4. This simplifies prayer for many people and, at the same time, it makes it much more awesome (literally!).
5. I ask people to share what’s on their minds and hearts with us and Jesus at the same time. If they prefer to share their request as a prayer, that is, directed to Jesus, that’s fine. The rest of the group will listen in. If they prefer to share it with group members, that’s OK, too. Jesus is present and is listening.
Maybe we get too caught up in “saying a prayer” and putting it into the right format with the right words rather than simply having a conversation with one another and Jesus. Perhaps people don’t pray aloud because they think they’ll get it wrong.
Talking to Jesus and one another should be the most natural thing Christ followers do in community. Use Christ-centered practices in your group prayer time!
QUESTION: If you know God is present with you and his power is with you when you meet, how would you pray differently than you do now?
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