As a pastor’s wife, I’m often asked to pray out loud in front of a group. (Not as often as my husband is asked, but I get my fair share of requests!) I usually don’t think twice about it, and just pray. But I know not everyone is as comfortable praying out loud as I have grown to be.
Here are just a few tips to remember when you’re asked to pray out loud:
- Relax. You’re really talking to God, not the people in the room. He’s not going to love you more or less based on your performance on this prayer.
- Remember to praise God in your prayer. Start by focusing on God, His attributes and His promises. It will help calm any nervousness because you aren’t focused on yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to pause. When I get nervous I talk faster, and when I talk faster I think less about what I’m saying, and when I’m not thinking, well . . . I ramble. So I just pause. I quickly collect my thoughts and slow down so I can pray with my whole heart, and not just my fast moving lips.
- Write down the requests you’re praying over. In my ladies Sunday school class, we spend about half our time on prayer requests. I feel that’s one of our main purposes—to support, encourage, and pray for one another. We often fill up an entire notebook page. I certainly can’t remember all the requests when it’s time to pray. So I look at my list. That way I make sure everyone’s requests are lifted up in prayer.