Group Prayer Suggestions

1.   It doesn't have to be a large group - Just one or more besides yourself. Jesus said "two or three" (Matt. 18:19 & 20).

2.   Make realistic, short term commitments - Make appointments from week to week or at the
most, for a month or two, but no longer. At the end of that time, you can decide to renew
or you can change your commitment without feeling that you "failed" or you are a "quitter",
circumstances change, ifs good to be flexible. Perhaps the Lord would have you gather with
other folks or at a different time.

3.  Have a predetermined time limit - Although, if possible, provision should be made for those
who can and wish to continue praying, thirty minutes or an hour of actual prayer time is
reasonable. Set a time for the ending as well as the beginning of each meeting. State that
you will meet from 7:00 to 7:30 or 8:00 to 9:00, etc. This will enable people to fit the
meeting into their schedules. Anyone should feel free to leave when the time is up, even if
others wish to linger in prayer.

4.   Make sure that your time is not "eaten up" by idle conversation - Also, be careful that your
sharing of prayer needs doesn't become a "gossip" session. Be succinct and discreet in
sharing prayer requests.

5.   Begin and end with a time of praise and thanks - This helps us focus on the Lord rather
than just the needs. Faith is essential to effective praying, and praise is the key to building
faith. (Philippians 4:6)

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