These are sometimes
called Living Cells, Prayer Cells, Home Groups, Fellowship groups, or
Koinonia Cells. I am using the term, “Prayer Fellowship Cells” (PFCs),
as I feel this describes them best.
A PFC is a small
group consisting of two or three (or more) believers who gather in
Messiah’s Name, at any suitable place, at regular times, or as often as
possible or practical. (They are not necessarily from the same church.)
Their purpose is to meet together for Prayer and Fellowship.
the Messiah, and with each other.
A group may meet in a
home, a school room, an office, a park, in a parked car, or even in a
prison. It may spend 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes or longer in prayer and
fellowship – whatever time is possible or agreed upon.
The regularity of the
cell varies. It may be daily, morning and/or evening, five days a week,
once a week, once a month, or whenever it is possible for the members to
The cell may consist
of a few students who meet after college, or office workers who meet in
the lunch hour. It may be a group of housewives who meet in one of
their homes, or any convenient place indoors or outdoors. It may be a
family cell which spends time in prayer and fellowship each day. The
small cell group is oftentimes the only chance a believer has for real
fellowship and growth.
In a group of three
or four, a shy believer doesn’t feel so hesitant; he’s not afraid of
“saying the wrong thing,” or of showing his “ignorance” or “immaturity.”
In the small cell, he is not embarrassed to mention small matters which
PFCs help to refresh
and strengthen the believers, and can provide the fellowship they need.
PFCs can be used
mightily of God to bring souls to know the Saviour, and to prepare
ground for revival.
A PFC can be just two
people, but it is good if twos can become threes, and threes become
fours or fives.
A cell should
manifest the love of Christ, and never become an exclusive group. PCFs
with a vital faith are normally very open, seeking to bring others into
fellowship with the group, and into fellowship with the Master.
If any person has an
interest and desire to join the cell, by all means encourage him.
Encourage him to seek the Master, and to learn to pray in the group.
Sometimes a person
may not really know the Saviour - he is not yet born again - but he has
problems and worries, and he shares them with you. It is good if you can
encourage and pray with him on the spot, and then invite him to attend
your cell group for the purpose of prayer. Even if he does not, or
cannot, accept your invitation, assure him that you and your cell will
pray for his need. It is quite likely that he will appreciate the fact
that there are people who care for others. Your concern for him may be
a step in his receiving Y’shua as his personal Saviour, and of his
joining your PFC, home fellowship or church.
PFCs SHOULD BE A PART OF THE CHURCH’S LIFE
Cells do not seek to separate from churches or assemblies (unless those
churches or assemblies are dead, modernistic, or following unscriptural
ways). Cells are basic building blocks of the local and universal
church. They complement and add to the health, vitality and life of the
A church where many
members meet in Prayer Fellowship Cells will be a growing church, for
such fellowships help to develop the gifts and spiritual life of the
church as a whole. Prayer and fellowship cells will help prepare new and
younger believers for more involvement in the church, and will make them
more zealous in winning souls.
IF TWO OR THREE
It is possible, of
course, to pray alone. And we do need to often pray alone with the
Master. But there is something powerful about prayer in groups. Y’shua
“If two of you agree on earth concerning
anything that they may ask, it will be done for them by My Father who is
in the heavens.” (Matthew
When one prays alone
in faith the Father honors that faith.
For “the earnest prayer of a righteous man is
powerful and effective.”
When two join
together in prayer in one mind, the faith of both is reinforced and they
help each other to higher ground.
“That you be knit
together in the same mind and purpose.”
If you want to get a
fire burning, don’t just light one stick! Put two, three or four sticks
PfCs ARE VITAL IN THESE LAST DAYS
Cells are going to play a very vital part in the life of the Bride of
Christ in these last days, as evil influences increase, as the animosity
towards the Gospel of Christ closes in, and as the “United Religions”
gain more power.
My dear reader,
there’s a lot of writing on the wall these days, and we dare not harbour
a defeatist attitude that says, “Oh, there’s nothing we can do to stem
the evil tide!”
Our Master has given
us our own special “writing on the wall”:
“Hold the fort for I am coming!” “Hold fast until I
“Pray without ceasing.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
“Pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace
with those who call on the Master out of a pure heart.” (2
“Snatch others out of the fire and save them.”
The formation of
millions of cell groups worldwide is greatly needed in these last days;
and I long to see every reader of MRC literature, and every visitor to
our website, enjoying the fellowship of a prayer group. And I pray that
each one of you will help spread this scriptural concept to many others.
It is possible for a
believer to be part of two, or several, cells. We don’t have to restrict
ourselves and say, “This PFC, and this PFC alone is my cell.” We can
share ourselves out further. We can all
and be a
strategic link between various groups.
HOW LARGE SHOULD A PFC BECOME?
When a cell grows to
10 or 12 members and becomes quite strong, it might be time to divide
into two or three cells, so that it does not become too large. These
two or three cells could also come together as a Home Fellowship so they
would all still have close fellowship; but the new and smaller cells
could start again to build up and multiply.
The main reason for a
large PFC dividing into smaller cells, is so that the number of cells
might multiply, in order that more souls might be brought into
fellowship, and brought into a deeper participation in the life of the
The advantage that
smaller cells have, as I have said, is that new members feel quickly at
home in a small group; and younger or inexperienced believers do not
feel so shy in praying and sharing their problems, or asking questions.
The small group is quite often a stepping stone to wider ministry in
the Body of Christ.
Large groups, because
of their size, often discourage many members from participating audibly
in the meeting – except for the singing.
