This passage often gets misinterpreted. Many people read these verses and mistakenly believe that if that can get someone to pray with them, they can get whatever they want from God. Although I reject this thesis, I believe that we cannot eliminate the passage or the meaning behind it. Here it is: God's plan for our prayer is that we would pray with others.
I know that seems awkward, cumbersome and maybe even impossible. But it is right. And it is true. Consider these advantages of praying together.
- Praying together keeps us in line with God's will. It is hard to get too outrageous when someone else is joining us.
- Praying together keeps on target in our prayers. We will be more consistent if we know that someone else is counting on us.
- Praying together will increase our faith. We will be encouraged by the prayers and the faith of our prayer partner(s).
- Praying together is God's will for our lives.
Before you give up your personal and private prayers, don't. Keep on praying always, in every situation, in every moment. Pray in church, at home, at work, in the car, at school, any where. But, be sure to pray with another.
Get a partner. Get in a group. Pray like crazy.
PRAYER: Give me strength, O Lord. Help me to be vulnerable enough to share my life with another and with you, and strong enough to be faithful always. In the name of Jesus I pray, now and always. Amen.