Getting people praying


A praying church is a Connected Church! There's nothing that brings connection across great distances like prayer and we want to equip you to get your group praying with fervour and insight.

Praying with and for your Connected Church will also be a blessing and a challenge. Your regular updates will include prayer points and as you read them you will the opportunity to pray into the ordinary and the extraordinary; the difficulties and the breakthroughs; the pain and the joy of people halfway round the world. No matter the situation you will be supporting your Connected Church community in prayer.

'It is our privilege as a church to be able to walk alongside these Christian brothers and sisters and to pray for them and the communities they serve'

Val Dufour, Rushmere Baptist Church, Ipswich

Getting people praying

Here are some steps to help you pray and inspire others to pray for your Connected Church.

  • Spread the word. How will you share the prayer news with your wider church community? Why not plan a monthly update in your church bulletin, e-news or display board.
  • Set aside time to pray specifically and regularly for your Connected Church project. You can pray as part of your church home group, church prayer meeting or during your Sunday services.
  • Scan the international section of newspapers or online to be mindful of any national situations that could be affecting the communities where your partner works, or the country as a whole. Alternatively, visit www.tearfund.org/pray to read Tearfund’s current prayer news online.
  • Sign up to receive Tearfund’s weekly prayer email called One Voice via this link to find out about current prayer needs around the world.
  • You can send a message to your partner via their partner page or by emailing connected@tearfund.org. They would love to know that you have been praying for them, or to hear a word of encouragement from you. You could also email a photo of your prayer group or church for us to pass on.
  • Share your prayers via the Connected Church Facebook group for your project or via the One Voice prayer wall.
  • Say a prayer! If you are still stuck for ideas on how to pray, turn to some of the opening prayers found in the New Testament letters. Read Colossians 1, Philippians 1, and Ephesians 1 for starters and echo these life-giving and transforming prayers.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.

Colossians 1:3-5

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Sara Kandiah