I want to challenge you to develop a personal prayer team. I want you to get a team of three to six people who will pray with you.
I confess that I have been lax in this area recently. For years I had a list of about 20 people to which I would send regular prayer requests. I haven’t done this for a while.
Prayer teams are important because of the promise in Matthew 18:19-20:
Again, I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered in My name, I am there in their midst. (NASB)
The Passion Translation adds a great tone to this passage:
Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!” (TPT)
The Greek word for “agree” is the same word for “symphony” in English. Consider many players organized individually to a single score of leading by the Holy Spirit. Some of you are trumpets, others drums, some violins, and perhaps a piccolo.
All praying as the Spirit leads.
The reason that I have lagged in my prayer team: I would send requests, hoping that others prayed for me, but since I didn’t receive responses, I couldn’t be sure. I was not praying for their sent requests either.
A symphony plays together with commitment to the same score of music. I know little about the workings of a symphony, but I realize that the musicians would be a mishmash without the conductor.
A prayer team must sense the direction of the Holy Spirit to be united in prayer.
My plan: In the next few weeks, I am going to ask three to six people to join my symphony.
Perhaps it is more of a band since there are only six members while the New York Philharmonic Orchestra has one hundred and six. I will send monthly requests along with my sensing of the Spirit’s direction. I will ask them to do the same – both theirs and my requests.
My desire is to develop a Holy Spirit Score (score: musical notations for many parts playing together) with six people praying in unity.
The promise in Matthew for the outcome of a true symphony of prayer:
Receive this truth: Whatever you forbid on earth will be considered to be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be considered to be released in heaven. Matthew 18:18 TPT
This is a certain “Amen”… when you play your symphony as one, whatever you bind with chains will be bound in heaven and whatever you unleash on earth will be released in heaven. Matthew 18:18 OGV
Trials and tribulations along with power and revival will increase with intensity and frequency in the end-times. We need symphonies of prayer to bind the former and unleash the latter.
Why don’t you start your own symphony of prayer? The result? Revival!