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Is Community Prayer Important? Is Community Prayer More Powerful Than One Person's Prayer?



Community prayer is an important part of the life of the church, along with adoration (praise), impeccable teaching, the sacrament, and fellowship. Immediately after Jesus' resurrection (Acts 1:14), the early Church began to meet regularly to learn the teaching of the apostles, how to break bread and how to pray together (Acts 2: 42), to this day. When we pray with other believers, the effects can be very positive. Community prayer builds us up and unites us as we share our common faith. The same Holy Spirit indwelling every believer causes our hearts to rejoice when we hear our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be praised.

For those who may be alone and struggling with the burdens of life, hearing them lift up to the throne of grace by others can be of great encouragement. It also builds us up in love and concern for others when we intercede for them. Community prayer also shows the younger believers how to pray and brings them into the personal community of the body of Christ. At the same time, community prayer is just a reflection of the hearts of the individuals who take part. We are to come to God in humility (James 4:10), in truth (Psalm 145: 18), and in obedience (1 John 3: 21-22), with thanksgiving (Philippians 4: 6), and with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). Sadly, community prayer can also become a platform for those whose words are not addressed to God, but to their listeners. Jesus warned against such behavior in Matthew 6: 5-8, where He admonishes us not to flaunt ourselves in our prayers, to be lengthy or hypocritical, but to pray for such in secret in our own rooms Avoid temptation.

There is nothing in Scripture to suggest that community prayers are more powerful than individual prayers when it comes to God doing something. Far too many Christians equate prayer with "getting things from God," and group prayer becomes primarily an occasion to come up with a list of our wishes. Biblical prayers, however, are varied, they encompass the whole desire to enter into a conscious and personal immersion with our Holy, Perfect and Just God. That such a God even listens to one of His creatures causes in us that praise and worship flow out in abundance (Psalm 27: 4; 63: 1-8), generates deeply felt repentance and confession (Psalm 51; Luke 18: 9-14 ), develop gratitude and gratitude (Philippians 4: 6; Colossians 1:12), and create sincere mediating petitions for others (2 Thessalonians 1:11; 2:26).

Requests for the person praying are not uttered in the prayers of Paul or Jesus, except where they state their wishes, but always with submission to the will of God (Matt. 26:39; 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9). So prayer is working with God to bring about His plan, not trying to bend Him for our will. When we give up our desires in submission to the One God, who knows all of our circumstances much better than we ever could, and who "knows what you need before you ask" (Matt. 6: 8), then our prayers will come their peak. Prayers offered in submission to God are therefore always answered positively, regardless of whether they are offered by one person or by thousands. Herein lies the real power of prayer.

The idea that community prayer is more powerful is largely due to a misinterpretation of Matthew 18: 19-20, "Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree on any thing you may ask, so do so it will be given to them by my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst. " These verses come from a larger section that describes the procedures to be followed when dealing with church discipline against a sinful member. To interpret these verses as promising the believers a blank check for whatever they may ask of God, no matter how sinful or nonsensical, does not fit the context of church discipline. In addition, it does not fit with the rest of the Scriptures, especially with the majesty of God and the other principles that believers should be obedient in submission to His will.

Also, the assumption that "when two or three come together" to pray that some magical power drive is automatically applied to our prayers is nonsense. Of course, Jesus is present when two or three pray, but He is just as present when a believer prays alone, even if that person is thousands of miles away from others. The misinterpretation of these verses shows us why it is so important to read and understand the passages in their context in the light of all of the Scriptures.

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Is Community Prayer Important? Is Community Prayer More Powerful Than One Person's Prayer?
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