The Role of Prayer in Ministry – Intro

If the Lord doesn’t return before then, I’ll take some time to talk about prayer’s role in ministry beginning next week (April 16th and following).

Don’t look for something new every day like we did with Peter – sometimes it’s nice if the rain comes slower. It soaks in better. We can talk about things more. And I really do welcome your input and discussion – you all are wonderful about being considerate. Thank you.

I wish there were a way to leave the book open, a pen next to it, and invite you to write your thoughts at the top of blank pages for us to scribble on as the discussion unfolds.  That not being feasible, I invite you to comment.   And I’ll take the liberty to copy and paste from comments up to the body of the post, leaving your comment intact so others can find you.

Here are some of the aspects or facets of prayer & ministry we’ll consider, please feel free to add to the list with your comments.

  • It’s easy to assume that turning to the Lord in prayer before, during and after ministry work would be a given, but I’ve found that, sadly, one cannot assume anything. (Ann) 
  • The role of prayer in preparation,   ie.  conceptualizing, study and planning.
  • The role of prayer in rehearsal (thinking specifically about arts and worship ministry).
  • The role of prayer in the worship service:  *Heart attitude, *Public prayer, *Pastoral prayer, *Some songs are prayers, *Related to preaching (Spurgeon’s boiler room, for example)
  • …my husband and I were just talking about the need for prayer in preparation for sermon delivery by pastors. We’d love to hear what your thoughts are on it!  (Julie) 
  • What happens  within us when we pray?
  • I have tried for the last few years to make prayer more than something I do before meals and in my devotional time … I want prayer to be something I do every minute of the day. . . the dialogue goes on and on.  (Jonell)
  • Perfunctory Prayer:  How do we keep prayer from becoming this little obligation we attend to so we can be sure God’s going to keep the follow-spot of His favor on us? (My bias is showing, isn’t it?  Tough.)  😀
  • “Wanna go for a push?”   (sometimes the title comes first, ya’ know? More later)

 


4 Replies to “The Role of Prayer in Ministry – Intro”

  1. Julie

    Hi Phil! …and yes, my husband and I were just talking about the need for prayer in preparation for sermon delivery by pastors. We’d love to hear what your thoughts are on it! And…by the way, I enjoyed the Peter series very much! God Bless, Julie

  2. annkroeker

    Phil, this is a great teaser to build some anticipation–also an encouragement to continue existing discussions.

    It’s easy to assume that turning to the Lord in prayer before, during and after ministry work would be a given, but I’ve found that, sadly, one cannot assume anything. It’s great that you’re going to get it out there for people to discuss.

  3. Phil

    Julie – great aspect to consider. I’ve added it to the list. I know I can count on the two of you for some good thoughts and perspectives as we go. Preaching is worship too, we’ll be sure we go there in our discussions.

    Ann – You’re exactly right. By looking at it again I hope, in part, to help us remind ourselves of a few aspects of prayer – preserving it’s meaningful place in ministry. It’s pretty easy to slip into routine, assuming all is fine, and forget why we do the important things we do.

    Here’s a little smile while we wait:

    It was almost elven o’clock. The pastor and the deacon who would read the week’s announcements were standing in the hallway, waiting for the moment when they would take their places on the platform. The pastor looked at his watch and then at the deacon. “Brother Wilson, would you mind leading us in prayer before we begin?”

    “Sure” he said, and bowed his head. “Lord, — It’s an honor to meet with you again this mornin’. Let somethin’ happen today that ain’t in the bulletin. Amen.”

  4. Jonell

    Phil,

    I have tried for the last few years to make prayer more than something I do before meals and in my devotional time … I want prayer to be something I do every minute of the day. “Lord, help me with this project, help me as I drive, thanks God for the sunrise, thanks for my husband and help him to have a great day, help me to be what you want me to be, help others to see Christ in my life.” … and the dialogue goes on and on. The other night I almost dropped a dish that I was drying. I was pleased that the first words out of my mouth were, “Thank You, Lord!”

    Looking forward to the postings on prayer in ministry.

    Jonell

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