The apostle Peter was once sprung out of prison by an angel who infiltrated perimeter security, cut the chains right off Peter’s wrists, and led him out. Did he go home after that? No. Where, then, did he go? He immediately went to find his friends. They had been so worried about Peter that they were gathered together praying. Seeing him come through the doors was a stunning and direct answer to their group intercessions.
God loves when you pray not only for other people but with other people, because it helps you pay attention to other people’s needs. He says, “If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:19,20).
God loves to hear your solo prayers, but he promises even greater things when you bind your individual heart with other believers’ hearts. When you pray together, your burdens become only half as heavy. When you pray together, your joys are doubled.
Nurses will tell you that patients who feel loved and connected to other people get better faster.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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