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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