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Why Should the Church Pray? (7 of 8)
Why must the Church pray together? Isn’t it enough for us to just pray at home? After all we say, I can pray for the church during my regular prayer times. Isn’t that enough? Why is the ‘power of numbers in prayer’ so important? Let’s think about this together this morning, and I would hope that some of us will then want to do it.
Now, we’ve been looking at Prayer these past weeks, and have found out that the really powerful prayers come when we’re letting the Holy Spirit have His way in us…it’s those times when we have humbled ourselves, and become weak in ourselves that God is found to be strong…it’s those times when we’re letting the Holy Spirit lead us and show us God’s Will, that we are more concerned about God’s Will, and what HE WANTS (in other words, what He wants us to be about in His Kingdom)...when we’re more concerned about God’s Will than we are about ourselves…it’s those times when we are so drenched or so filled with the Spirit of God alive in us, that we see God answer in some really powerful ways.
The Bible shows us many examples as to how this works or plays out in people’s lives…prayers like those offered by the Prophet, Elijah; prayers like those offered by the Apostle Paul; and of course prayers like those offered by our Lord, Jesus Christ, as He lived here on this earth. But the Bible also shows us HOW important, and just how POWERFUL corporate prayer is…that’s those times when 2 or more of God’s people get together and pray united. Peter was busted out of jail supernaturally; there was a lame man who was healed outside the temple by 2 of the apostles; again, the power of united prayer is just awesome, and God wants His church to be putting this kind of prayer to use.
Listen to what Jesus says in Matthew 18:19-20 Matthew 18:19–20 (NIV)
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by ...
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