Prayer Summary for March 20

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The following excerpt is taken from Mighty Prevailing Prayer by Wesley L. Duewel:

God Honors United Prayer

Special united prayer meetings can be convened. Prayer meetings have been held from the earliest days of the church. The ten days between Christ’s ascension and Pentecost were largely given to united prayer. The believers then met together daily for prayer (Acts 2:42). When Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin and threatened because of the healing of the crippled beggar, they returned to the group of believers, who engaged in such united prevailing prayer that the place where they were meeting was physically shaken, and again the believers were “all filled with the Holy Spirit” (4:31). From then on, prayer times characterized the early church. Christ planned to build and extend His church through prayer meetings.

Blessings From United Prayer

Tremendous answers to prayer have resulted from gatherings for united prayer. In addition to the specific answers received, there are always great spiritual benefits, as all those praying learn to prevail more effectively.

1. The spirit of prayer is deepened. When one believer prays in the Spirit, God’s holy fire and prayer passion works more deeply in others who are joining in prayer. By hearing the prayers of others, we can become more deeply convinced that we are praying in the will of God. Said Finney, “Nothing is more calculated to beget a spirit of prayer than to unite in social prayer with one who has the Spirit himself.”

The two most effective ways to learn to prevail in prayer are by spending much time prevailing in prayer yourself and by praying with someone who truly prevails in prayer.

2. Love of the brethren and unity are intensified. The more you pray together, the more you sense each other’s heartbeat, burdens, joy in the Lord, and Christian experience. To quote from Finney again, “Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer.”

3. Faith is strengthened. The more you hear others joining in prayer for the same needs, the stronger your faith tends to become. You become encouraged by the way God is giving faith to them. You become more persevering and more constant in prayer for the need as you find others persevering for the same concern. Heart warms heart. Prayer kindles prayer. Faith strengthens faith. Courage and expectancy rise, and you are able to plant your feet on God’s promises with new firmness and determination. Others “amen” your prayer, and you “amen” theirs, and step by step you both grow in assurance, lay hold of the throne of God, and are able to agree in prayer (Matt. 18:19).

4. Spiritual power is multiplied. As you pray together, the prayer of each helps deepen the hunger for God’s answer and helps fan into flame the spirit of prayer. Love and unity are intensified, purified, and made more blessed. Faith for God’s answer is strengthened. All who unite in prayer begin to sense God’s power coming upon them and anointing their praying in a new way.

As others reach out to God, you are helped to reach out more effectively. As you realize how heartbroken others are over the need, your compassion is moved, and your desire deepens to see God meet the need. As you realize how others are prevailing, you are so blessed that you too prevail more effectively. Very often God’s refreshing, blessing, and power come in a new way, collectively, to a group, and experience the believers had at Pentecost and in Acts 4.

There is a spiritual dynamic hinted at in the Bible that when two or more people prevail together in faith, praying in the Spirit, their prayer power not only is added together, it seems multiplied. Moses referred to one of Israel’s people, by God’s help, chasing a thousand of their enemies, and two, ten thousand (Deut. 32:30). Again, he promised that five would chase a hundred, and a hundred, then thousand (Lev. 26:8).

The shout in united faith of Gideon’s three hundred, although they were armed with nothing but flaming torches, completely routed the vast armies of Midian. By the same principle, united faith, singing, and praise so confused Satan and the combined forces of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir that they were completely annihilated without a physical battle being fought by Israel (2 Chron. 20).

United prayer backing was what Paul so much desired. In his letters he pleads that the believers unite with him in prayer for his life and ministry. To the Romans: “I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me” (Rom. 15:30). To the Corinthians he expressed his confidence: “He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the precious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many” (2 Cor. 1:10-11).

To the Philippians Paul wrote, “I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Phil. 1:19). To the Colossians: “Devote yourselves to prayer…and pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message” (Col. 4:2-3). And to the Thessalonians: “Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored” (1 Thess. 3:1).

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Prayed…

Holy Spirit, we welcome You today
Father, we lift up our president and the government leaders
You are leading them to make adjustments where they need to be made
Men of influence coming up in their places
Having the ear to hear the truth
There are bridges connecting those parts-it is a key
Lifting up the ambassadors!
Each one covered in the blood of Jesus
Calling for a man of God to speak into their lives
A divine show!
There is favor!
It is time to pass through that
Marked for His kingdom!
Order! Order! Order!
Unlocking the mystery of that
Having a steady way to flow
A deluge of the Spirit flooding schools, federal buildings, and all state capitols!
You are faithful!
Lord, we lift up those who need restoration in their marriages
Those who need jobs
That Your favor goes before them and You give them faith
We give all the glory and honor!

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