Make no mistake: fruit is borne from these prayers. But it’s important to also intentionally pursue joining with others in prayer.
The Bible provides three clear reasons about why praying together matters:
1) Praying together unifies us with other believers. We see examples of this throughout Scripture. Some of the most prominent are recorded the book of Acts. The apostles placed tremendous importance on praying together, from the 120 believers praying together on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:13, 2:1) to Paul and Silas’ prayers resulting in the conversion of their jailer (Acts 16:25). Look what God accomplished through the corporate prayers of his people!
When we pray with others, we surrender our “me”-centered thoughts and instead focus on the requests we’re bringing to the throne together. Our individual agendas are left behind in the light of God’s will. As a result, we’re drawn to each other. We have the ability to be vulnerable, to open ourselves to accountability, to grow in grace and mercy toward each other.
2) Praying together connects us with the purposes of Christ. The Apostle John writes: “And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). This happens in our personal prayer times and as we pray with others. The Holy Spirit directs our thoughts and prayers and intercedes for us.
3) Praying together demonstrates our unity as believers and proclaims Christ to the world. This unity is how the world can come to know Christ and his love. And this unity is what Jesus prayed for in the final hours of his life. “’The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me’” (John 17:22-23).
There’s no formula to follow: simply pray.
- Pray for each other. Lift up each other’s specific concerns and praise God for his answers to prayer.
- Pray for your community. Ask God to show you how you can serve and share Christ with those around you.
- Pray for the world. Use our daily PrayNow email or another tool to pray for the work that God is doing around the world through folks like you: everyday people committed to His purposes.
How have you experienced the power of praying together? Tell us in the comments below!
This excerpt comes from an article originally published in the August/September 2015 issue of Within Reach magazine. Posted to our Encompass Blog 11/23/15
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