Witnessing and Group Prayer
Abstract: United prayer brings greater success. Are we praying with someone else or with a group for souls?
Witnessing and Group Prayer
“The promise is made on condition that the united prayers of God’s people are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer” (EGW, Central Advance, February 23, 1903).
These words remind us that greater power attends our prayers when we join others in praying. This greater power shouldn’t surprise us since Jesus said, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them (Matt. 18:20)
If you consider the lives of those who achieved great success for God, be it individuals witnessing for God in a foreign land, or those working for him in their home country, often the united prayers of God’s people paved the way for results that could not have come any other way.
I mention this because united praying is too often minimally appreciated—I say this with sadness, even pastors are rarely engaged in serious, focused, group prayer with their church members!
William Carey was the product of such prayer, for over in Olney, the town best known for it’s close association with John Newton of “Amazing Grace” fame, a group of people had formed the “Association For Fellowship and Christian Service,” and routinely met to pray the ﬁrst Monday of every month. In 1782 Carey went over to join them and his life was completely changed.
Still today the witnessing lifestyle is incomplete if it doesn’t include participation in such a group.
In Psalm 2:8 we are instructed, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your inheritance.”
Apparently we need to ask for this godly inheritance, but are we? There doesn’t seem to be much equivocation in the response: “Ask… and I will give!”
Recently I heard that a much prayed for husband is getting baptized, along with three brothers. This is a marvelous answer to prayer, for not long ago there didn’t seem to be any interest in spiritual things. But people had united to pray, and I believe God answered those prayers.
I am pleased that one of our group, Chris, is calling for his friends to fast and pray this weekend in preparation for meetings planned for NYC. I hope they are also getting together some of the time, for it is the “united prayer” that brings greater power.
Would you like to ask God to give you souls in your circle of inﬂuence? Would you like to pray knowing that your prayers will have even greater power than in praying on your own? Then ﬁnd someone else and begin unitedly praying for the people God puts on your heart. Then live out your prayer. If you do, you will certainly attain success.
I am aware that making time for such prayer, and continuing to take time, is a significant challenge, and I have my own struggles in this regard. But I know the time will be amply rewarded if I do, and so will you.
Now take the ﬁrst step and do whatever is necessary to schedule such a time of prayer with someone else. It may only be once per month as was the case for Carey, or more. The important thing is to ﬁnd someone to pray with, and start CLAIMING YOUR INHERITANCE!