Practical Steps to Leading a Successful Prayer Meeting

Leading a prayer meeting needn’t be an overwhelming or challenging proposition if you follow some simple practical steps in planning and preparation.


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Plan      }  well before the meeting.
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During the meeting:

AdobeIconAll prayer should start with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6); therefore commence the meeting with a time of worship, ensuring that an atmosphere of praise pervades the first part.

Remember:

  1. Prayer is agreeing with God’s will (1 John 5:14-15).    Immature faith tries to manipulate God.   Mature faith seeks to move under the banner of God’s will; so give time and opportunity to find out what God’s will is (James 1:5).
  2. Prayer, not debate or argument, is the proving ground of our faith (Acts 4:1-37) so give space for faith to rise positively.

Times of quietness can be very effective for this.

Consider:

  1. Confession
  2. Intercession
  3. Praying in the Spirit
  4. Prayer/fasting

Avoid:

  1. A shopping list of prayers,
  2. Prayers that really tell everyone else what you have been doing,
  3. Prayers that generally go around the world (verbally) but have no real meaning.

Be:

  • prepared for God to work
  • expectant of it
  • flexible when He does
  • available for it to happen

If the prayer meeting is to be successful the leader needs to realize that he/she, during the meeting, stands between God and the people and thus needs to recognize their responsibility.

Environment:

  • Aim for a room temperature of 65°F (18°C), well ventilated.