The Power of Praying Together
by Julie Sanders
He was only in preschool when we thought we would lose him just weeks after arriving in the Philippines. Trapped beneath a steel structure, Jacob’s cries assured us he was still alive. While Jeff worked with other men to free him, I laid on the ground grasping Jacob’s hand as I silently prayed. I felt so alone. Onlookers stood horrified and helpless, until one bold woman moved into our nightmare. She dropped down beside me, wrapping her arm around me and praying out loud, giving voice to my pleas.
Psalm 145:18 promises, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” We amplify the power of prayer when we pray together.
God hears when two or three agree
One person praying alone is heard. When we pray with just one more person, we amplify the power of prayer, but not in the way we may think.
We often use the familiar verse saying, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them,” (Matthew 18:20) but the context helps us understand the intent. The mostly Jewish original audience understood the larger passage deals with the need for healing and sometimes discipline in the Church. The conversation is more about responding to conflict and corruption than prayer and petition. Jesus points out the power of coming together to agree in the name of Christ. When our schedule leaves out the power of companion prayer, this power remains untapped.
When women come together to call out to God, divinely-sized things happen.
· Praying Together amplifies the power in our prayers.
· Praying Together provides comfort for our pain.
· Praying Together reminds us we are part of the Church.
· Praying Together puts us all on the same needy level.
· Praying Together makes God’s presence known.
God hears when righteous people pray
At first, it may sound like we have to be holy to be heard. After all, 1 Peter 3:12a says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” Does this mean we have to use certain church words or formulas to pray? Will people evaluation or judge my prayers? What if I’m new to prayer?
The good news is Jesus covers us with his holiness, so we can be heard just as we are.
Being a “righteous person” refers to being a rescued person. Rescued from our sin separating us from God. Sin gets in the way of prayers being heard by the Holy God, so He provides a way to overcome that exclusion. Jesus puts His righteous over us and clears the way for our prayers.
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe… and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus,” (Romans 3:22-24) When Christ makes us righteous, we have all access, all the time.
And speaking of time, fall is a busy time. School schedules and sports and holidays leave little “free” time. So does praying with one or more people matter? What makes coming together to agree in prayer uniquely powerful and worth carving out time? With school starting, we need to manage our time and maximize our prayers. Is there power in praying together?
The Power of Praying Together
The steel structure pinning our four year old was heavier than anyone could lift. Everyone could hear his life slipping away. No amount of love could free our child. Then the stranger got down to my level in my fear and desperation. I never knew her name, and I don’t remember her words, but I will never forget the power of having another woman call out in prayer with me in my time of need. The structure began to move enough to reach under and lift our son to rescue.
When another woman agreed with me in prayer, power was amplified, comfort came, I didn’t feel alone, strength answered my weakness, and God’s presence was unmistakable. “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
Praying with one or more is worth making time in our schedule. Before the school year sweeps away our days or fall sports consume our opportunities, let’s carve out places to gather and call out together. We don’t need a degree, a class, a special vocabulary, or a formula. God will be right there with us to listen and lead our conversations with Him.
We invite you to join with other women to pray for our kids, their teachers and their schools this school year.
Day One Prayer
August 27th, 9-10am
Start With Prayer
September 9th, 6:30-8pm, West Side Church in Richland, meet at Bethel cross at 6pm to carpool
Moms in Prayer - Sunday PM
Meets every third Sunday of the month starting September 15th, 6:45-8pm
Moms in Prayer - Thursday AM
Meets every Thursday starting September 19th, 9-10am
Preschool Moms Pause & Pray
September 25th, 9:15-10:30am