- Ephesians (Chapters 1 to 6)
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There are different scriptural prayers for Christians to use on different occasions. We looked at the following prayers already…
- The prayer of petition and supplication
- The Prayer of Binding and Loosing
- The Prayer of Agreement
Today we will look at the following type of prayer!
- United Prayer
Through this type of prayer, we learn to stand united in prayer—in one accord—that produces real results from God’s Word.
In this day and time, united prayer is seldom discussed. But in most instances in the Bible involving a body of believers, we find them praying in a united manner. In many of our churches today, however, someone usually leads in prayer. Very little is taught from the Word about praying together out loud.
The following scriptures are the basis for united prayer. Peter and John had been arrested and appeared before the religious council. Their lives were threatened if they continued to preach in the Name of Jesus. They went back to their own company and told everyone what had happened. When they heard, they all prayed. A tremendous amount of power is involved in united prayer.
Acts 4:21-31 NKJV
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.
23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.’ 27 “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.
29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
What were the results of this prayer?
Acts 5:12 NKJV
And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people…
Their one request was answered exactly the way they prayed. The political system of the day tried, but could not stop the power of God in operation. This united prayer was offered accurately according to the Word of God.
Let’s look at another example of United Prayer and the results it produced.
Acts 12:1-12 NKJV
Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.
8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.” 12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.
The Church prayed and notice the results that United prayer accomplished.
It enabled Peter to sleep well in the midst of trouble.
It caused Angels to be released on Peter’s behalf.
It caused light to shine in that dark prison.
It caused Peter’s chains to fall off his hands.
It caused the enemy to be silenced and stopped in his tracks.
It caused Peter to be protected and delivered from his prison.
It produced direction. (The angel said, “Follow me”).
It caused prison doors to open on its own accord.
It caused Peter to be set free and delivered from what the enemy was plotting against him.
It caused the enemies of God to be destroyed instead.
When we pray corporately, according to the Word of God, tremendous power is released and we get real results. As the Body of Christ, we need to get in one accord on the Word of God and expect results. It will cause things to change!
The Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise
Thanksgiving and praise are more than just words…they are full of God’s power!
The Bible says if you pray according to God’s will, you know He hears you and you have the petitions you desired of Him (1 John 5:14-15). God’s Word is His will.
God is faithful. His Word can be relied on. Don’t wait until you can see the manifestation before you believe you have it. That will put you over into an area of waiting and hoping. If you believe you receive when you pray, begin to praise God for the answer.
Faith involves thanksgiving and praise. Philippians 4:6 NKJV says, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Thanksgiving and praise are integral parts of prayer.
You and God are working together. It is your prayer and His power.
Praise is more than just words. There is power in it. God did not ordain praise just so we could brag on Him.
Psalm 8:1-2 NKJV
O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
Jesus quoted this verse of scripture in Matthew 21:16 NKJV and said, “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”
Strength and praise are the same according to the Word of God. God ordained praise to stop Satan in his tracks. Once you have believed that you received because of the Word, your faith is in action. Through praise, you are throwing your faith up against that mountain of adversity in your life. Jesus said if you have faith and doubt not, you can speak to the mountain and it will be removed. You will have what you say.
If you quit applying the force of faith, the mountain will not be removed. You want the mountain to keep moving until it sinks into the sea and is completely out of sight! Apply the force of faith by praising God that it is gone! The only way Satan can stop you and your faith is through unbelief. He does not have power to stop God. He cannot stop that mountain from moving into the sea.
The only way he can succeed is to make you quit applying the pressure. The mountain may be sickness, disease, alcohol, family trouble, financial trouble or any evil work. Jesus bought and paid for the answer to all of it. You cannot face any problem that has not been taken care of through Calvary’s Cross.
David said, in…Psalm 9:1-4 NKJV
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 3 When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence. 4 For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
He did not say if. He said when the enemies fall back! As you praise God, those enemies will retreat. The Bible says He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).
When you pray, you come into God’s presence but when you praise He comes into yours.
God told Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 not to go against the enemy with guns but with Praise.
Praise is the Big Gun of Faith.
Praise is not something you just feel once in a while. God is worthy of your praise. The Bible says to offer the sacrifice of praise. What did Israel do in the Old Testament when they had problems they could not overcome? The priest would offer sacrifices to God to bring Him on the scene and God would stop the onslaught of the enemy.
As a new covenant believer, you are a priest of God (Rev 1:6). No other sacrifice can be offered. Jesus offered the ultimate blood sacrifice. As a priest, you offer the sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
That is the kind of power you can have right now in your own life. If you are not familiar with praising God, or it makes you feel uncomfortable, ask God to show you how. You can start by reading the Psalms aloud. They speak of the great and mighty works of God. They praise Him for His goodness, power and mercy. God is faithful to perfect your praises!