The How To's of Prayer Ministry
Organize a monthly prayer meeting in the local church as well as prayer
room activities. Many ethnic gatherings may be meeting at the same church
location. Each can contribute understanding to what an on campus prayer
ministry will look like. We also recommend that prospective leaders be
allowed to gather with other prayer leaders from other congregations so
as to lend understanding to the realities of a local prayer ministry.
In rural areas prayer ministries from several towns may occasionally come
together for instruction and networking ideas. In large cities prayer
ministries may choose to meet representing geographic regions and/or cultural
or ethnic segments. A prayer agenda is simple, to pray in earnest for
their perspective city, its leaders, and its churches, asking for renewal
and healing, the salvation of individuals and the transformation of the
moral and spiritual climate of the church and city. The meeting should
not become bogged down in lengthy sharing of personal requests or socializing,
but have a targeted agenda for concerted prayer and teaching. When time
allows special planning and networking can be included to further the
effectiveness of developing a city-wide movement as it is ultimately impossible
to separate prayer from action (this point is well made by James 2:26
'faith not acted upon is dead faith'.
Remember small beginnings are the norm. Many of the greatest movements in the history of the church began in humble circumstances with only a handful of people. Never let numbers of people discourage you.
Be tenacious in emphasizing the importance of corporate prayer. Great power is released when we communicate an agenda truly from the heart of God. His anointing is there to further empower you and touch the hearts of people. So never give up.
Guard against the tendency to turn prayer meetings even prayer room ministry into eating and social times. Make sure that the majority of time is spent in prayer.
Have a written statement describing the purpose of the prayer ministry
time, a prayer list of targeted requests with scripture references will
keep the prayer in focus.