United Prayer

“If two of you shall agree...”

Matt. 18:19. “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them.”

Anonymous Christian:
“We feel sure that the weakness in the spiritual life of many churches is to be traced to an inefficient prayer meeting or the absence of meetings for prayer. Daily matins and evensong, even when reverent and without the unseemly haste that is so often associated with them, cannot take the place of less formal gatherings for prayers, in which everyone may take part. Can we not make the weekly prayer meeting a live thing and a living force?” Anonymous Christian, “The Kneeling Christian,” Page 116

Andrew Murray:
“This prayer meeting (upper room prayer meeting prior to Day of Pentecost) gives us the law of the kingdom for all time. Where Christ’s disciples are linked to each other in love and yield themselves wholly to Him in undivided consecration, the Spirit will be given from heaven as the seal of God’s approval and Christ will show His mighty power. One of the great marks of the new dispensation is the united, unceasing prayer that avails much and is crowned with the power of the Holy Spirit. Have we not here the reason why, if our prayers are confined in great measure to our own church or interests, the answer cannot come in such power as we expected?” Andrew Murray, “Secret of United Prayer,” Page 33

“It is in the fellowship of loving and believing prayer that our hearts can be melted into one and that we shall become strong in faith to believe and to accept what God has promised us.” Andrew Murray, “Secret of United Prayer,” Page 37

“The strength unity gives is something inconceivable. The power of each individual member is increased to a large degree by the inspiration of fellowship with a large and conquering host.... It was as the disciples were all with one accord in one place on the Day of Pentecost that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. United prayer brings the answer to prayer!” Andrew Murray, “Secret of United Prayer,” Page 64

Thomas Payne:
“While it is true that one man who knows how to pray and make intercession in the Spirit has far more power with God than a whole host of halfhearted ones, it is nevertheless a glorious fact that the prayers of a sanctified host, when of one heart and soul, become irresistible.” Thomas Payne, “Power of Intensified Prayer”

“Another important matter...is that of meeting in fellowship with Christians who are fully agreed to wait upon God, with the one definite object in view, namely, that of prayer for a special infilling and outpouring of the Spirit of all Grace. Thousands of Christians have testified that whilst they have received much blessing in other respects when alone with God, yet in the matter of prayer for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, they were more successful when in prayer and fellowship with others who were like-minded with themselves.” Thomas Payne, “Power of Intensified Prayer”

D L Moody:
“Where there is union I do not believe any power, earthly or infernal, can stand before the work. When the church, the pulpit, and the pew get united, and God’s people are all of one mind, Christianity is like a red hot ball rolling over the earth, and all the hosts of death and hell cannot stand before it.” D L Moody “Prevailing Prayer,” Page 56

Mark Pearse:
“The primitive Church was born in a prayer-meeting, and in the prayer-meeting she renews her strength. The prayer-meeting is the thermometer of the Church. It tests what degree of warmth there is. The prayer-meeting is the barometer of the Church and points to showers of blessing or seasons of drought. The Churches’ warming apparatus is the prayer-meeting room. The light that is, comes that way. A praying Church is a mighty, prosperous, resistless Church. He helps the Church most who sets himself to make the prayer-meeting most largely a success.” Quoted by Thomas Payne, “Power of Intensified Prayer”

Ellen White:
“When two or three are met together to unite their counsel, and to send up their petitions, the promise is for them: ‘ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you....’ The Lord has promised that where two or three are met together in His name, there will He be in the midst. Those who meet together for prayer will receive an unction from the holy one. There is great need of secret prayer, but there is also need that several Christians meet together, and unite with earnestness their petitions to God.” Ellen White, “Review & Herald,” June 30, 1896

“I remember in Battle Creek when there were those who felt the burden for the unconverted, and those who were in darkness and saw no light; then prayer meetings were appointed that they might make the strength of God their strength. In every case the heavenly intelligences worked with these efforts, and souls were saved.” Ellen White, “Maranatha,” Page 38

“The promise is made on condition that the united prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love for God and for one another.” Ellen White, Letter 32, 1903, p. 5.

All quotations are taken from books in the public domain, or used with permission. All rights reserved. Many of these books are available at your local Christian bookstore, or in-line at www.ccel.org. Compiled by Dan Augsburger (path2prayer@yahoo.com) Commercial use is prohibited. 6/11/02