Matthew 18:19-20 – 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. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. (NIV)
This scripture brings to mind memories of two wonderful friends and prayer partners I once had. Both have now gone to their final home. Their lives and influences remain strong in my memory, especially when I need friends to pray with me about special needs.
One of the rewards or blessings of the Christian faith is the opportunity we have to pray with people who are of the same mind and spirit as we are. Jesus said that wherever two or three are gathered together in His name, He is there in the midst of them. What a wonderful promise!
The act of sharing with friends who know Jesus makes our lives much richer. While Jesus does the healing and the answering, friends or prayer partners give us the emotional closeness that enriches our lives tremendously.
Yes, we can pray alone. There are times we should pray alone, but when we can connect with others, it adds a special touch, not to be overlooked.
The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray. He also blends our group prayers together in a symphony of prayer. The Holy Spirit brings those of different races and creeds, financial and social status, together into one harmonious whole when we gather in prayer.
A popular slogan states, "Families that pray together, stay together." Friends who pray together bond to each other in Christian love. Let us try praying with our family and our friends that we may be blended together in Christian love.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the privilege of praying to You, both individually and as a group. We thank You for sending Your Son to teach us to pray and to be an intercessor for us. In the name of Your Son, we pray. Amen.
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