When people genuinely accept the Lord’s call in Scripture to "pray for one another," then they are ministering in prayer for the benefit and well-being of another person. It is this selfless act of prayer that calls out to the Lord for help.
Many in the church family are gifted with wisdom, insight, sensitivity, and the Lord’s calling to individually or in groups pray for people. In the past several years, prayer teams or groups have come back very strong with the foundation and truth that Christ is present who asks us for prayer. "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20). “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven" (Matthew 18:19). Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed (James 5:16).
To some people, this means to confess sins or to receive healing, whereby many have become uncomfortable feeling vulnerable. CAP is not asking anyone to confess sins; if a person is called by the Lord, then it is that person’s choice to follow through and confess if he or she so chooses.
At CAP, prayer ministry is two different teams: one involved in the prayer life, direction, and health of the CAP organization. The second involves groups of two to ten people available to pray for another person(s) who may have special need(s) which could be family, health, work, or spiritual problem(s)—just a few examples of need(s) that people experience in their everyday lives. Last, if people have no desire to be a part of a prayer team, they can still pray for those in need through our Web site.
People needing prayer or facing a crisis—spiritually, relationally, emotionally, or physically could request prayer once or multiple times. Prayer can be exercised more effectively with a number of people participating. A prayer team provides the following:
- Prayer to the Lord for people
- Checks and balances
- Insights that one person on his or her own may miss
- Greater sense of support and accountability
- Feeling of community and acceptance
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." - (James 5:16)
Note: Prayer team(s) do not replace personal private prayer or the prayer life of the church.
A prayer team may not be static; people could be signed up for different teams or alternating weekly or monthly. Benefits emerge if the same team stays together at least annually and they will become aware of each other's gifts or spiritual abilities whereby the team can draw upon the different strengths from team members.
Prayer Team Qualifications
- Personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Heart to minister as a servant to others
- Committed to their own personal, continuing growth
- Open to be led by the Holy Spirit
- Committed to seeing people made whole in Christ
- Able to receive ministry from others
Prayer Team Positions, Duties, and Responsibilities
- Prayer Team Members – lead prayers and follow up
- Prayer Team Administrator – take the prayer requests; track the progress of individuals or groups; take minutes at meetings; liaison between the prayer teams
- Prayer Team Coordinator – follow up on the progress—health/wellness, family, marriage, work of individuals or groups; coordinate team retreats; schedule meetings
- Prayer Team Minister/Counselor – provide direction; attend to any concerns; instruction curriculum
Note: It is vital that prayer teams and individuals follow up on the progress of people needing prayers, as well as confidentially keep records of contacts and progress.
A prayer ministry, with the right heart, can help people trust and open up without feeling exposed to feel the Lord’s love and compassion. A large part of "Faith Aspirations" is sharing a need with the team such as financial issues, marriage/family problems, hospitalization, or others. Prayer teams should be available for situations that arise any time during the week with or without connection to Sunday church services.
If you are already involved in a prayer group or ministry, please consider praying for the needs of our ministry. Fill out the contact form and you will be contacted.
We need people to spread the word about our ministry. Please use your influence on blogs and social networks to encourage and inspire believers to pray for those in need.
Please join our team and commit to praying for requests that are coming in. Your prayers are essential to CAP; people with addictions need your support.