Bringing Back the Prayer Meeting

I was reading Eden2Zion’s blog post today – Bring Back the Prayer Meeting.  I love this article.  It was poignant when he commented:

 If you list what gatherings Christians typically attend today in order of consistency and frequency it might go something like –

1. weekly worship service
2. small group
3. ministry team or committee meeting
4. second teaching meeting (sunday night sermon etc.)
5. prayer meeting

When I read the New Testament regarding the frequency of gatherings it seems to go something like this –

1. the prayer meeting
2. discipleship training
3. body gathering
4. the lord’s supper (love feast)
5. city worship

Interesting, huh? 

Now I REMEMBER prayer meetings, when I was growing up.  Out of the 40 to 60 people who attended the Sunday service, how many would go to the Wednesday night prayer meeting?  If you saw five people you saw a lot.  Yet, based on the premise of this post, prayer was the fulcrum that drove the Early Church!  Prayer seemed to be first on their agenda, based on the list in the post of how many times they prayed together – specifically spontaneously!  

The “prayer meeting”  brings to mind for me old women who sit and gossip about the church business and chat and then give a token prayer at the end,  not the powerhouse of the church where the Body sought the Lord’s direction before moving.  What I see as my goal for a prayer meeting is written quite clearly in Acts 13:2

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

To me, the ‘prayer meeting’ is where the church seeks the Lord for his direction and then the church goes towards God’s will.  Rather than coming to a prayer meeting with all these different prayer requests, maybe we need to come with a pen and a blank sheet of paper and ask God to speak.  Maybe then the church will start to become relevant to the community.  Maybe then  we will see God reach those who he longs for….

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2 Responses

  1. Prayer is a powerful thing. What an incredible understatement. Prayer is what fuels the believer. Sadly, we run on empty much of the time. Yet, God is patient and loves it when we do spend the time with Him, He desires. Thank you Jesus for being there for us. I pray we will be there for You.

  2. I agree… prayer fuels the believer, prayer fuels the church. Without prayer, we stumble around not knowing what we are to do, or deciding that we have the perfect plan to have it fall flat in our faces.

    That being said, we usually treat prayer as a shopping list, not reporting to our commanding officer for instructions….

    We still have a lot to learn.

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