Sharing

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Colossians 3:12-17

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. (v. 16)

The Bill of Direction for the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting invited participation. Everyone had an opportunity to share a prayer request and to pray out loud for other requests.

How different from the way “congregational” prayers often work today. Parishioners check their bulletins to make sure Aunt Mary hasn’t been forgotten by the pastor. The pastor meticulously writes down every possible need, but inevitably Aunt Mary gets missed. This kind of praying divides. Fulton Street’s shared prayer multiplied.

Since there was a link between the Fulton Street Revival and mission outreach to Korea, it comes as no surprise that there is also a link in prayer style. In Korean-style prayer, everyone prays out loud together at the same time instead of one person praying and the rest listening. Listening to someone else pray is good, but how much better to give passionate voice to the concerns of our own hearts.

You can make prayer more participatory yourself. The next time someone asks you to pray for them offer to pray with them. Rather than promising prayer, practice it on the spot.

PRAYER

Lord, we want our prayers to be reciprocal. Help us to find ways to pray with and not just for each other.