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Why Corporate Prayer Matters

Posted on July 9, 2012 in Devotionals

What do you do when faced with difficult situations or trying circumstances? Do you suffer in silence or plead with God to remove the situation?  If so, you’re not alone.  There are many people today who are too proud to ask others to pray for them.  But what if your troubles were to dissolve, desires to come true or wisdom to be granted simply through others praying for you? How could we not activate such power to experience supernatural change in our lives?

One of the wisest things we can do when in need of guidance, peace or when trouble looms is to engage the assistance of someone who knows how to talk to God.  So often many people attempt to go it alone, but the benefits of corporate prayer are being in oneness just as Jesus and the Father are one…and through this example the world would believe that God sent Jesus.  Just before Jesus was to be crucified, He prayed:

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one —  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17: 22-23 NIV)

Praying together manifests the glory of Jesus in ways that we can’t experience in our one-on-one time with God.  When this glory manifests in power, it brings divine intervention and breakthrough in the lives of everyone participating.  Corporate prayer is important because it creates unity and is a key aspect of believers’ encouraging one another.  That is why at Praise Center, we have a weekly corporate fast praying for the unity and salvation of our families, as well as altar call during our services.  During these times, we are in prayer not only for ourselves but for those that we know, and while in church service, for those at the altar.  Hearing our names and those of our loved ones being lifted up before the Lord can be great encouragement, and builds concern for others as we intercede for them.  It also keeps us humble in our prayers in aligning with God’s will rather than our own selfish desires.

There are also many examples in the scriptures of the practice and benefits of corporate prayer.  For instance, in 2 Chronicles 20:14-30, it tells the story of King Jehoshaphat whose army for battle seemed to be little match for the strong enemies they were facing. However, Jehoshaphat turned to God, fasted and called on his subjects for prayerful support.  When the people of Judah began to pray through praise and worship, God presented a solution through a trusted prophet.  The King listened and followed the instruction.  The result was that his people were saved by the advancing armies turning against each other and destroying themselves.

In the Book of Acts alone there are several instances where people came together to pray.  In Acts 1:14 it says: They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.  This shows that during this period, praying together was a lifestyle habit and routine.  Later in Acts is the story of Pentecost and how the Apostles were in a room praying together and the Holy Ghost fell down on them endowing them with great power (Acts 2:1-4).  In those early days, praying together was a lifestyle routine and it was corporate prayer that brought about God’s power for miracles, signs and wonders.

The body of Christ depends on cooperation.  The more we pray together, the more our hearts and minds unite. Next time someone asks you to pray for them, or if you’re in church while others are at the altar receiving prayer, think about the tremendous impact the prayers are making in the lives of those around you.  Our corporate walk together as believers reflects upon how the world perceives the power and the glory of God.  There is power in numbers and just as in the early church, we too can be abundantly blessed through collectively seeking God’s face on behalf of His people.

 

 

 

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