By Stephanie Montague
If you have ever moved from an apartment to house or anywhere for that matter, I have no doubt you asked for help. You called some family and friends over to help you move. You may have been fortunate enough to have folks volunteer. You started out early and got it done. The more hands the better; especially when it came time to move the larger items. It was a real team effort and most appreciated.
When it comes down to our jobs or careers we also see the value in this group approach. You have several people or departments who do specific tasks that at the end, when done successfully, there is a finished product, new account or profit for the company. You may even get a bonus depending on how well the team performed.
So my question is with these examples and countless more how come we go it all alone in prayer? Yes, there are times we should seek God alone. And yes, there are times something may be so personal that you will seek God alone. Yet we cannot afford to overlook the power of the plus one. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Our propose for pray is to reach the Lord with or petition, and while alone you can be successful, the Bible is clearly saying linking up in His name will usher Him right there in that circle.
I get it. We are private. We don’t want folk in our business. And I am certainly not saying to link up with “Sister Gossip” or “Brother Tell” to get a prayer going. Finding the right person or people is a part of that “two or three”. Who says you have to look far? Your “circle” could be that family member who you know to be saved, has a good prayer life, and is compassionate. I’m not saying these are the criteria but certainly should be concerned among other traits. Once you have found that right prayer partner, go for it! There is power in prayer itself…and increased power with we lock hands and come together.
Matthew 18:19 says, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Look at the power that Jesus told us we have when we come together.
We spend plenty of time talking about the latest celebrity gossip or what so and so said or did down the block, but how about turning our words towards building up. We don’t realize that we are “praying” at that moment of simple conversation. We are speaking over our lives all the negativity, “Oh my bills are so high. I don’t know what I’m going to do.” After all the “sharing” of issues, situations and concerns we should pray. Leaving a conversation hanging with all the negatives, “Tommy did this. My boss said that. My bills are like this. My health is like that,”doesn’t build. Maybe you feel you “unloaded.” I dare to say to you didn’t! We should desire to take our burdens to the Lord where real work can be done. You and both know our friends can’t solve our problems, but together in prayer we can lay them in the presences of God and put them to flight.
Let’s embrace the power of the group. Prayer groups can be informal or formal. You can simply say at the end of this call or conversation let’s pray. Take the hands of your spouse and or children and create that atmosphere of change through the power of the group prayer. In fact let’s pray right now:
“Lord we come to you seeking your face in this time. It may be a time of trouble, sorrow or pain. It may even be a time of concern, doubt or questioning. Lord please meet us all at the point of individual or collective need. There are many things we experience in our daily lives. We ask in the name of Jesus that your help to walk out the road before us look to you as the author and finisher of our faith. We know that you are more than able to supply our needs both financial and physically. We thank you for all that you are doing and all that you have done.” Amen.
Power up with someone in prayer.