Monday, June 19, 2006

Protocol for Inter-Denominational Prayer Gatherings

The following Code of Conduct is a non-offensive way to enable people from diverse backgrounds to pray together. Modify for your particular setting . . .

PrayerQuake

Spiritual Code of Conduct

One of the goals of PrayerQuake is to provide a venue for the greater bodyof Christ to come together in a setting that honors both Christ and one another. With this in mind, please note the following guidelines set forth forall participants:

The multicultural and religious traditions of each participant and speaker will greatly influence the spiritual atmosphere of PrayerQuake. For this reason, our foremost priority must be to focus on the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to walk in an attitude of love (1 Corinthians 13) and humility (Philippians 2:1-18). We must endeavor to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 2:1-6).

We desire that you feel a complete freedom to worship our Lord during PrayerQuake. Feel free to sit, stand, raise your hands, kneel or demonstrate any other biblical expression of worship. We ask that you be sensitive to the diversity of religious Christian traditions represented at PrayerQuake by avoiding drawing attention to yourself—keeping all activities both in word and deed on Scriptural foundations (1 Corinthians 14:40). If your natural style of worship is highly expressive, or if you normally practice a prayer language, please be considerate of those around you whose belief or practice may be different, so as not to distract or offend your brother. We intend for each style of worship or prayer to have equal acceptance, “with all things being done in decency and in order.” We are confident that all attending PrayerQuake will conduct themselves in a spirit of humility, regarding one another more important than themselves (Philippians

2:3,4). Our spirituality is not measured by our spiritual giftedness or our doctrinal understanding but in our LOVE expressed toward one another. In all things love is patient, kind, is always forgiving and forbearing (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

If at any time during the conference you believe the Holy Spirit has inspired you with “a word” (1 Corinthians 14:3) that may apply for the entire conference, please present it in writing with scriptural references (if possible) to one of the members of the Pastoral Host Team seated in the first or second row in front of the reserved seating. The Team will prayerfully consider the appropriateness and timing for any public presentation. “All this leads to peace and order of which God is the author.” (1 Corinthians 14:26-33). Ref: The Expositor’s Bible Commentary F. E. Gaebelein.

If you are praying in a small group or in the prayer room, be sensitive in the length of your prayers, allowing everyone the opportunity to pray. Keep your prayers vertical or Godward, refraining from horizontal prayers that counsel, teach or correct. Let us seek to focus upon the Lord Jesus Christ and to edify one another in love.



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