Over the years of working with house/simple churches one of the most meaningful parts of our times together are the prayer times. We train church planters to practice several different ways of praying. One of these ways is conversational prayer.
Recently John White sent the following from Gail Graves (firstname.lastname@example.org) on conversational prayer:
"...it is my belief that intimacy through conversational prayer is an area that virtually all simple churches need to consider. The molding of hearts together in Christ is tremendously facilitated as people learn to pray this way together. The results are astounding..."
Acknowledge God’s presence in the group. Praise and adoration is always good to help focus the group on communicating with the Lord.
Pray short prayers of one, two or three sentences.
Pray about one subject, idea or person at a time until everyone has shared as much and as often as prompted by the Spirit.
Be reluctant to change the subject as you would in any conversation until everyone is finished with it.
Times of silence can give the timid and the thoughtful time to contribute.
The more the conversation with God is passed around the group the deeper the intimacy grows. In time a small group becomes totally unified and purely transparent.
Watch God’s love flow freely, lives transform and answers to prayer abound.