EXPONENTIAL aka corporate PRAYER- (pt 2)

As we explore the necessity and benefits of exponential (aka: corporate) prayer, note first the charity factor.  On the night before Jesus was crucified He said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). Paul writes, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

And what better environment for such love to take root and grow than a prayer group, especially one that meets on a regular basis. According to Rosalind Rinker in Praying Together,  “The first need of the prayer or fellowship meeting is to plan for and provide opportunities for love to be expressed through individuals to individuals. When love and prayer are equated, there will be no question about the miracle of answered prayer. There will be a miracle in everyone’s life. Not one, but a hundred.”

I have men that I have been praying with for several years now. Not only have we experienced great fellowship and seen a lot of prayers answered, we’ve developed a deeper love for one another as well. Men are often uneasy in such settings, barricading instead of bonding. Prayer breeds the love necessary to tear down those walls.

Charles Finney, considered The Father of Modern Revivalism, writes: “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.”

See, too, the value God places on unity. David writes, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). When the small, first century band of believers heard that Peter and John had been released from agitated authorities, “They raised their voices together in prayer” (Acts 4:24, emphasis added).

Quoting A. T. Pierson, revival historian Edwin Orr said, “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” In 1857, Jeremiah Lanphier started a businessmen’s prayer meeting at a church in Manhattan. What started with six attending turned into a landslide of intercession. Orr continued: “In February and March of 1858, every church and public hall in downtown New York was filled. . . .People began to be converted, 10,000 a week in New York alone.” The movement spread North through New England and into the West as well. When it reached Chicago, a young shoe salesmen named D. L. Moody, the Billy Graham of the 19th Century, answered the call to a ministry that spanned 40 years.

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