Importance of Prayer Ministry
A significant moment in Alpha is after the session ‘How Can I Be Filled with the Spirit?’, as there is an allocated time for prayer ministry.
During this time it’s important to create a relaxed and expectant atmosphere that will help people be more open to receiving. Your Alpha team should be fully prepared by having gone through the training session “Prayer Ministry” prior to this prayer ministry time (that includes ministering to each other on the team).
This preparation ensures your leaders have completed this training prior to the weekend. The Alpha DVD has this training session included or download it free here to use with your team prior to the weekend/day away, just log in first – http://run.alpha.org.au/#/resource/
How to run the Prayer Ministry Session
The ministry time can be led simply and gently from the front. At the end of the talk the leader should ask everyone to stand and explain that they are going to ask the Holy Spirit to come.
Invite the guests to put their hands in front of them as a sign to God that they are willing to receive the gifts that God has for them. The guests will already have looked at the gifts in the small group earlier in the day.
The leader should then pray very simply, keeping their eyes open so they can watch what is happening, something similar to: “Come Holy Spirit. We ask that You would come upon Your people and fill them with Your presence through the Holy Spirit.” Then the leader watches and waits to see what happens. You may see signs that the Holy Spirit is present. Don’t be afraid to wait and don’t be afraid of silence.
When you feel it’s appropriate, you can ask the team to pray for anyone who would like prayer. Explain to the guests that if they wish, someone can come and pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Allow space for people to pray and receive.
There’s no time limit, so continue for as long as you feel is necessary and then ask the worship leader/band to come up and play quietly. This time of ministry will often move naturally into a time of worship. It’s important not to rush this time and follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit.