Devotions for the Praying Heart
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Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
Acts 3:1 KJV

There’s no question about it. When God’s people come together, their prayer power is multiplied. Each individual contributing his or her unique supply of the Spirit creates a supernatural dynamo that can do things no lone pray-er could ever do.

Truly it can be said of a corporate prayer group that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Think of it this way and you’ll see why that is.

Imagine that I wanted to move the grand piano in our church sanctuary. I would have a hard time getting that job done by myself, wouldn’t I? I might be able to move it an inch at a time but I wouldn’t get it very far.

If I got a big group of people together, however, and distributed them evenly around the piano so that each one was carrying just a portion of the weight, moving the piano would be much easier.

That’s exactly the way it is in prayer. When we get together and yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, the different aspects of God’s anointing that we carry combine and enable us to do heavier lifting. As we collaborate in the spirit and work as a team, the weight of a prayer project is distributed among us. The corporate anointing makes impossible things possible and hard things easy.

The members of the early Church discovered that early on. That’s why:

• The first gathering of the Church in Jerusalem was a corporate prayer meeting (Acts 1:14).

• The new believers who were added to the church on the day of Pentecost prayed together daily (Acts 2:42, 46).

• Peter and John went to the temple (most likely on a regular basis) at three o’clock in the afternoon for corporate prayer (Acts 3:1).

• At the first sign of trouble, the apostles held a prayer meeting (Acts 4:23 –31).

• When Peter was put in jail, the Church responded by getting together to pray (Acts chapter 12).

When you think about how much those early Christians prayed together, it’s no surprise they were able to turn the world upside down for Jesus. They knew how to garner the spiritual muscle to do it.

They didn’t try to advance the kingdom of God all by themselves one inch at a time. They moved things quickly and effectively with the power of divine collaboration. They got together and prayed!

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:42 – 47

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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