Encouragement? People awestruck at our pious praying styles? No!
The goal of public prayer is simply that people would pray along with us.
Public prayer is a weird thing. I think we forget that if we’ve seen it done for a long time. But it’s really really weird. One person stands out the front and talks with their eyes shut, to someone who’s not in the room. Meanwhile, everyone else shuts their eyes and just sits there. Until some magic words at the end get said, and then everyone chants an ancient Greek word, “amen”.
Now I think it’s a great thing to do, but lets be clear on the goal… The goal is that all those people with their eyes shut would in fact be talking to God the very same words that the lead pray-er is praying. So, pray in such a way that makes it amazingly easy for people to pray along!!!
- Pray slowly – with gaps between phrases and sentences.
- Pray SHORT sentences. I’ll say it again. Pray short sentences.
- Pray clearly.
- Pray meaningfully.
- Pray deeply – invoke real theological nous to be simple and clear. It’s easy to get away with bad theology by using lots of words.