A ministry that is seeking to align itself with the Acts 2 Church, needs to be a ministry that prays. Together, corporately. Individually, independently.
- We set the standard for prayer being important in the daily life of the individual believer, and also over the body as a whole.
- We model the behavior we want repeated, when we as the leaders pray… we encourage others to pray.
- We teach how to pray. It shouldn’t be assumed that everyone instinctually knows or at least feels confident in it.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were praying in a group, and you listened to someone fumbling through a prayer when put on the spot? Did you ever ask for a volunteer to pray only to hear awkward silence?
The Scriptures talk a lot about the importance and value of prayer. How often we should do it, why we do it, who should do it, etc. In Luke 11, Jesus was praying and when he finished one of his disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. Surely this wasn’t the first time they heard Jesus pray, modeling wasn’t enough. They needed to be taught how to pray.
We should never assume that just because a person has gone to church all of their life, that they understand how to pray (or why it’s good practice).
Another assumption that should be avoided is that because someone doesn’t pray well out loud in public doesn’t have a solid personal prayer life. She may be shy.
- Use some of your women who are gifted in prayer to set up a prayer team. A prayer team stands in the gap for those who need someone to pray for them. This is a great way to incorporate your introverted women into serving the body through intercessory prayer.
- Invite the more extroverted praying women to lead the prayer at your women’s events, let them model their prayer gift for others.
- If a prayer warrior is also a gifted speaker, How To Pray is a great topic for a women’s event or part of a larger retreat breakout session.
- Build confidence in praying by never putting people on the spot to lead/close prayer. As them in advance, if they seem hesitant offer to take a few moments to guide them, and give them an opportunity to opt out if they are not ready. Make a note to follow up with her later about coaching her on praying.
- Host Small Groups/Bible Studies that explain the value of prayer, cover the Scriptures about praying, and that teach women how to pray on their own and corporately. Make this something you offer regularly or as part of your discipleship program.