Where Two or Three Are Gathered
There’s also the matter of two or three joining together.
When I come into an assembly of believers to pray, hopefully I’ve been a praying man no matter where I am. If I am walking with Jesus as His disciple, it only makes sense that I would be talking to Him throughout the day. It is a wonderful and special privilege to do that.
So, when I find myself with two or three or more believers and we pray together, there’s something very special about that. God has invested authority into two or three who are united together. Jesus said, “Let every matter be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” (Matt. 18:16). So when two or three brothers or sisters are united in their understanding of God’s wisdom, there’s power there. There’s truth there. When only one brother comes to me and talks to me, there is definitely weight and authority. But when two or three are in agreement and come to talk to me, I always pay very careful attention to that because God chooses to work through two or three or more.
That’s the truth about the Body of Christ working together, and the same thing is true with prayer. Of course God listens to my prayers because He loves me. His Holy Spirit even intercedes for me in my weakness when I don’t know how to pray. But what if two or three of us are together, and we all believe the same thing that God wants? Maybe someone is in trouble and needs help, or someone is sick who needs to be healed. Maybe we’re praying for someone to see the truth about Jesus and be saved. Three of us are in agreement that there is something God wants done. When we join our hearts together in prayer in agreement, Jesus says that there is much authority in that prayer. So when we’re together in a group like this, we have an opportunity to pray together and do God’s work together. It is a very special privilege He has given us as His Body.
There are two other principles I can think of that could guide our corporate praying as well. Paul told the Corinthians that whether they were singing, praying, or praising, all of that should be done in a way that everyone is edified. If we pray corporately in such a way that someone cannot say “Amen” to what we are praying, he’s not edified. Edification is an important principle.
Secondly, everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. I do not mean a list, like an “order of service” but something that you sense in your heart. We must discern whether we are praying in a way that is orderly and edifying one another or whether we are selfishly or indulgently praying. God is a God of order and He wants the Body to be edified when it comes together.