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In this episode, I want to discuss the vital role of the pastoral prayer in corporate worship.
Pastors should be devoted to prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). Therefore, our worship services should be filled with biblical preaching and believing prayer. As we model how to handle scripture from the pulpit, we should also model how to address the Father in prayer.
To lead the pastoral prayer faithfully and effectively, you must prepare yourself to lead in prayer.
- We should prepare ourselves to speak for God in worship.
- We should prepare ourselves to speak to God in worship.
I use the A-C-T-S outline – adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication – in private and public prayer. In supplication/intercession, we should regularly focus on these five prayer targets:
- The Government
- The Gospel
- The Lost
- The Church
- The Afflicted
“Public prayer, while addressed to God, is for public edification and instruction. It is another kind of pulpit speech, closely related to preaching.”Terry L. Johnson
- Praying in Public by Pat Quinn
- Thoughts on Public Prayer by Samuel Miller
- Praying with Paul by D.A. Carson
- Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney
- The Pastor in Prayer by Charles Spurgeon
- On Preaching by H.B. Charles Jr.
- On Pastoring by H.B. Charles Jr.
- On Worship by H.B. Charles Jr.
- It Happens After Prayer by H.B. Charles Jr.
- The Difference Jesus Makes by H.B. Charles Jr.