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What is the value of a prayer group or prayer meeting?



From the beginning of the church community, Christians have gathered for prayer (Acts 4:24; 12: 5; 21: 5). Prayer meetings or groups are valuable for the community as a whole and for the individuals who attend.

Prayer is only for those who believe that God is personal and who want a personal relationship with him. Christians know that prayer works because they have met a God who makes known: “And that is the confidence with which we speak before him: if we ask for something according to his will, he hears us. And when we know that he hears what we ask for, we know that we will receive what we have asked of him ”(1 John 5: 14-15).

Through our prayers, especially those we pray together, we show and confirm our faith in Jesus. Andrew Murray, a great Christian pastor and successful writer, said, "Prayer depends largely, almost entirely on who we believe we are praying to." Through this discipleship of prayer with one another, we develop a growing intimacy with God and leave a spiritual connection arise together. This is one of the most valuable aspects of common prayer.

Another valuable benefit of prayer circles is confession of our sin to one another. Prayer meetings give us the opportunity to obey the commandment: “So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you will be healed” (James 5:16). Here James does not necessarily speak of physical healing, but of spiritual restoration (Hebrews 12: 12-13). He also refers to God's forgiveness, which enables the believer to regain spiritual health. James knew that one who is separated from the flock is very vulnerable to the dangers of sin. God wants his people to encourage and support one another through loving fellowship, mutual honesty and confession, as we pray for and with one another. Such close fellowship gives spiritual strength to experience victory over sin.

Another great benefit of prayer meetings is that believers encourage one another to persevere. We all face obstacles, but by sharing and praying with other Christians we can help avoid discouragement in the spiritual life. The value of common prayer lies in its power to unite hearts. Praying to God for our brothers and sisters has the effect of connecting us spiritually. By bearing “the other's burden” we will “fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6: 2). Where there is prayer, there is unity for which Jesus so emphatically prayed for his followers (John 17:23).

More than anything, prayer circles / meetings bring about change. By praying together, believers can experience how God works miracles and changes hearts and attitudes.

A prayer meeting is a time of real value as believers seek deep intimacy and quiet communion with God at His throne. It is a time of oneness with other believers in the presence of God. It is a time to take care of others by sharing their concerns. It is a time when God reveals his infinite love and desire to communicate with those who love him.

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