Prayer together remains a vital means of God’s ongoing grace in the Christian life and for our communities.
In Habits of Grace Mathis gives 5 principles when praying with others I found helpful and wanted to pass on.
- Make it regular. Let pray become a regular part of the landscape of your life with family and friends.
- Start with Scripture. “We inhale the Scriptures and exhale in prayer” (111).
- Limit share time. Many Christians are familiar with “sharing time” that can eat into the actual time of prayer.
- Encourage brevity and focus. “Encourage short, focused prayers and perhaps even include an explicit seasons of one-sentence praises or thanks which can encourage more people to participate” (111).
- Pray without show, but with others in mind. Praying with others isn’t about impressing others but for “gathering others up with us in our praises, confessions, thanksgivings, and requests” (112).