Batting 1.000% in Worship
(2nd in a Series)

In making sure prayer is a priority in our corporate (public) worship, we need to plan our prayers. Some people have an aversion to overly formal worship—but remember spontaneous doesn’t always mean Spirit-led. We don’t want our Pastor to only preach spontaneous sermons. We don’t want our Minister of Music, choir, or praise team to only sing spontaneous songs. We should depend on the Holy Spirit’s leadership in planning all the elements in our worship— including public prayers. How can public prayers be planned?

Determine the “when, why, and who” of most public prayers at the same time the rest of the service is planned. Usually, services give some thought to the when of prayers. The “why” and the “who” of prayers are just as important. Public prayers have a purpose—determine the purpose of each prayer as you plan it. The purpose of an offertory prayer is distinct from the purpose of a prayer of confession or a pastoral (intercessory) prayer. Then decide who can best lead this prayer, enlist them, and let them know the purpose of their prayer as soon as possible. When the person who leads in prayer knows when and why he/she is to pray they can be ready. This means they will give consideration to the content of their prayer. Praying aloud, on behalf of the church, is different than praying in our closet.

More on how plan Spirit-led and Spirit-filled public prayer next time.