Corporate Prayer Meeting

We meet every Tuesday (from 6:30 to 7:45pm) and we do Kingdom business. We pray for each other, we pray for our Country, we pray for what God is doing in the Mission field, and mostly we just leave ourselves open for God to move in our hearts and lives personally and directly.

The Lord says to us today that we ought to pray and not lose heart, and so that is exactly what we do on Tuesday’s as a Body of Believers together:

Luke 18:1 ( NKJV ) 1Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

George Mueller said, “Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.”

Charles Spurgeon wrote “Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly. Others give but an occasional pluck at the rope. But he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might.”

Pastor Ray says “Prayer is not power – God is Power; prayer is the avenue to God’s Power”.

But Why Pray – Does it really matter?

When Jesus performed miracles, he looked to heaven and did so by the empowering of the Holy Spirit. Why is this so important, cause it means everything Jesus did (the feeding of the 5000, walking on water, water to wine) He did not do them because of His own power, but through His connection to the Father. We can read the miracles and say so what, that’s Jesus – He’s God. But when we see that everything Jesus did as a man was through His personal contact with the Father, and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, then the miracles and strengths of Jesus now become examples to me. I therefore have the same opportunity for empowering as Jesus did. Special things can happen through me. And any temptation that comes my way, I know that I have all the power to overcome it, just like Jesus did (remember when Satan came against Him in the wilderness – Matthew 4). God is all the willing to exercise the same power in and through me as He exercised it through Jesus.

All these things, Jesus did through His personal contact with the Father. Christian, can you talk? Then you have all that Jesus had. Jesus’ mighty works, both in His personal life and His public ministry, simply came by talking with His Heavenly Father. His power came through prayer. But even saying that word prayer can change something simple into something mysterious, lofty, and unattainable. Prayer is simply conversation, prayer is simply talking, and when Jesus talked to His Father – mighty things happened; precious people when we talk to our Heavenly Father, I will guarantee that mighty things will happen. Prayer is not something mysterious, lofty, or unattainable – it is simply talking with the Father.

Jesus emptied Himself (Philippians 2:5-8), so in all His works He had to call upon God to get involved in the work. God was present for the work. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is simply “the presence of the Lord”, and whatever God is present in will be powerful.

Do you feel powerless in what is happening in your children’s spiritual walk? Bring the presence of the Lord before them.

Are there ungodly, maybe even demonic, influences coming against your children? Bring the presence of the Lord before them.

Is your marriage struggling? Bring the presence of the Lord into it.

Is there hostility coming against you? Bring the presence of the Lord upon it.

Are there storms raging in your life? Bring the presence of the Lord into it.

Are there sick amongst you? Bring the presence of the Lord to them.

Are there unsaved loved ones in your life? Bring the presence of the Lord to them.

Are there lacking provisions in your cupboard? Bring the presence of the Lord to them.

Jesus said my House (Temple) shall be called a “House of Prayer (conversation); Christian we are the Temple of God, therefore we should be House of Prayer (conversation). Jesus lived and exemplified a “lifestyle of prayer (conversation)” with the Heavenly Father, and did mighty works upon this earth. When we are living a “lifestyle of prayer (conversation)” with the Father, mighty works will be wrought in our lives.

Matthew 21:13 ( NKJV ) 13And He said to them,”It is written,’My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a’den of thieves.’

1 Corinthians 3:16 ( NKJV ) 16Do you not know that you are the temple of God andthat the Spirit of God dwells in you?

So let’s help each other by having “corporate prayer (conversations with the Father)” together. As iron sharpens iron, as hot coals keep each other red hot, let’s make a power pact. When I need to use my cordless drill to do some work around the house I go get the power pact off the battery charger. Well let’s go together to get some power, and let’s make a “power pact” that we will corporately unite in prayer (conversations with the Father) to bring this power, and maintain this power, in our lives. Prayerfully our corporate prayer (conversations with the Father) will fuel our personal prayer (conversations with the Father), and our personal prayer (conversations with the Father) will fuel our corporate prayer (conversations with the Father), and we will live a lifestyle of prayer (conversations with the Father), and we will be continually filled with the Holy Spirit because we will continually be in His presence.

Proverbs 27:17 ( NKJV ) 17As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Hebrews 10:24 ( NKJV ) 24And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,

2 Chronicles 7:14-16 ( NKJV ) 14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayermade in this place. 16For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.

Does prayer matter? Absolutely!

See you at the next prayer meeting?