The Discipline of Corporate Prayer
Brethren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.
Charles H. Spurgeon
Last week we looked at the discipline of prayer. This week we will look at the discipline of corporate prayer. Praying as a church … together. It is interesting to note that in Acts and the Epistles more is said about corporate prayer than personal/private prayer. Don’t misunderstand. Both are connected and vitally important in the Christian life. Gene Getz states that from the New Testament record corporate prayer is the context in which personal prayer becomes meaningful. It is in the context of corporate prayer that private prayer is strengthened, and developed.
I don’t want to go into too much detail on this topic except to say that the bulk of New Testament evidence on prayer refers to praying corporately … together as a church.
Take a moment and read over Matthew 6:5-9 – The Lord’s Prayer. To be precise this would actually be the disciple’s prayer when Christ taught them to pray. John Piper reminds us of four things this text teaches us about praying together:
1) Praying together helps us guard against the individualistic pride that seeks to be admired for outstanding devotion.
2) Praying together does not take the place of private prayer; instead they deepen and strengthen each other.
3) Praying together helps protect us from carelessness and mindlessness in prayer.
4) Praying together reminds us that we are part of a larger family with a Father who knows our needs and loves to meet them.
I doubt any of us would question the importance of praying as a church family. But do we often talk a better game than we actually play? Take advantage of the opportunities for praying as a church family every Sunday at 9 am. Also be on the look out for an upcoming initiative and opportunities for corporate prayer.
See You Sunday,