The Prayer of One or the Prayer of Many

When I was reading in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, I was struck by a verse that hadn’t stood out to me before, which is verse 11:

“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 New Living Translation

I am an advocate of prayer at all times and for all reasons. When anyone asks for my wisdom or advice regarding their situation, my first question is usually, “Have you asked God about it?” 

I know that God is faithful to speak to me and lead me when I ask for His help and wisdom. He has never failed to direct me or show me the right thing to do. I have learned to have faith in Him through the truth in His word and by seeking Him in my daily life.

The reality of God’s involvement in my life is tangible and evidenced by so many answered prayers. So when someone says something along the lines of, “I’m just one person…my prayers don’t count…”, I am quick to point to the word:

“…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results…” James 5:19b NLT

This is  absolutely true. One person praying can make a difference. But I have been noticing something lately regarding the power of corporate prayer– especially in regards to praying for other believers:

When we as a body, as a group of believers, cry out earnestly for God’s help and intervention– and He in turn answers those prayers– the faith of everyone involved increases and God receives the glory! There are things we need to share and ask others to pray about. God wants to bless us all and see us grow in faith and in unity. Sometimes our answer depends on others joining their faith with ours and everyone crying out to God.

Think about Paul’s situation. He had been repeatedly arrested for preaching the good news about Christ. Christians were being persecuted and put to death for their beliefs. They were considered trouble makers and heretics from differing groups: traditional Jews, followers of pagan religions and an oppresive Roman government. When the Christians of Paul’s time heard about his imprisonment and impending death, it most certainly brought fear and anxiety for their own safety into question. Satan’s purpose in this was to stop the truth of Jesus from being preached, to shut the mouth of the Church, so to speak. It’s the same thing he tries to do today…

…but God.

Instead of the believers cowering in fear, they opened their mouths and prayed for Paul. The news of his escape and continuing missionary journey bolstered their faith in God and strengthened their foundation in Christ. There are so many instances in scripture of God’s people joining together in one accord and fervently praying for His will to be done and for His power to show forth. Check out these 3 when you have the time:

2 Chronicles 20:1-27

Acts 4:18-31

Acts 12:1-17 

There are ministers of the gospel in prison today who need our prayer support. The 1st one who comes to mind is Saeed Abedini, the Iranian American Christian being held in an Iranian jail. Please pray for him, his family and for other persecuted Christians who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus.

Pray for people you know who suffering with sickness and disease. Come together with other believers, crying out to God on their behalf. Our God is GOOD! He heals the sick and brokenhearted! Our church has been seeing an increase of people being declared “cancer-free” or recovering from heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. The faith of many is being increased as we see God’s answers to our prayers.

My marriage was healed by God and I found Christ because God responded to the faithful prayers of my husband, and the other people he asked to pray for us. No godly prayer is unheard! No desperate plea is rejected.

If you need or want prayer for something, please post your request in the comments. We will pray for each other. And when He answers your prayer, we want to hear about that, too!

To God be the glory!

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Prayer for Today

“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

Father- we believe Your word is truth.

Jesus said that we are not to live only by what we physically eat, but by every word that proceeds out of Your mouth (Matthew 4:4).

You rightly say that righteousness, Godliness, makes a nation great, but that the sin of the people, whether hidden or publicly practiced, weakens and destroys a nation from the inside. History bears this out.

So Father, forgive us for not only our own sins, but the sins of our country. Have mercy on the leaders, the government officials, the business sector, the heads of households. Let us see and recognize the error of our ways. The ungodly beliefs that capture and lead many people astray.

You have said “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…” (Isaiah 5:20); we can look around and see the evidence of this all over. Through media, on TV, in schools, on the streets, in businesses, in our homes. Have mercy Lord and lovingly convict us. Many may not even know right from wrong because we have neglected Your word, Your ways and Your precepts.

Father, restore us in Your image, so that Your will can be accomplished and realized in our land. Have mercy and lead us back to You.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

Amen.

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Prayer for today

This has been on my mind:

The Body of Christ…all over the world.

The Western Christian church, particularly in the USA.

Marriages & families.

The amplified perception of evil & the reality of evil in the world.

