20 Small Group Prayer Ideas

Curious about how to integrate prayer into the life of your Small Group?  Here are twenty ideas:

  1. Pair people into groups and have them pray together, and then pray for each other that week.
  2. Lead a night of prayer where you pray through a text, lists, or current needs.
  3. Split men and women into groups for prayer.
  4. Ask someone in your group in advance to lead prayer and give them a compelling vision for how important that time together is for the group.
  5. Ask people to focus their prayers in light of what you talked about from the text.
  6. Pray for the gospel to go forth through personal evangelism, local outreach, and global outreach. Also pray for relationships people in your small group are building with unbelievers.
  7. Pray for a leader, pastor, missionary, staff person, or elder at the church and let them know you were praying for them.
  8. Pray into the text you studied in light of a model like A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) or P.R.A.Y. (Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield) or 4 R’s (Revere, Repent, Request, Rejoice).
  9. Include singing as part of a prayer night or a prayer time.
  10. Get a Christian song, hymn, or written prayer and have people pray it together.
  11. Include children as part of the prayer time or have families pray together.
  12. Sit together at a Sunday evening Worship-Based Prayer service.
  13. Ask people to keep a list of prayer requests shared and to pray over them during the week.
  14. Pray in light of current events, news, national or local issues, holidays, or the church calendar.
  15. Pray for national or local leaders, civic servants, local schools and their faculty, and others in positions of service or authority.
  16. Ask another Small Group leader or two if your groups can join together for a prayer night.
  17. Pray similarly to Acts 1:8 by praying for your community, then city, then country, and then the world.
  18. Pray over needs on the online Prayer Wall as a group.
  19. Pray through the church’s Member Covenant or your Small Group covenant together.
  20. Take a few moments at the outset of the night to allow people to pray silently. You could frame the time for the group (focus on prayers of confession or thanksgiving or perhaps focus on a verse).
Bob Martin

Bob Martin

Assistant Pastor of Small Groups & Membership

Bob first joined staff at College Park as a Pastoral Resident in 2011 and has served in several important roles since that time. In 2018, Bob became the Assistant Pastor of Small Groups & Membership. In this role, Bob gives leadership and direction to the Small Group ministry by recruiting, training, and supporting Small Group Leaders and Coaches, as well as overseeing the membership process and covenant member care. 

Bob is passionate about seeing men and women enter into community with others to find hope together. He enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends.