Day 12 – How to Pray for Others in the Band

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Rom. 8:26–27)

Not everyone is comfortable praying out loud for others. If this is the case with you or one of your bandmates, understand there’s no pressure. That said, this is the perfect environment to practice communal prayer, or praying in the presence of others, even if it’s uncomfortable at first. Most of what I have learned about prayer has happened in the context of actually doing it. Here are some things to keep in mind as you pray for others:

  1. Ask for God’s help in praying: You may recall that the disciples themselves humbly asked Jesus how to pray saying, “Lord, teach us to pray.” When I begin praying for my bandmates I start by saying, “Holy Spirit help me in my prayers.” If you do not immediately have the words, take a moment of quiet to let the words come.
  2. Keep it real: When you are praying to God, you are not trying to impress others with your words or by acting a certain way. Just be yourself. You are also not trying to give people advice or suggestions through your prayer. Your prayers are best when you just speak authentically with what comes to your heart and mind for the person for whom you are praying.
  3. Keep it simple: You do not have to add your own interpretation or embellishment on what somebody has shared. You can simply and humbly bring those things shared, those needs, those requests before God’s mercy. He is the one who responds and does the work. We are just simple vessels giving voice to and agreeing together in how we are asking God to hear us.

You may be familiar with the often-quoted words of Jesus from Matthew 18:19–20 where he said, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” The word translated “agree” comes from the Greek word sumphoneo. You may notice the connection to the English word symphony. What it means is “sum” (to add) and “phoneo” (to sound). It literally means “to sound together”! It is to add my voice of agreement with your voice in prayer. We believe this is a beautiful image of what happens when a band prays together. One person shares where they are, what their struggles and needs are, and what the Spirit is stirring, and the others sound together in agreement to bring that to God in prayer.

Today, by way of practice, I want you to find a quiet place and pray out loud for each of your bandmates. Take two to three minutes and lift them up to God, praying whatever comes to your heart and mind for them. If you have some additional time, give this video by author and speaker Pete Greig a watch:

The Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, teach me to pray. Help me move past my barriers in prayer. Teach me to talk to you Lord in a two-way conversation. Remind me that you love to hear what I have to say. Amen

For Band Interaction

Consider taking a few minutes to write a short prayer for each of your bandmates and share it with them.