Pour Out your spirit: Common Rule
September 19, 2021: Listening Prayer
Through the Fall we are taking time to explore listening prayer, personal ministry, and the gifts of the Spirit in our Home Churches. We want to make space in our gatherings for the Spirit of God to flow through individuals sharing testimonies and prophetic words as well as personal struggles and confessions. As we trust the spontaneous leadership of the Holy Spirit we are excited to see how He fills us with power and leads us to love.
This Week’s Topic: Listening Prayer
Anchor Verse: Ephesians 4:16 “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
- Grow in confidence that I hear God’s voice.
- Grow in vulnerability by giving my piece and humbly receiving from others.
- Enjoy the reflection of God I see in my friends and family.
Worship: Ask someone from your Home Church to come with a song to play or a scripture to use for lectio divina. Ideally you’d ask before the meeting so there’s time to prepare, but a spontaneous ask is OK too.
- Ex. “Does anyone have a worship song that’s been impacting them lately, or a scripture they’re ruminating on?”
- Invite the individual to share how the song ministered to them. Encourage everyone to engage with the song or scripture.
- Take time to pray, encourage the individual who shared, or reflect back in your own words. Make space to respond and see if others have something they’d like to bring as worship.
- Recommendation for Home Churches with a wide age-range of kids: Engage the older kids by asking them to lead. There are many ways they can lead using this resource through teaching, worship, question asking, etc. It's a great opportunity for the older kiddos to learn new skills and for the younger kids to stay engaged and learn from the "big kids" :)
Small Group Exercise (30 min): These next few weeks our primary work is to listen to the Holy Spirit and make space for Him to lead through the gifts within your Home Church as each member does their part.
Communion: Consider opening the time by taking communion together. This can be a way of setting our attention on Jesus as we prepare to wait on Him.
- Broken body - Just as Christ’s body was broken, we, the Church, remain a reflection of His broken body. Yet He has promised to heal and unite us.
- Blood poured out - The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin and makes us pure and spotless before Him. We receive the free gift of freedom from all iniquity and boldly approach the throne as we prepare to commune with the Father in prayer.
- *You may want to make space for people to share their reflections, prayers, or heart responses to the message Adam Cox shared on Sept 5th about Christ building His Church. If this leads to prayer and ministry, trust the Lord to lead.
Listening Prayer: A time to wait on the Lord and share back. This may include ministry to one another, testimonies, confession, worship, intercession, etc.
- Begin in Silence - Pray a simple prayer of releasing anxiety and asking the Lord for help to be still.
- Make an Invitation - Ex. “Lord, as we invite you to reveal yourself to us. Pour out your Spirit upon us.”
He may show up in various forms:
- A scripture that comes to mind
- A picture that pops in your imagination
- A story from the week when God revealed himself
- A person in the room who reveals the love of God to you
After a few minutes, invite people to share what they’re thinking and hearing. Allow the unraveling of conversation, prayer, and worship to take place. Be aware that some may be more comfortable with this exercise than others, be gentle and make space for the more timid.
- Look for opportunities to pray for, honor, celebrate, or grieve with others.
Debrief (20 min): Debriefing your listening prayer time can be as valuable as the prayer itself. What did you learn? How did God meet you?
Examples of questions include (but don’t be limited by these):
- Was there a theme that arose? In summary, what was God accomplishing in the group today?
- Was there ever a time you were aware of God’s presence? What was going on? How did others experience that moment?
- What did you learn from the experience?
- Share any moments of feeling edified or strengthened.
- Was there a moment you felt vulnerable? How did you handle that?
Feedback: If you would like to share a testimony from your time we would love to hear it. You can share an audio message on the Home Church Leaders WhatsApp or email email@example.com with testimonies, prophetic words, or cool insights.