the priority of prayer

E.M. Bounds famously said, “Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.”

One of the most difficult things about being a Sunday school leader, especially a teacher, is balancing everything you want to accomplish during the time allotted for Sunday School.  You know the feeling, its time to start the lesson, but everyone is enjoying fellowship and not everyone has arrived yet.  Then there are prayer requests to be taken, and you really want to spend time in prayer as a group.  There’s a fellowship coming up and it needs to be announced, as well as the other church events that are upcoming and need to be discussed.  And of course, there’s the lesson you’ve prepared for that needs to be taught.  How do you get it all done!?

There’s no easy answer to that question.  Sometimes we can be more creative with how we share announcements and take up prayer requests.  Starting on time is hard but necessary.  But the one area that it’s critical we don’t compromise on is prayer together.  I want to encourage you all to spend intentional time in prayer with your class every week.  It doesn’t have to be long and extended, but it should be a priority.  Pray with each other, and for each other.  Pray for God to show your group how to reach out consistently, pray for the church to do God’s work faithfully.  Pray for whatever is specific to the needs of your group.  When we pray together, we give God time to get our hearts all on the same page…His page.

If you have trouble thinking of creative ways to have powerful prayer times in Sunday School, maybe this article will give you some ideas:

If you have something to add to the conversation, feel free to share it in a comment below!

I also want you to know that I am praying for you.  Always feel free to call or email me with needs and requests.  I’m here to help you and your class be the best you can be!


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  1. Sue Pardue

    Each week I type a prayer list bookmark of those requests mentioned in class. It has helped our class focus on specific needs during our prayer time. With the bookmark, we have them for the entire week to pray for those needs.

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