We have prayed together daily, unless separated, for all of our marriage.
In addition, we have been in a small morning prayer group that met daily for 25 years. Jesus said, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:19-20).
It might seem like Jesus contradicted Himself, though, when He said to pray alone: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
The answer to this apparent contradiction is simple.
In Matthew 6:6, Jesus was rebuking people who prayed to be heard by others. If you are praying to be heard by others, get into a prayer closet immediately! But in Matthew 18:19-20, He encourages us to pray together.
During a sermon I heard from a missionary named Joel Hogan, he explained the special power of group prayer compared to individual prayer as the difference between one grandchild asking for a favor or fifteen of them holding hands, encircling grandparents, and asking for a favor! The kids are not trying to impress each other but together they are focused on the grandparents.
God is a God of love, and group prayer, rightly done, is one of the supreme forms of partnering with Him and each other (like 15 grandkids vs. just one).
Inviting the presence of Jesus into a prayer group drives out evil and transforms the lives of the intercessors and the persons for which they pray. Our program in India grows small praying groups that gather in prayer for their neighbors and their villages. Many of the new churches planted in India start from these prayer groups.
Praise God for how He is working in India through prayer!
Until India is transformed,
John & Atts DeVries