Pray with another person or your family
for 8 weeks
Commit to spend at least 15 minutes in prayer with another person or your family once a week for a duration of 8 weeks.
The early church was a church devoted to prayer (Acts 2:42), and the New Testament exhorts believers to “pray continually” (1 Thess. 5:17) as well as to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Eph. 6:18). Prayer is thus a central feature of the Chrsitian life, and when done with and for other believers, helps point us to the rightful source and goal of our lives -- God.
Although any 8-week period over the course of the year will do, it might help if you choose a period of significance (e.g. Lent, Advent) or stress (e.g. exams, busy season at work) as this will give you greater impetus to pray.
Invite a person whom you are comfortable with or your family to pray with you once a week for 8 weeks.
Each week, meet at a designated time (either physically or over video call) to pray.
Spend a few minutes sharing an update of your week (this may also be done over phone texts before the call), then read a passage of Scripture that centres your hearts on God.
Take turns praying for each other according to what has been shared. Praying the Scriptures for each other is recommended. (e.g. the Apostle Paul’s prayers: 1 Cor. 1:4-9, Eph. 1:15-23, Eph. 3:14-21, Phil. 1:3-6, Phil. 1:9-11, Col. 1:3-14, 1 Thess. 1:2-3, 2 Thess. 1:11-12)
Commit others (e.g. family members, mutual friends, unreached friends) to God in prayer.
Optional: Keep a shared journal with your prayer buddy, listing down what you have prayed for during your time of prayer. Over the weeks, pay attention to how God may be answering your prayers. Share your thoughts with each other and give thanks to God for his answers.
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