2 There is Power in Praying Together THE EXAMPLE OF CHRISTLuke 3:21b “And as he was praying,Luke 3:21b “And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love;with you I am well pleased.”
3 There is Power in Praying Together Jesus’ prayers:Access the throne room of GodHit at the heart of GodOpen him up to be empowered by Holy SpiritOpen up the miraculousHe hears the audible voice of the Father
4 There is Power in Praying Together Heb 4:14-16 “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
5 There is Power in Praying Together 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
6 There is Power in Praying Together Eph 1:20…which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
7 There is Power in Praying Together Satan knows that when Christians pray together, God acts powerfully so he will stop at nothing to stop God’s people praying together.Satan knows the weapons of the Word and Prayer we have at our disposal and he will stop at nothing in order that we don’t use them or even worse still that we don’t believe in the huge effectiveness of praying together.
8 There is Power in Praying Together 2Cor 10:3-6 (NIV)3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
9 There is Power in Praying Together 2 Corinthians 10 1By the meekness and gentlenessof Christ, I appeal to you
10 There is Power in Praying Together Eph 6:17-18Encourages us to put on the full armour of God because 12 “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.…
11 There is Power in Praying Together 17take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
12 There is Power in Praying Together John 15:7-87If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
13 There is Power in Praying Together Acts 4:23-33 23On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.
14 There is Power in Praying Together 25You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: " 'Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 26The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.
15 There is Power in Praying Together 27Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
16 There is Power in Praying Together 30Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." 31After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
17 There is Power in Praying Together 32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
18 There is Power in Praying Together The Power of praying together dramatically changes the atmosphere around us!!
19 There is Power in Praying Together How will you respond?1. To recognize & exercise the God-given power we have in prayer2. To commit to praying together often, especially at our Community prayer nights (Thursdays 7.30pm)