The power of praying as a family
Christian parents know we ought to pray for our children but do we do it regularly? It’s tough to be a parent and with a busy schedule, prayer takes the back seat. We must pray with intention, together and at all times. (Ephesians 6:18; Acts 1:14; Acts 4:31)
1. The early church often prayed together
In Acts 2, the disciples preached with thousands being saved each day. The early church had a plan and they carried it out in the community. “They continually devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
Group prayer was important in the early church. They knew that teamwork by way of praying was more powerful and effective as they carried out their mission. In Acts 4:31 the place where they gathered was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
2. Group praying allows others to “agree”
Christians should “pray as a group” (Matthew 18:20) and ask others to pray for you and your family (1 Timothy 2:1). The Biblical principle of praying with others is so that those with you can agree with what you are praying for. (Matthew 18:19) Thus the word “Amen” that means “so be it,” should not be taken lightly. The Apostles encouraged everyone to pray together in the early church. (Acts 12:11-12)
3. The enemy is more afraid when we pray as a group
Demons are afraid when Christians pray, more so they have great difficulties in perpetuating evil plans when a group of christian prays, according to an ex-Satanist John Ramirez. (Matthew 18:20)
Keep a prayer notebookKeeping a small notebook of prayer will help you keep track of your petitions. We easily forget thus writing them down helps. If you have a spare room or closet, it will be best to assign this special place as your prayer or “war room”.
The movie “War Room” is centered on Miss Clara’s closet, where she often wrestled with God.
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