August: Week 4

Prayer is Corporate: don’t go it alone

There are important benefits and responsibilities of prayer that we can never experience alone. Other people have an essential role to play in our prayer life. From the very beginning, corporate prayer was the pattern of the New Testament church. Consider these descriptions from the book of Acts:

Then (after Jesus’ ascension) the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1:12-14)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God… (Acts 4:23-24)

Find people to pray with this month. This could be in a semi formal setting, like a small group; or informal setting, like pausing to pray together after the meal at a friends home. Praying over the phone or in a Zoom Meeting is another very flexible way of meeting with others to pray.