Uniting in Prayer

    Recently, we held a special meeting for those interested in a new Prayer Ministry. Many could not attend that particular meeting, so a makeup session will be scheduled. Even if you have not yet shared your availability, it is still possible for you to join the team. We shared various materials, including specific and current needs, examples of scripture prayers, how to maintain variety in your intercession throughout the week, and a plan to unite in prayer when we gather for worship and Bible and Life Groups.

    The great preacher in the early years of the church, Chrysostom, wrote around A.D. 400: “What we cannot obtain by solitary prayer, we may by social prayer, because where our individual strength fails, there union and concord are effectual.” He was referring to Jesus’ promise of manifested presence and power when we “agree” through prayer (Matthew 18:18-20) and get together in a prayer team. He is present with any one of us wherever we may be and certainly listening to our prayers. However, united, focused prayer is promised unique anointing. It was ordained by God that during World War II, Christians throughout South Africa stopped wherever they were, in streets or stores, for  silent prayer at noon. Shouldn’t we also pray for victory over evil?

    I urge you to pray not only during the week, but to cry out to God for His manifested presence, His abundant provision, and His unique working when we gather for worship on Saturday and Sunday. It was no accident that the apostle John was “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” when he received the visions which became the book of Revelation. As pastor of the church at Ephesus, he had the backup of believers who prayed for him even though he was banished to the prison island of Patmos to work in the mines. Perhaps the very moment when he saw Jesus was when they lifted him up in prayer (Revelation 1:9, 10).

    The following are prayers which you may personalize and apply to yourself, to others, and for our church: Matthew 6:9-13; Ephesians 1:18-23; Colossians 1:9-14; Nehemiah 1:4-11; Romans 15:30-33; Acts 4:24-30; Lamentations 3:52-59; Daniel 4:34, 35; Ephesians 3:14-21; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 11, 12; 2:16, 17; 3:1, 2, 16; 1 Timothy 1:17; Philemon 4-6; Hebrews 13:15, 18, 20, 21; Revelation 4:11; 15:3, 4; 1:6-8.

     

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