When we speak of united prayer, what often comes to mind is praying in one accord with other Christians. We think of the disciples who “all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers” (Acts 1:14). Such united prayer was vitally important in the early Christian church.
Christians down through the ages have continued in earnest united prayer. Ellen White shares the following testimony of her experience in 1844: “We united, as a people, in earnest prayer for a true experience and the unmistakable evidence of our acceptance with God” (Christian Experience and Teachings, p. 51). On one occasion, she became very ill: “My parents, husband, and sisters united in prayer for me…”(Christian Experience and Teachings, p. 89).]
In reference to the counsel in James 5:20, Ellen White writes, “Let the members of the church, as representatives of Christ, unite in prayer and loving entreaty that the offender may be restored” (Desire of Ages, p. 441).
Even when we are alone in prayer, we can still experience united prayer—with Jesus. We have a Great High Priest who “always lives to make intercession” for us (Heb. 7:25). My friend Philip Samaan describes the trickle of our prayers joining with the Niagara Falls of the prayers of Jesus.
During His time of anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked His disciples to watch and pray. It was His earnest desire “that they might unite with Him in prayer” (Desire of Ages, p. 419). But they fell asleep. Jesus still makes the same appeal to each one of us today: watch and pray. Now is the time to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) and to “continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2). Whether we are alone, or in small groups, let’s unite in prayer with Jesus.
Derek Morris, Coordinator Believe His Prophets
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