The Prayer Guide
Praying in families
Praying with others
Prayers to pray
Books to read
Households offer a
fantastic opportunity to bring prayer into the localities in which we live. Whether a
house is a family praying, a group of Christians living together, the meeting place of a
church home-group, or simply Christian friends gathering together to pray for their
neighbourhood, this is a powerful way of bringing our communities and their needs before
schemes first started in India, where Mission India has planted 100,000 "witnessing
prayer cells" in the first ten years since the scheme started in 1985. The idea has
since spread to the UK, the USA and many other places, where the schemes have a variety of
names including Prayer Houses and Lighthouses.
|This is also a great way for
church leaders to take the prayer ministry of their churches out into the communities they
serve. It may be helpful to provide some guidance to "praying households"
on what you are aiming to achieve by the scheme, and what they should be praying for.
With just a few households joining the scheme, an area can effectively be covered
in prayer (see right). This kind of scheme can also a great opportunity for
churches within an area to collaborate, since that increases the number of Christians
living in a particular area, and will strengthen the scheme.
|Pointers for Prayer : Here
are some thoughts on what to pray for :
i. Pray for your immediate neighbours, seven households around where you are living. If
you don't know their names, then find out! Pray for them specifically, for any needs
that you are aware of, and if they are not Christians, then pray that they may want to
find out more about Jesus. If you don't know much about them and their needs, you
may like to have an open house where you can invite your neighbours in for coffee, or for
ii. Pray for the needs of your community : for schools, community life, those who are
working in the community. Each area has its own specific needs and issues, and
"praying households" allows focused prayer to be brought to bear on these
iii. Pray for the wider community : your town or city council, and the broader issues
within your area. Pray particularly for those with leadership roles in your community, and
for the church's ministry and working relationships with them. Relationships between
church and local government can take a while to develop, so this is a long term prayer
need. Again, you may need to do some research to inform your prayers.
iv. Finally pray for household, that you may continue to be a good witness in the
community, and for any specific needs amongst the pray-ers. Pray that you would have the
time and energy to help establish Christian community in your area.
v. As the scheme develops, pray for other praying households, especially those close to
you. You might like to meet with them occasionally to pray together and encourage each