No spiritual growth can happen without God’s enabling, so it’s a no-brainer that we need to be constantly remembering our guests and fellow leaders in prayer.
Here are five simple things to pray, so next time it pops up in your calendar or on your prayer list you’ll not be lost for words.
Pray those invited will attend
Ask God that nothing stops those individuals you have invited from coming along and that he will bring them back each week. Pray that you and the other leaders will know how to follow-up with these guests week by week to encourage them to keep coming. Ask that God will give them receptive hearts to listen to His word.
Pray that God will enable you to prepare and lead well
Pray that you will be diligent in setting aside time to think about the upcoming session and get familiar with the text. Pray that as you do this, God will grow your love for Him and your knowledge and understanding of His word. Ask that what you prepare will be useful in the session and that God will give you wisdom, faithfulness, and clarity as you lead.
Pray for the logistics of organizing the course
Pray for details such as food being prepared, rooms being set up, and organization of the leaders. Pray that any tech you are using will work well, that there will be no distractions, for safety as people travel, and the list could go on!
Pray for good relationships with your co-leaders and group members
Pray for good dynamics that will help guests feel safe and able to open up. Ask God to give you love for your group members. Pray for lasting and godly friendships to develop. Pray that you have fun looking at the Bible together as a group.
Pray for God to dramatically change lives
Ask that He perform a miracle and open the blind eyes of guests who do not yet know Him. Pray that, by His Spirit, God would show them who Jesus is and give them the desire to turn and follow him. Pray for new Christians to be strengthened and discipled. Pray that mature Christian guests and leaders will grow in godliness.
We also encourage you to share these prayer requests with members at your church not taking part in the evangelistic series, so they can join in prayer with you?
Leading an evangelistic series (such as Christianity Explored or Life Explored) can be daunting, whether you’ve been doing it for years or for the first time. As well as the printed leader’s guides, our Leader’s Area is full of handy explanatory videos and resources to help you feel equipped.