Praying in Unity
The power of unity is seen all around us. It is an undeniable force exhibited in all aspects of life—in both the natural and the supernatural. Take for instance, a piece of copper. As a weak metal, copper can twist and turn. When melted with another metal such as tin, however, bronze is created, which is much stronger than copper and tin metals in and of themselves. This is just one of many examples. All throughout history, we see the power of unity at work in various military branches when going to war. It’s typically the soldiers who work best together in greater numbers who experience the victory.
This same principle applies to the power of unity in prayer. In Matthew 18:19 & 20, Jesus says that "if two people on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by His father in heaven." He goes on to say that “where two or three are gathered in His name, He is there with them.” Did you get that? Even with less than a handful of unified believers, Jesus promises to show up! Imagine how exponentially greater the impact of prayer would be if there were hundreds or thousands gathered in His name?
That’s exactly what occurred in the book of Acts. In chapter 4:23-31, something remarkable happened as righteous indignation arose amongst unified believers. Peter and John had healed a crippled man in the name of Jesus and were being reprimanded harshly by chief priests and elders. Upon their release, Peter and John returned to their people and reported all that had been said to them. The believers responded by immediately raising their voices in a mighty prayer to God, which consisted of the following components:
1. Lordship. The people acknowledged the Lordship of God, stating that He was the creator of heaven and earth. He is sovereign and all-powerful. It always helps to verbalize and remind yourself and those around you that nothing is impossible for God. It stirs up faith and allows for God to move without limitations.
2. Alignment. The people were aligned with God’s will and Word. They quoted scripture about previous grievances held against His son, Jesus, and expressed the need for justice to prevail (Acts 4:25, 26). Because God’s Word never returns void, the use of His Word is the most powerful and effective component of prayer. It is sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and can pierce through all plans of the enemy!
3. Boldness. The people prayed for boldness to speak God’s word and requested that He perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Jesus (Acts 4:30). While it’s true that God hears every prayer, it is the bold prayers requiring incredible faith that truly please Him. I’ve heard it said that there’s a difference between a “good” thing and a “God” thing. Well, that can also be said of a “good” prayer versus a “God” prayer!
As a result of this unified prayer, “the place where they were meeting was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly (Acts 4:31).” What a powerful demonstration of God at work through prayer. He granted their request and made His presence undeniably known!
I believe this is a formula for prayer that resonates profoundly in the heart and ears of our Heavenly Father. If there's a prayer you need answered, find a group of strong believers who will pray in agreement with you. When prayed in one accord, you can expect God to move on your behalf.
MOVE. MEASURE. MARCH.