Now that you've got your prayer point persons in your small groups, mobilize them to pray for people who are lost.
Challenge your prayer point people to share this super easy method of praying for their lost friends and neighbors.
First, quote or read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12...
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CSB)
Even Solomon knew that a 3-cord relationship was stronger than one or two. I've found that the most practical benefit of prayer triplets is that when 1 can't come, 2 can still get together. And if/when 1 or even 2 might be discouraged there is still 1 (or 2) who aren't. We carry each others' burdens and lean on each others' strength.
Encourage small group members to put themselves together in 3-somes. This prayer partnership might expand to other things, but its primary purpose is to pray for the salvation of lost loved ones; friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else God places on the hearts of the people praying.
Here's how it works, each person chooses 3 people to pray for by name. When the prayer triplets get together, circle up and pray for these 9 people by name. Allow 5 minutes in your group time for your prayer triplets to pray.
Consider praying Scripture over your people. Order the Salvation Scripture prayer card packet from The Prayer Clinic store and use these to pray Scripture over those who are lost.
Here are a few more great resources you might download and print for your small groups to use:
When we first came to Thompson Station to build a church with 8 people, Tom started creating a "hit list" in the back of his Bible he printed the names of people he met who were lost. He prayed over this list and actively pursued relationships with them looking for opportunities to share Jesus. As they came to know Jesus as their Savior and LORD, Tom marked them off his list.
Perhaps you might create a digital or physical "hit list" for your small group and simply print the names of the people you're triplets are praying for on that list. When God answers your prayers, you can celebrate together and move their names to a "Look what God Did!" list!
As you challenge your people to create prayer triplets and pray for 9 lost people by name (3 for each person in the triplet), consider going through this online course that I created with my friend, Jennifer Kennedy Dean called Praying for the Lost. This course will equip your prayer triplets to pray effectively and powerfully for their people.
So there you have it! Prayer Triplets!
1. Share the idea of Prayer Triplets with your prayer point persons in your small groups. Explain the plan thoroughly. (Be sure to include Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
2. Order Salvation prayer cards from The Prayer Clinic store or download other resources to equip the prayer triplets for their task. Give these resources to your prayer point persons to give to their people.
3. Share the online course with your prayer point persons and ask them to challenge their prayer triplets to complete the course on their own. The course can be completed in 21 days. Praying for the Lost
I'd love to hear from you as you implement this plan. I'll post some pictures of our prayer triplets in future blog posts!