It happens all the time. Folks are gathered at church, at meals, in someone's house. The leader says, "Would someone like to pray?" An awkward silence follows, as folks direct their gaze somewhere else.
Worse, the leader looks at you directly and says, "Would you open our meeting in prayer?"
When we're not used to praying out loud, that request can feel like an awful moment. But what an honor, to talk to God on behalf of the people around you.
You can do this! You can pray out loud.
It may take a little getting used to, but you can do it.
Most of us weren't taught to pray out loud in public. At most, we might have said our bedtime prayers out loud, in front of mom or dad. Or we might have recited a table blessing in front of the family. But that's about it. Some of us didn't even have that tiny amount of experience.
So it's no wonder we feel awkward when asked to pray out loud in front of others.
But what a great privilege, to be invited to pray.
Praying out loud, on behalf of others, is a very humbling experience that will draw your heart closer to God.
Don't let fear steal that privilege from you.
In this class, we will go over some very simple ways to pray out loud, and you can start by practicing, just you and God.
Then you will discover another good way to practice is to volunteer. Believe it or not, by the time you finish this class, you will be wanting to volunteer, so you can get some experience.
If you would like to learn some very simple ways to practice praying out loud, and walk free of those unspoken fears that everyone shares, there is no better time. Come on in! The water's fine!
Janet Eriksson is a missionary of prayer in Dahlonega, Georgia and founder/coordinator of the Hometown Prayer Mission. She also volunteers with The Center for Inner Healing. Her passion is for people, families, churches, and communities to pray. She would love to hear from you at hometownprayer.org. God bless you!