On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. Acts 4:23-34
One basketball season, I attended most of my sons’ games. They spent the majority of the season on the bench. Since they were a part of the team, we even traveled to go and watch them sit on the bench. Many lessons were ingrained by staying committed even though the reward was not initially seen. Corporate prayer is different. Everyone can join in, should join in, invited to join in, and benefits from joining in.
In this story, Peter and Join had been arrested for preaching the gospel after healing the lame man in the temple. After being physically beaten and verbally reprimanded they were let go. After sharing this story with the other believers, pray was the natural response. It starts with praise. The unique perspective about this prayer was they raised their voices together
“Together” – from HELPS Word studies – 3661 /homothymadón (“of the same passion”) describes people who share “like precious faith,” creating a God-produced unity between them (cf. 2 Pet 1:1,2)
When corporate prayer happens in your church today, do you think you will fall into the “togetherness” of same passion? Why are we so easily distracted which leads us to just sit and listen to someone else pray? What would motivate you differently to enter in to the same passion as the one praying?
Heartfelt prayers of faith enter the throne room of God boldly. Prayers like the Pharisee who prayed, “thank God, I am not like that sinner”, barely hit the roof. Ask God to help engage your heart when you pray. Can you tell when your mind has shifted into neutral when others are praying? Engage and believe that God is moving in your midst.
David and Jonathan were not physically on the court, but they were fully engaged. They cheered on their teammates. They watched plays develop. They look for open players to take the shots. They listened to the coach give instructions. They were “together’ – linked in the same passion.
May God cause a hunger for prayer in your groups of followers of Jesus. May you experience the joy of “same passion” unity prayer. May you learn to direct your heart and mind to join in the adventure of corporate prayer.
Father, I thank you that you allow all to participate in prayer. The body of Christ needs every joint suppling to grow and be healthy. May you move us to the same passion of praying. May we experience the joy of oneness answered prayers. In Jesus name, Amen.
Blessings Love y’al