As you prepare for this gathering, keep these words at the forefront: Simple. Pure.
A: We are suggesting 2 hours for IF:Pray event. This doesn’t mean that you have to pray for the entire 2 hours.
1. Facilitate the 4 Calls to Prayer
You or your team will lead your group of women at this IF Pray event as you all come together to seek God and how he wants to move in your local and global context.
Depending on the makeup of your gathering, we want to give you the freedom to build the schedule of events. The Prayer Journal equips you with the 4 Movements of prayer for that night. We want you to pray on these 4 specific themes, but how you pray and how long you pray is up to you. We think 2 hours is an ideal event duration, but it is your decision as to how you want use that time to come together and pray.
Think through how you want to facilitate prayer. Examples of ways to pray are:
We trust that you know your group and that you are being led by God, so we want to give you the freedom to build your own schedule based on the IF Pray guide. However you decide to go about this event, we ask that you will create a simple and pure environment for everyone to come, pray, and seek how God wants to awaken us to his will and his call on our lives.
2. Build a safe and deep environment for your people. (Like you always do!)
3. Fight to keep unity a central value during IF:Pray.
Prayer is very personal and unique for everybody. As a leader, we give you the responsibility to keep a spirit of unity within your group as the prayer time begins to take shape. We ask for sensitivity, openness, and again, a simple and pure environment for everyone to come to the feet of Jesus in their personal way. Ask that the Spirit guide you to demonstrate love to everyone that you come across as you plan and host your IF:Pray gathering.
1. IF Pray Journal
We are providing you with a printable download of our IF:Pray journal. This is where you will find the 4 Movements of Prayer guide and scripture for the IF:Pray event. It also includes a space for prayer journaling.
Feel free to print it for everyone in your group so they can follow along and have a place to journal. This is not required. At a minimum, the facilitators need a copy for leading the time of prayer.
Each prayer movement begins with reading a passage of scripture. Be sure to have your Bible available for that time. We suggest the ESV translation. Invite your women to bring their own if they’d like to follow along.
If you are not able to print the IF Pray journal, suggest to your group to bring their own journal in case they would like to use it, not pray out-loud, and for a time of response at the end of the event.
It also may be a helpful to have writing utensils ready and available.
Struggling with how to seek unity across a group of women in different denominations? Anne Watson, an IF:Local leader in the North Dallas area has advice for you: