Jailer's Intro: Hail to the Chief! Welcome aboard and thanks for contributing. Chief is an exceptionally gifted Christian thinker ... I remember during one very deep Bible study in Okinawa, the Jailbreaker and I were struggling over some complicated doctrinal point while the Chief was out of the room. We bantered it around playfully, but both of us had to admit later that we were just stalling until Chief could come back in to rescue us! I'm grateful to have him on board.Oh ... and I really appreciate this topic! My first thought is ... we (as leaders) must lead the way into transparency! That doesn't come without some risk, by the way ... I remember once confessing my struggles with sometimes doubting the very existence of God to a small group. The leader looked uncomfortable and then told me he'd pray for me. Obviously that didn't open any doors toward greater transparency, and in fact may have shut a few. And so we're back to "Aunt Susie's knee operation."On the other hand, maybe all we need is a little mood music ...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Getting Past the Superficial in Small Group Prayer
The earlier post by Jailer on transparency brings up another issue I could sure use your collective wisdom on. One thing I notice as a teacher in a Christian school and as a small group leader is the banality of prayer requests. At the risk of seeming insensitive to physical ailments, how do you all get past the "pray for my Aunt Susie's knee operation next week" litany? I can share my own needs but this does not often lead to honest sharing of needs or requests that go beyond the typical prayers for healing.