Daily Online Prayer Meeting – 30 Minutes from Monday to Friday
Hi, here Guenther. I invite you to join our online prayer.
Monday – Friday: 4 pm Jerusalem Time, 9 am Est New York Time
Send us an email and we will send you an email how to connect with the online prayer meeting
Middle East Prayer: Friday, 4 pm Jerusalem Time, 9 am Est New York Time
Since March 2016 we have been meeting regularly on Fridays to pray for the Kingdom of God to expand across the Middle East and especially in Israel. We are praying for a restoration of the spirit that was with the Prophet Elijah, turning the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers (Malachi 4:6).
Guidelines – First Steps With Us In The Online Prayer Fellowship: Find Your Comfort Zone
Do you want to be in a prayer group, which cares for you and yet has a world vision? Our On-line prayer connected with rapidchurchplanting.net is a combination of home style fellowship and international conference level intercession. Groups of two to twelve people gather daily online—usually Monday through Friday––at a set time using modern technology on computers, smart phones and tablets.
The first two days I attended the online prayer group by web cam, I was intimidated by everyone knowing the Word and praying it so beautifully. They knew about all the plans of the House Church movement, but I felt in the dark, even though I had watched the videos. However, it wasn’t long before their friendliness and kindness brought down those walls of intimidation. So, after nearly a year of being in the group, Guenther has asked me to talk about how to help new members feel more comfortable, so here are my suggestions:
- Watch: Watch the videos on our website, so you can see the focus of the group. We practice what the videos teach. We pray for the next trip the team will take to establish new house churches. This is where they lead people into faith, pray deliverance prayers, and teach new disciples to do the same. The established house churches in different countries are on our hearts, and we may pray for them. Also, Fridays we concentrate on the Middle East, and specifically Israel. During the time a team went to the Democratic Republic of Congo, we had Saturday/Sunday additionally at different time periods, with different leaders.
- Online Prayer Format: A typical online prayer time would sound like this: Leader for the day begins by asking everyone how they are doing. After small talk for five minutes, he/she directs the group by saying, “Let’s pray quietly in tongues for a few minutes.” However, there is no set routine. The other day we started out by everyone saying short prayers of praise. That is like saying, “Hello, God! We appreciate you.” Everyone stops at some point and waits. The leader may say, “George, would you like to lead out in prayer?” George prays.
Then the leader might say, “Helen, I sense you have something. Would you like to pray into what George just spoke about?” Or he might say, “Would you share with us what is on your heart?” Then prayers may just flow naturally, with Carol praying for the group, that we would be unified. Pretty soon it is half past the hour. The leader for the day closes the meeting. We all say goodbye. Love for one another has grown because we have prayed together.
- Listen: When you get online, listen to how the leader leads. After initial greetings, there have been times when we have spent a good share of time praying for one of our members. Do not feel guilty if it is you. That is what we are here for. We might pray for the next country the team is visiting, and it can be a serious time. The Lord might warn us of danger ahead. Other times we break out in laughter over something. Listen carefully and speak clearly, as your new friends are not the only ones with an accent!
- Limits: When you pray, limit yourself to a few sentences so others will have a chance to contribute. Long prayers are ok when you are by yourself or with a friend and have plenty of time. We have just a half hour. There is always tomorrow.
- Eb and Flow: We try to stay on one subject until everyone feels it has been covered, but don’t be offended if someone brings up some wonderful word for you and then the subject gets changed. It happens! We haven’t forgotten you and may come back to it later. Sometimes our meetings will be similar for a while, and then they will be different. We’ve been reading scripture as part of our prayer time online. It is wonderful and washes us clean, and I believe these “written prayers” are powerful for whomever we pray.
- Wait: Maybe God wants two seconds of quiet. Don’t be afraid of silence. Listen in a way that you can “bounce off” someone’s vision, by continuing to flow on the same subject. Be humble about your contribution. Maybe it is on target, maybe it isn’t. We are all learning.
- Songs: If someone wants to sing a song, that is great, but it doesn’t seem to work for all of us to join in. There is a sound delay. We have done it anyway, several times! Let them sing their solo and enjoy it.
- Technical glitches: If there are people talking near your patio or the next-door neighbor’s dog is barking, you can mute your mike on the screen (see a little microphone icon at the bottom and click on it), then unmute it when you want to talk. If you notice constant chirping, speak up. Perhaps someone else needs to mute.
If you have ear buds and a microphone, put your microphone away from your mouth when others are praying, or mute it. Every move you make can cause loud chirping. It can be so loud that you drown out the speaker praying, even though you are only saying “Amen.” If you are having techy trouble, speak up. God seems to give us techy people who can solve it.
- Here is how to see everyone on your screen: on computers switch to Gallery view in the top right corner; on smartphones, scroll left or right. On some screens you might only see four people at a time, I’m not sure which format shows on tablets. I have lots to learn!
- Notes (like I’m not having sound!): There is a chat symbol at the bottom of your screen. Click on it and you can write a note to one or all on the righthand side of the screen. I have found if I shut down my zoom and then start up again in a few minutes, that the sound usually comes back.
- Lead: If you are asked to lead for the day, then do it by drawing in the new ones or the quiet ones, inviting them to pray or directing new prayer points. It’s not about the leader doing all the praying. Ask the new ones how we can pray for them today. Someone in the group may remind us about praying for a topic we haven’t covered in a while, so flow with it.
- Enjoy: enjoy all the new relationships! Some of us talk on the phone, text, or email each other. Some even meet privately on their own zoom and pray together. Meeting people from other countries is good for our maturity and our love walk.
- New Groups: At some point we are going to have to break up into smaller groups. If there are too many people, it leaves some out of the prayer time. Let your heart get ready for that and learn to enjoy the new group. These people have become a healthy family to me. If you join, be prepared to be loved in the same way.
Start a simple home church or an apostolic hub in your place today and make it a house of prayer.