Remember the fascination of watching Jiffy Pop Popcorn poof up as you held it over the stove? The delicious smell and taste of freshly popped popcorn? And what does it have to do with prayer?
“Popcorn” prayers refers to short, spontaneous bursts of prayer in a group setting. Often there is no theme and each person prays whatever comes to mind or heart. This works great for those with ADD or who like variety and value spontaneity. However, particularly for the list intercessor (see blog on types of intercessors), this form of prayer can be very frustrating with little or no order or organization to it.
The benefits include being a fun way to pray in groups without pressure to pray a lengthy prayer and helps to include everyone. One way to make it more appealing to those who prefer more order is to start with a theme such as praise. Let those “pops” of praise arise as the warmth of Holy Spirit fills the group! You can then move on to a theme of requests, repentance or thanksgiving for specific issues.
A key to dynamic corporate prayer is being led by Holy Spirit in creative ways so that your meetings don’t sink down into stale routine. Don’t be afraid to try new things as you are led, but remember to honor the different types of intercessors so they have a way to connect.