My wife and I attend a wonderful church – Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX. (and I’m sure you feel the same way about the church where you attend and participate!).
One of the highlights of each Sunday at our church is “Prayer Ministry Time.” Small group leaders, pastoral staff members and their spouses and others who have been asked to serve, come to the front during worship and are available to pray with anyone who desires about any need they may have. Sometimes it is preceded with a prophetic word urging someone to trust God for a particular need. It is a powerful time in every service! … People are healed! Miracles happen! Needs are met! Prayers are answered!
Today, during our prayertime, I had a powerful visual image that flashed into my mind (you might even call it a “vision”)! … It was Prayer Ministry Time at our church and I saw a door before the congregation… Emblazoned on the door was a single word (much like you’d see on an office door): It said “Opportunity.” I saw some people entering the door of “Opportunity” and on the other side was God’s powerful glorious presence, His promises and His provision. For those who entered the door there was an atmosphere of joy and victory – even incredible peace! Others however, were hanging back and were reluctant to enter the doorway of opportunity for fear, or because they had been prayed for before, or simply not wanting to bother anyone with their need. I found myself wanting to cry out… “Go forward! Allow someone to share you need in prayer and faith! You may experience a miracle! Here is your opportunity!”
I know this is not a typical “coffee with the Lord” post! But I want to encourage some of you that may be holding back during prayertime at your church – or you may just have been reluctant to ask someone to join you in prayer for a particular need that you are concerned about… There is power in that kind of prayer! Prayers of agreement work! God honors them! Here’s a couple of Scriptures to encourage you…
Jesus speaking: “I say to you if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven! For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:19-20) Now I am aware that the context of that passage has to do with a congregation doing one of the most difficult things it has to do – church discipline. If, however God promises to honor agreement when discipline is necessary, He certainly will honor agreement in prayer for the needs of his children!
The other passage is found in the epistle of James and establishes a Biblical pattern for those who have needs in a church body… It says, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray! Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise! Is anyone among you sick? Let that person call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up.” (James 5:13-15)