone’s heart so His people may become involved and respond to Him. For example, if a woman suddenly experiences a burden for a lost family, the Holy Spirit may be alerting her that He is working to bring them to Christ. The group may want to invite the family to dinner at a member’s house, look for ways to befriend their children, invite them to a marriage seminar, and so on. The goal is to look for ways to join God in the work He is already doing.