Healing and Miracle Through United Prayer
Certainly, there are times, such as in our own private devotions, when we should pray alone. But there are also times when we should pray with others, and achieve marvelous results because of the tremendous power in United Prayer.
There are several verses of Scripture that stress the importance of joining together in prayer with “Your Own Company” of believers. In the Book of Acts we see many occasions when the members of the New Testament Church lifted up their voices together in prayer. One of the best Scriptural patterns for United Prayer is found in Acts 4: 23 – 30. This Scripture passage highlights the tremendous power of United Prayer.
I would like to remind you in the third chapter of the Book of Acts when Peter and John was about to enter the Temple through the Gate Beautiful, they saw a lame man begging alms. Shortly after they ministered healing to him, they were arrested, questioned, threatened, and commanded not to teach or preach in the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4: 1-3; 21).
After they were released, Peter and John went back to their own company. That’s a good place to be when you are in trouble – among your own company. You need your own company because they will stick with you. They will pray and believe God with you.
Now let’s take a closer look at Peter and John’s company, the Early Church, went into United Prayer with them.
ACTS 4:23 -30
23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26 The Kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against His Christ.
27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determine before to be done.
29 And now Lord behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy Word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the Name of thy holy child Jesus.
Notice in verse 30 that the Church prayed the United Prayer that the Lord would stretch forth His hand to heal and that signs and wonders would be wrought in the Name of Jesus.
This is an exciting prayer. The Church was bold and united in their Prayer to pray this extra ordinary request. I invite you to join me next week as we examine the Scriptures to see what the results of this prayer were. Until then precious Saints of God, be blessed.
Word for Today: "I Came to Serve"
Jesus said in Matthew 20: 28 (NIV) “I came to serve, not to be served.” That was the blunt profound declaration Jesus made to His disciples one day. Here we have the greatest man who ever lived, God’s own Son, proclaiming the essence of His leadership style. He led by serving can you?