Collective Conversational Prayer
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matt 18:19,20
“Beloved brethren, let us pray. We cannot all argue, but we can all pray; we cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer. I would sooner see you eloquent with God than with men. Prayer links us with the Eternal, the Omnipotent, the Infinite, and hence it is our chief resort. . . Be sure that you are with God, and then you may be sure that God is with you.” Charles Spurgeon
Short Prayers - One Item
In Collective Conversational Prayer the time praying is (1) divided into four or more general topics (2) where participants briefly pray one or more times on that topic, and then (3) begin praying about the next topic when signaled by the prayer leader, (4) who transitions the group to the next topic with a transitional prayer such as "Lord, now we want to begin confessing.”
When praying, participants...
- Follow the leader's direction and pray on the same general topic—for example thanksgiving.
- Pray short prayers—usually a sentence or two.
- Limit their prayers to one item on the topic at a time—"Lord, thank you for helping me find a job…" and then let another person pray.
- May pray more than one time, but only after allowing other people to pray.
Four Progressive Subject Areas:
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication
Four Topic areas are covered:
- Adoration—coming into God’s presence;
- Confession and acknowledging one’s need of God—of course appropriately;
- Thanksgiving for the good things God has been doing in our lives and in the lives of others—recall, remembering what God has done strongly encourages further praying;
- Supplication (making specific requests) sometimes breaking this section up further, to allow time for praying for our pastors and other spiritual leaders in the church, the families in the church and the children, those serving God in the mission field, etc., and praying about specific personal requests.
A Resource: This downloadable pdf provides helpful information on collective conversational praying. You may find helpful to print copies off to share with others at your midweek prayer service.
Encourage Participants to Remain Seated! Because these prayers can go on a long time it is good to invite participants to remain seated, particularly older participants.