A dozen or so years ago (none of us can remember how long it has been) my friend Bev Atwood started a prayer meeting for elders’ wives. We have been meeting one morning a week (at the same time the elders meet) pretty much ever since, and our focus has been to pray for the church. Since those first early days, Trinity Reformed Church has been planted, so we pray for both of our congregations.
For some time we had 3×5 cards with all the different prayer needs listed on them, and we would pass the cards around,Â each of usÂ taking four or five, depending on how many of us were there that morning. Most of these things are listed (quite handily) in our church bulletins now, so we have dispensed with the cards and use our bulletins.Â We pray for the elders, the pastors, the deacons, the music ministers, and all the different ministries of our churches or associated with them. So that includes New St. Andrews College, Logos School, Credenda Agenda, Canon Press, and Greyfriars Hall, to name a few. And we pray for all the expecting mothers, the upcoming weddings, those who are grieving or sick, and those serving in the military.
One of the obstacles of having a prayer meeting is getting bogged down with prayer requests and all the details. But this meeting stays on track. Bev reads a selection from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, then we pray around the circle a time or two, and she closes with some Scripture. It is very straight-forward.
We meet at 6:30 a.m., and since all of us have grown children, it is possible to slip away to make it to the prayer meeting (though I confess I have gone through seasons where my pillow held power over me). If you’re considering starting a women’s prayer meeting, I recommend this style of meeting. Though we visit for a short time over our coffee to catch up, we get right down to business and then out the door to our day.