Tips on Prayer
Jesus describes the powerful benefits of praying together. When we gather with friends and lift our prayers to God together, we can be assured of God's presence and His attention.
"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." - Matthew 18:19-20
To develop sincere and intimate relationships, intentional steps must be taken to touch and reach into one another's hearts, to get past the surface of life's activities and down to the depths where our hearts reside. One of the most effective steps is to open our hearts to God together in prayer. As Prayer Sisters™, we reveal our deepest hurts and joys, thereby growing in intimacy with God and each other.
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. - Proverbs 28:13
Your Prayer Sisters would rather pray for you than for your husband's boss's wife's cousin's neighbor — get the point?
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man [woman] who falls and has no one to help him[her] up! - Ecclesiastes 4:10
Encourage each other by acknowledging the good and by praying with hopeful expectation rather than whining and complaining.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pray, Don't Counsel
It is easy for women to want to counsel one another. Be intentional about praying and seeking God rather than sharing your opinions. It is our job to pray, not to solve each other's troubles.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. - James 1:5
While external prayers (for example-job, finances, sickness) are important and necessary, make sure you include prayers for the needs that are inside (fear, guilt, anger) as well.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man[woman] is powerful and effective. - James 5:16
The more you fill your mind with the truth of God's Word, the more your prayers will resound that truth. While you are praying, quote or read scriptures. They will serve as powerful tools in your prayers!
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. - Romans 15:4
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:32
Don't be afraid of times of silence during prayer. Instead of seeing them as awkward, remain in a personal time of prayer and listen for God's voice. God calls us to silence ourselves before him for a reason. These can become some of your sweetest times together.
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10
Trust Holy Spirit to Direct Prayers
Sometimes our prayers become so desperate, we don't know what in the world to pray. Not to worry. We can trust the Holy Spirit to give us just the right words. In fact, the Holy Spirit continues to intercede for us long after our meetings are over!
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. - Romans 8:26-27