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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#75 God Blesses When You Unite in Prayer

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Perhaps we should distinguish between being united in prayer and being in united prayer.

When a call for prayer is issued, people can join in praying for the same need or request wherever they are. All whose hearts cry to God are thus united in prayer. (Google image)

Thank God, we can unite with others in prayer whatever our circumstances. Here are examples of how this has been done:

1. Make the Lord's Day a time of prayer. Even if circumstances prevent us from joining in public worship, we can and should be uniting with God's people by our prayer on the Lord's day.

His day should always, as far as humanly possible, be a day when extra time is set apart for prayer.

Those imprisoned for Christ's sake, though very alone, have reported being specially blessed as they prayed on the Lord's Day, knowing that millions of God's children were praying around the world.

(Rev. 1:9-10 tells us of John's experience on the Lord's day)

2. Make available a prayer list or prayer requests to as many Christians as possible. Then all can join in daily prayer or prayer at set times for the needs listed.

During World War II, Christians throughout South Africa stopped wherever they were, in streets or stores, for a moment of silent prayer at noon.

3. Make prayer chains. A congregation can organize one or more prayer chains among its members. Each person in a prayer chain can inform the next person on the list. Thus in a short time the church can all be uniting in prayer for the same urgent request. Most prayer chains are done entirely by phone.

4. Pray around the clock. People can pledge to pray for half an hour or an hour and be assigned particular times of prayer so that prayer continues for an urgent need all night or even twenty-four hours around the clock.

It is reported that the Moravian Pentecost that God gave in a prayer meeting at Herrnhut in 1731 resulted in unbroken payer day and night for a hundred years and was part of the key to God's tremendous blessing upon the Moravians as they scattered the message of Christ around the world.

(Thursday's post continues with further teaching on this subject on being united in prayer)

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana  (With Jean's impressions added)

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
#75 God Blesses When You Unite in Prayer 
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 124 -126) Zondervan

Let's pray-
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      Father, we thank You that we can join others in praying for the same need or request from wherever we are.
    There are times we are very alone as we pray, and other times, we are with one or more fellow believers.
    May our faith increase the more we see You move in the various situations, and in the lives of those we're praying for.
    We ask for Your Spirit's help in approaching You with our
praises, petitions and questions. We understand that He is with us always ready to assist us in whatever the need may be.
    We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

 Today's Bible verses-

(Ps. 34:15, 17 KJV) "The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. (v. 17) The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles."

(Isaiah 26:3 KJV) "Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

(John 9:31 KJV) "Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."

Today's quote-

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "It is not enough to avoid sin, attend church, read the Bible a bit, and pray a few minutes each day. It is how one invests time in prayer, blessing others, and extending Christ's kingdom that will decide his reward. Oh, the opportunities for great eternal reward now being thrown away by Christians! What sorrow this brings to Christ!" (Taken from his book, ABLAZE FOR GOD, p. 175).

Today's popular post-

A God You Can Count On  Dr. Charles Stanley  gives us five things we can count on:

"On the basis of God's character, what assurances can we depend upon every single day?

1. God will extend His lovingkindness to usSending His Son to die in our place proves the Father's love for us..."

Upcoming posts-

#76 Become Prayer Partners
20th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

The Preparation Needful
24th- Saturday's post by Lee Forbes

#77 God Honors United Prayer
27th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#78 Blessings from United Prayer
29th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

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1 comment:

  1. Amen. Merry Christmas and thank you for your devotionals Jean. God Bless.