Everyone knows it’s important to pray together as a group – for each other, for the world and so on. But often I’ve found we’ll have a great discussion and then there’ll only be enough time at the end of the night to quickly get some prayer points and say some one-sentence prayers.
I think this is ok, but every now and then we want to give a lot more time to prayer. One of the ways that’s worked best for us is to put away the other discussions and give the whole night to prayer. These have been some of the best times we’ve had together.
One way that’s worked well for us is to get a whiteboard from somewhere, divide it up into four sections and call them: Our World, Our Country, Our Community, Us (you can obviously adapt these if you want).
For the first half of the night, just write down things to pray for in each of the four sections. Give it a good amount of time. And then for the rest of the night, pray for them! You’ll have plenty to pray for, and it’ll help people pray if they can see clear points to pray about.
You’ll also find out a lot about the people in your group – what they care about, what they need help with, etc – from these times together.