Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A No-Plan Prayer Meeting

A No-Plan Prayer Meeting

I just returned from a three-day prayer summit where the only agenda was to seek and praise God. Three experienced prayer leaders led the event—but they did no advance planning. Imagine that! A prayer meeting for 75 pastors and prayer leaders with no outlines, prayer lists, handouts, pre-picked Scriptures, themes, or music, nothing!

Recipe for chaos? It might sound that way, but really, that’s not at all what happened. When the leaders gave the planning over to God, He seemed more than eager to take charge. Which is exactly what He did. He picked the themes for each session. He picked the Scriptures. He picked the songs. Each segment of our three-day prayer summit was powerful, meaningful, worshipful, and consistent to a particular theme or characteristic of God. And participation was pretty incredible. People could hardly wait their turns to interject their prayers and praises.

How’d it work? At the beginning of our time together, we asked God to make us all worship leaders. Then we started each segment with a spontaneously chosen song or Scripture and let the Holy Spirit take over. If, for example, someone led out with “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” we would then take turns praising God for His various expressions of love toward us. If someone worshiped God from Psalm 13: “I will sing to the LORD for he has been good to me” (vs. 6) we might then share spontaneous prayers praising God for the specific ways He had shown goodness to us. Get the idea?

I led some adventurous friends in a one-hour prayer meeting using a similar “un-plan” yesterday and it went great. God set the theme. God selected the Scriptures. God showed us who to intercede for who especially needed the mercies He’d led us to praise him for. And we came away refreshed and encouraged in the Lord.

I wish you could have joined us either yesterday, or last week. But you can check out a book by Pray! author Daniel Henderson in which he describes this style of Spirit-led, worship-fed prayer. It’s called Fresh Encounters: Experiencing Transformation through United Worship-Based Prayer. Or if you’re interested in learning more about prayer summits in general, go to: http://www.prayersummits.net/. Once you’ve experienced prayer in which God is the prayer leader, you’ll never think of corporate prayer the same way again.

Cynthia Bezek

Cynthia Bezek



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