The How To's of Prayer Ministry


6.1 Some suggestions for Altar Ministry

Preparation.

1. Forgiveness should be the first order of preparation before ministry. It is important that an intercessor live a life free of offence. We need not be the reason why others are unable to receive.


2. All altar prayer ministry participants should spend time in prayer prior to the scheduled service. It is also recommended that prayer be lifted up on behalf of the one giving the message and that you have knowledge of the direction of the message.


3. Be sensitive to the message
The message will set the mood for the first invitation for special prayer. The works of God always follow in response to the message of the word of God. There are those who will be in need for other types of prayer. The first invitation should be in response to a commitment to the message.


4. Other invitations may include salvation, healing, commitment, dedications, a drawing close to God, to name a few.


5. Some host speakers will be accompanied by a ministry team. Protocols may differ at this time. It is the responsibility of your team leader to check with the senior pastor or senior staff member in attendance what the procedures will be prior to the beginning of service.


6. There should be one team leader for every 6 prayer teams. The team leader should be available to over see any special needs that may arise during the altar prayer ministry such as deliverance or other.


7. One will be assigned to direct ministry if problems arise during non ministry times. Others should be instructed to continue to pray quietly in the service.

The Be Careful Checklist.

1. Keep a strong breath freshener with you at all times. Use the freshener prior to altar ministry and before personal ministry. Don’t allow one’s breath to so distract as to create a situation that the Holy Spirit is unable to use you.


2. Be mindful with your actions and attitude. Don’t let your ministry be drowned under the shock of your actions.


3. Avoid “extremes” Do not create a wall by unfamiliarity. One common abuse is to begin the conversation before asking any questions with, “the Lord shows me this about you.” or “the Lord shows me you have been doing this.” You may have already shut the door to their trust and missed their need. Understand one does not always have to say thus says the Lord. “you can say it and the Spirit of God can put an anointing on it”.


4. When ministering to others be mindful of pointed condemning, judgmental or offensive remarks. Refrain from words, like “you”, use the word “ we” or “ us”. instead. When you find yourself in a difficult discussion, the word “you” may cause your words to be perceived negatively. We or us takes the edge off and still allows the Holy Spirit to do His work through you.


5. Appropriate touch is to the forehead, hands, shoulder or upper back. Those catching should keep hands 6 to 12 inches from the prayer recipient. When the need arises to pray for healing in other appropriate areas of the body, touch should be by those of whom the prayer recipient is familiar, a family member or friend of the same gender. Your hand can then make contact at their hand at the wrist.


6. Keep your prayer time within the scriptural perimeters of edification exhortation or comfort.


7. Remember, they have come to meet God.
Your words are important. they are to establish, impart grace to the heares, blessing and life. You have not been set as a judge or to judge.