Ideas for Small Groups

Praying in small groups is a great way to grow closer to God as a community.

Whether you're gathering with friends, a prayer triplet, a house group, with fellow students or co-workers, small numbers make for a flexible and engaging time of prayer. If you’re not in a small group already, gather a group of three to eight people and find a place and time to meet regularly.

Prayer ideas to try together:

Keep a Prayer Journal: Have a prayer journal to record the things you pray for and note how God responds to them. It is an amazing reminder of the way God works and a great thing to look back on each week.

Prayer Walk: Pick a place and walk with the intention of asking God to show you where He’s at work, what He cares about and how you can pray.  See our Prayer walking page for further ideas.

The Lord’s Prayer: Divide the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) into sentences and take it in turns around the group to reword it, expand upon its meaning, and lead the rest of the group in prayer around that theme.

Pray For Each Other: Put a chair in the middle of the group and have one person at a time take turns in the chair while the rest lay hands on them and pray. If people are unfamiliar with praying aloud then start by asking everyone to pray one short, positive prayer of blessing over each other. You can dedicate a prayer meeting to praying for everyone in the group or you can pray this way for one person each week.

Get Creative: engage all five senses and try varying the style and method of prayer.  Use silence, speaking out and song.  Try eating something as you pray for hunger for God to increase in your area.  You could even write, draw or paint the thing you’re praying for. For more ideas read ‘Encouraging Creative Prayer’.

Study Prayer: Read a chapter of a book on prayer each week, discussing and practising what you learn. Try The Prayer Course and explore prayer through videos, discussion and practice over six weeks.

Pray for your city: Take a recent local newspaper and go through it finding things to pray for. Cut them out and create a board you can pray through around the needs and opportunities in your city.

Don’t stop because your time is up: At each meeting every member of the group could write a prayer request on a small piece of paper. These can be swapped and taken away.