"Will you pray with me?"
We sat and shared what was on her heart and agreed to each pray as The Spirit lead. It was a warm time of sharing--acknowledging-pleading with The Master. After she left, I came away thinking about praying with others. Not the Pharisaical prayer on the stage of life, but the one with one call to The Father--corporate prayer in the smallest unit of community--two.
What is the benefit of praying with another? Is there any reason to seek another to pray with us? If Jesus tells us to enter our closet to seek The Father, is there ever a necessity of seeking others to petition God? Why pray with another?
"When two or more are gathered" The Word promises us when we are gathered together--even two---He will be in our midst. There is strength in numbers and power in a united front. And best yet--when we are in agreement with each other and His Word--He honors our petitions. Honoring our petitions does not promise the answer we desire--it does ensure He is listening--He hears us and His Will will be done.
There is no more intimate act than praying with another. It deepens a marriage, bolsters a friendship, and becomes the bond that unites. The desire to pray with another is strongest when we have a deep and intimate relationship with our fellow petitioner. They know our heart--they understand where we are coming from--they have our back-they know the real us. As we sit as one and acknowledge the omnipotence of God Almighty, we grow in faith and trust. Iron sharpens iron and faith begets faith.
Finally--we pray with others to experience a greater knowledge and growing intimacy with God. I am limited by the confines of my experience and knowledge as to how I see God. I have learned much and grown great leaps and bounds from hearing what others know about Him. My Fellow Believers have stretched me--caused me to ponder--alerted me to facets of our complex God I never would have considered without hearing them speaking with Him in intimate conversation.
It is so easy to promise to pray for you. It is an entirely different commitment to pray with you--physically--out loud--in person. Will you pray with me?
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for
one another, that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.