Are you a coffee addict? Are you in love with Jesus? Are you looking for a way to reach out to others in a nonthreatening environment? Well, it’s time you were introduced to a prayer café! A prayer café is a non-threatening, simple way to reach out to others in your community. There are no rules. The only requirements are a glass or mug of your favorite drink at a local coffee shop and commitment!
Committing to your prayer café.
The great thing about a prayer café is that the only hard part, as far as commitment goes, is showing up. To commit, all you have to do is choose whether you want to frequent your favorite coffee shop or explore new ones in your area. Then pick a date, grab some coffee, and designate some time to pray. You can dedicate your entire stay to prayer, or carve out a portion of time (like 5 minutes). Easy enough, right? If you decide that you really like the prayer café, you might consider committing to it once a week or once a month.
Designing your prayer café.
There’s no right or wrong way to do a prayer café. Consider building off the following frameworks to help you get started:
Don’t under estimate the power of prayer: Ezekiel 22:30 illustrates the importance of “standing in the gap of prayer.” Isaiah 59:16a also describes God’s desire for us to intercede on behalf of others.
Bring a bible: Having a bible to read gives you something to do while you’re not praying. Having a bible out can also direct you to specific verses to pray for others. Jeremiah 29:12-13, Psalm 34:18, and Matthew 11:30 name a few!
Assess the environment: Glance around you. Pay discreet attention to the needs and emotions of each person.
Pray: In between sips silently seek God and intercede on others’ behalves. It’s okay if you only come up with one sentence prayers!
Focus: It’s easy to get distracted from prayer. Remember that the main idea is to pray for people to encounter God and have an opportunity to say “yes” to Jesus.
Be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit: Romans 8:26 says that the Holy Spirit helps us when we don’t know what to pray.
Be prepared: Wile the focus of a prayer café is not to evangelize, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15, NIV
A prayer café is a great way to reach out to others, in a low-commitment, nonthreatening environment, and of course, its made 100 times better because of the incentive to drink more coffee.