Author: Maria Muratore
What is a Charismatic Prayer Meeting?
A “Charismatic Prayer Meeting” is a gathering, weekly or bi-monthly, to give praise, thanks, honor, and love to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It’s a time to gather in community and praise God as the Holy Spirit moves us.
A prayer meeting is not a discussion club, a therapy session, or a time for counseling. We come to give our full attention to Jesus through the help of the Holy Spirit.
A prayer meeting has two purposes;
1. To praise, worship, and honor God
2. To build up the body of Christ
What is the format of a Charismatic Prayer Meeting?
We begin with a gathering song, followed by an opening prayer ,time of praise and worship, singing. When then have a time for prophecy, God inspiring someone to speak, through tongues, song, praise, or prophecy. We then have interpretation of tongues, ministering the Gifts of the Spirit to the people gathered in healing, miracles, word of knowledge, see 1 Cor. 12, scripture reading; teaching; testimony; sharing, see 1 Cor. 14:26-33.
A meeting may last a minimum of 1 ½ to 2 hours or more.
Do I Have to raise my hands or pray like others do?
No. You should pray as you feel comfortable while also respecting others in the way they pray and feel comfortable.
Do I have to say “Praise the Lord, Alleluia”; etc,as others may do?
No, you do not have to say or do anything you are not comfortable with. Just be open to the Holy Spirit and pray however you wish. As we learn why God wants us to praise, we will desire to change our form of worship, but pray as you know how.
Is a prayer group a parish organization?
No, a prayer group is made up of individuals that come together regularly as a family for the purpose of giving Jesus the praise He deserves. The first and primary purpose of all prayer are to praise and honor the God who created us and who gives us all the gifts we enjoy each day.
What are the Spiritual Gifts?
Word of Wisdom; Word of Knowledge; Faith; Prophecy; Discernment of Spirits; Tongues(see 1 Cor. 12, 13-14 & 1 Cor. 14:1) ; Interpretation; Healing; Miracles.(see Acts 2:4)
What is “Baptism in the Spirit” ?
It is the release of the power of the Holy Spirit already within the US that we received by faith at our confirmation, and now in our experience, to enable us to live the Christian life we want to live but had only been partially successful in doing. We will begin to experience a new ability to appreciate Jesus, the Bible, our daily prayer life, and our faith through this living experience.
Do I have to speak at a prayer meeting?
No. You may come to experience the life and love of Jesus. As we listen and praise we will find that the Holy Spirit will work in us to want to give back some of the love we have received through allowing the Holy Spirit in the use of the Gifts of the Gifts of the Spirit. The people that do speak are learning to let the Spirit lead them in how, when, and what to say in the meeting.
What is a “testimony”?
Telling how the Lord is working in your life If the testimony is led by the Spirit, the result will be that the center of the testimony will be the honor and glory of Jesus, not the person sharing. (see John 16:14)
How can I grow spiritually?
First, submit yourself to the lordship of Jesus in prayer, and talk to God as your loving Father who wants to teach you. Take time to listen for God to respond to your prayers. Second, take time every day to read the word of God, the Bible; to learn about your Father and the love of Jesus for you. Learn who God says you are, part of His Son Jesus. Third, act on the new understandings you get from your prayer and Bible reading. (See Matt. 7:24-27 and James 1:22-25.) Finally, submit yourself to God to become a part of a prayer gathering where other people are seeking spiritual growth as you are.
Is a charismatic prayer meeting based on the Bible?
Yes, Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in their midst.” (Matt. 18:19-20).
See also, 1 Cor. 14:26, Acts 2:42, Rev. 3:20-21,Rev. 22:17.
Why Do We Sing?
Singing is a way of praying, praising, and worshiping God. St. Augustine said, “He who sings, prays twice.” Songs can turn our hearts and thoughts toward God, and help us to understand the presence of Jesus if they are well selected. The meeting should not turn into a songfest. We should pause between songs, readings, prophecies, etc; and take time to listen. This is the time the Holy Spirit can talk to us. We need silence to reflect and allow the Spirit to work. (Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:18-21)
Is a charismatic prayer meeting like a Eucharistic celebration?
Don’t compare one with the other. In a prayer meeting, Jesus is present in a different way and for a different purpose. Both the mass and the charismatic prayer meeting are to bring glory to God as the body of Christ, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Only, we worship Him from an informal viewpoint, rather than a structured celebration. At a “charismatic mass,” we experience the combining of these two forms of worship.
Where can I read something on the Holy Spirit in the Bible?
We recommend passages:
John 14:16 and 26; John 16:17 and 13; Acts 1:4 and 8; Acts 2:4, 17, and 38; Acts 4:31; Acts 5:32; Acts 8:17; Acts 10:4448; Acts 19:56; Romans 5:35; Romans 8:1-17,26-27; 1 Cor. 2:6-16; 1 Cor. 3:16; Galatians 5:16-26, and many others.
Is Satan Real?
Yes, The Bible, Jesus, and our Church have always taught that Satan is real, but Jesus has defeated Satan, the devil, for the children of God, and the life of Jesus will keep us safe as we learn to obey the Holy Spirit.
What is the Importance of Prayer?
See Matt. 7:7, 21-22; Mark 11:22-26; Luke 18:1; Luke 11:1-13; John 15:7, 16; Eph. 6:18-19; Col. 4:2; 1 Thes. 5:17-18; James 5:16; Rev. 8:34; and many more.
What should I keep in mind when attending prayer meetings?