“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:19-20)
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16)
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18)
We are to pray WITH one another
How often was Jesus alone?
Seldom. He was under constant pressure and followed by the masses but took the time to pray WITH all who asked. He prayed publicly WITH and for the Body. And when He stepped away to pray in a solitary place; His prayers were well documented, meaning that someone was right there WITH Him while in prayer. In His time of greatest need He asked those closest to
“Stay here and keep watch WITH Me.” (Matthew 26:38)
Jesus has shown that prayer is the connection between the Holy Spirit and our being. He has also given us examples of how to be in holy prayer together.
Two in prayer, three in prayer or more; God sees no difference between man or woman, young or old, what language or walk of life a person comes from. There are no preferences for race, physical condition, education, status or societal ranking. God sees only the spirit He has placed into us. We must see as He sees to do His work as His Body.
“…You aren’t swayed by men, because You pay no attention to who they are.” (Mark 12:14)
We are to pray WITH one another.
There is beauty in shared prayer, for it can be deeply connective and holy. This is not the corporate prayer we repeat in church or at an invocation. No, this is the passion of the Holy Spirit leading two or more to unveil the true matters of the heart, pleading and moving along as guided by the Spirit. In a shared prayer without walls the healing can take place, the vision can be planted and watered; our praises then joined into a song of rapturous yielding to our God. Why would we not desire this pure love to be awakened in our time of prayer? We have to want it and then to ask for it.
God can and will open each heart to this if you choose to let down the wall of separation. Be as One. It will cost everything. There is no room or provision for your bias, ego or personal motives. When you are ready, Jesus will open the way to prayer as One. Not for, but as.
Life happens. When things are messed up and broken we NEED to let down the walls and ASK for prayer. It is real, powerful and worth allowing intercessory prayer to be given on your behalf. Yes, people just like you who understand the pressure and hurts life can bring; in prayer for you. There is strength here.
Reach out, no one will judge you (prayer does not allow judgement). Call a friend to talk over coffee and ask. Too scary? Do you have a church nearby? Most have a CONTACT US link on their website where you can submit a prayer request. It OK to give your name and email address because prayer does best when a real name is attached. Do you want to be contacted? Let them know.
Prayer is the ultimate tool.
God gave it to us for non-stop use. You cannot break it, wear it out or go over your 5GB data allowance; its eternal…endless. So when life happens, ask for prayer.
Pray as One.