Summary: Praying with others is both powerful and practical to get answers to prayers
A. WHAT I WANT YOU TO LEARN!
1. That two people praying together is both powerful and practical to get answers to prayers.
2. Praying with a prayer partner challenges you to pray for even bigger things.
3. Apply the power of agreement-prayer to see God actively work in your life.
1. When you were young, who was your really close friend? _______________________________.
2. Why were they a close friend? ___________________________.
3. Who is your closest friend now (besides your mate)? ____________.
4. What is the basis of your friendship? ___________________.
C. THE LESSON OF MORE THAN ONE
1. What can we learn from Ecclesiastes 4:9? “Two [are] better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.”
a. To keep from being discouraged.
b. To keep from quitting.
c. To help you reach a goal.
d. To encourage you to go on.
2. What can we learn from Ecclesiastes 4:10? “For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him [who is] alone when he falls, for [he has] no one to help him up.”
a. The strength of one can carry his friend.
b. The strength of one overcomes the weakness of another.
c. It’s hard to make it alone.
d. We all need to be picked up sometimes.
3. What can we learn from Matt. 18:19? “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
a. Nothing is prohibited to two people praying together.
b. The key is to agree on what to ask.
Agree on God’s will.
Agree on need.
Agree in faith-prayer.
Agree that God can do it.
c. When agreement is reached, they can get anything.
d. The promise is available to us, notice the “if”.
e. The faith of another person may build up your faith.
4. What can be learned from Christians praying for Peter’s safety and/or release from prison? “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (Acts 12:5).
a. God answered before they quit praying.
b. They did not give up, i.e., “without ceasing.”
c. They prayed together at one place and at one time.
d. They prayed ferverently which means, “Showing great emotion or zeal.” When was the last time you prayed ferverently? Why were you so zealous to get an answer? ____________________ ___________________________________________________.
5. Jerry Falwell Sr. gives three principles for praying with others.
a. Make sure the thing for which you pray is God’s will.
b. Understand there is “value in the volume of prayer.”
c. Praying with another person builds your faith.
6. Which of the three above principles is hardest for you? _____________________________________________________. Which of the three above principles is easiest for you? ________ _____________________________________________________.
7. Growing your faith is a process. Part of the process is to see that there’s power in numbers and agreement.
8. So your faith grows when you effectively pray with another. Notice in Matt. 18:19. “If you agree . . . it shall be done.” You have grown when you know you have the answer before you ask.