A lot of times, in corporate prayer meetings we have a lot of directed praying (a list of specific things, people, or topics that we allot specific times to pray about). It is a very practical, helpful and powerful way of doing things. However, that is not the only way of doing things. I believe there is an important alternative we need to learn – I call it the UNdirected prayer meeting. Let me teach it to you!
Just remember this: Double A, Double B, Double C, D!
Instead of beginning with a list – UNdirected prayer meetings create the list as people pray. I’ve seen it happen where we spend our entire prayer meeting on just one topic, or one group of people, or one pertinent issue – and that’s it. Other times our prayer conversation turns in many directions throughout the meeting.
I find a wonderful, fluid fervency in an UNdirected prayer meeting.
The KEY is that it is UNdirected by the Holy Spirit!
I’ve found that the UNdirected prayer meeting is especially effective when those who pray do these four things:
Double A – Agree Attentively
This has radically changed our prayer meetings. I share with everyone how important it is to really listen to what is being prayed – and allow the Holy Spirit to direct OUR thoughts through what is being prayed by ANOTHER. It is amazing to see the Holy Spirit direct and re-direct the group in prayer.
Another thing I encourage people to do is agree out loud – Audibly (1 Corinthians 14:15-16). Personally, I have discovered that when I agree verbally, it helps me to stay focused on what that person is praying. Sometimes someone’s ‘style’ of praying, or even what they are praying, can be a distraction – but when I agree out loud, it brings my heart into alignment with their sincerity. I find that this immediately quenches the fiery darts of the wicked one (Ephesians 6:16).
Double B – Believe Boldly
When people pray, I ask them to do so by consciously and intentionally, believing that…”Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 7:7). Jesus also said to ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking, knock and keep knocking! (Matthew 21:22). We are exhorted to ”come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16).
When we pray, God is pleased!
Double C – Communicate Clearly
Pray so others can hear. If I am leading and think people are having a hard time hearing, I may repeat a synopsis of what was prayed – or even stop and ask a question to help clarify things. There are times when this is very appropriate, and necessary. Also, I exhort those praying to be concisely with their prayers so as not to wear people out. Most of the prayers in the Bible can be read in less than a minute.
D – Do It
There is only ONE WAY to learn to pray – by praying!
“If you ask anything in My name, I will DO IT.” (John 14:14)
“…men always ought to pray and not lose heart…” (Luke 18:1)
“When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14–16)