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Most of the prayer meeting consists of praising God with spontaneous prayers and with exuberant singing. God is praised for his majesty, his love and his faithfulness, and thanked for his grace in our lives.

This praise and thanksgiving may be in words, songs or through the gift of prayer tongues. There are times of loud vocal prayer (called “the word of prayer”) where everyone prays spontaneously aloud and all at the same time. Such a form of prayer is perhaps one of the hallmarks of the charismatic prayer meeting. The word of prayer allows for a form of group personal prayer! Each one prays individually to God in their own words, praying aloud so that others can hear that they are praying and be built up and encouraged to join in and to pray more fervently also.

St Paul exhorts us: “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and praying to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” (Ephesians 5 18-20).

Silent Worship
Often, after a period of vigorous praise and song, there will be times of silence in which one feels the presence and holiness of God. It is a silence that is “alive”, alive with the sense of awe and reverence knowing that God is enthroned in the midst of His people.

2 Chronicles 5 tells the dramatic story of the dedication of the temple after it was completed by King Solomon. As the people of Israel gathered together to celebrate, the singers and the musicians began to sing and play. And when they lifted up their voices, singing songs of praise and worshipping God, the glory to God filled the whole place and the power of the Lord came upon the whole assembly, so powerfully that they could not continue any further, but must have stood there in silence and awe. It was a mighty visitation from God.

We can experience the presence of God most powerfully when we praise and worship Him together. The Lord inhabits and is enthroned in the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3), and He establishes His presence and His kingdom in the midst of a people who worship Him. This relationship -- of praising God’s Holy Name and the coming of His Kingdom and presence -- is taught by Jesus: “Our Father in heaven, Holy be Your Name, Your kingdom come”, Lk 11:2

Exercising the Spiritual Gifts
Participants at the Prayer Meeting are encouraged to exercise the Spiritual gifts for the glory of God, for edification and for evangelization. The typical meeting follows St. Paul's directive: “When you assemble, one has a psalm, another an instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything should be done for building up.” ( I Corinthians 14:26)

Prophecy is not necessarily only about fore-telling the future. In fact more accurately it is about “forth-telling”, i.e. speaking forth on behalf of God a direct word to His people. At a prayer meeting someone may speak an exhortation or word of encouragement from God, through the Holy Spirit. The group is encouraged to discern this word in the light of Scripture and the teachings of the Church, and to respond appropriately to the word. St. Paul exhorts Christians, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.” ( I Thessalonians 5:19-22)

Scripture Reading
Someone may read aloud a brief passage of Scripture. Everyone is encouraged to hear the Word, to receive the Word and to act on the Word.

During the time of testimony, people are urged to step forward to give glory to God. Someone may relate how they have experienced God working in their life, or how God has blessed them and changed them. Such personal, real-life experiences are a powerful means of testifying for& witnessing to the Living God, and can greatly encourage and challenge all to greater faith and faithfulness to God.

Teaching & Preaching
At most meetings there will be an appointed speaker to give a talk on one of a variety of subjects aimed at helping listeners to know God and to lead better Christian lives. A common characteristic of the teachings is that it is God-centered, Spirit-filled and Scripture-based. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom” (Col 3:16).

Intercession & Ministry Time
There will be special times set aside to minister to the needs of one another, through the laying of hands, prayer for healing and exercising the Word gifts of Knowledge and Wisdom. The meeting will usually end off with a time of intercession for personal needs and for the needs of the world, the nation, the Church, the parish, family and home.



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