A human being lives, but he is given life.
Christians uniting in prayer for specific purpose has long been understood by believers to be an essential part of the Christian life. At one time I thought united prayer referred to two or more Christians coming together to pray. During prayer each one would pray for whatever came to their mind. Each prayer would have some common elements and would also have a number of requests that varied from those of the others who were praying.
This is not the biblical definition for Christians uniting together in prayer. No, united prayer is two or more Christians praying for the same thing. They are united in desire, purpose, and request. They pray at the same time in the same place for the same goal. If they cannot meet at the same place they pray at the same time with the one prayer focus.
In our lives united prayer with fellow believers is a powerful force against Satan. This is why James counsels us to join together
when praying for the sick and to pray for one another. We need one another’s prayer for complete victory over the enemy. Satan will resist every forward movement of God’s work. We read this in (Lev. 26:8) “Though on may be overpowered, two
can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”.
and in (Matthew 18:19, 20) “Again, I tell you that if two of you each agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come tighter in my name, there am I with them.”
Cause me not to desire the things of the earth. Turn my eyes toward you. Restore my spiritual life, and help me to unite with fellow believers, especially in prayer.
Supporting Scripture; (1 John 5:14, 15), (James 5:14-16), (1 Corinthians 1:10)
Personal Reflection and Discussion
Again I have learned something new. Prayer is important for all of us, on our own, but there are somethings we absolutely must unite in prayer for. This is like the prayers at an annointing, right?
I think so, Rosi
Praying together involves opening up to each other, humbling ourselves and seeing the need for others in our christian life. We don’t have to walk alone.
God really wants us to be a supporting loving family to each other.
I was thinking…God tells us, though the Holy Spirit, what He wants so that we could join Him in accomplishing it; He encourages us to share what we want and he works with us to help us accomplish it. It’s this oneness, I keeping seeing come up while we study about the Holy Spirit.
For this same reason, I like churches that have open-floor prayer request and praise, everyone feels like they know each other; and their praises, as well as prayer request encourages others.
Yes I like churches like that too, It works well with small chruches