Add Momentum to Your eGroup Prayer Time
Prayer is essential to our relationship with God and can provide a great source of connection between your eGroup members. When you create the right atmosphere and prioritize prayer, your prayer time can be the thing that drives the success of your eGroup. As a leader, it’s your role each week to set the tone and energy around this special time with your eGroup.
Here are a few different ways you can set the right atmosphere for your eGroup prayer time:
Make It Consistent but Add Variety
Do not fall into the trap of hosting your eGroup prayer time each week in the same manner, at the same time, and with the same activity. Adding variety to your prayer time will keep it from becoming stale and non-engaging.
Mix it up with these quick ideas:
- Have your members write down their requests and trade their requests with a person in the group.
- Break into smaller groups of people and have everyone share their requests and pray for each other.
- Ask people to specifically pray for the person on their left or right.
- Pray scripture over each person in the eGroup.
- Start your eGroup by praying for one another and your group time.
When you follow-up with an eGroup member about a prayer request they have shared, they are more likely to share updates to their prayer request or share the next time something comes up. Send a text or make a quick phone call to check on the person and their situation; it will go a long way towards building relationships, community, and momentum during your prayer time.
Keep the Prayer at the Right Level
Set the expectation for the right tone for prayer requests. Try to avoid prayer requests that are too shallow (Pray for my cousin’s cat who ran away.), too dominated by one person or one family (The guy who has six requests each week.), or not close enough to the eGroup member to allow for celebration or follow-up (Pray for my old roommates cousin who lives across the country … he broke his toe). When your prayer requests are at the right level, you will avoid these pitfalls and see your eGroup members more engaged.
Recognize the Moment
As your group shares, pay attention to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. When a heavy or serious prayer request is shared, don’t embarrass the person by putting them on the spot, but do give it the right attention. Consider having the group place their hands on the shoulder of the person who shared and lead a prayer dedicated to the request, or set up a support system for the request. When someone has the courage to share a major request, recognize the moment. (And follow up.)