I Am Looking For Tips On How To Pray Well In Public
July 14, 2008 14 Comments
I get the opportunity to pray in public often. In my Sunday School class I usually do the opening and closing prayer. In the Sunday morning worship service I get to do the offertory prayer every couple weeks and I sometimes get to do the closing prayer. In my junior youth discipleship class I do the majority of the public prayers (although I always ask the young people to do this I seldom have any volunteers).
My concern is that I am not very good at praying in public. Don’t get me wrong, I am not afraid to do it and would not consider turning down the opportunity to do so (unless there was some extreme extenuating circumstance). I would like to get better at praying in public. I hear some people who are so great at it that it makes me self-conscience about my inabilities. I know that praying does not have to eloquent but in a corporate setting the ability to pray well can lift the congregation and help set the appropriate mood (for lack of a better word) for worship.
So, I am asking for any tips you might have. What do you do? Do you prepare prayers ahead of time? Do you attempt to follow some type of outline (like ACTS) in your public prayers? Do you practice? Lets here what you do and maybe we can learn from each other.