Put Prayer Back In Schools? (How About Back In Church Services?)

For decades believers have debated and argued about prayer in schools.  We have been offended by public prayer being removed from public schools.

We, people of faith, don’t like limits on prayer in schools. But what about our self-imposed limits on prayer in churches?

prayer in church

Isn’t it time to allow open prayer in church? Perhaps we should take the limits off of prayer in our churches and allow ordinary people to individually pray in church services:
1) out loud;
2) unrehearsed;
3) from the heart; and
4) as prompted by the Spirit.

At The Salvation Army Berry Street, anybody can pray out loud, unrehearsed, from the heart, and as they feel led by the Spirit. Come see every Sunday morning at 10:45, 255 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

“What the Church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more and novel methods.  She needs men whom the Holy Spirit can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer.  The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men.  He does not come on machinery, but on men.  He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer!”  –E.M. Bounds

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”  –Samuel Chadwick

“The early Church exerted the privilege of prayer.  The Church of today is in danger of deserting the privilege.  With all of our technology, invention and innovation, let us emphasize, centralize, and prioritize on prayer – life’s limitless reach!”  –Jack Taylor

“When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is to set them a-praying.” –Matthew Henry

“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.”  –Andrew Murray  

“When Jesus Christ went about building His church, He built a prayer meeting.” –Armin Gesswein

“We have far too little conception of the place that intercession, as distinguished from prayer for ourselves, ought to have in the Church.” –Andrew Murray  

“No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer.”  –J. Edwin Orr

“Good praying is more easily caught than taught.”  –D.A. Carson in A Call to Spiritual Reformation

“In the book of Acts they are praying in every chapter except two; and in those chapters they are in trouble.”  –Armin Gesswein

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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5 Responses to Put Prayer Back In Schools? (How About Back In Church Services?)

  1. Bill Samuel says:

    The church where I’m attending has a Prayers of the People time each week. During this time anyone can request or offer prayers as they are led. Furthermore, the church deliberately does not have a pastor, but follows a shared leadership model. While we do usually have a sermon, there is nobody in charge of selecting who does that. Rather there is a sign-up sheet where anyone can sign up to be the liturgist, give the sermon or give the children’s message. Sometimes there is something else instead of a sermon, like reading a scripture selection followed by anyone who is moved to speak about it sharing or a guided meditation. It’s not quite as spontaneous a service as I gather Berry Street is, but it provides opportunity for anyone to share with the congregation.

  2. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks for sharing, Bill. As you know, your church is outside the norm, especially in the Western world. However, participatory church is growing. And there are many variations of it. It is great to hear of another church allowing open, Spirit-prompted prayer during worship meetings.

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