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Testimonies: My Experience of Worship-Based Prayer

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Rosedale Mennonite Missions and Conservative Mennonite Conference invite you to join us at the Rosedale International Center from October 31-November 1 for the 2014 CMC Prayer Gathering. We envision this as a time of encountering God in community. We expect to be refreshed and changed as we experience time set aside to corporately and inter-generationally focus on him. We envision a time of equipping and training for pastors and prayer leaders who will leave with a passion to make their churches “houses of prayer” and children being trained and excited about how God can use them in prayer. We long for and are asking God for a move of his Spirit among us. Come add your prayers to ours and see what God will do when we ask him with hope and expectancy.

Many people in CMC have already been blessed by experiencing corporate, worship-based prayer. We asked several of them to share some of their “takeaways” from those experiences with you…

Worship based prayer has been the most dynamic corporate prayer that I have experienced. The combination of Scripture, song and focused corporate prayer, all led by the Holy Spirit, opens my spirit to hear from the Lord and be fed by his presence. One particular time of worship-based prayer that stands out to me was the last night of Pastors Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2013. The session was led by Lyn Byler and after a week of learning about healthy congregations and healthy pastors, my desire to return home and give myself to the ministry was strongly kindled. What was missing was the final piece of God’s anointing with his Spirit for such a mighty task. By the end of the service, most of us ministers were standing or kneeling at the front of the church, being prayed for and praying for others. God moved powerfully, many tears flowed, and we all left with a renewed sense of his presence. From a participant perspective, taking part in a worship-based prayer time led by a humble leader is surprisingly simple, especially given the dynamic results. Most of the time specific, directed input is asked for, and prayers from those taking part are short and concise. Reading from Scripture is encouraged, singing together happens on the fly, and all that is necessary is an openness to the direction of God’s Holy Spirit. I have had incredible experiences in worship-based prayer settings, and have heard God give specific direction, both to me and to others. What a wonderful way to love our Heavenly Father and to bask in his love for us!

-Merlin Miller, Pastor of Riverview Mennonite Church, White Pigeon, Michigan

Last summer at the annual meeting of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, we participated in a Concert of Pray led by Lyndon Byler. The worship-based format provided a fresh and meaningful time of experiencing God’s presence. Spread across the auditorium, many small clusters of worshippers were guided in the prayerful experience.

From our personal perspective, the hour-long session passed very quickly, partly due to the variety of prayer and worship forms that were used. We confessed sins, expressed our love and devotion to the Lord, and made commitments of sharing Jesus with others. Sometimes we were silent and contemplative, other times we were vocal and expressive. We read and quoted Scripture. And we sang familiar songs that touched our spirits.

The Concert of Prayer was led with a very comfortable tempo—we didn’t feel rushed. For us, the end result was an authentic and refreshing experience of worship.

-Mary Ann and Laban Miller, Oasis Community Church, Lexington, Kentucky

I have been in different settings where I participate in “worship-based prayer” and I absolutely loved it! When you break down a congregation into 6-12 people for a prayer group, something powerful happens! Not only is it connective and bonding among your group, but it’s also a very meaningful way to worship our Father. Worship-based prayer has proven to be such a positive experience for my church that we annually engage in it on the first Sunday of each new year. Our pastor will give thoughts and requests directing our groups as we pray out our praises and petitions. Our worship leader will also lead out in songs during the prayer times along with scripture reading and congregational responsive readings. I thoroughly enjoy the variety and spiritual depth that worship-based prayer has brought to my church’s worship experience as well as with my personal prayer life.

-Keith Byler, Youth Pastor, Fairlawn Mennonite Church

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