We are in a spiritual battle so we must fight with spiritual weapons.
Corporate prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us to defeat the enemy and to bring God’s Kingdom to earth.
Corporate prayer benefits us, the church and other individuals we pray for.
The apostle Paul tells us that prayer is central to our achieving success as we battle the enemy:
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places… praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication." (Ephesians 6:12, 18)
Here are a few benefits of corporate prayer:
- "Corporate prayer edifies and unifies us as we share our common faith, and it unifies us to pray corporately as a church with common concerns.
- The same Holy Spirit who dwells within each believer causes our hearts to rejoice, mourn, and share the burdens of one another.
- Corporate prayer knits us together in a unique bond of fellowship found nowhere else in life." (source)
- As we pray together, more prayers are collectively prayed. Each of us has a unique way of praying that brings a new voice to a particular need.
- Praying together reminds me that I am a necessary part of a greater purpose.
- Praying together opens my heart to the needs of the people around me and reminds me that sometimes I can be the answer to someone’s prayer.
As we pray together, we are following the model that Luke teaches us through the early church.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. (Acts 2:42–44)
We can expect to see the same things they saw and experience the same things they experienced. They were together "day by day, attending the temple together, they were united, unified in Spirit, purpose, and in everything."
You may not take part in prayer meetings with others for a number of reasons. Perhaps you think it is no different than praying on your own. You may have prayed with others in the past and not seen the results you thought you should, so you think it is a waste of time.
Others may know they should pray corporately and that it is commanded in Scripture. They still may not do it because they are too busy, passionate about other areas of ministry, or have a strong individual prayer life.
If the battle is not against what we see, then why do we allow what we see to determine what we believe, and how we pray?
It is the character of God and what we know about Him that should determine how and why we pray.
Here are a few ways you can get involved in corporate prayer at River City Church:
- We have a Day of Prayer on the first Saturday of every month. (Due to Labor Day weekend, Day of Prayer won't be meeting in September. We will be having an extended time of prayer for the church from 8am to 9:30am on Sunday, September 11 instead.)
- We have corporate prayer (or intercession) every Monday from 11:30am to 1pm in the Kids Crew Room. Lunch is provided.
- We pray for our services every Sunday morning from 9am to 9:30am in the nursing mother's room, followed by prayer with the services team from 9:30am to 9:45am in the gym.
We would love to see you at any or all these prayer events!