5 Tips to help you become more comfortable with praying in front of others
The church I attend host a prayer call every Tuesday at 8PM. We call in and bombard heaven with our different request, determined to flow in our God given purpose. For those that desire to pray, the opportunity is granted. However, for some, praying out loud in a group setting can be terrifying. Below are some things to consider when praying out loud that will help to ease some of the anxiousness.
1. Spend time in personal prayer. Simply put, praying to God in private makes it easier to pray to Him in public. Spend time by yourself with the Lord in prayer. Pour your heart out to Him. Learn to become comfortable in His presence, and give Him a chance to speak back to you. Private prayer helps to train your ear to hear His voice.
2. Spend time studying His word so that you can pray His will. I cannot go wrong praying scripture. I can be sure that I am praying on point when I pray scripture because it is God’s will. 1 John 5:15 tells me that God hears me when I pray His will and I can be confident that He will grant my request. Don’t neglect the studying of His word as this helps to improve your prayer life, and when you pray in front of others, they in turn are blessed!
3. I am praying to God not the individuals who are listening. Keeping this at the forefront of my mind helps me to pray from a sincere heart. There are times when I pray and I may misquote a scripture, mix up my tenses, or mispronounce a word. God is not concerned about that. He is not sitting in heaven going, “oh I can’t answer that prayer because she said ‘is’ instead of ‘are.'” Thinking too hard about how I “sound” and making sure I say the right phrases causes me to miss the true purpose of prayer. My prayer then becomes a performance instead of a sincere offering. Yes, others are listening as I pray out loud but I am not focused on how they will grade my prayer. I am more interested in moving the heart of God. So take a deep breath and relax. Don’t be anxious, just let your words flow from your heart. This is your daddy you are talking to, no need to be afraid.
4. Close your eyes. I find that when I close my eyes especially when praying in front of others this helps me to tune everyone out and focus in on God. When my eyes are closed, it helps me to get in a prayer zone.
5. Don’t hold back. Don’t be concerned about looking composed when praying in front of others. Real prayer requires real vulnerability. If the tears begin to flow as you pour out your heart, let them flow. I know there are times when I am praying out loud and I am determined not to get loud and before I know it, my volume goes from 2 to 15. I am learning to be ok with that, just as long as it is not a work of the flesh. Additionally don’t try to censor every word that comes out of your mouth. Make room for God to use you prophetically as you pray. I have gone into prayer with a “script” in mind and then I feel God leading me to pray something else. I used to struggle with going off script only because it was so uncomfortable and a loss of control. I have prayed before and feel God leading me to pray something that seems to have nothing to do with the subject at hand. However when I am done I have had people come and say that I prayed exactly what they needed to hear. Let your hair down and PRAY!
Do you struggle with praying in front of others? What are some things you have done to help you become more comfortable with praying out loud?
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Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!