Corporate Prayer – Part 1

Corporate Prayer – Part 1

By Pastor Bill

Corporate Prayer

Scripture exhorts us to be a praying people. We are called to be a house of prayer. God tells us to be devoted to prayer, to pray without ceasing, and to pray about everything. While we can do these things individually, there is something very special about corporate prayer – the power of agreement.

Matthew tells us that if two or three agree about anything that we ask for, it will be granted. He goes on to say that where two or three are gathered in Christ’s name, He is with us in our midst. However, when we pray by ourselves, we do not have someone agreeing with us about the matter.

(Matthew 18:19-20)  “”Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. {20} “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.””

There are two words that we use many times in our prayers that gives us a better understanding of this agreement. The first word is amen that we say at the end of a prayer. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word that was used at the end of prayers and statements is amen (Strongs H543). It is used thirty times. The root word of amen, is aman’, which means to build up or support, to foster as a parent or a nurse.

Strong’s H543. ‘amen’; from H539; sure; abs. faithfulness; adv. truly:–Amen, so be it, truth. H539. aman’; a primary root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; fig. to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain.

Our family had the privilege of being foster parents for a number of years. We took in newborn babies of incarcerated women. We picked up the babies when they were two days old and gave them back when their mothers were released from prison. We had the full responsibility of feeding, clothing, and caring for these babies. I can recall one time that Karen and I spent the whole night at the hospital with Sandtasia, who was suffering from pneumonia. She was a typical crack baby, who was initially small, nervous, and generally unhealthy. When we agreed to take her in, we were going to do whatever it took to see her properly cared for.

In the same way, when we agree with one another in prayer, we are taking on the responsibility of that prayer, to keep it before the Lord until it is answered. In a corporate sense, we are first agreeing that this prayer is the Lord’s will, and secondly, we are agreeing to give our full support and backing to seeing it come about. There is a commitment being made to one another when we pray together corporately.

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