15 Minute Morning Prayer Gathering(MPG)
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 0:00 Intro / Ice Breakers
- 5:00 Bible Reading or Devotional Message
- 10:00 Prayer Requests and Pray
- 15:00 Close
Ice Breakers don’t have to be formal. It could be a question that everybody answers like “what was your highlight from last week” or “what is your favorite class”. The purpose of the ice breaker is to warm people up. For some groups everybody may know each other well but for others this may not be the case. Regardless, it is helpful to warm up the conversation with a question or ice breaker.
The Bible Reading is a small section of scripture that the facilitator or leader selects and reads and then shares with group what was significant or meaningful about the verses. It may be how the verse can be applied to daily living or it may be some connection with another biblical truth. It’s nice to read the verses in advance but not required! Read out loud and go around the room to ask ‘what stood out’ for each, or what ‘words or phrases’ seemed meaningful. Word of Encouragement for facilitator! Facilitator need not feel a need to ‘teach’ or ‘instruct’ – only share what God impressed on him or her when reading scripture. There is no “correct” answer only what God puts on your heart. The Gospels are great place to start for finding scripture to share.
As another option – one that many facilitators find easy to use, the leader can read a devotional book which includes scripture and a message. These books can be obtained from CFC (we are happy to mail to you free of charge or you can pick one up at your local Christian book store for less than $10.
After the message go around the group and ask for prayer requests. Emphasize that there are no limits or parameters for prayer requests. They might relate to family or friends. Or, the prayers can be for school, state or country. The focus is that God hears all prayers and desires us to come to him for all our needs.