Pray Together – Make a Way Together

posted Jul 18, 2017, 7:22 AM by Kirsty O'Grady

I read a Christian blog recently that said:

The greatest position of strength for a Christian is on your knees. We need to pray, because the power that only comes through power is the power to change the world. Prayer is powerful. 

The Gospels speak of moments where Jesus leaves the crowds, goes to pray and takes only 3 of the disciples with him (Peter, James & John). One moment he does this is the transfiguration – he chooses to share this incredible moment where the voice of God reveals Jesus’ true identity (“This is my Son”) with only 3 of his friends. Another example is when Jesus goes to Gethsemane on the night he was betrayed. Again, Jesus takes Peter, James & John with him and asks them to pray for him as he prays – knowing the time had come for him to sacrifice himself. Jesus chose to share the most intimate, vulnerable, personal moments of his time on earth with just a few people.

We know that prayer is a good idea – if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me! Jesus says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt. 7:7-8) If we want Jesus to make a way in this world for us, those we love or are concerned for we need to ask…and KEEP ON ASKING.

Sometimes it can be hard for us to share the things that we feel we need prayer for, this is personal and vulnerable (or perhaps we just feel like our needs are minuscule in comparison to the needs of others). Jesus said: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt. 18:19-20)

When I moved away to college Jesus used this time to confront some things in my life. I used to be a bit irresponsible when it came to going on nights out with my friends – I would drink more to make myself feel comfortable. When I went to college Jesus showed me that the reason I did this was because I had quite a low opinion of myself so felt self-conscious and even sometimes worthless. This was a very difficult thing to confront and so I spoke to two of my closest friends in college. We committed to praying together once a week – we would praise God, pray for our community and finally pray for each other. Within this time we would ask God to give us messages and pictures for each other to crush the lies of the devil that we had believed in the past. It was an incredible time where we met with Jesus in a very personal way and got to encourage each other at the same time.

So why wait? Who could you commit to praying with rather than just for? Let’s make a change to our world – it starts here.