The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith” (Luke 1:5)!
Maybe I personally am going through a tough time. In the midst of it, I try to pray with trust and faith, but it is difficult because I only see the issue. If I go and pray with others, however, what happens? As I listen to others pray with more faith than I have, my faith grows. Here’s how it works in a corporate situation. Let’s say our church is planning to build. I’m an elder who is skeptical of the plans because they are beyond what we can afford to do. I go and begin to pray with others regarding this. God can now put a heart of trust in me, He can bring me to unity with others, He can give me the faith to believe Him for the miraculous—His vision and plan for my church. When I only pray by myself, that is less likely to happen.
Churches that do not pray together still minister in whatever ways they can, given their resources, abilities and sacrifices. But churches that pray together begin to see the miraculous power of God at work in their midst. It goes beyond what they can and should do into what God wants to do through them.
–Adapted from the article The Benefits of Praying Together by Jonathan Graf. Click the title to read the entire article.
Father, Your power is greater than I can imagine, so why do I always struggle with having enough faith to believe You can do the miraculous? Increase my faith so that I can believe for what I cannot see and trust in Your ability instead of my own! Show me how to be willing to meet with others for prayer, or even to call others around me to pray when I am tempted to always seek You alone. Thank You for placing me within a community of believers so that my faith can grow through the encouragement of their faith-filled prayers.
Praise God for his controlling presence everywhere. Give thanks that no circumstance in life—even death itself—is beyond his loving control. Confess your desire to act according to your own timetable rather than God’s. Commit yourself to drawing closer to God in every way and waiting patiently for him. Ask for the ability to live by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).
Ask that members of your church family will have the humility and gentleness to consider others better than themselves. Pray that believers will not only look out for their own interests, but also for the interests of others (Phil. 2:3-4).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on title for more information about this resource).