The past and how it relates to the present.

Jesus.

Judas.

God.

Satan.

Moses, Jesus (again), Daniel, Joseph (Jacob’s son), etc…

God Almighty- El Shaddai.

Prayer for today:

Holy Father- You are mighty and worthy of our praise, no matter what the conditions may be. You have instructed us to pray without ceasing and I am so thankful that we can come to you, asking for your intervention and help.

The world is a scary place right now and many of your people are suffering. Places far from my home are experiencing horrific invasion by the enemy– who is at the root of all evil in the world. Christians around the world are dying horrible deaths. Women and children are being ripped from their families, held captive by evil and perverse men & women. Father, please have mercy and deliver these children, these girls & boys,  these men & women. Not just those who know You as Savior & Lord, but also the ones who have not yet had the chance to hear the truth– that You love them and sent Jesus to die for them. 

Strengthen those held captive. Whisper words of love, truth and comfort to their souls. Give all of these precious ones the grace to remain faithful to you, no matter the pressure or fear that threatens to overtake and destroy them. I am asking You for miraculous deliverance. You set Peter free from his jail cell and Paul & Silas too. You have not changed— You are the same yesterday, today and forever.

Father, I lift up the Church, especially in America and the west. Keep us from petty differences and strife. Please forgive us for competitiveness, selfishness, fear & worry. Help us to not squander our time. You have given each of us resources and gifts according to Your will, according to your purpose and plan. We repent for getting caught up in worldliness, busyness, politics, fruitless arguments and conversations. Keep us from the things that distract and tear down. Help us to recognize when we are straying from your righteous ways and your path. Put a hunger in us for truth and righteousness– the grace to be doers of the word, true disciples, and not merely hearers of your word.

Father, please bless and strengthen marriages and families. Help us to nurture and build up our spouse and our children– they are your gifts to us. Heal marriages and families. Bring peace. Please provide good, stable work for the people that need jobs. Give each of us the grace we need to seek your face, to receive wisdom and understanding, to hear you speak to us personally as you direct our paths. 

Lord, we can get so distracted by the news– all the horrific, relentlessly depressing news, that we can begin to forget that You are God. Almighty God, El Shaddai. The world has been a dangerous, unjust place for a very long time, but again, You have not changed and you never will. Your arm is not short, that it can not save. You hear us when we cry out and your perform your word! You kept Daniel while in the lion’s den; You empowered Moses to lead your people through the wilderness, even as you protected and kept him safe from his infancy on up. The ultimate example is our Lord Jesus, who even as He walked this earth and lived among us, was kept by your powerful hand. He knew Judas would betray him; knew that Peter would deny him; knew that for your plan to be fulfilled, you would forsake him for a time…

Holy Father, open our eyes to see how much you love us and give us the grace to trust you with all the unknowns in our life. We want to be a light in the darkness, an example of peace in the storm. Be glorified in us Jesus. It’s in your name that we pray.

Amen.

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When Promises Become Real

Since the focus of my posts have been on prayer, I want to share this nugget of gold from Francis Frangipane:

“When a Bible promise is made real to us by the Holy Spirit and we, in faith, pray God’s promise, we are seeding the unformed essence of reality with the Spirit of God Himself. This was Ezekiel’s mission when he prophesied over the valley of dry bones — he spoke prophetically over the bones and they became an army! Such is the nature of prophetic prayer: we not only know God’s promises, we proclaim them over our lives, our families and our churches.”

– In Christ’s Image Training, Prayer Track

Prayer for today:

Thank you for speaking to me in your word, Father. Your promises are great and precious, and I hold onto them in faith, confidently proclaiming them over my life, because You are faithful to bring them to pass. You will not fail me or forsake me, so if I start to weaken, revive me with your word. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who strengthens me and leads me into the truth, who reminds me of your words when I forget. Above all, thank you for the precious blood of Christ which sealed our redemption and made the way for us to be receive every good thing from your mighty hand. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Praying that you will have a word in this season to hold onto!

I am including a link to a past AOH post regarding this very topic. Read it if you have the time. It’s called Hope Against Hope

Blessings!

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