Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day # 18 March 9th – Corporate Prayer

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). Corporate prayer is not what Enron was furiously doing after realizing they had been caught and were going to jail for a long time due to their financial crimes. Corporate prayer is also not a prayer being uttered over a loud speaker every day at work. Corporate prayer is praying with other people. Certainly this discipline fits under Day # 1 discipline of prayer, but our prayer life has become so one dimensional (where we treat God like Santa Clause and only talk to him by ourselves when we want something) that it is important we stress corporate or group prayer. Group prayer goes beyond praying for people, but it is praying with people. The reason that we do so little of this is because praying is an intimate activity. We are speaking to God about our struggles, our joys, our worries, and other things that are in our life with someone else. We are in a sense admitting to the fact that our life is out of our hands. We have a hard time accepting prayer and offering because it is intimate, and we are a people that like our space. We must be ready to pray at all times, for all people, in all circumstances. Next time someone is sharing something with you, ask them if you can pray with them. It may feel a little awkward at first, but we need to push past the awkward and be obedient. Through practice it gets easier, and through seeing the results it becomes contagious. Today pray with someone you normally wouldn’t (ask them first) and every time you hear a problem in someone’s life ask if you can pray about it with them.

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