Ideas for Community Prayer Efforts

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For Use in Prayer Days, Conferences, Concerts of Prayer, Prayer Journeys and Other Prayer Venues

Operation World's original purpose was to provide fuel for prayer conferences for the world. Here are a few guidelines for prayer-session leaders.

Be brief. The people are gathered to pray, not to be impressed by the amount of information presented. Ideally, less than one-third of the time should be set aside for reporting on the need.

Be personal. We deliberately refrain from mentioning individuals, but rather give the overall situation in a country. Personal information on individual workers and specific situations connected to those praying will yield greater personal interest and investment in the prayer time.

Be selective. Too many facts will not be retained unless they are written down. It is better to carefully select just a few items for prayer that will burden believers long after the meeting.

Be careful with statistics. Too many figures make any report very dull! This is why the statistical sections are in a smaller type. Choose only those statistics that specifically apply to the prayer items you mention. The many figures are given so that you may have the resources you might need.

Be dependent on the leading of the Holy Spirit. The burdens imparted by the Holy Spirit inspire others to pray in the Spirit and move them into God's will for their lives. This could mean commitment to intercession, financial giving or going to a particular area or people for which prayer has been made.