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Illinois Baptist Prayer Ministries

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Six Minutes • Six Persons • Six Months

Developing a Prayer Culture in Sunday School Classes

In many congregations, the place to begin implementing a prayer culture is in the Sunday School classes. While most pastors and congregational leaders implore members to come to the place of prayer (weeknight prayer meetings, for example), those leaders must balance that message by taking prayer to the places their members already attend. Implementing prayer (both one-another praying for Christians in their group and outward focused prayer for the least and the lost in their neighborhoods) immediately provides comprehensive coverage; all age-levels and both genders.

Try this ~ Six Minutes, Six People, Six Months:

* Six minutes represents a tithe of the typical 60 minutes devoted to a weekly Sunday School class
* Six people indicates the objective that more than one person leads an prayer; group participation is the goal
* Six months is lengthy enough to develop a new habit and, beyond habit, develop a culture of prayer )the common expectation that we will all participate in the corporate praying)
* Ask/Assign each class to devote a six minute block of time each Sunday to praying (at the beginning to pray for guidance or at the conclusion to pray from the study passage)

Related articles @
> Encouraging Sunday School Leaders to Pray
> Develop a Sunday School Prayer Ministry
> Discipline 8: Pray for Those You'll Teach


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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on August 26, 2010 at 1:13pm
Some thoughts on Ephesians 6 and Spiritual Warfare

* 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
* It appears that prayer and the word of God are the offensive weapons for the spiritual warrior (the armor is defensive)
* My take on 17: Take the sword of the Spirit which is the rhema of God ... the word God gives in a specific moment for a specific need.
* It appears that, in this case the word God gives from his word is received as we go forward listening to the Spirit, i.e., prayer.
* So ... (19) we must pray in all situations with all of the different types of praying (praise, thanks, asking, interceding, etc) as we always pray for all the believers ... so that ...
* 19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
* ...whenever we talk with others we are spiritually enabled to make the gospel clear and compelling.
* Prayer is the way we get instructions on who to pray for, what to pray for, where to go forward, when (timing), why (the mystery of the gospel) and how to pray (Romans 8:26)
Comment by Phil Miglioratti on May 26, 2010 at 4:59pm
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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on April 16, 2010 at 4:53pm
Hoping this will become a place where prayer champions associated with Illinois Baptist congregations will share their stories and strategies of how to incorporate prayer into the life of their church!

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