4 Cures for a 'Boring' Prayer Meeting

One of the reasons people don't go to a prayer meeting is that they think it's going to be boring. Here are some ways you and your church can change that ugly perception:

Reason No. 1: Lack of expectation that God will meet with us. From a biblical perspective, when we gather for prayer, we can be assured that God is in our midst (see Matt. 18:20). But often it is the leader's job to play the role of Elisha with his servant when he prayed, "Open his eyes" (2 Kin. 6:17b). When people expect to meet with God, their attitude will be very different. As George Muller used to say, "God has dealt with me according to my expectation."

Cure: There are ways to increase people's expectation of meeting with God. Here are three examples. Songs of worship can raise our awareness that we are meeting with God and not just going through religious activities. Drawing our attention to Bible passages of God's power with His people can have the same effect. Finally, along a similar line, stories of powerful prayer meetings from history can increase expectation in the room.

Reason No. 2: Lack of anticipation of the importance of the meeting. Many people in our day and age place a high value on time. Things considered a waste of time are considered boring. I think that's part of the reason people, especially men, often skip the prayer meeting for other activities. Overcoming this perception can increase attendance at the prayer meeting.

Cure: One of the ways to help people to see the importance of the prayer meeting is to line up the agenda of the prayer meeting with important items. When the early disciples met for prayer in Acts chapter 4 about the persecution they were facing, no one would have questioned the importance of the meeting. And the room was shaken. You might make the agenda for your prayer service the Big Hairy Audacious Goals that God has put on your heart for the church. You may put signs around the room with pictures of lost people in need of God.

Reason No. 3: Leaders governed by obligation instead of desperation in calling the meeting. I was a senior pastor for about nine years before starting this ministry back in 2005. There always seemed as though there was more to do than I had time to do it. With that type of environment, it's easy to feel as though a prayer service is just another item on the to-do list. If this is how the leader feels, it will quickly be felt by everyone else and drain the energy in the room.

Cure: There are two steps to overcoming this challenge. Both are important. First, the leader needs to reconnect with their "why." This may be as simple as changing the agenda of the prayer meeting as we talked about in the last reason. The second part is to set up the time and structure of the prayer meeting as the leader so that you want to come. Don't feel obligated to have a morning prayer service if you're a night owl. Maybe to start with a 30-minute prayer service before Sunday morning is better than adding another night to your agenda when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Reason No. 4: No balance of spontaneity and predictability. There is nothing wrong with routine in your prayer service. Structure can provide security to people who are new to a prayer meeting. Knowing what's happening next can even help the veterans of the prayer service feel comfortable to focus on prayer. But structure can also create boredom if we're not careful.

Cure: Hopefully you will see that the first three reasons are foundational to fixing this challenge as well. Let me encourage you as leader to create a simple broad-stroke plan with predictable parts, but don't be afraid to change to follow the moment. Let the components be like your playbook that gives you the comfort to call an audible with confidence. {eoa}

Kevin Senapatiratne is head spiritual pyromaniac for Christ Connection. Kevin speaks around the United States helping Christians find the fun of prayer. He is the author of Enjoying Prayer. You can learn more about his ministry at

For the original article, visit

  • Roadblock

    6 Roadblocks That Will Stop Your Spiritual Growth

    God wants you to grow in your faith, but many of us get stuck along the way.

  • 2017 is the year that swords will clash.

    Prophetic Word: 2017 Will Bring a Clashing of Heaven and Hell

    "This is a time to cross over and not pull back."

  • Inner Healing Is the Fruit of the Spirit

    Inner Healing Is the Fruit of the Spirit

    I have been puzzled about the subject of inner healing for some time.

  • The devil will try to silence you in any way he can. Don't give him the satisfaction.

    Satan's 2 Most Potent Lies to Render You Ineffective

    There's something in you so powerful that Satan doesn't want it out. Kyle Winkler reveals ...

  • Are you willing to volunteer for God's offensive army?

    Prophetic Word: Preparing for God's World War 3

    God is searching for soldiers of the cross who are willing to volunteer for His offensive army.

  • Cindy Jacobs

    2017: Year of the Breakthrough

    "There will be a significant increase in miracles and signs and wonders."

  • Foot washing

    Shaking the Gates of Hell With a Basin of Water and a Towel

    "When I saw His foot, I knew He had come to take back territory the enemy had stolen from His ...

  • Growing relationship

    2017 Prophetic Word: The Supernatural Key to Growing Your Relationship With God

    It's vital that we understand what comes from God and what comes from the devil.

  • Marriage man and woman

    Why Marriage Is Not Just Between a Man and a Woman

    Marriage is a miracle. Let us treat it like one.

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit