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Making Your Small Group Work Tip 11

Making Your Small Group Work Tip 11

Tip 11: Prayer

Use creativity and different techniques when you pray as a group in order to expand people’s understanding of what prayer can be and to deepen the connection with God and each other.

Biblical references:
• Jeremiah 29:12—“Call upon me . . . and I will listen”
• Matthew 6:9—“This, then, is how you should pray”

Other relevant verses:
• Luke 11:2–13
• Romans 12:2
• Colossians 4:2

Examples of kinds of prayer:
• Prayers of blessing
• Expression of sadness or frustration (lament)
• Praise
• Affirmation
• Silence
• Dedication
• Commissioning

Examples of methods of prayer:
• Small sub-groups
• Praying Scripture
• Praying through a psalm
• Prayer partners
• Quiet listening prayer
• Written prayers read out loud

Pay attention to language: avoid trite repetition or filler words (i.e., avoid “just”)

Share Your Thoughts

Has your group struggled in this area? Share your stories and tips with fellow small group leaders in the comments section below.