Let go of what happened during the day, and try not to think too much about plans for the rest of the week. If I can't get something off my mind, such as an important phone call I need to make, I jot myself a note to remind me to do it later.I think the last point is huge. Instead of praying and then forgetting about it, we can deepen our fellowship by following up on the need.
- If possible, make eye contact with the person requesting prayer.
- Write down the request. This helps me listen for details, and also gives me something to refer back to during the week.
- Ask clarifying questions when there is any confusion about the request. It's hard for me to know how to pray if I don't really understand what the need is.
- Commit to pray daily for the need for at least one week. This commitment has helped me to move away from my self-centered tendencies.
- Make a note in my organizer of any significant dates such as a major exam or surgery. I do my best to set aside time to pray specifically for the need during the exam, surgery, etc.
- Write down action I want to take outside of the group. The action can be anything from making a phone call, to writing a note, to visiting someone in the hospital.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Praying in Small Groups
Rebecca Livermore addresses a problem that is no doubt common when churches and home churches and small groups get together to pray, namely How to Pay Attention During Small Group Prayer. Here are her suggestions on how not to "zone out" when people share their prayer requests: