Scripture Reading: Job 1:1-3:26 / Matthew 18:10-35 / Psalm 16:1-11
Have you ever heard of a 53-hour prayer meeting? Five men were trapped in a deserted zinc mine in Salem, Kentucky by falling rocks. They had nothing to eat, they were in utter darkness and there was no way out. They began to pray and sing and this lasted for 53 hours until they were rescued! One man said, “We laid there from Friday morning till Sunday morning. We prayed without ceasing and when the rescuers reached us we were still praying!”
That’s one way to have a prayer meeting but I think we would rather have a “voluntary” prayer meeting. The sad thing though, very few Christians have attended or regularly attend a prayer meeting. As been said long ago, when the church is more interested in ice cream socials, tea parties and chicken dinners, then their churches will become as cold as the ice cream, as weak as the tea and as dead as the chicken!
How important is praying together? Jesus said, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19) All great revivals and great moves of God took place as a result of people seeking God together. Jesus said that “agreement” is a powerful key in prayer. Agree means “to fit with, match with, be in harmony or be of one mind.” Unity and agreement have a dynamic effect on prayer.
Of course the key to agreement is to be united in direction and purpose. A choir isn’t made up of people who all sing individual songs in a variety of keys and styles. A choral arrangement establishes pitch, harmony, tempo and togetherness. When people gather together to pray, it’s not to be a choir of random prayers, but prayer that is orchestrated by God’s Word and Spirit. It is amazing how God’s Spirit begins to fine-tune His will in our hearts and we begin to ask and pray the same thing. There is nothing more powerful than Heavenly Harmony!
Prayer defies the world’s basic mathematic formulas...if 1 can do much, 2 can do twice as much. God’s formula… 1 can put 1,000 to flight, 2 can put 10,000 to flight! The Father responds powerfully to His children when they simply ask for His will to be done in earth! Paul said, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Eph. 3:20)
Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance; it is laying hold of His highest willingness. Jesus said this agreement doesn’t need hundreds but can be activated by just two. We are not heard for our much speaking, many words or numerical strength. God does not count heads…He weighs hearts and faith! Don’t wait to be trapped in a mine before you unite with others in prayer. Find a prayer partner and/or attend a prayer meeting…you will find God to be what you need Him to be and even more!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!