Prayer is a direct and personal conversation between you and God. If you attend services often, you may have heard about the concept of a “prayer ministry” at some point. However, not every church or spiritual establishment offers this option to individuals or groups.
Prayer Ministry: Everything You Need to Know!
To know more and get a better understanding of what this concept entails, this article will take you on a journey into the simplest definition and aspects of prayer ministry. We will provide you a clear understanding to help you decide if this is something you would be interested in joining or not.
What Exactly Does Ministry Mean?
Have you ever heard the phrase “called to ministry” at church or elsewhere? While many may have heard these words, most do not fully understand what that means.
Being called to ministry means taking up the responsibility to serve both God and your community. While many think this solely refers to being a pastor or leader, but that’s not the only way. It could be that you want to help the poor, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, building schools in third-world countries, to name a few things.
Going to the Bible
The Bible is divided into several books, making up the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament has 17 books, and the New Testament has 27. Between all 44 books of the Bible it covers the beginning of time, through the life of Jesus Christ, and the end times. In Acts 6: 1-7, there was mention of a situation about ministry.
“And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables.
Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word.
And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
And the Word of God increased and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”
In simple terms words, the ministry is doing work for God’s glory. http://www.dailyeffectiveprayer.org.
3 Key Elements of Prayer ministry
There are three key elements of prayer ministry: the program, purpose, and the prayer leader. The prayer leader will be yourself, who will organize the prayer, facilitate, encourage participants, organize, and schedule times to meet. Places to meet could be a church, home, or an open space in a park. Becoming a good leader helps not only your spiritual life but also your overall life.
The purpose is to teach the Word of God and encourage people to see the church not as a building but the people of God. The goal should be to help others deepen and develop their prayer life to further their relationship with God.
The program could be anything from women’s only prayers, study prayers, weekly prayer meetings, social media prayers, or children’s prayers. It could be any reason that can help bring people together to build their relationship with God.
Being a part of something bigger than you can bring a lot of peace and reason to one’s life, even if it means joining a group of people to speak out loud about your wants and needs or to listen to others and to bring a sense of faith in the space. There is never anything wrong with doing a ministry for the right reasons. Having a prayer ministry is a fantastic way to connect with your church family and build your relationship with God.