Prayer

How to lead a prayer?

Know when you will be leading a prayer. Make sure you have enough time to prepare the prayer you will be saying. Allow time to practice the prayer prior to the event. Read prayer books and other religious material to gather thoughts and ideas. Get books and materials from your own church or visit your local library.
Write down a summary of what you will say. Start with thanking everyone for attending and joining in the prayer. You may also request that those not praying bow their heads in silence during the prayer.
Use a known prayer or Psalm to begin the prayer. Use a Psalm such as Psalm 23, which begins with “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Consider reading from a hymn if you cannot locate the right Bible passage to fit the event. For example, you could read the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” or “Amazing Grace,” if you want a recognizable beginning to your prayer. Keep in mind that these are from Christian and Jewish hymns and prayers. Depending on the group you will be speaking to, you may need to add additional passages or phrases suitable for other religions.
Add personal references or anecdotes to your prayer. After beginning the prayer and using the known passage or hymn of your choice, reflect on the event and your reasons for leading the prayer.
Ask everyone to reflect in silence for a few moments at the end of your prayer. To signify that the silent period has ended, conclude with “Bless you all and thank you,” or “Go be with God.” Target your prayer to suit the audience to which you will be speaking. If you have a group with religious persuasions other than Christian and Jewish, you can simply say, “Thank you all for coming.”

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