Today my neighbor across the street, Ted, came over and asked me if I could pray together with him concerning the tropical storm that is out in the gulf of Mexico right now. So tonight we stood out on his front porch for about 6 or 7 minutes just praising God for who He is, thanking Him for all of His provision and blessings in our lives and asking for His mercy upon our state. We prayed that He might bring much needed rain from this storm and spare us the destruction that is also possible as well. I was reminded of the power of two or more people standing in agreement with each other and coming together to seek God and His will and to claim His promises towards us. Corporate prayer, like corporate worship, is encouraging and it spurs us on in our faith and it invigorates us as well.
It says in Matthew 18:19-20 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." What would happen if in our neighborhoods we traded in 5-7 minutes of random conversation or watching TV in the evenings for spending that time talking to God together instead? What kind of God-sized things would we begin to see God do around us? How awesome would it be to experience God's presence through our praying together? What if we really began seeing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven? I think it's time that we started turning some of our neighborhood conversation into prayer conversation with our heavenly Father. He loves to hear from us. You should give it a try!