“Small group prayer times are too often hijacked by prayer requests.”
Prayer time is an essential time during any group meeting. Throughout Scripture, communal prayer is practiced and effective. But what we see in Scripture doesn’t always happen during small group gatherings. In Scripture groups of people are praying. They are not spending their time making a list of things to pray for or telling long stories behind the prayer requests. When your group gathers, if you’re going to utilize prayer times effectively—pray.
Rick Howerton is the Small Groups and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources. He has authored many small group studies, is a highly sought-after trainer and speaker, and is the author of Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual as well as A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic. He is also the co-author of Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making and Countdown: Launching and Leading Transformational Groups. But Rick’s deepest passion and his goal in life is to see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.”