There is power in praying together as believers, and God wants us to pray together. We need to form prayer allegiance with others. The benefits of having prayer partners can always be emphasized. The battle of Israel with the Amalekites underscores this reality. Joshua led the army of Israel against the Amalekites, while Moses remained on the mountain and raised his hand in prayer for Joshua.
Joshua wins, when Moses’ hand is high; Joshua loses when Moses’ hand is feeble. Moses needed Aaron and Hur to help him, by holding up his hand, until Joshua and the armies of Israel won the war. Who is holding your hand in prayer? Who is your prayer partner? Do you have individuals, whom you share your prayer burdens with? If you don’t have prayer partners, you are missing out. Let me share the four benefits of having a prayer partner in your life.
Leviticus 26:7-8 (NKJV) You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. 8. Five of you shall chase a hundred; a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.”
There is a multiplying effect in praying together as believers; it magnifies the impact of our prayers, and gives us an edge over the enemy in the face of warfare. No one can win the battle alone. Why would you face the battle alone, when you are sure of victory over a hundred of your enemies with five of your friends? Why will you face the battle alone, if it takes a hundred prayer partners, to defeat ten thousand of your enemies? There is tremendous power in praying together as partners.
Matthew 18:19 (KJV) “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
It takes a partner to pray the prayer of agreement, and there is power in the prayer of agreement. Partnership in prayer increases our possibility of breaking into the realm of divine response because God’s promise favours the prayer of agreement.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NKJV) “Two [are] better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. 10. For if they fall, one will lift his companion. But woe to him [who is] alone when he falls, For [he has] no one to help him up.”
Paul and Silas’ partnership made a difference in their prison experience, as they rose to pray together and confront the situation in prayer. Unlike Peter who slept off in prison, though he knew he ought to pray, the motivation was not there. We may sometimes find ourselves weak at the height of spiritual battles or life challenges that is where prayer partners stand in the gap or prayer for us.
James 5:16 (NKJV) “Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Partnership in prayer allows us to confess our failings and burdens to one another freely. Where necessary, it offers a secure setting for accountability, openness, and sincere repentance. Being able to admit your transgressions, and receive prayer support rather than gossip and condemnation, requires trust and confidence, that have been formed through time in a partnership.
If you don’t have a prayer partner, I invite you to consider the benefits of having one. It is encouraging to know that you are not always alone and that someone is praying for you, with whom you also pray and agree on various matters in life.