What Is A Charismatic Prayer Meeting?

Where two or three are gathered in My name,
there am I in their midst. Matthew 18:19-20

Unity In Purpose - Power In Prayer

The following series of questions and answers to the question, "What Is A Charismatic Prayer Meeting?" was developed in response to the visible need for some direction and clarification for people attending or leading a Charismatic Prayer Meeting in the Oakland Diocese. These are meant to be guidelines for the growth and development of a Charismatic Prayer Meeting, and although the Holy Spirit may move in a variety of expressions of Christ in the various Prayer Meetings, if there are not certain of these elements contained within the context of the meeting, perhaps it is not a "Charismatic" Prayer Meeting that the Lord Jesus is forming. We suggest that you read the material, and then keep it or give it to a friend who is inquiring about a Charismatic Prayer Meeting. We pray with you that the Holy Spirit will continue to cause us to be attentive to the tasks the Lord has given us.

We pray we will all strive to be an active part of a Body of Christ committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, seeking to serve Him and His Body in the gifts of the Spirit with all boldness and humility and continuing to grow in the love and knowledge of our God. All this we pray, Father, in confidence that it is in perfect accord with Your will for us as Your children. In Jesus' name we thank you....Amen.

What Is A Charismatic Prayer Meeting?

A "Charismatic Prayer Meting" is a weekly gathering of Christians to give praise, thanks, honor and love to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It's a time we gather in community, to praise God on a one-to-one basis, as the Holy Spirit moves us. A prayer meeting is not a discussion club, a therapy session, or a time for counseling. We come to give our full attention to Jesus - through the help of the Holy Spirit (who will teach us all truth).

A Prayer Meeting Has Two Purposes:

1. To praise, worship and honor God.

2. To build up the Body of Christ (as brothers and sisters).

What Is The Content Of A Charismatic Prayer Meeting?

A gathering song; opening prayer; time of praise and worship; singing; prophecy (God inspiring someone to speak ); tongues (in song, praise or prophecy); interpretation of tongues; ministeing the Gifts of the Spirit to the people gathered in healing, miracles, word of knowledge etc. .......(see 1Cor. 12); scripture reading; teaching; testimony; lovesharing. (see 1 Cor. 14:26-33)

How Long Do Prayer Meetings Last?

Usually a minimum of 1 1/2 hours.

Do I Have To Raise My Hands Or Pray Like Others Do?

No - you should pray as you feel comfortable - as if you were alone with Jesus. Pray as you feel comfortable, but also respect others the way they pray and be at peace.

Do I Have To Say "Praise TheLord, Alleluia", etc. as others may do?

No - you do not have to say or do anything you are not comfortable with. Just keep open to the Holy Spirit and pray however you wish - just PRAY. As we learn why God wants us to praise, we will desire to change our form of worship, but pray as you know how.

Is A Prayer Group A Parish Organization?

No - a prayer group is made up of individuals that come together weekly as a family for the purpose of giving Jesus the praise He deserves. The first and primary purpose of all prayer is to praise and honor the God who created us and who gives us all the gifts we enjoy each day.

What Are The Spiritual Gifts We Pray For?

(see 1 Cor. 12, 13 -14 & 1 Cor. 14:1) Word of Wisdom; Word of Knowledge; Faith; Prophecy; Discernment of Spirits; Tongues (Acts2:4); Interpretation; Healing; Miracles.

Is The "Baptism In The Spirit" A New Sacrament?

No - it is the RELEASE of the POWER of the Holy Spirit already within US that we received from our Baptism and our Confirmation, and now in our experience, to enable us to live the Christian life we want to live but had only been partially successful in doing. We will begin to experience a new ability to appreciate Jesus, the Bible, our daily prayer life, & our faith through this living experience.

Do I Have To Speak At A Prayer Meeting?

No - simply come to experience the life and love of Jesus, and as we are listening and praising and continuing to learn, we will find that the Holy Spirit will work in us to want to give back some of the love we have received though allowing the Holy Spirit in the use of the Gifts of the Spirit. The people that do speak are learning to let the Spirit lead them in how and when and what to say in the meeting.

What Is "Testimony"?

Telling how the Lord is working in your life. It will always be a first-hand experience, not another person's story. If the testimony is led by the Spirit, the result will be that the center of the testimony will be the honor and glory of Jesus, not the person sharing. (see John 16:14)

How Can I Grow Spiritually?

First, submit yourself to the Lordship of Jesus in prayer, and talk to God as your loving Father that wants to teach you. Take time to listen for God to respond to your prayers;

Second, take time every day to read the Word of God to learn about your Father, and the love of Jesus for you, and learn who God says you are as a part of His Son Jesus.

Third, act on the new understandings you get from your prayer and Bible reading. (Matt. 7:24-27 & James 1:22-25) Finally, submit yourself to God to become a part of a prayer meeting where other people are seeking spiritual growth as you are. Apply yourself to learn through attending teachings that are offered, and God will do the rest.

Is a Charismatic Prayer Meeting Based on the Bible?

Yes - Jesus said, "Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in their midst." (Matt. 18:19-20). 1 Cor. 14:26; Acts 2:42; Rev. 3:20- 21; Rev. 22:17.

Why Do We Sing?

(Colossians 3:16 & Eph. 5:18-21) Singing is a way of praying, praising and worshipping God. St. Augustine said, "He who sings well, prays twice." Songs can turn our hearts and thoughts toward God, and help us to understand the presence of Jesus if they are well selected. The meeting should not turn into a songfest. We should PAUSE between songs, readings, prophecies, etc., and LISTEN. This is the time the Holy Spirit can talk to us. We need Silence to Reflect and allow the Spirit to work.

Why Do Some Greet Others with a Hug?

This is a sign of brotherhood, and an action based upon our faith that we Do Love with Jesus' Love..(see 1 Cor. 16-20; 2 Cor. 13:12; 1 Thess. 5:26 and1 Peter 5:14).

Is a Charismatic Prayer Meeting Like a Eucharistic Celebration?

Don't compare one with the other. In a prayer meeting, Jesus is present in a different way and for a different purpose. Both the Mass and the Charismatic Prayer meeting are to bring glory to God, as a body of Christ, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, only we worship Him from an informal viewpoint rather than in a structured celebration. At a "Charismatic" Mass, we experience the combining of these two forms of worship.

Where Can I Read Something on the Holy Spirit in the Bible?

John 14:16 and 26; John 15:26; John 16:7 and 13; Acts 1:4 and 8, Acts 2:4, 17 and 38; Acts 4:31; Acts 5:32; Acts 8:17; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:5-6; Romans 5:3-5; Romans 8:1-17; 26-27; 1 Cor.2:6-16; 1 Cor. 3:16; Galatians 5:16-26 and many others.

Is Satan Real?

Yes - the Bible, Jesus, and our Church has always taught that Satan is real, but Jesus has defeated the Satan, the devil, for the children of God, and the life of Jesus will keep us safe as we learn to obey the Holy Spirit.

What is the Importance of Prayer:

See Matt. 7:7; Matt. 21-22; Mark 11:22-26; Luke 18:1; Luke 11:1-13; John 15:7, 16; Eph. 6:18-19; Col. 4:2; 1 Thes. 5:17-18; Jas. 5:16; Rev. 8:3-4; and many more.

What Should I Keep in Mind When Attending Prayer Meetings?

Praise, Honor, and Glory are Yours, Lord! St. Paul Philippians 1:9-11

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus to the glory and praise of God.

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