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WHAT IS A CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING?

The Primary purpose of a Prayer Meeting is Worship of God. 
There are certain stable elements of a Charismatic Prayer Meeting:

  1. Praising the Lord aloud together
  2. Singing Hymns or songs to the Lord
  3. Prayer in tongues — See “Spiritual Gifts”
  4. Gift of tongues followed by interpretation of tongues
  5. Waiting on the Lord
  6. Prophecy or inspired teaching — See “Spiritual Gifts”
  7. Scripture reading … usually spontaneous
  8. Faith sharing
  9. Petitions
  10. Teaching — The teaching should help the members learn more about Christian living through the Life in the Spirit and the Charismatic Renewal. Its content should include Scripture, tradition and/or Church teaching.
  11. Prayers for Healing after the meeting See “Spiritual Gifts”
  12. Word of Knowledge — See “Spiritual Gifts”

 Characteristics of a good Prayer Meeting are:

  1. A large part of the Prayer Meeting is spent in prayer and praise in thanksgiving to God
  2. Prayers are simply made, not forced or displayed
  3. Many participate: the time is not monopolized by a few
  4. The Charismatic Gifts are used openly and freely
  5. There is a sense of God’s presence, which can be easily recognized by newcomers.
  6. Fruits of the Spirit are present:

The difference between a Charismatic Prayer Meeting and Shared Prayer Meeting:
Charismatic Prayer Meeting:

  1. A deeper teaching on the action of the Holy Spirit and how people yield to that power
  2. Members freely use the charismatic gifts, especially tongues and word gifts
  3. Stress more praise and thanksgiving … free and open in praise
  4. Sing a wealth of hymns and songs from the Charismatic Renewal
  5. Stress the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the charismatic gifts.

Shared Prayer
People coming together to share some form of spontaneous prayer


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