Can you LEAD A PRAYER???

@vesuvius (1677)
Philippines
June 11, 2007 9:12am CST
There are times when prayers are done with a single person speaking. This happens in gatherings, special events, etc.. This type of 'public speaking' indeed makes me very nervous as it is supposed to be so divine and it must be very very respectful. You? Can you pray (easily) during such occasions especially when there are lots of people? Can you lead a prayer with many individuals around?
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I don't feel comfortable leading a prayer. When we have people over for holidays ect, I always make sure that I have someone lined up for the prayer as I don't like leading it. Many times one of my kids will do it. I am hoping that by them praying outload as a child they will continue to feel comfortable doing it as an adult.
@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
LOL.. 100% same here! Praying in a crowd really is uncomfortable a task.
@andak2007 (3229)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
im really not good with crowd let alone lead a prayer, its not that im antisocial or what, im just a shy person who likes to just be quite and plus the fact that i have such a croaky voice.
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Jun 07
right now? i think the answer is no..i cant do that..i know how to pray but not vocally infront of so many people..
@teleios (738)
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
i've lead prayers with 12-14 people, mostly during class. its not something i would volunteer doing, unfortunately, because i have this thing about public speaking. but when you're requested to do it then you must do it right?i don't think i'd be very comfortable or even any good at leading a large crowd in prayer...but i'ven never tried it so i have no idea;)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I have a hard time leading a prayer. It's horrible, I get really nervous and I sort of tense up and my words might sound jumbled. It is quite the honor coming before His throne, and doing so in front of so many gets on me a little. It's something that I still have to work on and try me best to improve. I see others do it and they make it seem so easy. Boy, do I wish it came that naturally to me!
• United States
12 Jun 07
I'm use to praying with my family and taking turns but for some odd reason I couldn't do it in front of my boyfriend's family :) I think it's because we both grew up with different religious background and our prayers are different as well.
• United States
12 Jun 07
Doing anything infront of a crowd makes me nervous, but I'm probably the most at ease if I have to lead a prayer. Since it's just me talking to God there is no right or wrong way to do it. It doesn't matter if I say the right words or not. If you have a relationship with Christ then you talk to God regularly and it should be nothing more than continuing a conversation with a good friend. Anyone that has put their faith in Christ as their Savior can pray. You don't have to be some "holy" person. Of course, God wants for us to do good, but not for the sake of looking "holy" or "divine" infront of others.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I can do it, and for some serious occasions I actually will. I did however find a good way to get out of it in regards to over-religious relatives. I make sure to add things like, "In the name of Jebus," and "Jebus be praised," somehow I don't get asked to lead them anymore. Works for me. Minnie Mouse is HOT! filmbuff
@add_im (2712)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
To pray or praying is shouldn't be afraid of by any means or to be feeling nervous at all. Praying is all about talking directly to God when we utter every words from our mouth, which is to acknowledge our Father in Heaven, thanking Him for what He've done in our lives, for all the blessings that He poured upon His people and so on and so forth...our prayers uttered by our mouths are not just enough to thanking God for everything...God is more than worth our thanksgiving and prayers. So, there's nothing to be afraid of or to feel fear or nervousness when it comes to prayer...one thing also, a prayer should be done from our hearts and by heart...it shouldn't be a memorized prayer or making a lined out from it. Prayer is all about talking directly to God in Heaven and whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to utter from your heart, then that's what it should openly uttered or speak from your very own mouths. Hope this helps.
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I have a very hard time praying, especially when I am told to pray for some reason, am made to pray "on the spot" and on the spur of the moment, and when others are watching and listening. I just kind of freeze up, and whatever comes out ends up being very lame and stupid.
@ackars (1942)
• India
11 Jun 07
Seriously telling I cant.Once I was asked to lead a prayer when we all went for our class retreat.I just sweat a lot on that day.I somehow managed to lead my first and last prayer meeting on that day.Never before and never again...
• United States
11 Jun 07
I've had plenty of opportunities to pray out loud during church. We used to have one of the ushers pray for the offering. I don't think any of the ushers wanted to pray and you didn't know who was going to pray until you got up there. I just prepared myself as if I was going to be the one to pray. I've also had to pray during communion.(We have two people to serve it) Also our former pastor would sometimes ask someone to close the service with prayer(at random). Of course I was a little nervous during those situations and usually it ended up being a little shorter than I might have planned but over the years I have just got more used to doing it. I pray everyday anyway, this is just out loud and for something specific usually.
@avelnrm (239)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
i never tried leading a prayer for an occasion but in our high school classes before, we were to lead the prayer just before those classes. the teacher would randomly call us to lead the prayer--this would really make me nervous. and what's more scary about it is that our teacher would criticize or scold us after praying if we did not follow the correct 'arrangement' in prayer. i can't even memorize it up to now but it includes praise, ask for forgiveness, guidance, etc...
@2babita (1074)
• India
11 Jun 07
I think I will try to do,though it is quite difficult the way for you for me also but then also I will try.