Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2022 by Air1 Pastors

The Power of Praying Together

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals(including the Lord’s supper) and to prayer.” - Acts 2:42 (NLT)  

I used to neglect prayer gatherings when I was a teenager. I never felt “qualified” to pray in a group setting. Why? I couldn’t see the benefit of praying in a group. And to be quite honest, it was terrifying!   

I’ll never forget receiving an invitation from my friend to attend a city-wide prayer meeting, including twelve churches. What I witnessed that night blew my mind. A unity that I still remember to this day. Tears, hugs, and people who were praying with passion. The result? A unified church that loved each other deeply and loved the presence of God.   

The Bible tells us that the world will know us by our love for one another. A lot happens when we pray together! When we unite as a body of Christ and pray corporately, we grow in love for one another. We grow in our love for the Lord. We are witnesses to the world by our love for one another. So what is the benefit of corporate prayer? Here are four reasons and steps we can take to move towards corporate prayer.   

1. We grow in our love for one another when we participate in corporate prayer 

Our love for believers will grow when we participate in corporate prayer. There is nothing more powerful than a united church on its knees seeking the Lord. We will also notice our relationships are deepened when we are involved in corporate prayer.   

2. We become a testimony to the world 

The world will realize our testimony is genuine, and the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts. The love we receive from Jesus will be evident to the world.   

3. We realize we are not alone in our struggles  

When we unite as a church, we will notice we are not alone in our struggles. As we pray for each other, our nation, and God to awaken people’s souls, we also see that our prayer requests are not foreign. We are not alone in our battles.   

4. We realize it’s not about us but Christ alone 

The purpose of corporate prayer is to elevate the name of Jesus. Our prayers will change when we pray corporately. We move from self-centered prayers to Christ-centered prayers. This ultimately Spotlights the name of Jesus.   

Dig Deeper   

  1. Instead of using “I” in your prayer, use “We” and pray for the global church as a whole.
  2. Who can you partner with in prayer?

Together Matters

T ogether. We see His handiwork, and we praise Him for it. 

O pen One of the characteristics of God’s people is our openness to one another. We do not walk around with a wall up, but we allow ourselves to share and be shared with, making room for faults, and giving grace, too 

G athered The Church is, by definition, a gathered people. We cannot “be the church” or “do church” by ourselves. We acknowledge that we must get together personally.  

E ager As members of God’s family, we are excited to gather together. We make it a priority and listen to Scripture’s encouragement to break isolation, and to make togetherness a top priority. 

T houghtful As members of the Bride of Christ, we commit to thoughtful living, considering the needs of others as being a higher priority than our own.  

H elpful In scripture, the church is described as being a body made of many parts, all of which exist to serve God and one another. We are gifted to be helpful, to serve, and to honor God above all. It’s in our spiritual DNA. 

E xamples Because of what Christ has done for us, we live as examples of His love to each other and to the world around us. The Bible says we are Christ’s ambassadors, it also says we were created with the good works God wants to accomplish in us already planned out.  

R eal Just as we are open with one another, we also make determinations for authenticity, not hiding our struggles, but choosing to be real with one another, so that God might help us minister to each other well. 

Together Matters

10 Verses on Praying Together

We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. - Colossians 1:3-4
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. - Psalm 34:3
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. - Acts 2:42
They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. - Acts 1:42
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. - James 5:16
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” - Mathew 18:19-20
Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the Lord. - Joel 1:14
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. - Ephesians 6:18

The Benefits of Praying Together

1. Brings unity

2. Brings encouragement

3. Brings glory to God

4. Brings awareness that we are not alone in our struggles

5. Brings the world a testimony

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