They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14
As Jesus was getting ready to leave the earth, He told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until God the Father sends the coming Holy Spirit. The disciples did wait in Jerusalem. As they waited, they also prayed together constantly.
When a disaster strikes people, many will start living in fear. They do not know what is going to happen or always know what to do next. Many people will panic and do something crazy out of the fear that has gripped a hold of their hearts and lives.
For a short time, many will even turn to God and prayer, as had occurred in America after 9/11. However, many will only do the prayer for a very short time, then go back to living as they did before.
The disciples knew what Jesus had told them to do. They knew that He knew what was best, because He had just defeated death, the greatest enemy of all mankind. They waited and they prayed together.
They did not pray alone, individually, but as a group. Praying together builds and strengthens each other up. It allows the group as a whole to go to battle against the spiritual forces at work against them.
Even though it has been nearly 2,000 years, the practice of praying as a group needs to still happen. Corporate prayer shows God humble hearts of the people as a whole. It strengthen and encourages each other during a difficult time. It calls on the heart of God and for God to lead them.
This prayer time is not to be a one time affair, but a constant, regular practice. Every believer needs God and each other for strength. Along with that, each believer needs God’s Holy Spirit for strength and guidance in their lives and ministry to God and others.
Take time each day to pray in your own prayer closet. Then take time on a regular basis to pray with others. This can be with one other person or at times with a whole group. As a group you can life up the needs of each other and for the needs of the group as a whole.
Do not give up praying as a group to build each other up and strengthen each other for ministry.
I pray today that you will pray on your own each day to God; that you will take time to pray with others to God; that God will guide and strengthen you in His work in this world; and that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit each day.