Summary: “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Some of the words are Love, love will keep us together. Stop, I been thinkin' of you. Look in my heart and let love keep us together.
Prayer will keep us Together
Bishop Melvin L. Maughmer, Jr.
OPENING: - When I was asked to be a part of this revival and heard the theme Prayer will keep us together, I immediately went to the song by Captain & Tennille titled “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Some of the words are Love, love will keep us together. Think of me babe whenever. Some sweet talkin' girl comes along, singin' a song. Don't mess around, you just gotta be strong. Just stop, 'cause I really love you. Stop, I been thinkin' of you. Look in my heart and let love keep us together.
The premise of the song is a Lady telling her man that whenever they find themselves separated from each other for whatever reason, when some other women come around regardless of how they look, sound, and may treat you to think of her and realize she Loves him and that love will cause him to stay faithful to her; therefore Love will keep them together. Young men especially listen to this - I love my wife and I treat her special because I love her, but also I treat her special because when we are apart like when she is on her job or at the store and some guy that might look better then me, be built better then me, and have more money then me tries to speak sweet nothing into her ear she will immediately be like I know what I have at home and I know how he treats me and I am not willing to loose that for anything – you see it is love that will keep us together.
Well, if we bring that concept over into the spiritual, we understand that prayer will keep us together regardless of what comes our way, regardless of what the devil tries to do to sway us, regardless of what kind or how tempting the temptation may be - prayer will keep us together while we are apart.
You see it is prayer that will hold us together while we are apart. Prayer is the bonding ingredient that will cause us to stand when it seems as if we are standing by ourselves. Its prayer that will keep us together.
WATCH THIS: - First, we need to understand that God has sovereignly ordained the corporate praying of the body of Christ, such that His mighty works increase exponentially, and His purposes are accelerated when we pray together. That’s a bold statement Bishop! Yes it is but just stick with me for a little while.
I am not trying to minimize personal prayer, because our person prayer life is extremely important. Prayer is an act of communication in our relationship between us and God rather than a ritual as some people think. We need to understand that communication is the most important part of any relationship. Some people say Love is, but without communication how can you truly express Love. Therefore prayer, which is communication is not a mechanical waterfall of empty words; rather, it is a conversation between man and God. For everyone that believes in God, prayer should be an essential part of our daily activities. There is an old saying that says “Seven days without prayer makes one W.E.A.K”.
Personal prayer encourages the development of a relationship with the Lord. Personal prayers make us who call ourselves Christians alive in the spirit and alert to the things of the spirit. Personal prayer makes public worship livelier, so in no way am I suggesting there is not need for personal prayer, I just want to expound upon how God has sovereignly ordained the corporate praying of the body of Christ, such that His mighty works increase exponentially, and His purposes are accelerated when we pray together.
Let me give you some proofs that establish the desperate need for all who are believers to become a part of corporate prayer. When people come together and pray God uses them to change the world.
Acts 6:1-6 “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them”.