Today’s list was inspired by an article by Joe McKeever and is targeted toward those who lead in public prayer. It is also influenced by “Men’s Training Classes,” taught by my boyhood mentor, Aude McKee.
In the spirit of a disciple’s question to Jesus, “Teach us to pray,” we humbly offer these suggestions for your consideration.
13 Pointers For Leading Public Prayers
#1 If possible, think about your prayer in advance.
#2 Begin by addressing God and offering Him praise.
#3 Remember you’re praying to God, not preaching to the congregation.
#4 Speak up so everyone can hear you. (Use the mic).
#5 Consider the occasion, place, and timing of your prayer. Make it relevant.
#6 Take note of prayer requests and include them in your prayer.
#7 Brief is better. Avoid wordy, rambling prayers.
#8 Use the first person plural. Include everyone using, “we,” “us,” and “our.”
#9 Be yourself. Don’t try to imitate someone else.
#10 Depending on the occasion, consider these prayer components: Praise. Thanksgiving. Intercession. Requests. And supplication.
#11 Make sure your prayer is scripturally correct. Ask in faith according to God’s will.
#12 Pray in Jesus’ name. By His authority.
#13 Normally a closing prayer at any gathering ought to be brief.
Hopefully, these suggestions will be received as such, and serve as helpful guidelines.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman