Summary: Helping believers understand the value of corporate prayer
The Blessing of United Prayer
Bishop David Ibeleme
Scriptures encourage believers to come together especially in prayer - Acts 2:41ff.
This type of prayer which involves a congregation or a group of believers is also called Congregational or Corporate Prayer.
It is operated through the principle of agreement, hence the term United Prayer.
There is a blessing in United Prayer because in the place of unity God commands His blessing - Ps. 133:3.
United Prayer is the key to;
1. Having God’s presence - Matt. 18:18-20.
We cannot succeed in life without the presence of God.
For in Him we live we move and have our being - Acts 17:28.
Moses understood this - Ex. 33:14ff.
All we need for life is in His presence - Ps. 16:11.
2. Walking in Abundant Life - Ps. 133:3; 1 Cor. 3:21ff.
We cannot walk in the fullness of life unless we are connected to others in the body of Christ.
We can draw from the grace upon one another - Eph. 4:3ff; 1 Cor. 12:7; Rom. 12:3ff.
3. Comprehending the Love of God - Eph. 3:14ff; 6:18.
No one can fully appreciate the love of God unless they connect with somebody else.
Enjoying love will involve relating to someone else - Eph. 4:16.
It is one of the Christian standards set by Jesus - Jn. 13:34ff and the early church leaders - Acts 2:41ff.
4. Destroying the Spirit of Loneliness - Ecc. 4:9.
Loneliness is a curse - Ecc. 4:9ff.
It is always accompanied by depression and a feeling or sense of incapability.
It is a hindering force.
You cannot be lonely and excel.
Being lonely is not the same as being alone.
While loneliness is a curse aloneness can be the key to God’s blessing - Is. 51:1ff; Mk. 1:35; Lk. 6:12.
We are encouraged to be "Alone with God" - Ps. 91:1; Matt. 6:6ff.
Unity in prayer connects us to us to a sense of capability as we draw on our inter-dependence.
This produces a multiplication effect in prayer - Deut. 32:30; Lev. 26:8ff.
God’s presence is the key to this multiplication - Matt. 18:20.
Our faith determines the "multiple" for multiplication.
5. Overcoming satanic Attacks - Acts 4:23; 12:1ff.
We are involved in a spiritual warfare against the forces of darkness - Eph. 6:12; 1 Pet. 5:8.
There are aspects of this war that cannot be fought alone, corporate help is needed.
The early church knew and practiced this - Acts 4:23; 12:1ff.
6. Restoration and Revival - Joel 1 & 2.
As we develop in Christ, we would not necessarily "win" every battle - Joel 1:4ff.
Remember that just men can fall - Pr. 24:16.
The things we lost at those times can be restored through United or Corporate Prayer - Joel 2.
This is also essential to bring about revival in individual lives and the land as a whole - Acts 3:19ff.
The concept of "tarrying for the Holy Ghost" in our relationship with God is often related to United Prayer - Lk. 24:48ff; Acts 1.
7. Walking in God’s favour - Pr. 14:9
Among the righteous there is favour.
The early church experienced unprecedented favour as they practiced this - Acts 4:33.