The Transforming Power of Prayer
To pray for someone is good, to pray with someone is a blessing, to teach someone to pray is a greater blessing.
Praying together with people from mixed Christian backgrounds and with people with a variety of levels of vulnerability and needs is quite a challenge.
Christians who come to help and looking for help, range from the Super Charismatic to the High Traditional to the Mystic and Monastic, to those strong in faith and those with none or very little
People in the groups can vary from being very vulnerable, fearful or desperate and therefore ready to trust anything we do or say.
This is quite a privilege and a responsibility for us all.
So how do we suggest we pray in the groups without offending each others traditions and freedoms; and how do we safeguard and still bless those entrusted to our care wanting help and prayer.
I see a picture of Jesus kneeling,
hands flat together,
pointing upwards to God the Father.
Kneeling denotes our humbling of ourselves and demonstrates our willingness to make ourselves vulnerable.
Hands together signals we have stopped trying to 'fix' ourselves, we have come to the end of ourselves, we recognize
Hands pointing upwards is our looking to God, giving over to Him our needs, trusting Him to answer however He pleases.
So how do we pray?
- Bring the need or the person to Jesus
- Tell Jesus the need
- Give Him Permission to do whatever He wants
- Let it go and Trust Him
- Look and see what happens next.
- Thank Him when we recognize answers to prayer
Prayer is not us telling Jesus what to do and getting that right, but about opening the door of our heart and lives and letting Jesus do what he wants, to bless and transform us.
General Prayers in Group Time
We ask Jesus to help us know how to pray appropriately.
We invite the Holy Spirit to come and trust that he will, in Jesus Name.
Shouting, casting out, binding or rebuking Satan has no place in our praying in public groups.
Openness, gentleness, love, sensitivity and respect for the person and to the Holy Spirit are the primary qualities to model in prayer
We give time and take our time, praying slow unhurried prayers. That might mean praying for ten minutes and if we see God doing something we might pray for even longer.
We encourage each other to expect Jesus to come to us in some way. This is very effective and empowering and safe.
Jesus is wonderful
never gets it wrong.
The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not be in want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside quiet waters
He restores my soul
He guides me in paths of righteousness,
for His names sake.