Why is United Prayer Important? – by Ellen White

“If two of you shall agree as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt. 18:19, 20

Have you every wondered why united prayer is so important? Consider the following thoughts from the pen of Inspiration.

“We are encouraged to pray for success, with the divine assurance that our prayers will be answered… The promise [referring to Matt. 18:19] is made on the condition that the united prayers of the church are offered, and in answer to these prayers, there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love for God and for one another.” From 9th Manuscript Releases (no. 748), p. 303. (Letter 32, 1903, p. 5)

“Precious promise! Do we believe it? What marvelous results would appear if the united prayers of this company were to ascend to God in living faith!” From Evangelism, p. 414

What was Jesus’ desire for united prayer?

“Our Saviour follows His lessons of instruction with a promise that if two or three should be united in asking anything of God it should be given them. Christ here shows that there must be union with others, even in our desires for a given object. Great importance is attached to the united prayer, the union of purpose. God hears the prayers of individuals, but on this occasion Jesus was giving especial and important lessons that were to have a special bearing upon His newly organized church on the earth. There must be an agreement in the things which they desire and for which they pray. It was not merely the thoughts and exercises of one mind, liable to deception; but the petition was to be the earnest desire of several minds centered on the same point.” From Counsels to the Church, p. 241

Ellen White, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

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IMG_6230Practical Application: 

If you haven’t thought about starting a small prayer group, maybe it’s time to begin. While having our own private prayer time is crucial to our maintaining spiritual life, as Ellen White has shared above, there is added blessings and power when we pray together, especially when we are praying fervently for the same purpose.

To start, ask a family member or friend if they’d be willing to pray with you, maybe once or twice a week. Or consider starting your own prayer group in your home, or asking your pastor if you can have a special designated time for group prayer at church. There’s really no right or wrong way to pray, as long as we are praying in alignment with God’s Word, however if you’d like some tips to get you going with a special time of united prayer, you can download our booklet Praying for Rain: A Mini-Handbook for United Prayer available on our featured resources page by clicking here.

If we want Pentecost to be repeated, we need to learn to pray like the disciples! God is longing to pour out His blessing upon us, but He’s waiting for us to seek Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, As we begin a new week, we ask that You would continue to draw us closer together as a people. Teach us how to pray! Teach us how to cling to Your strong arm as we plead for our churches, our leaders, our children, and for the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. We need Your blessing as never before. Thank You for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen! 

Promise to claim: Matt. 7:7, John 16:24