“But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
Luke 22:32 NLT
God’s design for the growth and preservation of the believer is the church.
As a believer, God is your Father and you have access to Him through Christ (Ephesians 3:12). Much more, you have come into His family alongside others – your brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:14). This family is also known as the church.
The church is a body and like the human body, it should “grow together”. One part should not remain stunted while the other parts grow.
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” – Ephesians 4:16 NLT
As members of the body, we experience growth when we participate in corporate prayer. When we come together, we see the manifestation of the supernatural even more. Each one supplies and benefits from the supply of others.
Praying with believers helps us to grow in our private prayer life. When we pray with others, we are stirred to pray longer and better (Matthew 18:20, Hebrews 10:24-25).
Another result or benefit of corporate prayer is that fellowship with the brethren works for our preservation (Galatians 6:1-2). Just like Jesus prayed for Peter in today’s anchor verse and commanded him, we are to pray for one another and strengthen each other.
Finally, corporate prayers are a valuable tool in the body of Christ. Therefore, make it a part of your prayer structure. Have a prayer time and a prayer partner.
Be accountable in your prayer life. Do not neglect corporate prayers.
TO DO: Make it a delight to participate fully in all the programs and the structures set for your spiritual growth by your local assembly.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 12:1-12, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Psalms 146, 2 Chronicles 22-24.