When I arrived home tonight, I felt amazing. For me, lately, that’s unusual. It’s been a rough stretch. But I felt well and truly amazing.
That’s when I realized I had been praying, together with other people, all day.
I got together with a group of folks in the morning and we prayed. What an awesome time with God.
In the late afternoon, another prayer group. Again, awesome.
Spent the evening doing our church service at the jail – again, a lot more prayer, together as a group.
And at the end of the day, I felt amazing – body, soul, and spirit.
There is nothing wrong with praying by ourselves. I do that all day long, and I encourage it! But praying with a group is so important too. There are amazing benefits in praying together that we can barely wrap our understanding around.
But you can feel it.
And why should that surprise us? Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20 NKJV). That should make any of us feel amazing!
If you live with or near family, you can start there by praying together as a family. Be intentional about it. Spend time together in prayer.
But not everyone has family nearby. Even for those who do, it’s also great to join with other prayer groups outside of your family. When one person in a family is struggling, the whole family struggles. A prayer group outside your family can help lift these burdens to God at times when you and your family don’t feel able.
Do you have a couple people you can pray together with? If not, ask God to give you the names of a couple people. You might be surprised to discover those very people are looking for this as well.
You can also call your local church and ask if they have a prayer group, or if they would like to create one. They should be able to connect you with a couple like-minded hearts who would enjoy praying together each week.
If you haven’t tried praying with a group lately – try it. You will feel the difference. Let me know how it goes for you.