WHAT DOES A PFC DO?
There are no rules
laid down for prayer cells. What I mention here are simply some
suggestions to help in the formation and development of PFCs.
The Holy Spirit is
the One who will guide each cell. The cell, then, should be open to, and
aware of His leading.
There need not be any
“set form.” The main purpose is simple and threefold:
Worship, Intercession and
Each member should learn to take part, and to express himself in these
(It can be a mistake
to think cell meetings should last for a long period, for then, some
members, if they cannot attend for the whole time, may feel they should
not attend at all.)
It might be good to
with a 5-minute
so that there is no feeling of, “I’m not able to spare a long time!”
A 5-minute meet could
go something like this:
– a promise, or a Scripture for encouragement, could be shared (1
the Master who is
present; maybe a chorus, and then each one offering a few sentences of
praise and adoration. (1 minute)
3 Enquire about
each other – any
points? And a brief prayer of thanks. (1 minute)
at present? And then intercession concerning those needs. (1
5 Intercession for
– the unsaved, situations in the church, and in the nations. (1 minute)
Five minutes is a
very brief time; but there may be some members who can’t stay long.
Depends on where and when. Those who can stay longer, can do so, to talk
over needs and pray more about them.
If your 5-minute meet
is a 5-days a week plan, it will mean that you’re having 25 minutes a
week of group prayer and fellowship that you didn’t have before.
meet could go along the same lines, but this would not be quite so
“rushed.” But even ten minutes will not allow time for casual talk. And
of course you have not gathered for casual talk. So as soon as all
members are present, or when the set time has come, cut out all casual
talk, and keep it, if you must, for ‘on the way out.’ Make the most of
your allotted time for the five points above. And use any spare time
for building up, for encouraging one another, and sharing other matters
five point framework
above expanded, the meet could easily go for 25-30 minutes, an hour, or
longer, if the time is available. But don’t try to start with a 2-hour
meeting. Let the length of the meet increase as the members desire and
In longer meets there
may be more Bible reading and discussion; sharing of needs and
testimonies; and more extended intercession. When there are personal
needs or triumphs expressed, members should encourage the person, or
rejoice with him, through Scripture verses that come to mind.
At times, such as
when a visiting speaker is available, a number of PFCs may join together
for an evening, or for a whole day of ministry and fellowship.
My dear reader, if
you love the Master and want to extent His kingdom, why don’t you start
a prayer cell in your office, home or locality?
HOW TO FORM A
PRAYER FELLOWSHIP CELL?
1 Pray about it.
2 Approach another
believer and talk about it. If you don’t know of anyone who is
interested, pray that the Father will bring you into contact with
someone who will be.
3 Decide on a
suitable time and place.
4 Start off, even if
there are only two of you.
5 Pray for others to
join you, and look to the Master to add them.
Does the PFC Have a Leader?
The Leader is the
Holy Spirit. But there will usually be one member who is more suitably
placed, or gifted, to co-ordinate. But he should not lead everything.
Cells are a matter of sharing.
Are Prayer Cells Named ?
Not necessarily; but
you might like to give your cell a name for the sake of identity. Bible
names such as, Emmaus, Galilee, Cana, are suitable.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO MODERNISTIC
AND LIFELESS CHURCHES
In some towns there
may seem to be no alternative to “lifeless” or “modernistic” churches.
There may be no known evangelical, Bible-believing church in the area
where a believer who is seeking to follow the Lord in truth can find
fellowship. What should a believer do in such a situation? Should he
attend a lifeless church regardless, or should he refrain from Christian
One answer may be to
start a small Prayer Fellowship Cell, or a Home Fellowship starting with
two believers. The formation of a PFC, while providing fellowship, may
be the beginning of revival and restoration in the church.
But if a church is
modernistic and apostate, you need to pray about whether to continue
attending or not. But the fellowship of a small group of believers
gathered around the Person of Jesus Christ, is an alternative to
It is becoming more
difficult these days, in some places, for believers to meet in large
groups, and to own their own buildings. An evangelist in the UK
mentioned some time back that an evangelical group there was refused
permission to buy a block of land for the purpose of erecting a church
building, because it was not a member of the World Council of Churches?
That was in England!
What does a group do
in such a situation? Disband? No! Let the believers meet in a number of
smaller groups, in homes, or wherever. This would actually be a good
thing, as it would spread the witness over a wider area.
This happens in China
where there is discrimination or persecution against believers who do
not follow the official line. Some time ago a house church in China
where 700 believers regularly met, was closed and sealed, and the owners
of the house were fined. After the closure, more than 40 new house
groups developed in the area. Of course all the groups could not
benefit very often from the pastor’s teaching, but the new situation
meant that teaching gifts needed to be developed by more believers.
In some countries
where freedom of worship is seriously curtailed, it is possible for
believers to meet
in very small cells, as in Tibet today. But these cells are often
vibrant, and they represent the invisible power of God at work in dark
My co-workers and I
are praying that PFCs will be multiplied around the world in these last
days. Thousands of them!
My reader, will you
also pray for this? Once you are a part of a PFC, try to encourage other
believers to start cells in their areas. By God’s grace, let’s get
fires burning! Let’s pray for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit, drawing
twos and threes together in the Saviour’s Name, for Prayer and
“And Y’shua went up on the
mountain and called near to Him those He wanted.
And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be
with Him, and that He might send them out to preach.”
“And Y’shua came up and
spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven
and on earth.’ Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. And
remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”