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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 July 22, 2015 at 7:09pm

Our church seems to be strong in at least two ways.  We pray and we care.  Seeking to use these two simple gifts we pitched a "Prayer Care Tent" at a local festival with a banner saying "Free Prayer".
Two of us sat down at the tent for about 30 minutes.  
We seemed invisible to the people around us.  A few doubts entered our minds.  After all, we had no gimmicks and no giveaways. Nothing tangible to offer people.  But then we said a prayer and about 10 seconds later a group of teenagers walked up.  Over the next 3 days God brought 99 people to us.  There was no bait and switch.  People only came to us for one reason. We had nothing to offer, but Jesus and His care.
An elder from our church served at another tent for a local business.  He told me, "we offered a couple thousand dollars worth of prizes but we only had 74 people visit our tent."
A month later, we pitched the same tent in front of our church along a busy street. While I and a few other volunteers had lunch, God brought our first two pilgrims seeking prayer. After lunch, we held up signs which said, "Drive thru Prayer".  We could only endure the heat and humidity for about an hour, and no one pulled over while we held the signs. But after we sat down exhausted, our third pilgrim pulled up.  Stephen received our prayers and witness.  Two of our men led him to Christ on the spot.  He found hope for himself and his 10 year old son with autism.
Through it all, God showed us how much he needs our help.  NOT!
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Comment by Phil Miglioratti on March 3, 2014 at 1:11pm

Pastor's report on recent FBC Machesney Park prayer meeting"We never prayed the same way twice" >>>

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on August 14, 2013 at 11:22pm

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An Hour of Prayer (free sample)

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If your church is planning a prayer vigil, you might find that some people will hesitate to commit themselves, because they feel inadequate at prayer. To allay those fears, a church can offer suggestions on what to do during a prayer vigil. Here are a few:

  • Bring things to help you talk with God: your Bible, a hymnal, the church directory, and the church's current prayer list.

  • Be yourself. Talk to God as you would talk to your best friend.

  • Get comfortable. The stiffer you feel, the more formal your relationship will be. Sitting is fine. If kneeling helps, do it.

  • Try praying out loud, though not loud enough to disturb others. Being able to hear yourself pray improves concentration, and you'll find your mind doesn't wander as easily.

  • Don't feel you have to do all the talking. Discuss something with the Lord, and then be silent. Sometimes God uses the times of listening to implant his answers in our minds. Gradually you'll find prayer can be a conversation.

Mapping out the Hour

The following outline can help people fill their prayer time meaningfully. People's times may differ, but if they are given times and instructions such as these, they can get started.

Preparation (one minute): Ask God to help you spend this time profitably with him.

Confession (four minutes): Spend a moment going over with him recent sins that weigh on you. Ask for his cleansing, accept it by faith, and thank him for it.

Praise and thanksgiving (nine minutes): Sing your adoration to the Lord using a hymnal or choruses you know. As your heart begins to adore him, you'll sense his presence more deeply.

Petition (nine minutes): Pray about life's difficulties. Use this time to talk over with the Lord your own struggles.

Intercession (nine minutes): Pray for friends, loved ones, relatives, neighbors, fellow workers. Don't just read a list of names to God, but talk to him about their lives and needs.

Prayer for the church (twelve minutes): Pray for your pastor and church leaders. Intercede for the Sunday school children and the youth, the families, the singles, the widows, the sick, the shut-ins.

Prayer for the nation (eight minutes): Pray that God will guide our public officials and those who serve our communities. Pray for righteousness in government and a public policy sensitive to true justice.

Prayer for other nations (eight minutes): Pray for the work of Christ throughout the world. Intercede for unreached peoples. Pray for missionaries, for Third World pastors and churches, for the people of God who are suffering persecution. Pray for peace.

As people see how they can actually pray for an hour, they're more willing to risk it. After one successful experience, they'll be eager to sign up the next time.

Excerpted from our sister publication Leadership journal, © 1988 Christianity Today International or the author. For more articles like this, visit

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on December 13, 2011 at 6:35pm
‘Rooftop’ view called catalyst for the Gospel

Author and evangelist Dennis Pethers urges Christians to take a “rooftop” view of their cities and towns to spark their outreach in a culture that increasingly is drifting from God.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Much like Peter’s rooftop vision experience, author and evangelist Dennis Pethers says a clearer understanding of God’s vision for a city and people can be found from a rooftop overview.

Pethers, from London, addressed the State Convention Summit at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn., an annual meeting that brings discipleship directors and other network partners to LifeWay to engage in ministry dialog and collaboration.

As recounted in Acts 10, Peter went up on a rooftop in Joppa to pray, but what the apostle got was an attitude adjustment that rocked his world, Pethers said in the Dec. 6-8 summit’s group sessions.

In Peter’s vision, he saw all kinds of animals that, according to Jewish law, could not be eaten. Peter, as a good Jew, would know that condemnation would come upon him if he ate anything unclean, Pethers said.

