A Prayer Story From Diana Farrell

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20 ESV)
 
Praying with others has been one of the greatest blessings that God has given me. With each new person I pray with, I am able to find something that helps me to deepen my own prayer life.
 
I have one friend who begins each prayer by painting a picture of God’s throne room. She talks about kneeling in front of the throne. Every time I think of this image I am reminded of the sovereignty of our God. Another friend approaches prayer with joy and celebration, and I am reminded of how wonderful it is to spend time in the presence of our God and how amazing his works are. Another friend uses Psalms and other Bible verses in her prayers which makes me feel connected to the Saints of old and the promises of God, and yet another taught me to pray in the Jewish tradition, which roots me to God’s chosen people.
 
What an amazing thing to be able to learn from these wonderful prayer warriors; however, not only do we have the ability to learn how to pray from one another, but we also are granted the opportunity to build relationships with the people with whom we pray. Sincere prayer always shows the heart. It shows what we love, what we need, and what we fear. Therefore, by its very nature, praying with another is an act of intimacy. What an amazing gift and responsibility. We not only are now able to pray more effectively for that person, but they are now able to pray more effectively for us, and through this process a bond grows, and we become true sisters and brothers in Christ.
 
For those who are anxious about praying with another, may I just take a moment to encourage you to try it? God isn’t looking for the most eloquent of speakers; he is looking for the sincere heart. I love how children pray. They say what they mean, and they say it plainly. Are we not children, too? Trust God; he gave you this gift of praying with one another, and he will help you through the Holy Spirit.
 
Thanks be to God for encouraging us to pray with one another, and a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful people with whom I have had the privilege of praying.