Directed Prayer

Thanks for being willing to lead the directed prayer for this week.  Here's some quick guidance to help you.

Directed Prayer

  • Scripture based. Stay within a single block of scripture (avoid jumping between different books/chapters). Read the scripture and then setup a prayer out of the content of the scripture.
  • Looking for 3 minutes in length (No more than 5 minutes total), with 3 or 4 different prayer times of 30-45 seconds each. (There will be a countdown timer of 30 seconds that will be projected on the back wall above the sound booth). This means your speaking portion needs to be very short.
  • You are leading the prayer, not doing the prayer.  In other words, tell the people an area or thought to pray about. Then give them time to pray on their own. (Example: "Pray now for people who..." instead of "Dear Jesus, please help people who..")
  • Make the areas fairly broad with a limited number of instructions so they can be led by the Spirit.
  • Instructions are 1 or 2 sentences each time. Too many instructions make it difficult for people to remember/know what to pray for.
    • Example "Thank God now for his provision and presence". 
    • Example not to follow "Thank God for the food you have. Thank God for your job and co-workers. Thank God that He is always with us, and around us, and aware of everything we need. Thank Jesus that he died on the cross for us, and continues to offer forgiveness." (Too much at once, and too many topics).
  • As a sample, I've included a recent example of the directed prayer at the end of this section from Isaiah 45
  • You can decide if you want to conclude with a prayer, although lately we often have had the leader just leave the stage after the pause for their last directed prayer. The reason for this is we want prayer to be seen as part of the worship, and not just a separate segment. If you do pray, keep it direct & brief and opening up to the rest of worship.
  • It is OK to read the scripture, but try not to read your prayer. Again - shorter/simpler will make it easier for you to naturally direct the prayer versus reading.
  • Tuesday night filming.  Be at the auditorium/lobby by 7pm and work with the tech team to do a sound check. Filming usually starts at 7:30ish.
  • Enter the building using the the east side auditorium door.
  • Check with the tech team to know the order of service and when your part will happen
  • If something does not go well and you want to re-record a section, say that aloud, and give a 3 second pause/silence before you restart so that it will be easier to edit & fix. (The benefit of pre-recording!)
  • Sunday morning - If we are doing a drive-in, I'll get you the logistics. Likely we will want you to arrive at least 1 hour prior for a quick microphone check. Order of service most likely will match the recorded order.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you again!


Recent Directed Prayer Example

[Enter stage center]

Prayer is an important part of our worship. This morning I'm going to lead you in a few directed prayers. Feel free to pray aloud, silently, sitting, standing or however allows you best to connect with God through prayer.

Isaiah 45:18
For the Lord is God,
    and he created the heavens and earth
    and put everything in place.
He made the world to be lived in,
    not to be a place of empty chaos.
“I am the Lord,” he says,
    “and there is no other.

In prayer, thank God today for his creation. Thank God now for being the one and only God.
[Pause 1]

Isaiah 45:19

God says - I publicly proclaim bold promises.
    I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner.
I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me
    if I could not be found.
I, the Lord, speak only what is true
    and declare only what is right.

Thank God now for his promises and his Word, the Bible, that allows us to know who he is and what is true. Thank God that you have sought and found him!

[Pause 2]

God continued in Isaiah 45:22-23 saying
Let all the world look to me for salvation!
    For I am God; there is no other.
23 I have sworn by my own name;
    I have spoken the truth,
    and I will never go back on my word:
Every knee will bend to me,
    and every tongue will declare allegiance to me.”

Pray now for our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to find and accept salvation through faith in Jesus Christ during our current age of grace. Ask God to reveal your part in his plan for their starting & growing their relationship with Jesus.
[Pause 3]

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