Batting 1.000% in Worship
(3rd in a Series)
In my last blog post, I promised more on how to plan a Spirit-led and Spirit-filled public prayer. Today, I will address the “four pillars” of public prayer. All the prayers in a service, and most importantly actual “Prayer Meetings”.
Four Pillars of a Public Prayer:
First, never forget a prayer is addressed to God. The public intercessor is petitioning the Father on behalf of all His children. It is good to consider which titles or names for God are most appropriate for this prayer. Your first few words or phrases should do this.
Second, others will and should hear your prayer. You are praying to God and the prayer is primarily for His ears—but not solely for His ears. A public prayer should be loud enough and clear enough for all to hear and understand. You are speaking on behalf of the entire congregation—they need to hear what you say. They want to be able to agree with you in prayer. To agree they must know what you are saying to God.
Third, use the vocabulary of Scripture and sacred lyrics (the words from hymn and spiritual songs) in your prayer. Pray using the words of Scripture and songs of the church— this will allow many to join with you word for word in their hearts as you pray aloud. It will teach those new in their faith how to express things they didn’t know how to put in words. It shows God, when we use the words of Scripture in context, we have heard and understood what He has commanded or promised us.
Finally, keep the content of your prayer focused on the purpose of your prayer. The church has asked you to speak to God on their behalf about a specific something. Don’t use that platform to change the subject to a personal agenda.
You will want to set these pillars firmly for your prayer. Many people find that outlining and rehearsing their prayer is of great benefit.