United in Prayer with Jesus – by Derek Morris

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

Note: To view this weeks prayer request for the church, please click here!

UntitledPractical Application: 

If you don’t have a prayer partner, it may seem very lonely when facing huge mountains or difficulties in prayer. However, as Pastor Morris shared above, remember that we have the best prayer partner that we could ever hope to have, and that is Jesus!

This coming week, why don’t you take some time to write down a few of the big issues in your life that you are praying about. Then take your Bible and ask God to show you the promises that He has in His Word regarding situations just like yours. Once you have God’s Word, begin to pray these promises every time you think about that situation or issue. Also, share your promises with your prayer partners, and encourage them to pray God’s Word as well, over every need and situation.

God’s Word is power, and as Jesus stands beside you as your Advocate, God hears and will honor your prayers. In fact, we are told, “The honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His word to us” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 148). Yes, there’s power when we pray God’s Word!

Dear Heavenly Father, It’s hard to keep walking when we feel all alone in our struggles, however we want to thank You for reminding us that Jesus is our Advocate and Intercessor and He promises to never leave us or forsake us. Teach us how to cling to Him. Give us faith and courage to keep walking each day, knowing He holds our hand.  Help us to stand upon His  Word knowing that His Word does not return unto Him void! We cling to You in faith. In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen.

Promises to claim: 1 Pet. 5:7, Heb. 13:5, Isa. 41:13, Mark 10:27, Isa. 55:11

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