In the vision, three times the voice of God told Peter to “kill and eat” and each time Peter said, “no.”

“Peter wouldn’t obey God because he wanted to be obedient to God,” Pethers said. “Doesn’t that sound confusing to you?”

Pethers, author of the “More to Life” line of evangelism resources, said people make the same kind of senseless decision as Peter.

“We look at our traditions and our customs, none of which may be bad in themselves, but then we miss it when God is telling us to do something different,” he said.

“But finally, Peter understood,” Pethers continued. “And because he understood and he encountered God on the rooftop, Peter was freed to go to the house of Cornelius to preach the Gospel to non-Jews.

“Without that encounter, he’d never have associated with a Gentile,” Pethers said. “Peter was out of his comfort zone, but he understood that God wants to have relationship with all people — even Gentiles.”

Using the metaphor of the rooftop, Pethers and LifeWay have designed a new resource named “The Rooftop.” Pethers has traveled throughout the United States and in several other countries where he and local ministry leaders literally go up on the rooftop of a building to get a view of a city or area and pray that God will give them a vision, like He did Peter, for God’s plan for the area and how they can be a part of it.

“Sometimes it takes getting on a rooftop to get a clear vision of what God wants to do,” Pethers said.

Summit participants were divided into groups sent to different areas of the LifeWay buildings to get a view of part of the city of Nashville. The activity gave them an idea of how a rooftop view would work in their own towns. As they looked out at the city views, they were asked to pray for the people represented in those areas who need to be reached with the Gospel.

A century ago, Pethers noted, about 94 percent of people in England were churchgoers, whereas today about 94 percent don’t attend church. He cautioned summit attendees that America is heading toward the same future if things don’t change immediately.

“Over decades in England, people have been sliding away from church and a belief in God,” Pethers said. “Generation after generation have stopped coming to church until now most people not only have never been to church, but they don’t know anyone else who has ever gone to church.”

Most of these people haven’t rejected Jesus or turned their backs
on Jesus, Pethers said. They just don’t know who He is.

“The real tragedy is that they don’t even know that they don’t know,” he said.

“It can’t be about what happens inside the church,” Pethers said. “What is more difficult: to get people outside the church interested in Jesus or to get the people inside the church interested enough in the people outside the church to tell them about Jesus? Unfortunately, it is much harder to get the people to go outside.”
Pethers admitted that it broke his heart to realize it’s more critical for Christians to be changed than for nonbelievers to be changed.
“If Christians change and gain confidence and power to share their stories of how God is working in their lives right now, not in the past, but right now, the nonbelievers would be taken care of,” he said.

Pethers cited four crucial avenues for helping equip churched people to go to the world:
– Sunday School, in training people to know how to go out and invest their lives in others.
– Small groups, where people share their life stories in small groups and gain the confidence to go out and share with people outside the church.
– Church starts. In England, Pethers observed, a church start is usually just a few people in a home sharing about their lives while in the United States, it’s more likely to be an actual new place.
– Collegiate ministry. “This is the most pivotal age for turning around the hemorrhage of people leaving the church,” Pethers said, “but also calling those who still have a memory of their parents or grandparents attending church to come back before they are lost for good.”
“We must get Jesus not just in the church, but also out into the world,” he said. “I believe that the measure of a church is not how many come, but how many people go.
“Revival used to look like this: How many people are lined up to get in the church? But true revival will look like this: How many people are lined up to leave?” he said. “I’m just afraid that our churches may be full of people who aren’t Christian, but they don’t know that they don’t know.”

Polly House writes for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. LifeWay and Dennis Pethers will host a Nationwide Rooftop Experience Simulcast on Oct. 1, 2012. A website,, is being constructed and will offer information on how people and churches can join in the experience.
Comment by Phil Miglioratti on September 7, 2011 at 10:32pm
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When Katherine and I moved to the Chicagoland area in 2003, we were completely unaware of what the Lord had in store for us. The ministry of Trinity International Baptist Mission started with just our small family – then just us and our toddler son, Christopher. Over the years, God has grown both our family and this ministry. We are now a family of five and overseeing a ministry team of more than a dozen full-time missionaries and interns. The little house church that began in 2005 has now multiplied into seven church plants and several related ministries. >>>
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IBSA churches will receive promotional materials for the Illinois Missions Offering (IMO), an annual emphasis to support nearly 100 missionaries across the state. Suggested dates for this year's offering are Sept. 18-25, but churches are encouraged to plan a week of prayer and offering date that works best with their calendar.


The state-wide IMO goal is $430,000; last year, Illinois Baptists gave $390,229 to the IMO, $20,000 more than the previous year.


Gifts to this year's offering will be spent next year to make it possible to do more missions including supporting nearly 100 Illinois missionaries, starting 25 Southern Baptist churches, training 20,000 church leaders, initiating more and supporting 30 existing campus ministries, providing salary support for associational directors of missions and partnering with 33 local associations.  


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