In December, I welcomed the ladies of the church to join me to discover what happens when women pray. With strategies from the book, “What Happens When Women Pray” by Evelyn Christensen, we set to work to find out. The prayer model was unique and constructive, and I was excited about this easy way to have corporate prayer, something that intimidated me and made me uncomfortable before.
Eight women have come to the Tuesday night prayer times, some regularly; some whenever they can and I hope that each of us have been able to gain some insight into the value of prayer.
We start our meetings by sharing answered prayers and blessings we have experienced in the past week. Then we take five minutes of quiet time to seek God, repent of sin, forgive others – any business we need to take care of before ‘asking God for stuff.’
James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”(emphasis mine)
Then we make a list of prayer requests. One person leads the prayer, but it isn’t a hard job. It’s a matter of saying one request at a time and opening up it up the group to contribute their prayers. The key things we try to keep in mind are:
- Small Groups (3-5 people)
- Subject by Subject (one request at a time)
- Short Prayers (one sentence long)
- Spontaneous (as opposed to praying around a circle)
- Silent periods (prayer as two-way communication with God)
So, what happens when women pray? Thankfully, we have seen a number of answered prayers, praise the Lord! We have also become aware of how God helps us pray when we have spontaneous, unprepared prayers, as He brings to mind specific needs. We have a unity amongst ourselves as we plead to God on behalf of those with needs. Additionally, we have acquired a quantity of answered prayers that we can look back on and see that God hears us!
If you aren’t already praying, ask a friend at FEMC to be your prayer partner and find out for yourself, what happens when we pray!