by Steve Cordle
Taking time for group members to pray together during a cell meeting is indispensable. Yet, Iâ€™d like to consider another less-visible form of prayer that also brings power to the cell: the leader in listening prayer during the meeting.
During our last group meeting members waded into some deep conversation about how they were going to apply that nightâ€™s text to some tender and difficult situations in their lives. Some differences of opinion were expressed, though in a healthy way. I found myself wanting to step in and control the direction of the meeting back toward safer ground. Instead, I quieted my heart and asked the Lord, â€œWhat do you want to do right now? Accomplish your purposes in this meetingâ€¦ have your wayâ€¦â€ I sensed the need to let the direction continue.
Honestly, there was a little too much difference of opinion and raw emotion for my taste. But at the end of the meeting, I saw people embracing and encouraging each other. God led where I wouldnâ€™t have chosen to go, and accomplished what I couldnâ€™t.
Our members may not be aware of our inner posture of listening prayer, but they will benefit from it!