Agreement with God’s will and each other strengthens our prayer.
Matthew 18:19-20“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Becoming one – even collaborating – is impossible in our strength as we well know! Yet Jesus prays that we will be one as He is one! (John 17:21-23) We know therefore that unity is not uniformity – being one releases us all to fulfil our diversity, harmoniously!
Partnering with others has to begin by becoming one with God, and by His enablement, one with each other!
When we first love God with our whole heart, soul and strength, we can love each other as ourselves. (Mark 12:29-31) Then we can have 1 voice and be 1 Church and 1 Bride when we can be in 1 place in 1 accord – 1 body and 1 Spirit, one hope, 1 Lord, 1 faith, 1 baptism; 1 God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Acts 2:1 KJV, Eph 4:4-6)
Prayer partnership – with God and each other – enables us to function as the Body of Christ
The body of Christ includes all denominations, regions, ethnicities and people groups. We need to seek God’s perspective of the functions we are called to contribute to the body, knowing our part and where we connect in each season. We need God’s perspective to identify the partners we are meant to journey closely with and those we are to disciple and be discipled by in the arenas and seasons of our life.
Nehemiah inspired God’s people to rebuild their part of the city wall – many family, ministry and marketplace groups working collaboratively, shoulder to shoulder under different governances, and one trumpet call. (Neh 4:13-20)
Prayer partnership networks can quickly communicate prayer needs at critical times; catalyse broad agreement for prayer and fasting in particular seasons; and special gatherings; in specific regions.
Partnerships can simply be 2 or more – praying in private in agreement with God’s will
e.g. 2+ family members, neighbours, school children, workmates, friends, church leaders, city leaders.
Prayer partnerships can include many forms of relational link
- 2+ people meeting regularly for prayer in the midst of their daily spaces.
- 2+ people connecting via text, phone or online for prayer. e.g. time rosters, prayer chains; The Luke 10:2b virus daily text or phone prayer for harvest workers.
- 2+ prayer networks or prayer groups from 2+ churches, business, civic organizations, ethnicities.
Prayer partnerships can form around shared focus and prayer for specific:
- needs e.g. harvest workers; saved souls; social justice; social transformation.
- places e.g. cultural hubs; neighbourhoods, municipalities; regions
- times e.g. for elections, missional initiatives, 40 days of prayer & fasting at Lent
- technologies e.g. text, phone or on-line prayer
- functions e.g. healing, prophetic worship, intercession, spiritual warfare
- people groups, cultures & ethnicities e.g. Indigenous Australians, Muslims; social spheres
- leaders and groups – prayer shielding and intercession for spiritual and civic leaders, teams and movements e.g. pastors & ministry leaders, harvest workers, government authorities
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:1-4)
Prayer partnerships enable and are enabled by leaders
e.g. Church, prayer, civic, business, regional leaders:
- who listen to God and do what He says. (1Corinthians 14:29)
- who form prayer shielding for themselves and others. e.g. pastors, leaders and intercessors.
- who encourage and equip people to pray – listening to God and doing what He says.
This is a great article on building teams that fulfill their dreams! How do we build teams … that multiply? “A Dream Team.” by Craig Kirkby http://abetterfuturenow.com/2010/08/20/how-build-teams-that-multiply/
Leaders need to be prayed for. These are some elements for building prayer shielding for leaders.
- Prayer Shields 2010
- Contact Immanuel Daely for more information on Praying4Pray-ers: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Consider the power of God present in a group of leaders who commit to pray for each other.
Links for Praying with Others
- Houses of Prayer for All Nations
- Current Key Events
- Australian Prayer Network Contact Brian Pickering email@example.com www.ausprayernet.org.au
- Generation Fire www.generationfire.com.au