For our first regional Worship and Prayer Gathering of 2018, we are grateful to join in intercession with two like-hearted ministries in our region, the Fig Tree of Waynesville and MyHOP WNC in Franklin. Our vision is to unify believers in our region to pray and encourage one another in the Lord.
During our regional gatherings, we combine musical worship with intercessory prayer based on God’s Word. We want all present to take part as we partner with God in prayer. Below are helpful ways you can participate during these gatherings.
How You Can Participate
Join in with the gathering’s prayer focus by setting aside conversation with others and any other agendas.
Distractions are something all of us must fight. We can stay engaged with God by repeating phrases in prayer and worship back to Him. It helps to speak phrases quietly to ourselves out loud. This helps keep our thoughts from wandering.
Not sure what to say or pray? You can use phrases being sung in worship or prayed on the microphone, as well as verses and prayers from God’s Word.
Simple phrases such as “thank You for Your love,” “help me reflect Jesus more,” and “grow my trust in You” are valid forms of worship and prayer the Lord delights in. You can also engage the prayer focus with phrases like, “let Your will be done in ________ situation” or “let Your Word go out and accomplish all You desire, God.”
In this we actively engage in prayer and worship, doing far more than being mere spectators just singing songs or listening to others pray.
Example 1: The worship team sings, “We are Your sons and daughters, beloved of our Father.”
Say or sing quietly back to God: “Thank You, Abba, that I am Your son/daughter. Thank You for Your love. Let me experience that love more deeply even now.”
Example 2: Someone prays on the mic from Ephesians 3:14-19 (an apostolic prayer), “Father, strengthen us by Your Spirit. Give Your people revelation of Christ’s love that we would be rooted and grounded in His love. Help us to grasp the depths You went to show us Your love…”
Pray quietly in agreement: “Give us revelation of Your love” or “show us the depths of Your love.”
Never underestimate the value of even the shortest three second prayers expressed from the heart.
Another way to engage with God is to pray or sing quietly in our prayer language. In this we invite the Holy Spirit to pray and praise through us. Praying in the Spirit helps us pray when we aren’t sure what to pray (see Romans 8:27).
One of FHOP’s values is praying biblically. We often utilize the apostolic prayers of the New Testament and the prophetic promises of the Old Testament. These Scriptures are used whether we pray on or off the microphone.
Praying on the Mic
We invite believers to pray on the “prayer mic” during the gathering. This helps everyone in the room join in agreement as we pray together.
An Important Note: The prayer mic is not for talking to the people in the room nor for preaching or teaching. We are there to pray to God. Instead of praying “at” the devil, we pray to God who has authority over him. Intercession is powerful when it flows from a heart that carries the compassion and redemptive purposes of Father God.
When we pray on the mic, we direct our prayer to God Himself. We pray what He shows us to pray, as revealed by His Spirit and Word.
How This Works
Ask God to highlight a Scripture related to the gathering’s prayer focus. As we look over the New Testament Prayers, God may highlight one. Or He may bring to mind a word, phrase or Scripture elsewhere in His Word.
After selecting an apostolic prayer or other passage, choose one or two points to pray from the specific apostolic prayer or promise.
Be sure to project your voice when praying on the mic so everyone can hear your prayer, but do not shout.
On the Microphone
Share in 1-2 sentences about the Scripture and main focus of your prayer. Then pray the points you chose from that Scripture.
To end the prayer, speak out “in Jesus’ name” followed by the final key phrase you want to focus on. The use of “in Jesus’ name” signals to the worship team that you are ending your prayer.
The worshipers will then sing short phrases of prayer related to the final point of your prayer. If you’re brave, you can even speak phrases between their sung phrases to continue the prayer. Why we do this: Praying on the mic combined with the sung prayers of the worship team helps engage the whole room in intercession together.
Example: Say you’ve chosen Ephesians 1:17-19.
1. On the mic you could say something like, “I will be praying for the Body of Christ in our region from Ephesians 1:17-19.“
2. Next, you might pray something like this: “Father of glory, we stand in the gap for Your Body in this region. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Your Son Jesus . . . Make known the riches of Your glory . . . and the greatness of Your power toward believers here.”
3. End your prayer with the final phrase of your choice: “In Jesus’ name, give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation.” (The worship team will begin singing phrases from your prayer, such as, “Lord, give us wisdom and revelation,” “release Your revelation, God,” etc.)
Are you ready to enter into prayer with us in the upcoming Worship and Prayer Gathering? Start by printing out the New Testament Prayers here.