FEB 28 8am
Corporate Prayer, Lifeblood of the Church, Key to Awakening ~ by Ray E Horton inspired by a Marilyn Neubauer message
The importance of Corporate Prayer is underestimated. It is actually essential to bring about the change and miracles and revival that God desires.
Corporate prayer is not only the lifeblood of the local church, it is what is needed to change nations, Marilyn Neubauer, guest speaker, pointed out tonight at our church. She got me thinking, with a Great Awakening upon us, corporate prayer will prepare the world to receive.
No, it won’t change God’s mind. He desires the awakening more than we do. No, what corporate prayer does is bring us together in a position to receive what He wants to do, and in many places is already doing, preparing our hearts to bring in the harvest in these last days.
The more we spend time with God, the more supply we have for corporate prayer. Hearts built up in prayer closets coming together in unity, in one accord, each with their supply of the Spirit, can defeat every hindrance of the enemy and bring real change. But we absolutely need to do our part of choosing to pray, and He’ll bring the power.
And we don’t pray in fear, but in confidence. Since “God is for us, who can be against us.” We have God Himself, the Holy Spirit, within us. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us...” Rom 8:26. As sister Marilyn said tonight, “Holy Spirit is our prayer partner, bringing strength to our weak prayers.”
When we look at Acts 4:24 – 31 and see how they prayed boldly in one accord for Peter, shaking the place and being filled with the Spirit, then seeing the results of his deliverance from prison in Acts 5:19, we realize, sister Marilyn noted, the importance of a prayer target to bring focus and keep us connected. It is then that you will give forth your supply of faith in bold Holy Spirit prayer (in the Spirit, both with tongues and with understanding). And, when you have a target it is much easier to hit the bull’s eye and receive the results.
Corporate prayer, corporate worship, corporate faith, that is the stuff of miracles. We have seen great healings and miracles in response to individual faith, but we have also seen many succumb even with faith and prayer. As last day’s corporate faith builds I believe more than ever that there will be greater and greater success in overcoming. Not changing God – He’s on our side, but standing together in the power of unity to use His delegated authority over the circumstances we face. It is essential for us to come together in this day we live in.
Corporate prayer – not just in one place, but in one accord – see Acts 1:14, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…” (Also Acts 2:1 and 46). Let us choose to come out of complacency, strengthen our hearts in the Word and prayer, and come together, along with with Holy Spirit, to change the world.
Sister Marilyn gave a great example of the power of prayer on nations at Erie Christian Fellowship Church tonight. In Czechoslovakia before the fall of the Soviet Union, as prayer got stronger and stronger in the churches, communism became weaker and weaker and fell in a single day in what has come to be known as the “velvet revolution.” As she said, Faith can turn America around in one day as well.
Let us spend time with the Lord in our prayer closets, being built up in the Spirit, then come together in our local churches throughout our communities for regular corporate prayer. If you don’t have a regular, scheduled time of corporate prayer in your church , maybe the Lord would lead you to start one. Or, if your church does offer the opportunity, it would be good for you, the church, the community and the world to join ranks and be a part of it.
Then, when we come together in unity for prayer at special events (which we are seeing more and more of), how powerful will they be, and dangerous to the enemy, assuring that the community you are a part of will play a big role in all that God is doing in the earth at this time?