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How should prayer services be conducted in the church?

Submitted: 1/24/2008
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Question: How should prayer services be conducted in the church? At the church I attend everyone seems to pray on their own at the prayer services. I know the church is in one accord referring to doctrine and practice, but eveyone praying on their own doesn't seem to be orderly. What are your thoughts on this?

Answer: We do it in a variety of ways. We usually start out with everyone praying on their own as you have described. We may follow that after a while with a time of led prayer. That may be followed by taking prayer requests. We also allow people to come forward and lead the others in prayer as they feel led by the Spirit. We tend to mix it up, especially if it is a prayer meeting that will last at least a couple of hours. We don't think there is a right way and a wrong way, but we can say that we have found including a time of led prayer to be very helpful and effective.