Matthew 18:19 (KJV) Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Learning the power of corporate prayer is a force to be embraced.
There is power in united prayer. It is better to pray with your fellow Christians than to just pray solo. Of course, it is great to pray for yourself.
But get together with other believers to pray as well and notice the power erected to God and from God.
The power of corporate prayer is a term used for united prayer, it can bring encouragement to all who participate in the movement of prayer.
There may be those in the group who are struggling with trials and temptations.
As they are lifted up in prayer, the Holy Spirit brings them encouragement and reassurance of the Lord’s love, grace, and promises.
Why does this matter? Believers praying together could be compared to Roman soldiers in battle.
Maybe you have seen their military tactics depicted in a movie. The Romans would use their shields very effectively. When they went into battle, they would form a wall with their shields.
If they came under attack, they would position themselves in battle, forming a united front.
As they pulled their shields together on all sides and overhead to deflect the barrage of arrows.
Then they would break out and counterattack. It was a very effective military maneuver. We literally do the same thing, when we are united together in prayer.
We link our shields together instead of one person going it alone in the battle with a single shield and sword.
We all stand together as a wall of prayer warriors, aligned in warfare and connected with the Lord.
Having the right information about corporate prayer is necessary.
Jesus gave us this promise in (Matthew 18:19): “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
First, let’s understand what this does not mean. It does not mean that two Christians can get together and decide to pray for the same thing, and it will automatically happen.
Sometimes our prayers may not be in line with God’s will. So just because two misguided believers agree about one thing doesn’t mean that God necessarily will answer their prayer.
When people of God somehow think that these verses give them a “name it and claim it card” to be able to ask God for anything, it is a deep misinterpretation of the passage.
Just because two or three people are gathered together in Jesus’ name, they don’t acquire some mystical power that assures God will answer their prayer according to their wishes.
Yes, Jesus is present when people pray together, but our Master is equally present when a believer prays individually.
Corporate prayer isn’t about getting enough people together to pray until God surrenders His will to our will.
Instead, prayer (corporate and private) is about cooperating with God and abandoning our desires and submitting to God’s will.
Always remember the safest place in the whole wide world is in the will of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.
Point to ponder
The ultimate purpose of corporate prayer is that we are in alignment with God’s will, and thus we are praying together for something that we know God wants to do.
So, let’s align our will with the Lord’s and pray united together.
- How are you doing with your Prayer life?
- When do you engage in corporate prayer?
- How often do you engage in private prayer?
- Can you see how prayer links you to God?
- Did you learn anything from today’s message?
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