“While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence. The whole congregation of believers was united as one – one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, ‘That’s mine: you can’t have it.’ They shared everything.” Acts 4:31,32 The Message
Note the significant things that occurred when the early church gave themselves to corporate prayer: The whole environment was shaken … they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and gave their testimonies with fearlessness … their hearts were united, and not just in words!
Corporate prayer happens less and less in the Church of the 21st century, yet its potential power remains the same. Private devotional time is important, but nothing can compare with God’s people approaching his throne as a group.
Ponder: Do you take part in corporate prayer, besides that which takes place during the course of a church service? Do you know of any prayer groups that you might join? If not, would you consider starting one yourself? Remember, leading a prayer group does not require leadership skills, just a confidence in prayer!