Directions for Devotions

Jonathan Brownson

READ : 1 Corinthians 14:37-40

All things should be done decently and in order. (v. 40)

The leadership of the prayer meetings varied, but all operated with the same Bill of Direction:

Please observe the following rules:

Be prompt, commencing precisely at twelve o’clock.

The leader is not expected to exceed ten minutes in opening the meeting.

1st. Open the meeting by reading and singing three to five verses of a hymn.

2nd. Prayer.

3rd. Read a portion of Scripture.

4th. Say the meeting is now open for prayers and exhortations, observing particularly the rules overhead, inviting the brethren from abroad to take part in the services.

5th. Read but one request at a time—requiring a prayer to follow—such prayer to have special reference to the same.

6th. In case of any suggestion or proposition by any person, say this is simply a prayer-meeting, and that they are out of order, and call on some brother to pray.

7th. Give out the closing hymn five minutes before one o’clock. Request the benediction from a clergyman, if one be present. (from the archives of the Collegiate Corporation, RCA)

Is there planning that goes into your times of prayer? If not, perhaps you need a “Bill of Direction.”


Prayer: Lord, I plan my vacations carefully, but don’t plan my prayers. Forgive me, and help me to pray intentionally.